The information below is based on the information available per 7 July.
Entry possible for international students from 1 August
We are extremely happy that the Norwegian Government has confirmed that international students will be exempt from the entry restrictions from 1 August. This means that it will be possible for most, if not all of you, to enter Norway for semester start! As ordinary visa requirements will apply, non-EU/EEA nationals must still be granted a study permit visa in order to be able to enter.
Quarantine regulations will depend on where you are coming from:
Green: no quarantine required. Please arrive to Kristiansand by 15 August. Dark red/light grey: straight to quarantine hotel at first port of entry. Please try to book a travel that has Kristiansand as first port of entry so that you can enter quarantine hotel here. UiA will cover the cost of quarantine hotel. If Kristiansand is not first port of entry (e.g Oslo), you must enter quarantine hotel there and pay yourself. UiA will reimburse the quarantine cost once you arrive to Kristiansand after quarantine. Countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen that are not on the “purple list” belong in this category.
Red/orange/purple: quarantine required, but you are allowed to travel to your destination (Kristiansand). If using public transportation to reach Kristiansand, a face mask must be worn until you have arrived to the quarantine hotel in Kristiansand. This means that even if you have Oslo or other Norwegian city as first port of entry, you are allowed to continue your travel to Kristiansand before entering quarantine. We will facilitate for your quarantine at a hotel in Kristiansand and will cover the fee for this. EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate: if you have this certificate and through this can document that you are either fully vaccinated or have had covid-19 during the last 6 months, you can enter Norway without testing, registration, or quarantine.
All persons, except for fully vaccinated persons and persons who have had COVID-19 during the past six months and can document this through the EU Digital Covid-19 certificate, are obliged to complete a travel registration form before travelling to Norway. This also applies to travelers from green areas.
Requirement for negative test result before arrival in Norway
Persons arriving in Norway from regions subject to a quarantine obligation must present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result (see Section 4a of the COVID-19 Regulation). PCR tests (i.e. PCR or other nucleic acid amplification tests) and rapid antigen tests are accepted test methods. The test must have been taken in the last 24 hours prior to arrival in Norway. For persons travelling by air, the requirement is 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of the first flight. The certificate must be issued in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Persons who are unable to present such a certificate may be refused entry. The requirement also applies to Norwegian citizens and persons resident in Norway provided it would have been impossible or disproportionately difficult to obtain such a certificate.
The requirement for a negative test does not apply to children under 12 or persons who are able to prove through an approved laboratory method that they have had COVID-19 during the last six months, or that they have been fully vaccinated via a COVID-19 certificate. The requirement also does not apply to certain other groups referred to in 4a (c) - (r), although it is still recommended that these groups get themselves tested prior to entry.
Test upon arrival
All persons arriving in Norway are obliged to have a test at the border crossing point. This also applies to travellers from green countries and regions. There are some exemptions from the requirement, for example for fully vaccinated people and persons who have had COVID-19 during the last six months (see Section 4d of the COVID-19 Regulation). Children under 12 need not be tested where it would disproportionately demanding for the child to have the test.
The test must be a rapid antigen test. A PCR test may only be used in exceptional cases. Wherever practicable, persons tested via a rapid antigen test must wait at the testing station until their test result is available, depending on the circumstances at the station. In the event of a positive rapid antigen test, persons who have stayed outside the EEA and Schengen area or the United Kingdom during the last 10 days must take a PCR test at the border crossing point. Other persons with a positive rapid antigen test must take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival. Border control officials may instruct travellers to get themselves tested at a particular testing station immediately after entering Norway.
Stay updated on UDI’s website for information about entry restrictions as they are subject to change on a short notice.
This page will be continually updated as the situation changes. Last update: 7 July 2021
Study permit and travel to Norway
UDI is now accepting and processing applications for study permits. As ordinary visa requirements will apply, non-EU/EEA nationals must still be granted a study permit visa to be able to enter Norway. For further information, please refer to The Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI) or contact UDI directly.
Semester start and lectures (Autumn 2021)
Arrival dates depend on quarantine: your travel date must be planned depending on whether or not you must enter quarantine on arrival to Norway.
If quarantine is not required, please arrive by 15 August as we are planning an on-campus gathering on the afternoon/evening this day. Note that if you are staying at a SiA Housing room or apartment, you can move in from 12 August.
If required to quarantine, please arrive between 2 and 4 August. You will spend your quarantine period of 10 days at a hotel in the city centre of Kristiansand. You may notice in the information at the webpage linked to above, that under certain circumstances it may be possible to “test yourself out of quarantine”. You are of course free to do this if this applies to you, but if leaving the quarantine hotel before your housing contract starts, you must cover accommodation yourself for this period. We facilitate for everyone required to quarantine to do so for 10 days at the hotel in Kristiansand. If you are not required to quarantine, you should arrive between 12 and 15 August – alternatively you must arrange for accommodation yourself if arriving before your housing contract starts.
Semester start is 16 August and the teaching will begin from 18th August.