The coronavirus situation: Questions and answers about entry to Norway

Norway is entering the second wave of infection, and the virus is spreading rapidly. The Government has therefore introduced new national infection control measures. This includes a requirement that people in entry quarantine must stay at a quarantine hotel during their quarantine period. Furthermore, travellers arriving from countries with high infection (red countries) must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate on arrival in Norway.

The Norwegian Public Health Institute’s map of which countries and areas have a high infection level (red) and which have a satisfactory infection level (yellow) will be updated at least every 14th day.

General questions and answers

Travellers from red countries must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate when entering Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. Any person who does not present such a test can be refused entry. This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. However, there are some exceptions:

  • children under age 12
  • residents of Svalbard
  • foreign nationals who work with the transportation of freight and passenger or foreign nationals employed in the aviation or shipping industries
  • foreign nationals who perform critical public functions if there is a risk to life and health if entry if refused
  • asylum seekers
  • family members moving to Norway if the family member who lives in Norway is also exempt from the test requirement
  • commuters from Sweden and Finland
  • diplomatic and military personnel
  • foreign nationals who, in the space of the past six months, have been infected by Covid-19, and who can document this
    • This must be documented by an approved laboratory method. Confirmed cases of Covid-19 disease must be documented by a certificate stating the test result and method, as well as information identifying the person and the test date. Currently, rt-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 is the only recommended laboratory method.
  • Cases of “probable Covid-19”, the so-called antibody test, do not provide grounds for exemption from quarantine.

See the press releases on this topic: 
Requirement of negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway 
Revision of requirement for negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway

Confirmed cases of the disease must be documented by a certificate stating the test result and method, as well as information identifying the person and the test date. Currently, rt-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 is the only recommended laboratory method. Cases of “probable Covid-19” do not provide grounds for exemption from quarantine. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.

The Corona situation: Revision of requirement for negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway (press release)

Requirement of negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway (press release)

No. You must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate on arrival in Norway.

It is a requirement that people who are in entry quarantine must stay at a quarantine hotel during the 10-day quarantine period. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.

There are three important exceptions:

  • People who reside in or own a home in Norway, and who stay in their home or another suitable place
    • The term “reside” means people who are registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway.
    • Norwegian students, who resided in Norway prior to travelling abroad to study, will generally still be registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway during their period of study abroad. As such, they are regarded as residing in Norway and they can stay in suitable place during the quarantine period, e.g. at their parents’ home. Norwegian students studying in another Nordic country are also exempt from staying at a quarantine hotel, even if they were required to report moving to their country of study.
  • People who have come to Norway to perform work or an assignment, and who have an employer or contractor who has arranged suitable accommodation with a private room during the quarantine period
  • Asylum seekers and resettlement refugees who have separate arrangements
  • The requirement about staying at quarantine hotels deals with where people stay during the quarantine period. As has been the case for a long time, this must be treated separately from the actual quarantine duty.

Read more: The Corona situation: More information about quarantine hotels (press release)

Europe is now classed as red and the developments in Norway are not positive. We see that import infection accounts for a large amount of the infection development in Norway. Consequently, you must stay at a quarantine hotel even if you are a Norwegian citizen, unless you have your own home privately or through your employer.

People staying at a quarantine hotel must pay a set charge of NOK 500 per night for private individuals and NOK 1,500 per night for employers. The remaining expenses will be covered by the municipalities who will in turn be reimbursed by the state.

The Corona situation: More information about quarantine hotels (press release)

The set charge to stay at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per person per night for adults. Children under the age of 10 stay for free with their parents, while the charge for children between 10-18 years is NOK 250 per child per night.

Yes, this charge covers full board, including meals.

No. On arrival in Norway, the Police will inform you of the requirement to stay at a quarantine hotel and, in cooperation with the municipality, you will be instructed which hotel to travel to.

This varies from place to place. Some municipalities arrange transport, while others do not. Travelling by public transport from the airport, port or border crossing to the hotel is permitted, but you must follow the rules related to infection control and prevention.

You will be provided with information about the quarantine hotel’s rules related to infection control and prevention on arrival. You must follow these rules, as well as the general advice about social distancing, wearing face masks and washing your hands thoroughly. You must avoid places where it is difficult to maintain distance. You should not visit public places like shops and cafés. However, you can leave the hotel to carry out necessary errands at the supermarket or pharmacy, but ensure you maintain a distance of at least one metre from other people and avoid queues.

 

You will receive information about your stay at the quarantine hotel on arrival in Norway.

Norwegian students, who resided in Norway prior to travelling abroad to study, will generally still be registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway during their period of study abroad. As such, pursuant to the Covid-19 regulations, they will still be regarded as “residing” in Norway. Under the quarantine rules, students studying in other Nordic countries are regarded as “residing” in Norway even though they have had their registered place of residence moved to their country of study in accordance with the Nordic agreement on registration. Consequently, they do not need to stay at a quarantine hotel and can stay in another suitable place during the quarantine period. It is important for all students to remember that this clarification does not imply any changes to the normal quarantine rules. They must comply with the quarantine rules the first 10 days they are back in Norway. Consequently, they must avoid close contact with relatives and other people they do not normally live with during the quarantine period.

Norske studenter i Norden kan gjennomføre karantenetiden sin hjemme (press release in Norwegian)

 

Grandparents must stay at a quarantine hotel unless they have their own home.

We see that import infection accounts for a large amount of the infection development in Norway. Unfortunately, experience shows that it is insufficient to stay in other people’s homes or places where it is difficult to maintain distance from others. Consequently, we have decided that people who do not have their own home privately or through their employer must stay at a quarantine hotel during the 10-day quarantine period.

Yes. This is correct for people who must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period. This is linked to the need to reduce import infection. The purpose of the quarantine period is to reduce contact with other people, including relatives people come to Norway to visit, so they are not infected.

This rule change will ensure that people coming from areas with a high level of infection (red areas) have a suitable place to stay during the quarantine period on arrival in Norway, and that this can easily be documented when entering Norway. This will be the case for foreign workers who can document that their employer or contractor has arranged them suitable accommodation with a private room. Other foreign nationals coming to Norway to perform work or an assignment who cannot document such measures from their employer or contractor must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period.   

The quarantine duty for people coming to Norway restricts the possibility of contact between people who live in Norway and those visiting from abroad. This applies regardless of where you stay during the quarantine period. During the quarantine period, you must not meet people you do not normally live with, go to the supermarket if others can shop for you, or use public transport. Neither should you visit people who are serious ill.

No exception to the requirement about staying at quarantine hotels has been made for people wishing to visit seriously ill or dying relatives. All the exceptions are listed in Section 5 (2) of the Covid-19 regulations.

The requirement about staying at quarantine hotels deals with where people stay during the quarantine period. As has been the case for a long time, this must be treated separately from the actual quarantine duty.

If the self-employed person is coming to Norway and must go into quarantine because none of the exceptions for quarantine duty apply, there are also no exceptions from the requirement to stay at a quarantine hotel during the 10-day quarantine period.

Foreign nationals arriving in Norway will receive information at the border.

People registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway can stay at their registered place of residence during the quarantine period. If you reside in Norway, it is irrelevant whether you own or rent your home, including the length of any tenancy agreement.

What about people who are not registered as residing in Norway who are coming to perform work or an assignment, and their employer or contractor in Norway has arranged suitable accommodation for them to stay in during the quarantine period? The decisive factor is not the length of any tenancy agreement but that the person can stay at this accommodation for the entire quarantine period.

The quarantine duty for people coming to Norway restricts the possibility of contact between people who live in Norway and those visiting from abroad. This applies regardless of where you stay during the quarantine period.

People who are in entry quarantine period may only leave they place they are staying during the quarantine period if they can avoid contact with people they do not normally live with, do not go to the supermarket if others can shop for them, and do not use public transport. As such, they should not visit people who are seriously ill.

No exception to the requirement about staying at quarantine hotels has been made for people wishing to visit seriously ill or dying relatives. All the exceptions from staying at quarantine hotels are listed in Section 5 (2) of the Covid-19 regulations.

No. People who own a home in Norway can travel here together with members of their household and spend the quarantine period with them in their home.

Yes. In this case, your family must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period.



Entry from countries in the EU/EEA

No. When you arrive in Norway from a red country, you must go into quarantine. You should go straight to a suitable place/house to stay during the quarantine period, preferably without using public transport. 

Everyone who must be in entry quarantine must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. However, there are five important exceptions:

  • people who reside in or own a home in Norway, and who stay in their home or another suitable place
  • people who have come to Norway to perform work or an assignment, and who have an employer or contractor who has arranged suitable accommodation with a private room during the quarantine period
  • asylum seekers and resettlement refugees who have separate arrangements
  • people who are registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway, or who have reported moving to Norway, even if they are not yet registered
  • Norwegian students who study in another Nordic country. These students do not need to stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period, even if they are not registered in the National Population Register as residing in Norway.


If the country has a low level of infection (referred to as a yellow country), you avoid doing quarantine, even if these areas have increased risk. 

As a starting point, tourists and other travellers can enter Norway. However, people who arrive from or have a stopover in an area with a high level of infection (red countries), or an area that cannot provide adequate documentation of the infection situation, must go into quarantine on arrival in Norway.

Travellers from red countries must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate when entering Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. Any person who does not present such a test can be refused entry.

This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. However, there are some exceptions. See the question number 1.

People arriving in Norway must have a fixed abode in the country or their employer or contractor must provide guarantee of a suitable place to stay on arrival in Norway. People, including tourists and visitors, who do not have a residence or employer/contractor in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel and take a Covid-19 test during the quarantine period. This also applies to family remembers coming to visit relatives in Norway. 
Read more about the requirement to stay at quarantine hotel (press release)
See the regulations concerning quarantine hotels

 

For citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA (third countries)

Yes. People who do not have a residence or employer/contractor in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel and take a Covid-19 test during the quarantine period. This also applies to family remembers coming to visit relatives in Norway. 

More information about quarantine hotel 

See the regulations concerning quarantine hotels

On 21 October, the Government decided to allow more family members, including grandparents, from countries outside the EU/EEA to visit relatives in Norway. The rules concerning quarantine will still apply and they must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate when they enter Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. If they do not present such a test, they can be refused entry. This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. However, there are some exceptions. See the information in the introduction.

People who do not have a residence or employer/contractor in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel and take a Covid-19 test during the quarantine period. This also applies to family remembers coming to visit relatives in Norway. 
Read more about the requirement to stay at quarantine hotel (press release)
And: The Corona situation: More information about quarantine hotels (News story
See the regulations concerning quarantine hotels

The ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act apply in addition.

See the regulations and associated circular.

The couple must have been in a relationship for at least nine months and must have met each other physically. The person who lives in Norway must fill in and sign a self-declaration confirming that these two requirements have been met. Providing incorrect information is a criminal offence. The visiting partner must present the form to the border control as documentation. The form can be downloaded from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website.

The ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act apply in addition. That means that a romantic partner who requires a visa to travel to Norway must still get a visa issued in the normal manner prior to travelling to Norway.

It is also a requirement that romantic partners arriving in Norway from a country outside the EU/EEA can document where they will stay during their quarantine period

People who do not have a residence or employer/contractor in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel and take a Covid-19 test during the quarantine period. This also applies to family remembers coming to visit relatives in Norway. 
Read more about the requirement to stay at quarantine hotel (press release)
And: The Corona situation: More information about quarantine hotels
See the regulations concerning quarantine hotels

Moreover, a negative Covid-19 test certificate must be presented when they enter Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. If they do not present such a test, they can be refused entry. This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. However, there are some exceptions. See the information in the introduction.

Family members (spouses/partners/cohabitants, parents and children under the age of 21, as well as stepfamily) can come to Norway. The ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act apply in addition. A family member who requires a visa to travel to Norway must still get a visa issued in the normal manner prior to travelling to Norway.

It is also a requirement that family members arriving in Norway from a country outside the EU/EEA can document where they will stay during their quarantine period.

People who do not have a residence or employer/contractor in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel and take a Covid-19 test during the quarantine period. This also applies to family remembers coming to visit relatives in Norway. 

Moreover, a negative Covid-19 test certificate must be presented when they enter Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. If they do not present such a test, they can be refused entry. This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. However, there are some exceptions. See the information in the introduction.

Family members and romantic partners from third countries can visit their relatives in Norway. However, anyone who arrives from a country with a high level of infection (red countries) must have home quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from red countries must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate when entering Norway. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. Any person who does not present such a test can be refused entry. This requirement will apply to most foreign nationals who do not reside in Norway. 

More information: 
Requirement of negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway (Press release) 

The Corona situation: Revision of requirement for negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway (News Story)

More information about quarantine hotel

See the regulations concerning quarantine hotels

It is important to note that the ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act apply in addition. This means that the requirements concerning travel documents, visas, etc. must be fulfilled to enter Norway.
See the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website about the corona situation

Entry restrictions are assessed continually
The restrictions in the Interim Act relating to entry restrictions for foreign nationals out of concern for public health apply until 1 June 2021. However, it is not the case that we will necessarily need the restrictions right up to this date. The duration of the entry restrictions must be assessed continuously, in line with the infection developments.