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 Norway - Formalities

Clearance

Norway requires all yachts to clear into the country but rules are more relaxed if coming from another Nordic country or a Schengen Area country.

Yachts from Nordic countries do not need to make a Customs declaration provided they are not carrying an excess of dutiable stores and equipment and do not remain in Norwegian waters more than six months.

Yachts from other countries should report immediately on arrival at a Port of Entry. The penalties for importing excess alcohol or tobacco are severe.

The captain should report to Customs and show the ship's documents and passports. Customs must be cleared at a quay in the main harbour before moving to a berth for yachts. Immigration must be contacted on arrival and both Immigration and Customs must be cleared on departure.

When completing the normal clearance at a Port of Entry, a list of Harbours to be visited is required. These Harbours actually mean Harbour Districts, which in Norway, are very large areas. They DO NOT mean every port you wish to enter! This is, of course, not at all clear on the (English) form provided.

For safety reasons, port authorities like to be advised when a boat arrives or leaves a port, if it is possible, and if the port is big enough to have any officials based there. There is no requirement for official clearance except at the first port of arrival into the country or the last when leaving Norwegian waters.

If you expect to cross the border into Norway at a place remote from an Immigration office, then special permission is required. In this instance, PRIOR permission must be obtained and a Permit issued by the local Police Station. There has to be a very specific reason why this would NOT be granted. You will then be informed of the location as to where you must visit Immigration.

Last updated August 2017.

Immigration

Although Norway is not a member of the EU, it is a member of the Schengen Agreement Area. See Noonsite' Schengen page for more details on the immigration rules.

List of countries with whom Norway has reciprocal agreements covering visits by their nationals:- Countries of the EU, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

It is understood that these agreements (which usually entail visits of up to 90 days, depending on the country) do not come under the Schengen Agreement rules.

The previous requirement to have a special Sailing Permit no longer applies.

Last updated November 2016.

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
This website is an exhaustive resource for visa and immigration information for all nationalities. Refer to the UDI for the most up-to-date information.

Customs

On arrival, notify Customs at the first Port of Entry.

Firearms must be declared. All firearms must have a licence from the country of origin. Firearms must be re-exported within three months, if not an application for a permit must be made.

Customs rules specify that only up to 22 lb (10 kg) of agricultural products are allowed to be imported, of which 6.6 lb (3 kg) may be meat and processed meat products from other Nordic countries. Tinned meat from all countries is allowed but fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products are restricted as are eggs and potatoes. It is unlikely that these rules will be enforced in the case of a yacht where the products are not take ashore.

There are strict restrictions on the import of alcohol and a heavy tax is imposed for excess amounts. A deposit must be paid on excess amounts and the items placed under seal until leaving Norwegian waters. This deposit will be refunded on proof from foreign Customs that the yacht has arrived in the next country.

A boat can remain stored in Norway, without special permission, for up to 6 weeks in any 12 month period but it may not be used by others if left this way.

If you want to leave the boat for longer than six weeks, you must apply to Norwegian Customs for permission before you leave the country. Initially you apply for one year from the time it entered the country. If you need to leave the boat for longer than 1 year, you must make a second application. Such a boat cannot be used by others.The Customs department has created a standard application form for boat owners, see www.toll.no/en/services/forms. A total of two years from initial entry into Norway is the maximum time allowed.

It is VERY important to apply to Customs IN ADVANCE for permission to leave the boat. Failure to do so may result in a criminal charge of illeagal importation, the penalty for which carries a very substantial fine as well as VAT of 25% of the value of the boat.
See the official website at www.toll.no/en/goods/boat for the details.

The vessel may only be used by the person to whom clearance is given and cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Last updated November 2016.

Norway Customs Office
Postboks 8122 Dep, 0032 Oslo
Tel:+47 22 86 03 12 (press #9 for English)
Opening hours: 08.00–15.30 (Mon-Fri)
If writing, add the region to the beginning of the address.

Health

All tap water in Norway is safe to drink.

Ticks are a problem, and a small percentage carry borrelia. Precautions not to be bitten should be taken.

Documents

At least one member of the crew must have a Radio Operator's licence if the boat has a radio.

Norway has now introduced a requirement for Norwegian leisure craft skippers (currently, only those born after 1979) to have a Certificate of Competence. For foreign boats over 15 m in length, you may be asked to show a certificate of competency from your home country.

Fees

Overtime is charged on customs clearance at weekends.

Restrictions

Sailing close to military areas is prohibited, such areas being marked on charts and usually indicated by signposts on the shore.

Numerous fish farms are found along the coast, and boats are required to keep a safe distance.

There are various conservation areas for sea birds along the coasts, access to which is prohibited between 15 April and 15 July, including the surrounding sea for 164 ft (50 m).

The shoreline in anchorages is normally privately owned and one should ask the owner's permission first before landing. By the same token, Norway has strict laws protecting public access, and unless you are within 150m of a home or on cultivated land, anchoring and even camping is permitted.

No fires may be lit on shore from 15 April to 15 September.

No garbage may be thrown overboard and toilets may be pumped out only well away from harbours and sailing lanes.

A warning is issued to boats cruising the fjords to pay careful attention to the height restrictions caused by overhead cables and bridges.

Fishing
Anyone over 16 years old fishing for salmon, sea trout, sea char or freshwater fish in waters on common land must pay an annual fee at any post office. A local fishing licence is also compulsory and this can be obtained from sports shops, kiosks and tourist offices. The licence only covers a certain area, and can be bought for a day, week, month or whole season. Restrictions are normally stated on the licence. Live bait is forbidden. Rivers and lakes may also be in private ownership, with their own permits enforced by the owners.

Fishing seasons vary from district to district.

Sea fishing with rod or hand lines is open to anyone, and no fishing fee must be paid, unless fishing for salmon, sea trout or sea char. The closed season for these fish is 5 August-31 May.

Foreigners may only use hand gear such as rods or jigs. Nets and similar devices may not be used.

Flag etiquette
The courtesy flag must be flown from sunrise to sunset only, but not before 0800 and not after 2100. It is considered very discourteous to leave the flag flying after sunset.

Pets

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) applies in Norway and animals require a passport, to be microchipped and possess a current Health Certificate and Rabbies Vaccination Certificate. Swedish and Norwegian cats and dogs may travel without restriction between the two countries, but must have current documentation. A comprehensive information sheet can be obtained from the Norwegian Health Authority, Central Unit, PO Box 8147 Dep., N-0033 Oslo, Norway. Tel: +47 22 24 19 40 Fax: + 47 22 24 19 45.

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59nord.net
59nord.net says:
Mar 24, 2017 01:10 PM

To be more precise phasing out is a process as I have explained here: http://59nord.pl/en/radio-2/
It will be finished at the and of current year, so there is still good chance that this season visitors to Norway may be able to use their FM receivers.
When it comes to weather forecasts I have elaborated on that here: http://59nord.pl/en/weather-forcast-on-nrk-radio/
and here: http://59nord.pl/en/marine-radio-weather-forecast/

bfosse
bfosse says:
Jan 01, 2017 05:16 PM

I want to highlight that Norwegian radio has shut down their FM senders from 2017 and the only way to access public radio is by having Dab+ in your boat as this is the only transmission remaining.

To access weather, check VHF Ch 16 where they inform which working channel they will broadcast the weather every day at 9:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 21:00 local time.

Jbording
Jbording says:
Oct 16, 2016 07:54 PM

Being Norwegian, I would like to expand on your statement about all shoreline being private (Restrictions section).

Few countries, if any, gives a sailor better access than Norway. The public intention is to keep all shoreline within 100m open to the public. Deviations from this rule is unfortunately many. Some because of existing buildings when the law was passed, some because of too good lawyers. But the general rule is that you can freely use the shoreline.

You can anchor outside private property. You can take your dinghy ashore anywhere that is not obviously private. You can spend the day at the shore, collect firewood, and pick berries. All this without asking anybody for permission.

Any "private" signs are most often illegal. With exceptions for the densly populated southeastern part of Norway, the vast majority of the shoreline is free to use.

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