Covid-19: Travel in Norway

Text taken from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institute of Public Health websites. Last updated 12/07/2021.

The Republic of Ireland is now categorised as ‘orange’ in terms of risk by the Norwegian government. (Northern Ireland is still categorised ‘red’). This means Irish visitors arriving in Norway must quarantine for 10 days in a designated hotel at their own expense. Details may be found on the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Information may also be found on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health website.

The Norwegian Government recommends avoiding unnecessary travel from abroad, and has introduced additional requirements (7 November 2020).

  • People arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission (yellow areas and countries). To see an up-to-date map of the countries click here.
  • People who shall be in quarantine after entering Norway shall stay at a quarantine hotel. This does not apply to people resident in, or who own a home, in Norway, or if the employer provides a suitable place to stay with a private room.
  • Anyone arriving from “red” countries must present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. If they do not present a certificate, they may be refused entry. The requirement does not apply to Norwegians, people living in Norway, people in transit or people who frequently cross the border into Norway from Sweden and Finland to work.

All hotels, restaurants, shops, attractions and transport are open but must adhere to strict hygiene and cleansing regimes.

In Norway:

  • Social distancing between people is 1 metre.
  • Wearing face masks is not required, but is recommended in areas where social distancing may prove difficult.
  • Always think hygiene: observe cough/sneeze etiquette, wash your hands regularly
  • Queues are organized at 1m between people, e.g. at reception desks, toilets, etc.
  • Preferred payment method is contact free e.g. debit or credit card
  • If, during your stay, you feel ill with symptoms of Covid-19, immediately self-isolate, notify reception and contact a doctor. If you need to travel to your place of residence, take a taxi (and notify the driver of your condition so the cab may be cleaned afterwards).

Dining Facilities

  • Menus, salt, and pepper shakers, etc, will not be shared with other tables. You may need to ask your waiter for such items as they may not automatically be left on your table.
  • Buffet-style meals are not allowed. All guests must be seated with a distance of at least 1m between tables where guests are not from the same household.
  • Last admission 22:00 hrs. Guests’ contact details will be requested and recorded.
  • No sale of alcohol after midnight.
  • There is no upper limit for the number of people who can be in a dining location, this is decided based on the size of the facility, its ability to keep the necessary social distance and to maintain good hygiene.


  • Restaurants and dining rooms in hotels should follow the same requirements as other locations that serve food and drink.
  • Fitness rooms and hotel pools are open but must follow strict guidelines for maintaining good hygiene.
  • One-to-one treatment in spas etc., in hotels must follow the requirements for one-to-one businesses such as hairdressers, beauty salons, etc.
  • All decorative items that cannot be washed will be removed from hotel rooms.
  • Rooms and public areas will be cleaned between guests and during the day.

 Activities, Equipment Rental & Tours

  • Companies that offer activities must implement the necessary infection control measures to ensure safe operation. It is important to avoid crowding and to provide facilities for customers to perform good hand hygiene. They must have good cleaning routines in place, with regular cleaning of frequently used contact points.
  • For rental equipment, contact points on equipment such as bicycles, oars, climbing equipment, etc, must be cleaned with detergents after each use. Disinfectants can be used as an alternative to washing contact points. For textiles used close to the face (e.g. dry suits, survival suits, etc.) once the hoods, collars, etc., are washed they can be re-used immediately. Alternatively, the equipment must be left unused for at least 24 hours.
  • Tours such as rib boat and bus trips will have fewer guests in order to keep free space between guests.


  • Museums are open. They must implement necessary infection control measures to ensure responsible operation. Normal museum operation, where visitors explore the exhibits on their own, is not considered to be an event. For guided tours, lectures etc, the requirements for events apply.

Public Transport & Travel

  • Travel where you are mostly with your own family members, or others who you would already have been in contact with at home, as this poses less risk of transmission. Consider what you would do if you became sick and need to be isolated or go into quarantine. Remember travel insurance and check in advance whether it applies for where you will travel.
  • Avoid touching common contact points on public transport. Use contactless payment methods, pre-purchase tickets in advance, use travel cards, etc. Avoid crowds (where possible) at bus stops, train stations, etc.
  • Make sure you maintain good hand hygiene both before, during and after the trip. Pay special attention to this when you have been in direct contact with common touch points, such as handles, signal buttons, armrests, etc. Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.
  • On busses: handle your own luggage, use the back door. The first two seats are left vacant to ensure the safety of the driver. Only 50% occupancy – to keep distance between passengers. Family groups may sit together. Avoid face-to-face contact with other passengers where possible.
  • In taxis: sit in the back, use contactless payment methods
  • Consider walking instead of using public transport.
  • Try to schedule your journey at a time outside rush hour to reduce congestion on public transport, at stops, at ports, etc. If you stand back-to-back, or behind someone in a queue, there is less risk of transmission. If you are sitting next to someone outside your travel group there should be a metre from shoulder to shoulder.
  • If you see that there is congestion on the means of transport you had planned to travel on, consider waiting for the next departure or postponing the journey until later.
  • Avoid coughing and sneezing in the direction of fellow passengers. If you need to cough or sneeze, do this in a disposable handkerchief or in your elbow.
  • Make sure to show consideration for fellow passengers and other travellers, especially older people.

Hurtigruten Ships

Please click the link to read specific information relating to travel on Hurtigruten ships.

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