Travel Advice

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Norway. However, visitors are required to show on entry a valid passport.

29/09/2008 :: Please ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in Norway. You may want to visit the Travel Advice service offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


As a main rule no vaccination against communicable diseases is required for entering Norway. However, there may be specific requirements depending on your country or origin. If you are in doubt, please contact the following Norwegian authorities:

The Norwegian Board of Health
P.O.Box 8128 Dep.
0032 Oslo
Telephone: +47 21529900 
Telefax: +47 21529999

If you decide to live in Norway for a longer period, you are advised to contact your local general practitioner, hospital or:

The National Institute of Public Health
P.O.Box 4404 – Torshov
0403 Oslo
Tel: +47 22042200
Fax: +47 22353605



The Norwegian rules are based on Commission Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 and concern only pets which are accompanied by their owner or a person responsible for them on behalf of the owner and which are not intended to be sold or transferred. If the number of animals imported is more than five, the conditions of so-called commercial imports apply (see below).

Import of dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries (except Sweden).

1. Identification
The animal must be identified by a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo. If the microchip does
not comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785, the importer must
provide the means necessary for reading the microchip. The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination.

2. Vaccination against rabies and neutralising antibody titration
The animal must have been vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one
antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard). The rabies vaccination and revaccination, if necessary,
must have been carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturing
laboratory. In addition, a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0,5 IU/ml must have been carried out in an EU-approved laboratory on a sample within 120 and 365 days after the latest vaccination. This antibody titration does not need to be repeated on an animal which, following that titration, has been regularly revaccinated at the intervals without a break in the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturing laboratory.

Vaccination against rabies is not required for animals imported directly from UK and Ireland into Norway.

Unvaccinated young animals cannot be imported to Norway unless an exemption has been granted by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

3. Echinococcus treatment
Dogs and cats must have had tapeworm (echinococcus) treatment with an appropriate dosage of medicine containing e.g. praziquantel maximum 10 days before arriving Norway. This treatment must also be repeated within 7 days  of arrival. Both treatments, including the name and dosage of the medicine, must be certified in the pet passport.
Treatment against echinococcosis is not required for ferrets and for dogs and cats which have not been outside Norway; Sweden and Finland in the last 12 months.

4. Pet passport
The animal must be accompanied by a blue EU pet passport, in accordance with Commission Decision 803/2003, carrying the identification of the animal and entries by a veterinarian concerning rabies vaccination, the neutralising antibody titration and the echinococcus treatment.

5. Customs control
All pet animals imported to Norway must be inspected by the customs at the border (red zone).

If an animal imported to Norway does not meet the requirements described above, by an
official decision of the authority, the animal will be:
a) returned to the country of origin, or
b) isolated under official control at the cost of the importer for the time necessary for it to
meet the requirements, or
c) as a last resort, where its return or isolation in quarantine is not possible, put down at the cost of the importer.

Please remember that:

  • other countries may have import regulations that defer from these. You should therefore contact the applicable country's embassy before embarking upon international travel with your pet
  • it is against the law in Norway to possess certain types of dogs, and meeting the requirements will not change that
  • regulations in Norway (and Sweden) on testing for rabies antibodies differ from those in the UK. When importing a pet to Norway, the blood test must be taken a minimum of 120 days (and maximum 365 days) after the last previous rabies vaccine

For commercial imports of pets to Norway a Veterinary Certificate must accompany the animal(s). This form can be downloaded here.

For detailed information please contact:

Contact information:
Norwegian Food Safety Authority
Visiting address: Ullevålsveien 76
Postal address: PO Box 383, N-2381 Brumunddal, Norway
Telephone: (+ 47) 23 21 68 00
Telefax:      (+ 47) 23 21 68 01

Border veterinarian:
Gardermoen (Oslo)
Telephone: (+ 47) 64 82 04 00
Telefax:      (+ 47) 64 82 04 01

Driving licence

A valid EU/EEA driving licence is now valid in Norway. There is no need for an International Driving Licence.

New regulations concerning driving licences came into force in Norway on March 1, 2004, and the rules applying to the exchange of a foreign driving licence for a Norwegian one were also changed as of that date. For further information about driving in Norway please contact:

Norwegian Road Authorities
P.O. Box 8142 Dep
0033 Oslo
Tel: +47 22073500
Fax: +47 22073768


Temporary importation of motor vehicle

Temporary importation into and use of foreign-registered motor vehicles into Norway:

Detailed information is provided in the brochures "Importation of motor vehicles as removal goods" and "Information concerning importation into and use of foreign-registered motor vehicles in Norway". The brochures can be found on the webpages of the Directorate of Customs and Excise, or by contacting the Directorate:

P.O.Box 8122 Dep.
0033 Oslo

Tel: +47 22860300
Fax: + 47 22176524

Importation of motor vehicles as removal goods

When a motor vehicle is brought into Norway and the owner takes up residence in Norway, the owner must pay Vehicle Import Duty and VAT.

Before importing a motor vehicle to Norway it is important to obtain any relevant information concerning the technical requirements which the vehicle must fulfil before it may be registered on Norwegian number plates. Furthermore, it is also important that you obtain information relating to any export regulations in the country of export/purchase.

On arrival at a Norwegian border, you must report to the Customs. You must therefore always cross the border where there is an open customs office.

For more information, please contact:

Directorate of Customs and Excise
P.O.Box 8122 Dep.
0033 Oslo
Tel: +47 22860300
Fax: + 47 22176524

Duty free allowance

For updated relevant information on duty free allowances to Norway, please read the following website: Directorate of Customs and Excise.


When you enter Norway, you may bring with you notes and coins (Norwegian and foreign) to a total value of NOK 25.000,-.

If you bring in more than this amount, notification must be made on a prescribed form and handed to the customs authorities. In that case you must enter through the red channel on arrival in Norway. The relevant form can be obtained from the customs authorities.

Drugs and medication

The importation of all kinds of drugs is strictly prohibited in Norway. There is a regime of zero tolerance in Norway with regard to prosecution of drug trafficking, and this policy is followed up by the court practice of severe punishment for violation of the Norwegian Penal Code relating to drug offences.

Visitors carrying even small quantities of drugs will risk penal reaction and immediate expulsion from Norway.

You may find it useful to read the website of the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Welfare relating to drugs.

You may, however, import prescribed quantities of medication listed as drugs for personal medical use. This requires a specific licence from your general practitioner which you must present to the customs authorities upon arrival in Norway.

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