Export quota

You are allowed to take out 10 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving Norway. If you have been fishing from a registered fishing camp, you can take up to 20 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving. This restriction applies within a period of 7 days. Therefore, if you take out a full quota on departure from Norway you have to wait for seven days before you can take a new export quota out of the country.

It is no longer permitted to export trophy fish in addition to the export quota. Freshwater species, such as salmon, trout and char are not subject to the quota.

Requirements to documentation for the export of fish

Tourist fishers must document that fishing has taken place under the direction of a registered tourist fishing enterprise when exporting fish. This documentation will be possible to produce in a new app, which the Directorate is currently developing. However, until the app has completed development, tourist fishers must document fishing under the direction of a registered enterprise in another way.

This requirement to documentation applies to those using the new export quota of 20 kg from the turn of the year. Those exporting only 10 kg or less are not required to document affiliation with a registered enterprise. 

Requirements

Norwegian Customs will accept a receipt or corresponding proof of the stay issued to a named person in the travel party or by person. This proof must further include:

  • the registered tourist fishing enterprise’s name, address and business registration number
  • the name of the person or persons that have fished under direction of the enterprise
  • the period of the stay 
  • how many persons the stay applies to

Norwegian Customs will also accept a printout of what the individual tourist fisher has reported to have fished to the enterprise. Such a printout must state:

  • the enterprise’s identity
  • the person who has been fishing
  • how much that has been fished

The document may be printed when leaving, and must be stamped and signed by the enterprise.

The individuals named in the document must be present when the fish is exported from the country.

Read more about the export quota for tourists on the Norwegian Customs website

Fines for fish smuggling

The fines for fish smugglers who bring illegal fish out of Norway have doubled to NOK 8000. In addition to the NOK 8000, NOK 200 per kilo of fish will apply, this includes fish filets and similar fish products. 

Updated: 18.12.2017