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Travelling to Norway with a firearm

If you plan to travel to Norway to hunt, participate in a shooting competition or attend a collector event, you may bring a firearm with you under certain conditions. 

Before travelling to Norway, we recommend contacting your local authorities to verify whether you require a license to bring a firearm out of your country.

When entering the country with a valid European Firearms Pass

If you have applied for and received a European Firearms Pass from the authorities in your country of residence, you do not need to choose the red zone and do not need to present your firearm to customs officials on arrival in Norway. You can choose the green zone, but must be able to present both the firearm and firearms pass on request. This rule applies when staying in Norway for up to three months.

When entering the country without a valid European Firearms Pass

New rules for the temporary import of a firearm, firearm parts and ammunition without a valid European Firearms Pass apply from 1 September 2021 in accordance with the Firearm Regulations, sections 10-14 and 14-1, no. 16.

According to the new rules, you are required to obtain a license (permission) from the police if you do not have a European Firearms Pass and would like to temporarily import a firearm, firearm parts or ammunition into a Norwegian customs area. The person who is importing the firearm, firearm parts or ammunition must satisfy the minimum age requirement for the type of firearm in question and must have a valid firearm license from the country of residence.

You are also required to obtain a license from the police if you do not have a European Firearms Pass and would like to temporarily import a firearm that has been deactivated in compliance with section 27 of the Firearms Act into a Norwegian customs area. 

Only the official application form from the police may be used and must be sent to the police district where you will be staying – no later than two months prior to arrival.

When you arrive in Norway, you must report to the customs officials and present the firearm and license (permission).

Read more and download the application form from the official police website.

Transition regulations until 1 September 2021

Until the new rules take effect on 1 September 2021, you must complete a declaration on the temporary import of a hunting or competition firearm.  You can obtain this declaration form from the police. You can also fill out a snapshot of this declaration directly at the customs checkpoint on arrival.

You are required to fill out this declaration in duplicate. We will stamp both copies and keep one of them. You will be given the second copy, which you must return to us when leaving Norway.

You are required to have the following with you at all times:

  • Valid forearms license from your country of residence
  • Valid proof of identity
  • Documentation verifying why you are travelling to Norway with a firearm, such as an invitation to take part in a competition or documentation that you have access to hunting grounds in Norway
  • Valid European Firearms Pass if you have one. All firearms that you are bringing with you must be listed on the pass
  • License for the temporary import of a firearm if you do not have a valid European Firearms Pass

When leaving the country

If you are travelling back to a country within the EU/EEA with a European Firearms Pass, you are not required to declare the firearm to us when travelling out of Norway.

If you are travelling back to a country within the EU/EEA without a European Firearms Pass or to a country outside of the EU/EEA, you are required to present and declare the firearm to customs officials when travelling out of Norway. You must present the temporary import license to customs officials.