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Can I Travel To Norway? Explanation Of Travel Restrictions From The UK

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All Covid travel rules in the UK have been eliminated as of Friday, 18 March 2022. The UK no longer requires Norwegian travellers to return to the UK to undergo any quarantine or tests upon arrival. They also don’t have to complete a passenger locator form. What are the rules, and what tests are required to enter Norway? Here are the facts.

What Are The Entry Requirements To Norway?

It is now easier to travel from Norway to other countries. No restrictions are placed on entry to Norway at the moment. The same rules that were in place prior to the pandemic apply. Travellers arriving in Svalbard after Tuesday, 1 March will no longer need to present evidence of a negative Covid Test.

It’s always a good idea to research the guidelines of the country you are visiting before you book and long before your trip. Also, it’s a good idea to have travel insurance with Covid coverage.

Before You Travel, Make Sure To Check Your Passport And Other Travel Documents.

Passport validity

You must comply with the Schengen Area passport requirements if you plan to travel to any EU country (except Ireland), Switzerland, Norway or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Andorra, Monaco or San Marino.

Your passport must contain:

  • Issued less than 10 years prior to the date that you entered the country (check the “date of issue”).
  • Valid for at least three months from the day you intend to leave (check the “expiry date”)

Before you travel, ensure that your passport meets all requirements. Extra months could have been added to your passport’s expiry date if it was issued prior to October 2018.

If you feel your passport doesn’t meet these requirements, contact the Embassy of the country where you are visiting if you are required to renew your passport.

Visas

Travel to the Schengen region can be made for as little as 90 days within a 180-day period. You don’t need a visa. You can travel to the Schengen Area as a tourist or to visit your family and friends.

You can travel to Norway or other Schengen countries with no visa if you do not have a visa. Your 90-day limit does not apply to visits made within the last 180 days.

You will need to comply with the Norwegian government’s entry requirements to stay longer, work, study, or travel for business purposes or any other reason. You can check with the Norwegian Embassy to see what kind of visa or work permit you might need.

If you are travelling to Norway for work, please refer to the guidance on visas & permits.

You can stay in Norway without a visa if you have a residence permit, long-stay visa or another type of visa. This does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Passport stamping

If you are visiting the Schengen region through Norway, make sure your passport has been stamped. To verify that you are complying with the 90-day visa free limit for short stays in Schengen, border guards will stamp your passport. Border guards will assume that you have exceeded your visa-free period if the relevant entry and exit stamps are missing from your passport.

If you have evidence that shows when and where you entered the Schengen region, ask border guards for this information to be added to your passport. Tickets and boarding passes are examples of acceptable evidence.

It may be necessary to:

  • Show a return ticket or onward ticket
  • Show that you have enough money to pay for your stay

For passport stamping information, if you’re a Norwegian resident, please refer to the Living In Norway guide.

Pets

Before you travel with your pet, make sure to check with the Norwegian Embassy before you go.

Norway’s Top Places To Visit

Norway, the Scandinavian nation is known as the Vikings’ home, is home to many trendy cities and stretches of frozen tundra. Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, with its magnificent mountains and famous Fjords as well as its stunning islands.

Norway offers great adventures in every season, whether you want to take in the incredible northern lights or see the sun shining on massive glaciers in summer. Tromso is a great place to whale watch, see polar bears in Svalbard and even go skiing, bicycling, and hiking in Norway.

Even though daylight is limited in Norway during winter, the cities of Norway are vibrant with sophisticated style. Trondheim, the Viking capital, is the place to see Norway’s historical side. Bergen, the capital of Norway, is the place to visit to see colourful wooden homes. Oslo, the chic capital, is known for its laid-back lifestyle, vibrant dining scene, and city parks.

Norway is consistently ranked among the top countries to live in. Now it’s your turn to experience its warm and welcoming heart, as well as its stunning natural beauty. Here are some of the top places to visit in Norway.

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord is one of the most photographed and famous fjords of Norway. It can be found in the Sunnmore area, west of Norway. It is a popular tourist attraction with its breathtaking scenery, including huge cliffs and sparkling waterfalls as well as dazzling blue waters.

It is part of the extensive Storfjorden network and stretches for 15 km. There are steep mountains and jagged peaks to its sides. There are many beautiful waterfalls that plunge down the cliffs. The most popular is Seven Sisters Falls and Suitor. The picturesque and quiet villages of Geiranger or Hellesylt can be found at either end of the fjord.

The fjord is a popular destination for sightseeing tours and cruise ships, especially during the summer months. It is worth climbing up the steep peaks and plateaus, such as Ornesvingen and Dalsnibba, to enjoy the breathtaking views from the deck.

Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands, located just off Norway’s northwest coast, are known for their unique scenery. Its rugged mountains rise high above the ocean. You will also find quiet little fishing villages, bays, and secluded beaches among the awe-inspiring peaks.

The archipelago connects to the mainland via a series of tunnels and bridges. It is home to beautiful pastures and sheltered inlets with incredible fjords. Fishing has been a primary industry on the Lofoten Islands for many years because of its rich waters. You will find traditional fishing cabins in the small towns and villages, as well as some tourist attractions like the Viking Museum or War Memorial Museum.

Although it is high above the Arctic Circle, the archipelago lies at approximately the same latitude as Greenland and enjoys a mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. Although temperatures can reach 23 degrees Celsius in summer, it is still subarctic, and weather conditions change quickly.

The islands offer a wonderful place to see the Aurora Borealis, in addition to admiring the stunning scenery. You can also enjoy scenic boat trips, whale watching tours, and hiking around the diverse landscapes by rock climbing, cycling, and other outdoor activities.

Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park covers a vast area of central Norway and boasts some of the most stunning scenery and landscapes. It is also known as “the Home of the Giants” because it contains many mountain ranges with numerous valleys, glaciers and lakes. Vettisfossen is the highest waterfall in Norway at 275m (990 feet).

Jotunheimen, one of Scandinavia’s most popular alpine areas, is a favourite among mountaineers and hikers due to its stunning natural beauty and abundance of peaks. Galdhoppigen, and Glittertind, are the tallest in Northern Europe. They both measure more than 2,450 metres, while many other mounts reach 2,000 metres.

There are mountain lodges and marked trails that lead to the area, which offer easy access to skiing, mountain climbing, summit tours, and glacier hiking. Its sweeping valleys are home to sparkling emerald lakes, glittering glaciers, and reindeer, elk and occasional wolverine.

Oslo

Oslo, Norway’s capital, is surrounded by green hills and mountains. It lies at the end of Oslofjord Fjord. There are many lakes and islands nearby. The city is a major economic, cultural and political centre with a rich history dating back over a thousand years.

Although most of the capital has been transformed into modern and creative architecture, there are still a few old wooden buildings. The city has a vibrant performing arts scene, a packed festival schedule, and excellent museums and galleries. The Viking Ship Museum is a fascinating place to visit.

Other attractions include the Munch Museum, which displays “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. The Folkemuseet is an outdoor museum with more than 150 historical buildings from Norway, including a Stave Church. Oslo is home to beautiful scenery due to its abundance of green spaces and forests.

Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park, located in the west part of Norway, is home to stunning scenery. It is named after the huge glacier within. The park was established in 1991 and protected diverse landscapes with magnificent mountains, valleys, glaciers, and more.

Jostedalsbreen is the dominant glacier on the continent of Europe. The glacier is a glistening white iceberg that covers a large area and can be seen at times up to six hundred metres thick. It has ravaged the land surrounding it over the millennia. The national park includes plenty of rugged terrain and sweeping valleys as well as bare mountains.

These stunning landscapes can be explored by hiking. They are accessible from any of the three entry points to the park, which also features interesting exhibits about the fauna and flora. Here you can also arrange for glacier trekking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking on one of the many rivers.

What Are The Requirements For Returning To The Uk From Norway?

All Covid-19 travel restrictions to enter the UK starting 18 March 2022 were lifted regardless of vaccination status.

For full details and to see any regional variations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

 

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