Norway has lifted some immigration and travel restrictions that were put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • Business travel is now permitted for nationals or residents of Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Sweden who are traveling from one of these six countries/regions.
  • Business travelers coming from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland or Gotland (Sweden) are exempted from quarantine. Business travelers coming from other parts of Sweden are also exempted from quarantine requirements, but must avoid close contact with other people as much as possible when working and traveling.
  • Nationals or residents of Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland or Gotland (Sweden) can, from June 15, travel to Norway on vacation and are exempted from quarantine. This means that quarantine-on-arrival and entry restrictions will no longer apply to travelers who are residents of one of these countries/regions.
  • EU/EEA nationals who have a contract to begin working in Norway can now travel to the country. They can be joined by family members (spouse or partner and minor children), provided the family members are also EU nationals. Travel remains restricted for family members who are not EU/EEA nationals. Such family members will be permitted to travel to Norway if they can do so without a visa (i.e., if they hold a resident permit in an EU/EEA country or are nationals of a country for which Norway does not have a visa requirement).
  • Travelers arriving in Norway will be quarantined, but the time of the quarantine was recently reduced from 14 days to 10. As noted above, business travelers from the Nordic countries and holiday travelers from the Nordic countries, except Sweden, are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

Additional information: Other travel restrictions remain in place. Besides those mentioned above, foreign nationals who hold a valid residence permit in Norway or EU/EEA nationals who already live or work in Norway will be permitted entry. Individuals who were granted a resident permit after April 20 are not permitted to enter Norway, though there are some exceptions. The changes have eased entry restrictions for a limited number of travelers, namely business travelers from Nordic countries, EU/EEA nationals moving to Norway for work and their family members.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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