NorwayOfficial Name: Kingdom of Norway
Six months recommended
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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
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 & Visa Requirements
Visit the Royal Norwegian Embassy website for the most current visa information.
- Norway is a party to the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Norway for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned period of stay.
- You must be able to demonstrate sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
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
Terrorism: 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.
Crime: Norway has a relatively low level of crime.
- The most likely forms of crime, especially in the Oslo metropolitan area, include residential and office burglaries and petty thefts.
- Instances of pick-pocketing and petty theft are common in major tourist areas, hotel lobbies, train and transit stations, and surrounding areas. The Oslo Central train station is an especially popular area for pick-pockets 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 exercise basic security awareness at all times.
Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
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 our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- 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.
For further 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 at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from 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 to read our Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested, detained, or prosecuted if you break local laws.
Norway has some of Europe’s strictest laws on driving under the influence of alcohol; they prescribe heavy penalties for drivers convicted of having very low blood-alcohol levels.
- The maximum legal blood alcohol content level for driving a car in Norway is .02 percent.
- Frequent road checks with mandatory breathalyzer tests and the promise of stiff jail sentences encourage alcohol-free driving.
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.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following Department of State 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 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.
- Taxi drivers are generally helpful in assisting wheelchair users. It is possible to order taxis with wheelchair lifts.
- From December to March it is impossible 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.
- The website of Norway’s Tourist Board 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. We do not pay medical bills, and U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas.
- 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.
- 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 you travel 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 & 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. Frequent road checks with mandatory breathalyzer tests and the promise of stiff jail sentences encourage alcohol-free driving.
Travel by Sea: Extreme weather can cause delays and/or alternative routes. For information about safety at sea, visit the Official Travel Guide to Norway.
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.