Norway

Overview

Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website and SafeTravel website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore. 

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From 25 September 2021, Singapore has been classified as a grey country, and will be removed from Norway’s list of purple countries/areas. The general rule is that most people who live in grey countries and are not Norwegians, cannot travel to Norway. There are however some exemptions, which can be found here.

For travellers from Singapore who are exempted and are allowed to travel to Norway, please see below for the main changes in the entry regulations, implemented on 25 September 2021:

  • It is not required to take a COVID-19 test in Singapore before travelling to Norway.
  • It is still required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Norway (also for children and young people below 18 years) when travelling from Singapore.
  • People who are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past six months are exempt from COVID-19 test upon arrival and travel quarantine, if they are able to document this by means of a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway.
  • As per 27 September 2021, the Singaporean COVID-19 certificate is unfortunately not yet connected to the EUDCC gateway, and hence not acknowledged by Norway. Only individuals with a Norwegian national identity number or D-number can have their Singaporean COVID-19 vaccination registered in SYSVAK in Norway.
  • Travellers from Singapore whose vaccination certificates are not recognised by Norwegian authorities will have to serve a 10-day quarantine period, which can be shortened upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. Without such a test, the quarantine period is 10 days.
  • The duty to quarantine for children and young people below 18 years is removed, but a PCR test should be taken after 3 days.
  • The quarantine must be completed at home or at other suitable accommodation.
  • Travellers who are subject to the duty to quarantine and/or the duty to take a test must register their entry to Norway. If the parents are not themselves obligated to register, they must nevertheless complete the form for their children below the age of 16. The receipt from the registration must be presented to the police at the border control.

Please visit the following websites to be updated on the latest measures and COVID-19 situation in Norway:

Norway government website on travel restrictions
https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/travel-to-norway/id2791503/

Norway – Directorate of Immigration
https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/

Norway – Institute of Public Health
https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/travel-advice-COVID19/

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Singaporeans can visit Norway for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry within the Schengen region without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.
 
Norway is part of the Schengen area. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.

Driving: Snow and ice make road conditions dangerous in winter. Headlights must be switched on at all times, even during the day. Snow tires are required between November and April each year. If you are driving to a remote area, pack extra water, food, and blankets. Do not drive if weather conditions are poor. Drivers are strongly encouraged to purchase a comprehensive insurance plan and to seek advice on safe driving when road conditions are icy. 
 
Winter Sports: Getting caught outdoors in the winter can be fatal. Do keep your family and friends informed of your plans, including the time you expect to return. Ensure your travel insurance covers your chosen sports activity before you do it.
 
Petty Crime: While the crime rate is generally low, petty crime such as pickpocketing and street theft does occur. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings.

 
 

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]

In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.

In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities. 

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

·  Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.

·  Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

·  Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.

·  eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

 

While travelling

·  Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.

·  Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.

·  Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.

·  Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.

In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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