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Moving to Norway from the UK

Registering Essentials – This website is easy to use and easy to understand. It tells you exactly what you need to do to register depending upon why you are moving to Norway from the UK.

You do need to register within three months of moving, and provided you meet the requirements the police will issue you with a registration certificate, which is free.

You need to provide proof of income and medical insurance. Family members must also register. After five years you may be granted permanent right of residence.

Shipping and Removals to Norway

Norway has a great shipping industry, which makes transport safe and easy – but there is a high cost. There is a saying that Norwegians fear the customs officers more than they fear terrorists. You will have to pay docking fees while you wait for your goods to clear customs, so be sure to insure your goods.


Norway is not a member of the EU, but there is an agreement between them which makes it a little easier to import personal goods. As a British citizen you do not need a visa to move to Norway. You will need the following documents:

Your presence may be required at customs clearance. You should not be taxed on used items which you have used for at least one year. Food and alcohol have strict limits, and you need a Private Importation Permit from the Norwegian government. If you are discovered exceeding these limits you will be heavily fined. Duties and taxes are very high.

Animal products require a permit from the Department of Agriculture, you need a detailed list – and duties are very high.

Moving to Norway from the UK

There are a few surprising items on the forbidden list – cordless phones, medicines and vitamins, and many not so odd – fresh meat, narcotics, explosives, weapons need special import licences and products from endangered species.

You can bring in NOK 25,000 (£2,486) in currency before declaring it. You may bring in one vehicle per family member – but there are rules applied. For instance – you must have owned it for at least one year and you won’t sell it for at least two years.

It is recommended that you consult the Norwegian embassy well before your move to get up-to-date advice. Things do change and you do not want to be held up at the border. It is essential that your removal company knows the regulations.

Royal Norwegian Embassy 25, Belgrave Square London SW1X 9QD Tel: 02075915500

Moving to Norway from the UK with Pets

You need to visit your vet several months before travelling, as the procedures take some time. He should have the latest information.

Pets require their own EU pet passport, microchips, rabies vaccinations within 1 year, but not closer than 21 days from departure. Up-to-date routine vaccinations are also required. You also need to show proof of tapeworm deworming 1-10 days before travelling. And then again within 7 days of arriving, and an antibody blood test.  If you intend to bring the pet back to the UK you must ensure the rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.

If you want to take in small rodents, rabbits or caged birds you will need an import permit from the Norwegian Food Safety Office. Note that it is illegal to own snakes in Norway.

Published By VanOne
Last updated on 18th August 2019

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