Norway has slowly begun relaxing its coronavirus entry rules. The changes come after half a year of rigid entry requirements that limited entry to a tiny group of people outside of residents and citizens of the country.
The Local has put together a Covid-19 travel map that’ll provide a quick guide to the current rules in Norway that you can see below, we’ll also go into more details about what the rules are and what they mean for you.
EU, EEA and Schengen countries without EU vaccine passes
Currently, entry to EU/ EEA travellers who don’t have an EU health pass from a country on the Norwegian governments approved list is restricted to residents, citizens and the close family and partners of those living in Norway.
Unlike arrivals from the UK, however, they won’t be forced into a quarantine hotel. Instead, they can quarantine at home or another suitable location for a minimum of seven days, being released after day seven if they test negative for Covid.
They will need to be tested at the border and before arriving, in addition to filling out the entry registration and submitting the partner application if necessary.
Travellers with a vaccine pass
Travellers with a vaccine pass from a country on the governments approved list (see below) can travel to Norway for whatever reason they wish.
They also won’t need to test for coronavirus to get into Norway, nor will they have to register their arrival or spend time in quarantine.
Norway is currently accepting EU vaccine passes from Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, Iceland, Poland, and Latvia. However, this is only for the time being, and more countries will be added on July 1st when the scheme officially goes live.
Travellers from Green countries
Under the Norwegian traffic light classification system, green countries are countries deemed to have low enough infection rates to allow safe, quarantine free, entry into Norway.
This means that like vaccine pass holders, travellers can enter Norway for whatever reason they like, be that to visit friends and family or to visit the fjords.
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Green countries are countries with less than 25 Covid-19 cases per 100,000, this threshold will double on July 5th, meaning there will be more countries on the green list.
Currently, Iceland, Malta, Poland and Romania are all green countries.
Arrivals from green countries will be required to register and test at the border. However, they won’t need to enter quarantine or test before arrival.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has a list of green countries, that you can see here, based on data it receives from the ECDC.
Non EU/EEA, Schengen and UK travellers
Strict border restrictions for travellers outside the EU/EEA, Schengen and UK, remain in place.
Essentially, only residents and citizens can enter, bar a few exceptions which you can ready about here.
Those that are allowed to travel will need to fill out a registration form before travelling, provide a negative test taken within 24 hours of their arrival, test at the border and enter a quarantine hotel for a minimum of three days. They will be released after testing negative for coronavirus after three days.
They will have to complete the rest of the ten-day quarantine period at home or somewhere with a private bedroom and bathroom.
The quarantine hotel costs 500 kroner per night for adults and 250 kroner for children aged between 10-17.
As for travellers from the UK all arrivals will be required to spend a minimum of three days in a quarantine hotel due to the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant (first identified in India) in Great Britain. For more details see the link below.
After three days, they will be released from hotel quarantine once they return a negative PCR coronavirus test.
Once you are released from the hotel, you will be able to continue the 10-day quarantine period at home. This can be reduced to seven if you take another PCR test and it comes back negative.