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Moving to Norway from the UK Post-Brexit

posted: 02/02/2021

Norway is a popular destination to relocate to due to its booming economy, great job opportunities, beautiful nature and calm way of living. However, if you are planning to move to this Scandinavian country from the UK post-Brexit, there are some new rules and regulations you need to be aware of.

King's palace in OsloDo You Need a Visa to Travel from the UK to Norway as of 2021?

Good news if you have to go to Norway to sort your accommodation, moving details, or just visit you don’t have to get a visa as long as your stay doesn’t exceed 90 days in a 180 day period. However, if the purpose of your trip is to find a job, you will need to apply for a residence permit and a visa. Check what you need here.
All you need to travel to Norway is a valid passport.

Do You Need a Visa When Moving to Norway from the UK Post-Brexit?

Unfortunately, you do. Since the UK is no longer in the EU, you can’t apply for a residence permit under the post-Brexit conditions. According to the official Norwegian government page:
” You can move to Norway by 1 January 2021 and register with the police according to the EU/EEA regulations on this basis. However, this possibility will not be available for British citizens from 1 January 2021. There is no corresponding possibility under the ordinary regulations for citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA.”
This means you cannot relocate to the country using your own funds like retirement money or pension. You need to have a reason to do so:

  • Seeking for a job
  • Studying in Norway
  • Moving to a family member that is already a resident in Norway

For each of these conditions, you will need a special type of visa and additional registration documents. If you are moving to Norway for work, you have 3 months after you relocate to apply for a permit. You can find more information here.
It is important to note that UK citizens who already live in Norway need to get a new residence card. Check the procedure and apply here.

Do You Need a Norwegian Drivers License When Moving There?

Yes, your UK documents are no longer valid, since the country is not part of the EU. As of 2021, you would need to exchange your driver’s licence with a Norwegian one. Follow the latest changes in the rules and regulations on the official government page.Moving to Norway with pets post-Brexit

Can You Move to Norway with Your Pet after Brexit?

As long as you follow all of the rules and your animal has the necessary documentation, you can freely bring your pet to Norway. There are some major changes due to the fact that the UK is no longer in the EU as it is regarded as a Part 2 listed country “this requires owners to have a valid certificate for a pet issued for each entry into the EU.” The certificate is valid for 4 months and has to include proof of anti-rabies vaccination and treatment against tapeworms (Echinococcus multilocularis). In addition, your animal must be microchipped. The marker must utilise HDX or FDX-B technology and comply with the ISO 11784 standard. Check the official government page for more details regarding the pet passport and certificate. Note that your animals can enter Norway only through Oslo Airport or Storskog. You are allowed to bring a maximum of 5 pets regardless of their breed and species.


How to Relocate from the UK to Norway with a Houseplant as of 2021?

First of all, we need to note there is a limit on how many plants you can take with you in Norway. You are allowed to bring no more than:

  • 5 houseplants;
  • 50 packets of seeds;
  • 25 cut flowers;
  • 3 kilograms of flower bulbs and knolls;
  • 10 kilograms fruit, berries and vegetables;

If you exceed these amounts, you need to get a phytosanitary certificate (PC) for your plants. Note that it is forbidden to bring any kinds of pesticides with you. For more information, check the official page of the UK government where you can ask questions about your specific plant species.

We will closely follow all rules and regulations and will do our best to update our information as soon as there is some new insight on the topic. If you decide to relocate during the pandemic, we urge you to carefully familiarise yourself with the COVID guidelines issued by the Norwegen government. There are constant changes to the rules and regulations due to Brexit since not all details are sorted out yet. We advise you to check the government sites or get in contact with the respective embassies when you decide to relocate to make sure you don’t miss something important.

Feel free to ask your questions down in the comment section. Our London moving coordinators will gladly answer all of your queries.

Stephanie Cooper

Stephanie is a content marketing specialist for Top Removals for the past several years. She has extensive experience working with moving companies and knows her audience. Stephanie creates engaging and useful content helping the customers of Top Removals with their struggles and providing them with the most accurate insight.

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