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.
Consult our Transportation Safety page 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. Please consult our Children page 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.
The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.
The Agency publishes travel health advice for Norway.
The standard of health-care services is high and excellent medical care is widely available. However, access to emergency medical assistance may be limited in remote regions.
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ 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
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.
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