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October 19, 2023

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Norway

Norway
Kingdom of Norway
Exercise normal precautions in Norway.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed. 

Exercise normal precautions in Norway.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Norway.  

If you decide to travel to Norway:

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Embassy Messages

Alerts

Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


Six months recommended

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


Two pages

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


25,000 Norwegian Kroner (or equivalent), not including traveler’s checks

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


25,000 Norwegian Kroner (or equivalent), without prior approval

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Oslo

Morgedalsvegen 36,
0378 Oslo,
Norway
Mailing address: PO Box 4075 AMB, 0244 Oslo, Norway
Telephone:
+(47) 2130-8540
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(47) 2130-8540
Fax: +(47) 2256-2751
Email: 

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

COVID-19 Requirements

There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens. 

Visit the Royal Norwegian Embassy website for the most current visa information.

Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay if you plan on transiting a Schengen country; review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page.   
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket. 
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Norway. 

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights) 

For more information, see our Terrorism page. 

Crime:  Norway has a low level of crime and violent crime is uncommon.

  • The most likely forms of crime, especially in the Oslo metropolitan area, include residential and office burglaries and petty thefts.
  • Pickpocketing and petty theft occur more frequently in major tourist areas, hotel lobbies, train and transit stations, and surrounding areas. The Oslo Central train station is an especially popular area for pickpockets and bag snatchers.
  • Although rare, violent and weapons-related crimes do occur in areas known to have drug trafficking and gang problems, such as certain parts of eastern Oslo. As in any other urban area, you should remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

International Financial Scams:  See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(47) 2130-8540. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • assist you in accessing Norway’s program to provide financial compensation to victims who suffer serious criminal injuries, via the Norwegian Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Victims may also contact:

Police (non-emergency)  02 800 
Oslo Emergency Room  116 117 
Helpline for Children and Youth  116 111 
Hotline for Victims of Sexual Assault  800 57 000 
DIXI Center for Victims of Rape  22 44 40 50 
Oslo Crisis Center  22 48 03 80 
National Association for Victims of Crime  22 16 40 00

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are usually identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. At certain times of year, there are increased risks of avalanche and hidden crevasses in mountainous areas throughout Norway.  Rapid weather changes may also create hazards in backcountry areas.  We encourage you to check with local authorities and websites showing current conditions before engaging in outdoor sporting activities. If you plan to travel to Svalbard, please see more information below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. For instance, it is generally illegal to carry knives or other sharp objects in Norway. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities before practicing or operating a business.  

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  See our webpage for further information.

Svalbard: The Svalbard archipelago consists of nine main islands located midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.  You need a passport to enter Svalbard.

  • Unlike Norway’s mainland, Svalbard is not party to the Schengen Agreement and air travelers to Svalbard from Norway will depart the Schengen Zone prior to boarding.
  • Travelers to Svalbard face unique hazards given the extreme weather conditions and limited transport infrastructure.
  • The U.S. Embassy has no direct representation on Svalbard, limiting its ability to provide emergency consular services.
  • Verify that you have adequate travel, medical, and medical evacuation insurance to cover the potential costs of medical treatment or repatriation before you travel to Svalbard.
  • Although road systems exist within the three largest towns – Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, and Ny-Alesund – they do not connect with each other, making sea, snowmobile, or limited air service the only options for traveling throughout Svalbard.
  • Tourism to Ny-Alesund is restricted due to its status as a research facility and the danger of polar bear attacks.
  • There have been several reported instances of death or injury to tourists in the Svalbard archipelago due to animal attacks and boating incidents, often involving unpredictable weather or ocean conditions.
  • In cases of illness or injury, a clinic in Longyearbyen can provide limited emergency care until medical evacuation to Tromsoe is available.
  • You should consult the Svalbard Tourist Board for the latest travel conditions and information before you go.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States.  See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Child Protection Laws:  The treatment of children is taken very seriously in Norway. All forms of corporal punishment of children are against the law, and any form of violence, humiliating treatment, or neglect may result in the child being taken away from parents by the Norwegian authorities and placed into long-term care by Norway’s social services.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

LGBTQI+Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Norway.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:  While in Norway, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that in the United States.

  • Oslo Gardermoen International Airport is accessible to wheelchair users and the staff is very helpful with accessibility issues.
  • The Oslo subway/light-rail system (T-banen) has above-average wheelchair accessibility.
  • Taxi drivers are generally helpful in assisting wheelchair users.  It is possible to order taxis with wheelchair lifts.
  • From December to March it is extremely difficult for wheelchair users to navigate Oslo’s streets without assistance due to snow and ice.
  • Shopping malls, hotels, public buildings, and most modern structures will have accessible toilets.
  • Fewer than half of the restaurants in Norway are wheelchair accessible and many have restrooms located up or down a flight of stairs.
  • Many modern public structures, such as shopping centers, substitute inclined moving walkways/ramps for elevators, which are difficult for wheelchair users to use safely.
  • Norway’s Tourist Board website offers accessibility information specifically for ferries.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

There are several options for obtaining COVID-19 tests at local clinics, at your own expense (from $70-$200 per person, depending on test type and wait time).  

Results are provided via email or may be picked up at some clinics as soon as two hours after testing. 

COVID-19 Vaccines: The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Norway. Vaccinations are provided by the municipalities in Norway. In Oslo, vaccinations are available at the Nydalen vaccination centre. Visit the Nydalen vaccination centre website for contact details and hours. Visit the FDA's website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  

Medical facilities are widely available and of high quality but may be limited outside larger urban areas. The remote and sparse populations in northern Norway and the dependence on ferries to cross fjords of western Norway may affect transportation and ready access to medical facilities. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo maintains a list of emergency medical and dental clinics in major cities.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Norway to ensure the medication is legal in Norway.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Ambulance services are widely available.

Air Quality:  Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. 

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Health facilities in general:

  • Adequate health facilities are available throughout the country, but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards.
  • Medical staff may speak limited English.
  • Generally, in public hospitals only minimal staff is available overnight in non-emergency wards. 
  • Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery 

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Norway.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications. 
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Norway.  

Pharmaceuticals 

  • Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often more difficult to obtain in Norway. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States.  Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States.  Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States.  Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.  
  • Norway does not allow the importation of some medications that are legal in the United States by prescription.   Please review Norway’s rules on medications:  Bringing medicines into Norway by travel - Legemiddelverket

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy

  • Surrogacy is illegal in Norway.

Adventure Travel 

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel.
  • The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are usually identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities.
  • In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country.  Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance.
  • At certain times of year, there are increased risks of avalanche and hidden crevasses in mountainous areas throughout Norway.  Rapid weather changes may also create hazards in backcountry areas.  We encourage you to check with local authorities and websites showing current conditions before engaging in outdoor sporting activities.
  • If you plan to travel to Svalbard, please see more information above.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: The maintenance and condition of urban roads is generally good. Rural road conditions are fair, and the availability of roadside assistance is limited.

  • Roadside assistance is mainly provided by two service providers in Norway: Viking (phone number +47 06000) and Falck (phone number +47 02222). Both service providers operate with 24/7 duty phones.
  • Most roadways beyond the city limits of Oslo and other major cities tend to be simple two-lane roads. In mountainous areas of Norway, the roads tend to be narrow, winding, and have many tunnels.
  • Road conditions vary greatly, depending on weather and time of year. Extreme weather, floods, and landslides can occur. This can disrupt both rail and road travel.
  • The use of winter tires is mandatory on all motor vehicles from November to April.
  • Many mountain roads are closed due to snow from late fall to late spring.

Traffic Laws: Norwegian law requires that drivers always use headlights when driving. Norwegian law also requires drivers to yield to vehicles coming from the right, except in a traffic circle, when drivers are required to yield to vehicles already in the circle.

  • Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and passengers.
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving; violators risk a fine of 1,300 kroner (approximately $215).
  • Automatic cameras placed by the police along roadways help enforce speed limits, which are often lower than in other European countries. Fines – and sometimes even jail time – are imposed for violations.
  • The maximum legal blood alcohol content level for driving a car in Norway is .02 percent. Police conduct frequent road checks with mandatory breathalyzer tests, and driving under the influence can lead to a stiff jail sentence.

Public Transportation: See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Norway’s Tourist Board and the Norwegian Council for Road Safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Norway’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Norway should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Norway. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: July 26, 2023

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Oslo
Morgedalsvegen 36 
0378 Oslo
Norway
Telephone
+(47) 2130-8540
Emergency
+(47) 2130-8540
Fax
+(47) 2256-2751

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