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info-signAbout Norway

Visit the skiing capital of the North; the Land of the Midnight Sun; and, possibly the most affluent county in Europe – the amazing Norway. Whether to explore the grandeur of the Arctic tundra, speed through the extraordinarily beautiful fjords or simply ‘conquer’ the majestic landscapes, Norway promises lots of thrilling escapades.

Experience the fun of downhill or cross-country skiing up north in Hemsedal, the fun of sightseeing in the scenic Lofoten Archipelago of traditional red fishermen reign and the wonderful timber churches. Discover why Timber is firmly part of the ancient Norwegian culture, as evidenced by the Heddal Stave Church and lots of other centuries’ old architectural wonders.

This remarkably appealing country blends the old and the new effortlessly; with age-old must-sees jostling for relevance amidst ultra-modern cities and the vibrancy of Oslo, the country’s heartbeat. It is a country of cosmopolitan cities with an unmistakable Scandinavian flair.

From the wild and dangerous bears of the Svalbard Archipelago, the large, powerful year-round waterfalls and the sweet charm of coastal towns, Norway is a melting-pot of vibrant cultural life. Visit for a feel of the authentic, centuries’ old Norwegian food tradition!

exchangeVisitor Requirements for United States citizens

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Visa needed before arrival?

90 days within any 180-day period in the Schengen Area

Allowed stay
How long you can stay as a tourist.
90 days
Passport validity
How long past your stay in Norway your passport needs to be valid for.
6 months
Passport blank pages minimum
Excludes the last signature page.
2 pages
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Yellow fever vaccine
Not required for visitors
Yellow fever risk
Malaria risk
Zika risk
Tap water drinkable?
Based on whether the local government provides guarantees on tap water safety. This can vary by region within a country.
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Advisory Level
Level 4: Do not travel
Last issued 5 months ago

Do not travel to Norway due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Norway due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Norway. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions  in Norway

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Norway:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

Foreigner friendly?
Yes, very
Female friendly?
LGBT legal protections
Strong protections against discrimination
Traffic-related deaths
Per 100,000 people per year
Very low (2.7)
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Norwegian Krone (kr)
Estimated cost
Average daily cost
kr1,016 Norwegian Krones
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Is tipping generally expected?

It's very rare to tip in Norway. If you receive exceptional service you can round up to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK or give 10%.

Is there tax free shopping for visitors?

Tips on receiving your tax refund:

  • Bring your passport (digital copy on your phone works too)
  • Ask the store for the tax refund document
  • Keep the receipts
  • Don't open or use the products until leaving the country in case they need to be inspected
  • Get customs to stamp the form when you leave the country
  • Arrive early at the airport since the line to get the refund or getting stamps may be long
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230V, 50Hz
Wall plugs and sockets
Types C and F
Plug Type CPlug Type F
Calling code(s)
To use, add a + before the code when dialing.
Mobile internet speed
Average download speed
61 Mbps
Broadband internet speed
Average download speed
103 Mbps
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peoplePeople & Culture

Term for citizens of Norway
Also known as demonym (trivia points if you knew that).
Official languages
Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian Bokmål, Sami languages
Primary visitor language
The popular local language a Western visitor should know to get around more easily.
Gender equality
84% equal (very good)
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drive-timeGetting Around

Driving side
Driving documents recognized
International Driving Permit (IDP)
mobile-phoneServices available in Norway
Ride Hailing
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Bikesharing & Scooters
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mapMap of Norway

Map of Norway

Cities in Norway

Oslo, Stavanger Lufthavn, Bergen, and more. Guides for each coming soon.

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