Norway Traveler Information - Travel Advice 2021
Travel Advice with a Travel Advisory overview from the US State Department. Here we cover Visa, Safety & Security, local Laws and Insurance in our Norway Traveler Information guide.
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PASSPORT VALIDITY: Six months recommended.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: Two pages.
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays under 90 days.
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
Mailing address: PO Box 4075 AMB, 0244 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +(47) 2130-8540
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(47) 2130-8540
Fax: +(47) 2256-2751
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Norway for information on U.S. – Norway relations.
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
Visit the Royal Norwegian Embassy website for the most current visa information.
Norway is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Norway for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
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.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
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.
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.
- 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 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. 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.
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.
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:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Norway.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: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.
- Taxis 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 handicap 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.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
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.
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:
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.
- The Norwegian Government’s Crisis Information website provides information and advice to the public before, during, and after a crisis. 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.
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
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
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.