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Norway Reopening Borders For Tourism: Everything You Need To Know

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Norway officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 15th, 2020 to most European countries including the UK.

However, since that original reopening date the countries permitted, as well as entry requirements and rules, have been modified many times as cases surge again across Europe. 

Town in Norway

Countries that will be permitted to visit Norway without a 10 day quarantine:

EU countries that have lower transmissions of the virus will be considered on the ‘YELLOW’ list, which allows them entry without a 10-day quarantine or testing. 

(accurate as of Nov 11)

Finland (some areas)

Yellow Countries Permitted - Red Countries Quarantine (Oct 11)

Countries that can still visit (with PCR testing)

EU/EU+/Schengen Nations

Norway is still allowing EU/Schengen nations to visit during this time, however all arrivals must bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival into Norway. 

In conjunction with the PCR testing requirement, all arrivals from ‘RED’ countries must also quarantine for 10-days. 

Yellow Countries Permitted - Red Countries Quarantine (Oct 11)
Norway Northern Lights

Third-Party Countries Permitted Into Norway

Norway will not allow any third-party countries without a 10 day quarantine at this time however they are making exceptions for the following people:

  • Workers with an employment contract
  • Students set to begin a course in the  2020/21 academic year
  • People from any country who hold a work or residence permit in Norway (10 day self-quarantine required)

What is open in Norway?

Most businesses have resumed operations but there may be some exemptions. Be sure to check with the individual business before traveling. 

Most of the following tourism services are now open including:

  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • spas
  • shops
  • malls
  • tours

Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø said the move was “good news” for Norway’s tourism industry: “Tourism companies across the country can now receive guests from a number of countries in Europe again. The opening will provide greater income to the companies and get more people back to work.”

bergen norway

Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in home quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe (see the map). 

The list of countries with exemption may change rapidly so travellers and the overview will be updated at least every second week.

Norway Mountains

Couples Reuniting in Norway

On July 15, Norway started allowing lovers to reunite under new entry requirements. Couples will need to show proof that the relationship has existed for at least 9 months, and that they have met at least once before in person.

Example: An American with a Norwegian girlfriend can now reunite in Norway, despite the current travel ban.

We have all the details like how to apply, what proof is needed, and everything else you need to know on our #LoveIsNotTourism page

Disclaimer: Norway’s reopening news is being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally published July 10 with updates

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Saturday 5th of December 2020

Hello please I have a france residence permit with Nigeria passport and I want to come to Norway and visit my family friend for Christmas just for 7days, will I be allowed to come in to Norway??

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 6th of December 2020

No sorry not at this time


Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Hi I am from it possible to visit Svalbard and Norway from dubia

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

No sorry not at this time


Monday 16th of November 2020

I am from Kenya and my fiance is in Norway. He's currently sick and was planning to visit him. Will I be allowed? Thanks in advance.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Kenya is not an approved country for entering Norway. If he is a legal resident or citizen of Norway, they might make an exception for unmarried couples to reunite, but you would have to apply through the consulate


Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Hi! I applied as an au pair in Norway. I have been granted a aresidence permit last july 04,2020. Am I allow to travel to Norway Now?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

I do not have information on resident permits, only tourism, so it would be best to ask the consulate

Courtenay E

Friday 25th of September 2020

Hey! I was looking to travel to Norway from the US, is there any idea of when I’d be able to do this with or without a self-quarantine? Also what conditions constitute an acceptable self-quarantine, would a hotel be an acceptable place to quarantine?

Thank you, any advice or information would be much appreciated!!

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 25th of September 2020

Residents of the USA are not permitted into Norway at this time, even with a 14-day quarantine