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Immediate restrictions – borders closed for travelers to Norway

In practice, the border is closed to everyone who does not live in Norway but there are some exceptions.

The border is closed to everyone who does not live in Norway, with some exeptions.

In practice, the border is closed to everyone who does not live in Norway but there are some exceptions. This ensures that critical goods and services arrive in Norway, but it means that many working immigrants cannot come in the coming weeks. Many whom, for example, will work in the fishing and processing industry have come to Norway and either in quarantine or finished with quarantine. But some companies will experience that they lack manpower and may suffer delays and other problems in relation to their capacity to deliver.

The following groups no longer have access to Norway:

  • Foreigners residing in the EEA area and EEA citizens residing in third countries (unless they are covered by exceptions that also apply to third-country nationals)
  • Family members who are not close relatives, both for EEA citizens and others. This means that grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children and boyfriends can no longer visit
  • Foreigners from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or studies, including seasonal work, and as a student
  • Foreigners who are to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement for a residence permit

Exceptions are still made for some groups. The following groups have access to entry in Norway:

  • Foreigners residing in Norway
  • If special reasons indicate that the foreigner is given the right to enter, such as special care responsibilities for persons in Norway or other strong welfare considerations
  • Foreigners who are to spend time with children
  • Close family members of persons residing in Norway, ie spouse / registered partner / cohabitant, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren
  • Journalists and other personnel on behalf of a foreign media institution
  • Foreigners who are going to stopover at an airport in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen)
  • Seafarers and personnel in aviation
  • Foreigner who carries out freight and passenger transport
  • Foreigners who work within critical social functions
  • Health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care service

As a starting point for what is considered critical societal functions, reference can be made to the following list from the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning:

  • Management and crisis management
  • Defense
  • Law and order
  • Health and care, including pharmacy and cleaning
  • Rescue service
  • Digital security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and wastewater
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communication
  • Transportation
  • Satellite-based services


We will update this article when the case developes.

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