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Security Status Last Updated: 22 October 2020
Latest Travel Alert
COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on dfa.ie/Travel
Travel to Norway
Anyone considering travel to Norway should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.
Passengers entering Norway who have proof of full vaccination or who have had COVID-19 in the last six months are exempt from quarantine providing they can show proof of vaccination/recovery. Currently, only presentation of a COVID-19 certificate (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or EU digital COVID certificate) with a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities is considered to be a secure and verifiable way of proving vaccination or previous illness.
Partially vaccinated passengers must quarantine – at a private residence – for three days upon arrival and can exit quarantine after this time providing they test negative via PCR test. Full information on entry requirements for Norway can be found here.
Children between 12 and 18 must test negative via PCR or antigen test 24 hours before travel to Norway.
All passengers, with the exception of fully vaccinated persons and persons who have had COVID-19 during the past six months, are obliged to register when entering Norway by completing a travel registration form before travelling to the country. Registration can be completed here. In addition, they must take an antigen test at their port of entry in Norway.
Restrictions are in place throughout Norway, and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Please refer to https://www.fhi.no/en/ for information about national and local restrictions.
Additional advice and information on COVID-19 in Norway can be found via the following links:
General Travel Advice
You can contact the emergency services in Norway by dialling 110 or 112.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Petty crime does happen in Norway but at a low level compared to other European countries. However, you should be alert against mugging, bag-snatching and pick-pocketing, particularly in the airports and railway stations around Oslo and take sensible precautions.
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
- Assaults against women have been on the increase. Avoid walking alone through Oslo parks at night, avoid shortcuts and stick to well-lit areas.
Reporting a crime
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Norway, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy if you need help.
The rules of the road in Norway are broadly similar to those in Ireland, and roads are modern and well maintained. However, distances between towns are very long in some parts of the country and driving often takes longer than expected. And you need to be especially careful in winter, when narrow roads in rural or suburban areas may be hazardous and impassable.
If you want to drive:
- Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught. Roadside checks for alcohol are frequent, and submission to a breathalyser test is mandatory. The drink driving limit is 0.20 pro ml
- Be aware of Norway’s traffic laws, such as speed limits, which are stricter than Ireland and rigorously enforced
- Winter tyres are mandatory from approximately 1 November to 15 April
- Throughout the year, you should keep your headlights on at all times when driving
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
General laws and customs
While Norwegian society may seem similar to Ireland, travellers may not be aware of subtle legal and cultural differences. Norwegian family law, for example, can be very different from that of Ireland; visitors and long-term residents are encouraged to therefore familiarize themselves with local legal differences to avoid potential problems. Persons violating Norway’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Avoid drugs of any kind when in Norway. A number of foreign tourists have been arrested in previous years in possession of khat, a substance illegal in Norway and Ireland but legal in some other European countries. Possession of even small quantities of any drug is strictly prohibited and laws are strictly enforced.
Norway is not a member of the EU so you may be able to get refunds of the VAT on goods you bought in the country, subject to certain minimum spends and conditions. VAT is normally refunded to you at the airport before you leave Norway. Many shops operate a VAT-refund shopping system for non-residents. Get more information on VAT refunds.
Visiting in summer
We recommend insect repellent in summer months, particularly if you’re planning to visit forests, lakes or mountainous regions. Get local advice on weather conditions and suitable specialist equipment before going off the beaten track.
Swimming in either the fjords, seas or freshwater locations is very popular in the summer time in Norway but accidents do happen. Make sure to seek out information on all local swimming spots and when in doubt err on the side of caution, especially in remote locations.
Visiting in winter
The winter is long in Norway (it can last well into April) and temperatures can drop to well below freezing point. Bring warm clothes and practical footwear to cope with icy roads and pavements. You can buy special clamp-on shoe grips locally to give extra security in icy conditions. Get local advice on weather conditions and specialised equipment before you undertake any outdoor activities. The Norwegians say there is no such thing as a bad winter, only bad winter clothing. They are correct!
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
You need a valid passport to visit Norway and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. Irish passport holders do not require a visa to enter Norway but should note that all EU citizens living in Norway for more than 3 months must register themselves with the Norwegian Immigration authorities.
The currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).
While cashpoints are available and accept foreign cards, the use of cash in Norway is becoming increasingly rare and some commercial outlets will now only accept payment via card. Be aware that foreign credit cards are not always accepted as a means of payment in some Norwegian supermarkets and petrol stations.
Visiting the Arctic
Arctic travel is increasingly popular with tourists, and most go by ship. As some of the more remote areas of the Arctic can be uncharted, so you should check the operational experience of cruise operators before you travel and make sure there are adequate on-board medical facilities.
If you’re travelling independently, we advise you to plan an emergency back-up, in case things go wrong.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
If you need emergency assistance outside normal working hours, please dial the Embassy switchboard at +47 2201 7200. The mobile telephone number of the officer on duty will be available on the answering machine. Alternatively, you can contact the 24-hour duty officer in Dublin at +353 1 478 0822.
Embassy of Ireland
Haakon VII's Gt.1
Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30
Consulate of Ireland, Bergen, Norway
Mr Gavin Collins
Honorary Consul of Ireland
Christies gate 3A
Tel: +47 46788912
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.