Entry requirements (visa/passport)
You need a valid passport to visit Norway and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. Irish passport holders do not require a visa to enter Norway but should note that all EU citizens living in Norway for more than 3 months must register themselves with the Norwegian Immigration authorities.
The currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).
While cashpoints are available and accept foreign cards, the use of cash in Norway is becoming increasingly rare and some commercial outlets will now only accept payment via card. Be aware that foreign credit cards are not always accepted as a means of payment in some Norwegian supermarkets and petrol stations.
Visiting the Arctic
Arctic travel is increasingly popular with tourists, and most go by ship. As some of the more remote areas of the Arctic can be uncharted, so you should check the operational experience of cruise operators before you travel and make sure there are adequate on-board medical facilities.
If you’re travelling independently, we advise you to plan an emergency back-up, in case things go wrong.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
Apply for your EHIC and find out more information.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:55:50 BST