Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19)
Travelers from red countries must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. If the person does not present such a test, he or she may be refused entry. The certificate has to be in either Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.
19. Jan 2021
All countries outside Schengen/EEA are defined as red countries.
Everyone who arrives Norway from a country with a high infection rate (a red country) must be in quarantine for 10 days.
Persons who come to Norway must have a permanent residence in the country, or an employer providing a suitable place of residence upon arrival, i.e. single room accommodation for the first 10 days of their stay in Norway. Persons, including tourists and visitors, who do not have their own residence or an employer providing accommodation in Norway, must stay in a quarantine hotel and undergo testing during the quarantine period. This also applies to people visiting family members in Norway.
The regulations will come into force midnight, Monday 9 November.
For more information regarding quarantine conditions please consult the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s webpage:
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway and exemptions, please visit:
Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20)
Press release from the Norwegian Government: Romantic partners and family members of Norwegians may now come to Norway to visit (10.07.20)
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A
Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor
Additional visa documentation required due to the Covid-19 situation:
Reservation of roundtrip airline tickets with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area and specifying entry and exit from Norway. The ticket should be bought only after the visa has been granted.
Note: If the application is approved, the visa will be issued according to the dates on the booking.
A detailed plan of return:
- Name of medical institution where the nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test will be taken in Norway and in the transit country, and documentation stating that these tests fulfill the Chinese foreign missions’ requirements for the green health code in Norway and in the transit country.
- Hotel booking in the transit country if needed in order to have time to take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests, and obtain the green health codes.
Travel medical insurance for the duration of the stay in the Schengen area with a minimum coverage of EURO 30 000, including coverage of Covid-19 medical treatment.
Registration form for persons travelling to Norway
From 21 December 2020, all travelers entering Norway are required to register their name, contact details, place of quarantine, employer (if applicable) and any other information requested. The purpose of registration is to ensure compliance with the quarantine requirements, enhance infection control and promote more effective contact tracing.
The registration form must be filled in prior to arrival in Norway, and be handed in to the police at the border control. The registration form can be found here: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/self-declaration-form-for-persons-who-are-to-undergo-entry-quarantine/id2791503
More information about the registration requirement can be found at the website of the Norwegian Government: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/government-introduced-registration-requirement-for-all-people-entering-norway/id2815594/
Mandatory testing at the border
The government has introduced mandatory testing at the border for people who have been to an area that necessitates quarantine upon arrival in Norway, which includes China. This means that people will no longer be permitted to pass testing centres at airports, ports or land border crossings. Neither will they be permitted to take a test in their home municipality. Effective from Monday 18 January 2021, testing must take place at the point of entry to Norway. Testing is free.
Reduced opening hours and submission possibility for VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers unless they fall inn under one of the excemptions as listed on the UDI webpage link above. The application centers are open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway.
Please note the following information concerning VFS Norway visa application centers for submission of applications for residence permits to Norway:
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