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Exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.
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There's an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe.
Terrorists have attacked some European cities in recent years. Targets have included:
Norwegian authorities have lowered the country's terror threat at Level to 3- Moderate.
In June 2022, a gunman shot at people in 3 venues in Oslo. 3 people were killed, and several others were injured.
In August 2019, a gunman attempted an attack on the Al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum, outside Oslo. One person was injured.
To reduce your risk of terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Serious crime is rare.
There have been some sexual assaults against foreigners.
Violent crime with weapons has occurred in areas where criminal gangs operate, such as parts of eastern Oslo.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, cons and bag-snatching is increasingly common. The risk rises during the peak tourist season from May to September, particularly in Oslo.
Thieves often work together and use various tricks to distract travellers.
To protect yourself from crime:
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Civil unrest is rare.
Check the media and avoid possible unrest.
If there's a protest near you, follow the advice of local authorities.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
There are many adventure activities in Norway. These include mountaineering, trekking, skiing and glacier climbing.
Check you have everything you need for these activities, including the right equipment.
Ensure you're fit enough to do these activities.
To stay safe:
The weather can be unpredictable, even during the summer months.
Check your travel insurance covers these activities. Include coverage for helicopter rescue and medical evacuation.
If you're travelling to Svalbard, follow local safety advice.
Polar bears have killed and injured travellers in Svalbard. Avalanches and accidents on glaciers and boats have also killed travellers.
Tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards.
If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
Check advice on weather and safety conditions before skiing or mountaineering.
If there's a natural disaster:
Register with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to receive alerts on major disasters.
The northernmost parts of Norway are above the Arctic Circle. Take care in these areas. Follow the advice from local authorities. Be ready to change your plans if you need to.
The Arctic is a vast region.
If you're planning to visit:
If you're travelling by ship:
Search and rescue services may take a long time to arrive. They could be many hundreds of kilometres away. Stranded vessels may wait several days for help, particularly in bad weather.
We may not be able to give you full or prompt consular assistance in remote areas.
To reduce your risks, have travel insurance or funds to cover:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Norway. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
For advice on restrictions on imports, visit the Norwegian Customs website.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) website has a dedicated English language page providing medical updates and guidance.
Other health risks
Other health risks in Norway are broadly similar to those in Australia.
Hospitals in cities offer a high standard of care. Many medical staff speak English.
Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Norway. You can access immediate emergency medical services.
The agreement won't cover ongoing treatment of existing health conditions. You still need private travel health insurance.
Services are limited in rural and remote areas.
If you need treatment in the remote area of northern Norway or Svalbard, medical teams may evacuate you for medical care. This will take time. Medical evacuation can be very expensive and is not covered by the reciprocal health agreement.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
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.
If you break the law in Norway, you may be banned from the Schengen area for a limited time (up to 10 years) or permanently.
Penalties for drug offences, even for possession of small amounts of recreational drugs or some prescription medications, include:
If you intend to take medication, confirm it's legal in your destination. Check if any rules or restrictions apply. Depending on your medication, you may need to apply for a permit to bring it into your destination. Always carry a copy of your prescription and transport your medication in its original container.
Always carry an ID, such as your driver's licence or a copy of your passport.
If you assault someone in any way, you may be jailed.
Alcohol laws are very strict, and penalties for driving under the influence are severe. The legal limit is 0.02% blood alcohol and applies to the driver of any motorised vehicle. There are frequent roadside drink driving checks.
If you speed or drive under the influence:
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Norway allows dual citizenship. As a Norwegian citizen, you may have to do national service if you are aged between 19 and 44. This applies to all men and women born after 1 January 1997.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Norway is part of the Schengen area, along with many other European countries. You may be able to enter Norway without a tourist visa. In other situations, you'll need a visa.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Norway for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
The Norwegian territory of Svalbard is not part of the Schengen area.
If you're travelling to Svalbard, you'll need a valid passport to enter.
You must also meet Schengen area entry requirements when returning to Norway's mainland.
Norway has border controls at:
Always carry your passport to enter and exit, even if you're travelling within the Schengen area.
Border controls between Norway and Russia have been tightened. You should only approach the border along the road leading to the Storskog border crossing station.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines can be inconsistent in applying the rule. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Lost or stolen passport
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Always carry your passport when crossing borders, including within the Schengen area.
Get an entry stamp in your passport from border control staff when you first enter the Schengen area.
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
Norway's official currency is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK). Norway won't accept the Euro in most situations.
You can bring up to the equivalent of 25,000 NOK in cash into Norway.
You need to pay a customs toll and a fine if you arrive with more than 25,000 NOK.
Norway accepts some foreign debit and credit cards in some outlets. These may incur a surcharge fee.
Credit card transactions usually need a credit card with a microchip and PIN, not a signature.
Australian driving licences are valid in Norway for up to 3 months. However, some car rental companies may require customers to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) regardless.
You can check if your licence will be accepted in Norway, as well as minimum driving age, here: Driving licence holders | Statens vegvesen
If you need an IDP, get this before you leave Australia. An IDP does not replace the requirement for a regular driver's licence.
If your driving licence is not written with Latin letters or doesn't include your licence number, a photograph or an issuing date, you'll need an IDP to drive in Norway.
Speed limits are low. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to ice. The weather can change quickly, and snow can block rural roads. Plan ahead.
Rural roads are usually 2 lanes. They can be narrow and winding in mountainous regions. Take particular care when driving outside urban areas. Check signs for animal crossings, such as moose or deer crossings.
The northern lights can distract drivers, making them lose control or stop without warning. This can create a hazard for other road users.
By law, when driving, headlights must be on at all times, and it's illegal to use your mobile phone. The authorities impose heavy fines for speeding and strictly enforce drink driving law.
Norway has tyre requirements that change with the seasons. It is important that your tyres are appropriate for the weather and road surface conditions. Check official information here: Tyre requirements | Statens vegvesen
Road rules and conditions are available at the Norwegian Public Road Administration.
Check that your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorcycle.
Always wear a helmet.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Norway's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
If not life-threatening, out-of-hours medical advice is available on +47 116117.
Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Keep in mind that there might not be mobile phone coverage where you are heading. Emergency telephones can be found on some mountain trails and in tunnels.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Norway.
You can seek emergency consular help from the Canadian Embassy in Oslo:
Canadian Embassy, Oslo
Wergelandsveien 7, 4th floor
Phone: (+47) 22 99 53 00
You can also seek consular help from the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark:
Dampfaergevej 26, 2nd floor
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Phone: +45 7026 3676
Facebook: Australia in Denmark, Norway and Iceland
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an Embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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