Covid-19 information for international incoming students

Due to the covid-19 situation, the rules, requirements and restrictions in Norway can change on short notice.

We will update this website frequently, but we kindly ask you stay informed on the current restrictions on all times. 

Travelling to Norway

As of July 5th, the government has decided that more people will be granted entry into Norway. We also ask you to check out udi's pages frequently. As of today, the 'exception: foreigners residing in green areas/countries' are the most important for international students. 

'Since autumn of last year, almost the entire map of Europe has been red. That is changing now. As infection rates in Europe decline, more and more Europeans are permitted to enter Norway without quarantining, regardless of Covid-19 certificates and vaccine status.'

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will rescind it's global travel advice for the EEA/Schengen area, the UK and third countries on the EU's 'safe list that the Norwegian Institute of Public Health also defines as safe. The ministry's travel advice against non-essential travel for all countries outside the Schengen/EEA area and the UK will be extended until 10th of August (we do not know yet if this involves students as well).

'Safe' countries

As of the 5th of July, the government has decided to categorize countries by color which decides the regulations for quarantine and entry. The FHI has made a map showing the overview of which countries are deemed as green/safe. 

  • Green/safe countries: No requirment to get tested before coming to Norway and no need to quarantine. Still has to fill in the registration form before entering Norway and will get tested at the border upon entry (this is free). 
  • Orange countries: As for now, orange countries have the same restrictions as red countries. This may be subject for change later. 
  • (Dark)Red countries/: It's very limited who is allowed entry from these countries, those who are allowed entry must have a document providing a negative covid-19 test before departure, need to fill in the registration form, has to get tested upon entry, and they need to go into a quarantine hotel. 
  • Puprle countries: Same restrictions as red countries, the differences does not apply to non-Norwegian citizens. 

EU Digital COVID certificate

On Thursday 24 June, Norway will connect to the EU’s Digital COVID certificate gateway. People who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months and have a valid COVID certificate may therefore enter Norway. They will not be subject to a duty to quarantine, test requirements, or entry registration. From 1 July, all European countries that are connected to the EUDCC gateway will be able to verify the Norwegian COVID-19 certificate at their borders.

Exceptions: Students

People who come from red or yellow areas/countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen and the United Kingdom must fall under one of the exceptions to travel to Norway now. The government has decided that international students will be one of these exceptions and can enter Norway from August 1st. 

What to keep in mind

Those allowed to enter Norway, must still comply with current Norwegian entry restrictions. There are several mandatory requirements for entering Norway and these rules and demands for documentation changes on short notices so it is vital to keep yourself updated: 

When making your travel arrangements there are two things you need to be aware of:  

  • Make sure that your tickets are refundable. USN recommends their students to find flexible and refundable options if available. USN will not cover any extra travel expenses if you for some reason are unable to travel to Norway on the given date you have booked your ticket.  

  • Make sure you have sufficient insurance. USN recommends students consider additional insurance coverage that can specifically cover any consequences of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  

Please stay updated at all times on the current rules and restrictions in Norway, especially for incoming travel.

Important information on arrival 

Covid-19 test before arrival: Those that are allowed to enter the country have to present a negative Covid-19 test, no older than 24 hours.The government has set certain requirements for the negative Covid-19 test, please make sure that you have read and understood these requirements. The exception from this is those arriving from green/safe countries. The cost of this test differs from the country you are travelling from. USN does not cover any expenses for these tests. 

Registration: You have to register online 72 hours before departure. 

Mandatory testing after arrival: As of the 2nd of January 2021, the government has imposed mandatory testing or Covid-19 for all travellers to Norway upon arrival at border controls/airports. This test is usually free. Therefore, travellers must enter Norway through border stations with testing facilities or through border stations with police control. Make sure to check that the border control you plan to arrive at is open. NOTE: This does not impact the rule of a negative test upon arrival, and you still have to present a negative test.

Quarantine hotels: All incoming students should have recieved a document regarding quarantine hotels. USN covers the cost of quarantine hotels (500/night) for international incoming students. More detailed information will be launched by the end of June.

Check out helsenorge for more information on entry to Norway.


For those of you that have not been vaccinated and do not posess a "vaccine passport", you will recieve an offer to get vaccinated after arrival to Norway. This will most likely take place during the autumn semester. In order to be in the vaccination queue, you need to let your host municipality know. This applies to both degree-seeking and exchange students. There will be more information about this given once it's coorinated with the municipalities. 

Health-related info

  • If you are a European citizen, remember to bring your European Health Card This card must be presented at all doctor’s appointments, emergency room receptions etc or else your expenses might not be covered.  

  • If you are a citizen from a non-EU country, you must have a valid health insurance that will cover your expenses. This also applies to full-degree seeking students that are residing for more than 6 months, as it can take a long time before you are registered and can use the national health insurance scheme.  

  • Remember that even though you are covered, you will most likely have to pay a small fee when visiting the doctor, going to the hospital etc. This is usually around 20-40 euros.