United Kingdom Travel Information
Due to the corona virus, strict restrictions on
freedom of movement have been introduced in the UK, and
anyone staying in the UK is expected to follow these
rules. Many hotels and shops are closed and new
restrictions may arise. For more information about
coronavirus, see the entry Entry and Health.
It should be noted that current rules for entry and
health care are regulated by the EEA Agreement. This can
be changed from 2021. Negotiations between the UK and EU/EEA
countries are ongoing. For more information, see the
embassy's website, the government's Brexit page and
information from the UK authorities.
The big cities in the UK are generally considered
safe, and the same can be said for the rest of the
country. However, there is a risk of being terrorized
wherever you go in the world, and reasonable precautions
should be taken.
UK authorities are constantly assessing the threat
level. It is based on the likelihood of an attack. For
information on the current threat level and what this
means see Terrorism and national emergencies. Travelers
are encouraged to be attentive and to report suspicious
items. In addition, one should follow the news and abide
by orders and recommendations from local police and
Tourists should be aware of a certain risk of pocket
theft, especially in large crowds and on the
underground. When using an ATM, you should take common
precautions such as hiding the code, quickly depositing
cash, etc. Traveling in other cities and in the
countryside is not associated with greater risk than
traveling in Norway.
- Countryaah: London is the capital
of United Kingdom. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norwegian citizens are not required to register for a
shorter or longer period in the UK, but are encouraged
to register at reiseregistrering.no. Norwegian citizens
are encouraged to have valid travel insurance and bring
their European health insurance card issued by Helfo.
- Local emergency numbers, police, ambulance, fire
and rescue: 999.
- Emergency number for the blind and visually
impaired: Text phone 18000.
- NHS Non-emergency: 111 (Can be used if you need
medical assistance or advice).
In a crisis and emergency, the public is encouraged
to contact the Embassy in London at the following
Royal Norwegian Embassy
25 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QD
Phone: 020 7591 5500
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center by phone: +47
23 95 00 00 or e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Coronavirus (Covid-19): The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice that advises
travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
Nor can Norwegian citizens who travel abroad despite the
travel council expect consular assistance from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return to Norway.
However, if you choose to travel to the United
Kingdom, you must follow the British Anti-Virus Rules,
which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. People who
are covid-19 symptomatic must quarantine on arrival.
Everyone staying in the UK is expected to follow the
current lockdown rules.
There are no other entry restrictions or general
quarantine rules, but that may change. Therefore, if you
are planning to travel, you must follow
It should be noted that many hotels and other
accommodation options are closed and that there are
several restrictions on staying open. It will still be
possible to book accommodation for people traveling to
Norway, including in transit. For more information see
UK Government Guidance.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
The United Kingdom is not a member of Schengen, so
Norwegians need a valid passport for entry. The passport
must be valid throughout your stay. Norwegians do not
need a visa to enter the UK. Further information can be
If you are traveling to the UK with children, you may
be asked to document the affiliation with the child.
Further information can be found here.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
Information from the UK authorities can be found on
Overview coronavirus (covid-19).
Health and food hygiene in the UK is much like in
Norway. Under the EEA agreement, Norwegians in the UK
receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS)
on a par with British citizens. Such treatment is free,
except for prescriptions that are paid at a small fee.
There are also good private treatment options, but these
are expensive. Norwegian citizens are obliged to bring
European health insurance card through the use of NHS
services. The embassy also recommends having valid
travel insurance when traveling to the UK.
For information on Norwegians' health rights in the
UK, see the following links:
- Information on European health insurance card
- Information for residentsand students
- Information for tourists on the websites of UK
health authoritiesand no
Contact Helfo if you are wondering if you are
entitled to health insurance card or health care
coverage on telephone number +47 23 32 70 00.
If you work abroad or stay abroad for more than 12
months, you may lose your membership in the National
Insurance Scheme. See information on voluntary
membership of the National Insurance Scheme.
See more information on NHS's website and
For official health professional travel advice and
health professional guidance when traveling abroad see
the Public Health Institute's website.
The area code for calls from Norway to the UK is +44.
The UK is in the GMT time zone.
The mains is 240 volts 50Hz. Electrical equipment
designed for 220 volts can be used, but you need an
adapter for a UK three pin socket.
London and the larger cities have well-developed
public transport networks. In London, the tube is the
fastest means of access. You can use contactless credit
card or, if applicable, the Oyster card on public
The black London cabs ('black cabs') are considered
to be completely reliable and are usually praised on the
streets. So-called 'mini-cabs' (regular cars with a taxi
license) usually cover local urban areas and must be
booked in advance by telephone. They may vary slightly
in quality. Make sure they are licensed. In addition,
there are a number of companies that offer transport
booked via the app.
Note that taxis in several smaller locations may
prefer, or only accept, cash payments.
Businesses are usually open every day from 10am to
5.30pm or 6pm. The large stores and department stores
are usually open on Sundays and holidays.