Get inspired and plan ahead
The travel industry is on hold, but we can still dream and plan ahead. On this page, we will post the latest news and other useful tools about Norway as a destination.
Dear business colleagues,
These are strange and uncertain times. As the whole world focuses on how to handle the COVID-19 situation, the travel industry is on hold more or less all over the world. In spite of this difficult situation, we are planning for a better future and are preparing for the time when the world can open up again.
This new situation has made it necessary to find new ways of cooperating with and supporting our business partners in Norway and abroad. On these pages you will find updated information on our planned activities for the coming days and months, including links to new videos and virtual guided tours at museums and attractions. In this way, we hope to give you further knowledge about Norway and the products we can offer. We will also do our best to ensure that all our business contacts can get as much help as possible to keep business going and to start up again after the crisis.
We are here to support you and we look forward to the day when we can welcome you and your customers to Norway again.
In the meantime, we hope that you stay safe and healthy.
Learn something new about Norway
How can travellers get a COVID-19 test before their flight/return back home, as many countries demand travellers to provide proof of a negative result in order to board the flight/entering their home country?
Published: 25 January 2021
As of today, tests can be purchased by private providers, but probably not at all places in the country and at all times. Response times are about half an hour for quick tests if they can be analysed on site and about two days for PCR samples that must be sent to a laboratory. A quick online search shows that prices vary, partly depending on whether a certificate confirming the test result is issued.
The government and health authorities are now looking into the issue of exit testing. The need is likely to increase as soon as more travel is allowed, and in addition to questions about what requirements and regulations Norway should have, it will also be natural to consider whether all exit testing should take place under the auspices of private providers.
Updates on this matter will be published as they become available.
Some suppliers cancel our bookings without just cause. What can we do about that?
We are very sorry to hear such things happening in times like this. When you entered a cooperation with the suppliers, you most probably signed a contract with terms and conditions. Such contracts should include text about cancellation terms and force majeure, and is legally binding for both parties.
Does Norway issue a “Safe Certificate” to the tourism industry to ensure safe travel?
NHO Reiseliv – the Norwegian Hospitality Association – has developed safety guidelines for the Norwegian tourism industry. These guidelines are made the ensure the health safety of both guests and employees. The guidelines are updated regularly according to the current infection situation. These guidelines are now available English. Download the files from the pages below to have a look:
- Safe Service of Food and Beverage
- Safe Accommodation Industry Norms
- Safe Camping Industry Norms
- Safe Adventure Industry Norms
Can I travel through a "red area" without having to go into quarantine?
You can drive your own vehicle or a tour bus through an area with a higher level of infection (referred to as a "red area") on your way to Norway without having to enter travel quarantine. Conditions are that you do not stay overnight in this "red area", you maintain good hand hygiene throughout the journey and you keep a safe distance from others during breaks.
Do I have to go into quarantine after a transit in a "red area"?
Yes. If you are in transit/have a connecting flight in a "red area" during your travels you will have to go into quarantine for 10 days. Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal act.