Norwegian government has closed the borders for all but Norwegian citizens and foreigners that possess a residence or work permit. Everybody that doesn’t have a residence permit or work permi must leave the country. The government also discourage all non-essential domestic travel.
From Thursday 10th of March until Monday 13th of April 2020, the following rules apply:
- The government has closed the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence or work permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. The main airports will stay open so that foreigners and tourists travelling in Norway can return home.
- In addition, temporary entry and exit controls will be introduced at the internal Schengen border.
- Travellers not residing in Norway or having a work permit are instructed to leave the country as soon as possible.
- Norwegian main airports are not closing. All Norwegian citizens and persons who live or work in Norway will continue to be let into the country. Exemptions will therefore be provided for European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and their family members who reside in Norway. Exemptions are also being prepared for EEA citizens who work in Norway.
- People with Norwegian passports or residence/work permits who have arrived in Norway from another country must stay in quarantine at home for 14 days after arrival, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. If they have symptoms, they must be isolated immediately.
- All travellers coming from abroad must undergo quarantine if they wish to stay in Norway. One provision in the regulations provides that persons who travel in connection with work between their home and workplace, and in so doing cross the borders between Norway, Sweden and Finland, are exempt from the duty of quarantine.
We emphasise that if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, you must remain in isolation, and you may not leave the country.
- NOTE: VESTERÅLEN/LOFOTEN: Local measures; Travelers arriving to Vesterålen and Lofoten after staying in regions south of Nordland county, must home quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
- Transit passengers: People free of illness and symptoms may fly to their final destination to be quarantined in their own home.
- Most domestic transport is to continue as normal as possible for the moment, but avoid all kinds of travel that are not strictly necessary (both domestic and abroad).
- Avoid public transport if you can.
- Avoid other places where you can easily get close to others.
- For update information and travel advice, see the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
NOTE: MORE COUNTRIES NOW CLOSE THE ENTRY LIMITS. BE AWARE IF YOU TRY TO GET HOME! SEE AVINORS DEPARTURE INFO HERE
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You can also contact your embassy for more information.
Medical contact information in Norway
If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, sore throat, chest pain and breathing difficulties while in Norway, please stay in your hotel room/appartment and contact hotel guest service by telephone.
Don't go to hospital yourself, contact the service number and explain your situation. This is the best and most effective way to receive competent and prompt help.
Only contact the 24-hour Norwegian medical service if you are in need of medical assistance.
Extraordinary measures in Vesterålen
Most of the attractions in the Vesterålen region are now temporarily closed to prevent further spreading of the virus. All upcomming culture- and sport events the next few weeks are also cancelled.
Many of the restaurants are closed. Those who are open have strong restrictions on number of guests allowed and extra safety rules to avvoid spreading the virus.
There are no closures on the public transport network at the moment but reduction in scheduled services may occur .
Shopping malls have restricted their opening hours.
Grocery stores and pharmacies are open as normal.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water. Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to water.To avoid the spread of the virus, make sure you:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing, or cough into your albow.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
- Keep distance of one meter to other people
You can find all the tips to avoid the spreading of the virus at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website.
The Official Tourist Information Office is temporarily closed from the 13th of March 2020
Due to the Norwegian Health Authority's decision to implement strict bans on travel to, and inside the country, we have closed the tourist information.
We are available for digital chat and advice through our email and social media channels if you need to reach us:
We apoloigize for any inconvenience this may cause you and will be happy to help you digitally!
Updated information from the Directorate of Health: