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Norway - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Norway. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Even though the crime rate is low, petty crime (pickpocketing and purse snatching) occurs, especially in the summer tourist season from May to September. Remain vigilant in public places and tourist areas, including airports, train and bus stations, restaurants and hotels.
Avoid poorly lit areas, especially the streets behind Oslo’s Central (railway) Station after dark.
There has been an increase of rape and assault in Oslo. Authorities have increased the frequency of patrols and have made arrests. Remain highly vigilant, particularly at night and when clubs and pubs are closing. Avoid walking alone through parks and poorly lit areas of the city. Do not, under any circumstances, use "pirate taxis" or other unofficial transportation.
Narrow and winding roads may be hazardous and impassable, especially in winter and in mountainous areas. Observe posted speed limits and keep headlights on at all times. Respect signs showing animal crossings, especially for moose.
Public transportation services are efficient and reliable. Use only officially marked taxis, particularly in Oslo.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Automated banking machine (ABM) card and credit card fraud occurs. Before using your card, carefully inspect the ABM to ensure that it has not been tampered with. One scam involves a unit placed on top of the card reader and then personal information, including the PIN, is used to access accounts.
See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
If you intend to do mountaineering, glacier climbing or ski touring:
a) never practice these activities alone;
b) always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company;
c) buy travel health insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation;
d) ensure that you are in top physical condition;
e) ensure that you are properly equipped;
f) advise a family member or friend of your destination, itinerary and when you expect to be back;
g) know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal;
h) register with the Embassy of Canada in Norway;
i) obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out, and do not venture off established trails, especially in early or late winter because of the possibility of snow avalanches occurring due to warming weather conditions;
j) ensure that you are well informed about weather and other conditions, such as snow, before you set-off on a trip.
Consider using modern communications tools, such as a mobile telephone or GPS tracking system, which can assist emergency response units in locating stranded travellers. Bring other safety devices such as a back-plate, a helmet and a spade for digging snow. If you feel that it is dangerous, remember that it is never too late to turn back.
General safety measures
Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Dial 112 to reach police, 113 to reach ambulance and 110 to reach fire fighters.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Norwegian authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Royal Norwegian Embassy or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure from the Schengen area. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days*
Business visa: Not required
Work visa: Employment authorization must be obtained outside of Norway prior to arrival
Student visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
* The 90 days begin upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area.
The following 26 countries comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen area has common rules regarding visas and controls at external borders.
You do not need visas for short-term visits of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. Some countries require that you register with local authorities within three working days of your arrival.
It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.
After 90 days of stay in the Schengen area, you must leave for another 90 days before you can re-enter.
If you overstay the permitted 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported. To visit for longer than 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay national visa.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
- Measles: Global Update - August 15, 2014 13:19 EDT
Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Tick-borne encephalitis is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. It is spread to humans by the bite of an infected tick. Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to ticks (e.g., those participating in outdoor activities in wooded areas) while travelling in regions with risk of tick-borne encephalitis.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Canada and Norway are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Norway to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Norwegian authorities.
Penalties for trafficking, use or possession, even of small amount, of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines, detention or deportation. If a visitor is in possession of drugs upon arrival in Norway, the visitor will be charged with importation rather than simple possession.
Some substances, such as khat, that may be legal in other European countries, are prohibited in Norway.
An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are strict. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.01 percent. Roadside checks for alcohol are frequent, and submission to a breathalyser test is mandatory.
The use of cellular telephones while driving is prohibited, unless they are fitted with a hands-free device.
Winter tires are mandatory from November 1 to April 15.
Same-sex marriage is legal.
The currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).
Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are widely accepted, and automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies. For Norway, this amount is restricted to NOK 25,000 (approx. €3125). The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
Avalanches and rockslides present a risk. The weather in mountainous areas is highly unpredictable. Ask local residents about weather patterns before setting off on a trek.
Heavy rains in October 2014 caused floods in Flåm valley in the Sogn og Fjordane county in Western Norway. There is a risk of a possible dam breach. Local authorities are advising residents in the area of Høgabru, up to Flåm center, to evacuate. If you are presently in the area, exercise a high degree of personal safety awareness at all times, monitor news reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Visit the Kriseinfo and Politiet (Norwegian only) websites for more information.
Oslo - Embassy of Canada
Bergen - Consulate of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Oslo and follow the instructions. You may also place a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.
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