Travel Advice

Australian Government advice for Norway

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When travelling to Norway, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Norway.


Summary

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Norway. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • Border controls were reintroduced on 26 November 2015 at all ferry crossings from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. There will also be additional border controls on the Sweden/Norway land border. You should ensure that you carry your passport when entering and exiting Norway.
  • There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe, causing localised disruption to cross-border road and train transport services. Travellers should be aware of the possibility of further disruptions, make appropriate contingency plans and follow the instructions of local authorities. See Local travel .
  • In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, including Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Madrid, Moscow, Oslo and Volgograd. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. In addition, a number of planned attacks have been disrupted by European security services in recent years.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
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Entry and exit

Border controls were reintroduced on 26 November 2015 at all ferry crossings from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. There will also be additional border controls on the Sweden/Norway land border. You should ensure that you carry your passport when entering and exiting Norway.

Norway is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries, which allows Australians to enter Norway without a visa in some circumstances. See our travel bulletin on the Schengen Convention for further information.

The website of the Norwegian Embassy in Australia’s Norwegian Embassy in Australia provides extensive information on entry requirements for Australians considering living, working or studying in Norway.

As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, you should contact the nearest Embassy or consulate of Norway for the most up to date information.
Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

Safety and security

Terrorism

In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, including Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Madrid, Moscow, Oslo and Volgograd. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. In addition, a number of planned attacks have been disrupted by European security services in recent years.

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Overseas bulletin.

Crime

Norway has a low incidence of serious crime. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is increasingly common, especially during the peak tourist season (May to September). Care should be taken with personal belongings, particularly in crowded areas and locations frequented by tourists, including airports, train stations, hotel lobbies and restaurants.

Sexual assaults against foreigners have occurred in Norway. As in Australia, avoid walking alone in isolated locations, such as parks, particularly at night. See our sexual assault page.

Money and valuables

Norway is not a member of the European Union. The unit of currency is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK) and the Euro is not accepted. Foreign-issued debit/credit cards may not be accepted by some outlets in Norway, or may incur a user surcharge fee. Credit card transactions may require the use of a PIN for identification purposes, not a signature. Stores in Norway may not accept credit cards that do not have chip and PIN technology.

Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

Local travel

There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe. In some cases, police have been deployed to prevent asylum seekers from crossing borders and accessing transport. As a result, there has been localised disruption to some cross-border road and rail transport services. You should be aware of the possibility of further disruption to transport services and monitor the local media and other information from transport providers for up to date information. If travelling by road or train, you should allow additional time to cover any disruption, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Australians travelling across affected borders, either by road or rail, should make appropriate contingency plans to cover any disruption to travel plans.

Norway's roads are of a high standard but can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions. Headlights must be on at all times. Winter tyres are mandatory from 1 November to the first Monday after Easter Monday (generally around mid-April). During this period, it is also advisable to carry snow chains in your vehicle if you intend to drive in the mountains. You should take particular care when driving outside urban areas. Rural roads are generally two lanes and can be narrow and winding in mountainous regions. To drive in Norway, you must have a Norwegian licence or an International Drivers Permit, which can be issued by associated members of the Australian Automobile Association.

For further advice, see our road travel page.

Airline safety

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or air routes. See instead the Aviation Safety Network website for information about aviation safety in Norway.

Please also refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.

Laws

You are subject to the local laws of Norway, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards. If you’re arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

Committing an assault, however minor, may attract a jail sentence.

Penalties for drink driving and speeding are strict. The blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.02. A reading between 0.02 and 0.07 attracts a heavy fine, and above 0.07 risks a prison sentence.

Drug possession, even in small amounts, is illegal and will lead to heavy fines and/or imprisonment. See our Drugs page.

Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography, and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.

Australian authorities are committed to combating sexual exploitation of children by Australians overseas. Australians may be prosecuted at home under Australian child sex tourism and child pornography laws. These laws provide severe penalties of up to 25 years; imprisonment for Australians who engage in child sexual exploitation while outside of Australia.

Information for dual nationals

Dual Norwegian/Australian nationality is not recognised in Norway. Australian males who also possess Norwegian citizenship may be subject to national service. We recommend that you travel on your Australian passport at all times.

Our Dual nationals page provides further information.

Health

We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

The standard of medical facilities and care throughout Norway is high and English is widely spoken. Medical treatment is very expensive.

Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with Norway. The agreement provides Australians with access to immediate emergency medical services but does not provide for ongoing treatment of existing health conditions. The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement does not replace the need for private travel health insurance. See Medicare Australia's Medicare Australia website for more information.

Where to get help

Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.

For criminal issues, contact the nearest police station. The national emergency number is 112. You should obtain a police report when reporting a crime.

To complain about tourism services, contact the service provider directly.

The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas.

The Australian Embassy located in Copenhagen, Denmark, provides full consular assistance to Australians in Norway. Contact details are:

Australian Embassy, Copenhagen

Dampfaergevej 26
2nd floor
2100 Copenhagen Ø
DENMARK
Telephone +45 70 26 36 76
Facsimile +45 70 26 36 86
Email: genenq.cpgn@dfat.gov.au
Web: www.denmark.embassy.gov.au

See the Embassy Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

If you are travelling to Norway, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, we encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate . The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.

In a consular emergency, if you are unable to contact the above Consulate or Embassy, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Additional information

Natural disasters, severe weather and climate

Avalanches and rockslides are a danger in some mountain areas. If you are skiing or mountaineering you should monitor advice on weather and safety conditions and advise local authorities of your plans. It is very dangerous to move off marked slopes or trails.

Extreme weather, floods and landslides can occur. For the latest information, visit the Norwegian government website and the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System website .

Additional Resources

For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links: