Foreign workers and contractors travelling to Norway

Are you a foreign worker or contractor travelling to Norway to work? The following is required prior to entry into Norway.

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Are you fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19? 

You can enter Norway freely, if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the last 6 months, and you can present a valid COVID certificate.

These corona certificates are valid upon entry into Norway:

  • Scandinavian COVID certificate
  • The EU digital COVID Certificate
  • NHS Covid Pass from England or Wales
  • COVID certificate from Northern Ireland
  • COVID-19 Vaccination certificate from Scotland

All certificates, with the exception of the EU digital COVID certificate, must be verifiable by the Norwegian authorities by a QR-code.

If you have a valid COVID-19 certificate, you are exempt from

  • entry quarantine
  • testing before arrival
  • testing at the border
  • registration in the entry register

Read more about corona certificate (helsenorge.no)

If you have not been fully vaccinated or have not had COVID-19, you must do the following:

Before you arrive in Norway

1. Check that the work you will perform is exempt from the entry restrictions for Norway (regjeringen.no). Contact your employer or contracting client if you have any questions.

2. You must register in the entry register (entrynorway.no).

3. You must check if you must quarantine upon entry. You must be in travel quarantine if you come from an area with an entry quarantine duty (fhi.no).

4. If you must quarantine upon entry, you should either stay in your own home or in another suitable place of residence where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with private rooms, your own bathroom and your own kitchen or food service. If you do not have your own home or a suitable place to stay, you can carry out the entry quarantine at a quarantine hotel.

The employer or client must provide a suitable place of residence that is approved by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority (only in Norwegian), if you come from a country outside the EEA and are going to work

  • in companies that produce potatoes, vegetables, fruit and berries, or
  • with work that is strictly necessary to maintain activity in Norwegian companies

If you are going to work in companies that produce potatoes, vegetables, fruit and berries, the employer or client must have applied to the Norwegian Directorate of Agriculture and been granted an exemption from entry restrictions (only in Norwegian, landbruksdirektoratet.no).

If you are going to work with work that is strictly necessary to maintain activity in Norwegian companies, the employer or client must have applied to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and been granted an exemption from entry restrictions (only in Norwegian, sdir.no).

5. You will need to show the following documentation at the border control, or you may be denied entry:

  • documentation proving that you are exempt from the entry restrictions
  • documentation from your employer or contracting client proving that you will stay in approved accommodation during your quarantine after arrival, if you come from countries outside the EEA to work in companies that produce potatoes, vegetables, fruit or berries or in companies that need foreign labor that is strictly necessary
  • a receipt from the entry register

You may also be asked if you have your own home or another suitable place to stay in Norway. 

When entering Norway

6. When entering Norway, you must take a new COVID-19 test, either at the airport or at the border. It is also mandatory to take a test on day 7 after entry for everyone who arrives from an area with a quarantine duty. More information about testing (helsenorge.no).

7. If you have to be in travel quarantine, you must, as a main rule, be in quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine period may be shortened if you have received a negative test result on a PCR-test taken no earlier than day 3 after arrival in Norway. More information about travel quarantine (helsenorge.no).

Take the quarantine check to find out the rules that will apply for you (helsedirektoratet.no)

8. You will receive a text message/call from the National centre for control of travellers to Norway. The centre will provide information about the rules and report to the local authorities and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, who will follow up business travellers. 

It is your responsibility to follow the infection control rules in Norway.

Overview of rules and recommendations (helsenorge.no)

More information about international travels (helsenorge.no)

Safe working conditions

Workers in Norway are entitled to safe working conditions.

Read more your about rights and obligations

Contact the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority

If you have any questions, please contact the Norwegian Labour Inspection. 

Contact the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority by phone or email

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Let us know of any poor working environment conditions

Let us know if you witness any violations of infection control measures at the workplace, or if there is poor work environment conditions.

Report to the Labour Inspection Authority