Norway is one of the European countries that have kept some of the strictest restrictions in order in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within its territory.
The country still continues to do so and advises against non-essential international travel, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, the advice does not apply to countries that are part of the European Economic Area/Schengen area, the United Kingdom or other third countries included in Norway’s purple list.
At present, the possibility for foreigners to enter Norway is very limited. As such, in order to make it easier for travelers to check whether or not they can enter the territory of the latter, the Norwegian authorities have created a color-coded chart.
Thus, based on the color of the list on which the country is placed, it is determined whether travelers need to be tested and quarantined and informed of the rules they have to follow.
Travel to Norway from the countries on the green list
According to the Norwegian authorities, travelers from a European country on the Green List are not subject to testing and quarantine requirements, regardless of their vaccination status, as the infection rate in these areas is very low.
Those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have recovered from illness within the past six months, are also exempt from the entry test requirement, and do not need to fill out a travel registration form, provided they present a valid Norwegian or European COVID-19 certificate.
“Currently, only submitting a COVID-19 certificate (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or EU digital COVID certificate) with a QR code that can be verified by Norwegian authorities is a safe and verifiable way to prove previous vaccination or illness,” he notes. Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
At present, Norway’s green list includes the following countries and regions:
Austria Bulgaria Czech Republic Germany Greenland Hungary Latvia Liechtenstein Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Finland: Länsi-Pohja SVD, Mellersta Österbotten SVD, Östra Savolax SVD, Norra Karelens SVD, Södra Karelens Finland SVD, Syd-DÖster and SVgentliVDna SVD Gävleborg, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Örebro
It has been emphasized that people coming from green countries/areas are required to remain self-isolating for ten days upon entry into Norway if they have visited or transited an orange, red or purple country/area in the past ten days.
However, those who have traveled without using public transportation or without staying overnight in an orange/red/purple country do not need to follow these rules.
Travel to Norway from the countries on the orange and red list
Unlike arrivals from green-listed countries, people arriving in Norway from an orange or red country need to follow several rules.
According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), all previously unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers arriving in Norway from one of the countries listed below must have a negative test certificate before entry, fill out a registration form, undergo testing at the border, and go into quarantine.
However, Norwegian authorities have confirmed that those who have been fully vaccinated and who have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from all of these measures, regardless of which country they are traveling from.
Norway’s orange and red list currently includes these countries and regions:
Belgium Estonia Faroe Islands Greece France Iceland Italy Croatia Lithuania Ireland Luxembourg Malta Portugal San Marino Switzerland Vatican City Denmark: Denmark Capital Region, Central Jutland, Northern Jutland, Zealand, Southern Denmark (Von and Southern Jutland) Finland: Birkalands SVD, Centrala Tavastalands SVD, Egentliga Finlands SVD, Helsingfors och Nylands SVD, Kajanalands SVD, Kymmenedalens SVD, Lapplands SVD, Mellersta Finlands SVD, Norra Karelens SVD, Norra Savolax SVD, Norra Österbottens SVD, Päijat-Häijat Halland SVD, Gotta SVD and Sweden Norrbotten, Skåne, Stockholm, Västra Götaland, Värmland, Östergötland
Previously, Iceland, Italy and San Marino were part of the Green List, but they have been moved to this list due to the worsening COVID-19 situation.
Travel to Norway from the countries included in the dark red list
Countries included in Norway’s dark red list have recently had high infection rates and are considered highly contagious. For this reason, Norway maintains the strictest restrictions on arrivals from the following countries/regions:
Andorra Cyprus UK Monaco Netherlands Greece: Crete, Southern Aegean Islands France: Corsica Spain: Balearic Islands
The same rules for arrivals from countries on the red and orange list apply to people coming from a country on the dark red list.
The only difference is that non-vaccinated and non-exhausted travelers coming from one of the above countries/regions need to stay self-isolating in a quarantine hotel for three days and then the self-isolation period can be completed at another suitable accommodation.
Similar to travelers from other categories, those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 are not subject to testing and quarantine rules.
Have you been fully vaccinated or have had covid-19 in the past six months and can you document this with a valid Norwegian or European Corona certificate with QR code? After that you can travel to Norway, you are exempt from quarantine to enter and you do not need to obtain a certificate Test negative, fill out a login form, or take a test at the border. This applies no matter what country you come from.”
Earlier, TheSchengen.com reported that the Norwegian government decided to extend the advice against non-essential travel to all countries until September 1. However, this decision will not apply to travel to the European Union, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom.
Travel to Norway from the third epidemiologically safe countries on the purple list
Except for all EU/EEA/Schengen area countries mentioned above, travelers from the following third countries included in Norway’s purple list are also allowed to enter the country.
Albania Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina Canada Kosovo Moldova New Zealand North Macedonia Saudi Arabia Singapore Taiwan Ukraine
All people arriving from these three countries are subject to the same rules as arrivals from the red countries. Children under the age of 18 must also follow the admission requirements.
“Children under the age of 18 coming from outside an EU Member State, who do not hold the EUDCC, must be subject to mandatory quarantine. Quarantine can end if they show a negative result of the PCR test performed no later than three days after access,” the authorities said in a statement.
Travel from other countries not mentioned in any of the lists is not allowed and is strongly discouraged.
What is open to tourists in Norway?
According to a press release from the Norwegian government on August 2, tourist attractions are open in the country while restrictions remain in place.
Thus, all people arriving in Norway will find that most places are open, including shopping malls, hotels, galleries and cinemas. Bars, restaurants and cafes are also open until midnight.
In addition, sporting events, cultural and recreational activities are also held in the country, provided that the size of adult groups indoors is not more than 30 people. As for the outdoor areas, 40 people are allowed to be in the same environment.
Norway passport vaccination
Norway has started accepting and issuing the EU COVID-19 digital certificate since June 24. This means that all Norwegian citizens, as well as citizens of other countries who hold the EU Digital COVID-19 Card, can travel freely and within European countries and Norway without being subject to strict restrictions.
The EU Digital COVID-19 Passport has been created by the European Union Commission with the aim of facilitating travel within Europe and has these features:
A one-page document issued in digital or paper format provided in the national language and English for free Safe and secure Recognized in all EU countries Do not forget travel insurance when traveling to Norway
All vacationers planning to visit Norway or any other EU country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance packages that cover epidemic and pandemic situations.
This purchase assures all travelers that if their flight is canceled due to an unexpected increase in COVID-19 cases, most of their money spent on booking the flight is refunded.
Affordable Norway travel insurance can be purchased from Europ Assistance, AXA Assistance or MondialCare.
COVID-19 status and vaccination rate in Norway
According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of August 11, Norway has identified 140,830 cases of COVID-19, with only 1,051 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. In addition, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported 804 deaths related to the health effects of the coronavirus.
Regarding the vaccination rate, Norway has provided at least 5,666,199 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. Assuming that each person needs two doses to be considered vaccinated, this means that 37.6 percent of the country’s total population has been fully immunized.
Everything you need to know before visiting other EU countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic
European countries currently apply different rules and restrictions. If you are planning to travel to other EU countries except Norway this summer, the following guides provide all the information you need to know before booking a flight: