Travel Information

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Travel Information

Passport & Visa

Thanks to the Schengen Convention signed by its 15 member nations, a visa is unnecessary if visiting Norway for sightseeing purposes for 90 days or less within a period of six months. A passport is required to enter the country and total duration of stay or a succession of several stays may not exceed 90 days per six months. Although no procedures are necessary when crossing borders within Scandinavia, ensure to carry your passport wherever you go.

Currency

Norway's currency unit is the Norwegian krone. Although it is internationally labelled as NOK, it is displayed as kr on price tags and other price indications within the country. Norway also has an auxiliary unit, Øre, in which 1kr = 100Øre. There are five types of banknotes in Norway - 50kr, 100kr, 200kr, 500kr, and 1000kr - and five types of coins - 50Øre, 1kr, 5kr, 10kr, and 20kr.

Foreign Exchange

Traveller’s checks and cash can easily be exchanged at banks and airport exchange counters. Certain exchange counters in towns are open everyday.

General banking hours

Monday to Friday: 8.15am – 3.30pm (5pm on Thursdays)

Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Postal Service hours

Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturdays: 9am – 1pm (some offices are closed)

Sundays: Closed

Phone Services

The country code to Norway is + 47

In many cases you will be charged service charges in addition to call charges if you make phone calls from hotel rooms, therefore it is advised to use public telephones located in lobbies and other areas. Many telephones accept payment by credit card. You can also purchase telephone cards at convenient stores and kiosks.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency calls can be made from pay phones free of charge.

Police 112

Fire Department 110

Ambulance 113

Oslo emergency care centre (open 24 hours a day)

p: 22-11-80-80

Duty-Free Allowances

Cameras, video cameras, and radios that are considered necessary for travel can be taken in tax-free, however they must be taken back upon departure. There are no restrictions on medical products as long as they are for use during the trip. The minimum age requirement for taking in alcohol is 20 and 18 for cigarettes.

Alcohol

Up to 1 litre of spirits, 1 litre of wine, and 2 litres of beer, or 2 litres of wine and 2 litres of beer can be taken in tax-free.

Cigarettes

Either 200 paper-wrapped cigarettes or 250 grams of cut tobacco and 200 papers are accepted.

Currency allowance

An amount equivalent to 25, 000 Norwegian krones is allowed.

Duty-Free Shopping

In cases where a tourist shop is in a member store of the Global Refund, he or she will be exempted from the added-value tax imposed on the product. The procedure is simple and consists of presenting your passport when purchasing the product and having a global refund check issued and the receipt attached. The purchased product cannot be opened.

Since Norway is not a member of the EU, in cases of departing from Oslo Airport, convert your money at the cash refund within the transit hall. If you are to travel to other Scandinavian countries after Norway, you will need to carry out conversion procedures at customs of your final departing location, however it is necessary to have a customs stamp without fail.

Since an added-value tax of 25% is imposed on goods and 11% is imposed on food, if a tourist is to purchase 315kr worth of goods or more, or 285kr worth of food or more, or products whose tax rate is 25% or more in a global refund member store, he or she will be refunded a maximum of 11%-19% of the purchased value.

Products & Souvenirs

Norway features many fishery-related products and craft products inspired by the rich blessing of the country's natural environment.

Norwegian sweaters: Traditional hand-knit sweaters with patterns of snow flakes and reindeer.

Troll dolls: Fairies of the forest that are said to bring happiness and good fortune.

"Aquavit", a distilled alcoholic beverage made from potatoes. Smoked salmon, codfish, reindeer jerky, and whale meat. Silver accessories are also great Norwegian souvenirs

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