Article | Last updated: 18/01/2021
From January 2, travellers to Norway are required to register themselves as a step in improving infection control. The government has also imposed mandatory testing for Covid-19 for all travellers to 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
Yes. In order to improve infection prevention measures, all persons arriving in Norway must register prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.
Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at the border control.
Travellers must register prior to their arrival in Norway and may only register their journey within 72 hours of their time of arrival.
Yes. From Monday 18 January at 17:00, mandatory testing will be introduced at the border for persons who have been to an area that necessitates quarantine upon arrival in Norway.
This also applies to Norwegian citizens.
The mandatory requirement to take a test is in addition to the schemes we have already established relating to requirements for traveller registration upon arrival and quarantine.
Travellers who are foreign nationals are also required to present a negative test that has been taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway.
There are some exemptions from the testing requirement. Children under the age of 12 years old must not take a test. There are also some exemptions in place for people in essential jobs, cross-border commuters, HGV drivers and diplomats.
Yes, testing will take place at border stations.
It will take a few more days at the Svinesund border crossing before testing capacity is good enough to allow for everyone entering Norway at this crossing to take a test. Consequently, a temporary exemption has been made for persons with a permanent residence in Norway who may take a test at a location other than the border crossing as soon as possible and within 24 hours if waiting times for tests at the border crossing are in excess of 1 hour. This exemption will be removed as soon as testing capacity at Svinesund is raised to the required levels.
You are to undergo quarantine at a quarantine hotel unless:
a. You can document that you are a resident in Norway or have a fixed abode in Norway and are staying in this abode or another suitable accommodation during the quarantine period. If you are not listed in the Norwegian Population Register, you must, on arrival, be able to present a rental contract for a fixed abode or a document showing you own a fixed abode in Norway.
b. You can document that you are married or have a child together with a person who has a fixed abode in Norway, and will be undergoing entry quarantine at the home of your spouse or the other parent. Your minor children may also undergo entry quarantine in the same home.
c. You have come to Norway to perform work or an assignment, and your employer or contracting client will provide a suitable accommodation during the quarantine period. The accommodation must have a private room with TV and internet, a private bathroom, and a private kitchen or food service. Upon entry into the country, you must be able to present confirmation from your employer or contracting client that it will provide accommodation and that the accommodation satisfies the stated conditions.
d. You are not going to perform work or an assignment in Norway during your stay, and you have another suitable place of accommodation during the quarantine period where it will be possible to avoid close contact with others. The accommodation must have a private room, access to a private
bathroom, and a private kitchen or food service. Upon entry into the country, you must be able to present confirmation from the party making the accommodation available that these conditions are fulfilled.
e. You are an asylum seeker or resettlement refugee, in which case you will be allocated a spot in an asylum reception centre, and will carry out your quarantine there.
If you are travelling with a member of your own household, you may carry out quarantine at the same place of accommodation. This means you may share a bathroom and kitchen, and there is no requirement that each individual must have a private room.
If you cannot document that you belong to one of the groups mentioned above, you must spend the quarantine period in a quarantine hotel.
People staying at a quarantine hotel must pay a set charge of NOK 500 per night for private individuals and NOK 500 per night for employers. The remaining expenses will be covered by the municipalities who will in turn be reimbursed by the state.
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.
No, there is no option of reserving a place at a specific quarantine hotel in advance. Upon arrival in Norway, the police will inform of the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel and will, in cooperation with the municipality, inform you of what hotel you should travel to.
If your employer or contracting authority does not have a suitable accommodation, your employer or contracting authority may reserve a suitable accommodation at a hotel on its own. However, this is not part of the quarantine hotel scheme, and such an agreement would be between the employer, employee and the hotel in question.
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.
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.
Foreign nationals arriving in Norway will receive information at the border.
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.
Persons who are able to document access to a permanent residence in Norway will be permitted to quarantine at that location, regardless of whether this residence is owned or rented. You will be able to stay in your own home while undergoing quarantine.
Persons whose stay is for purposes other than work or an assignment and who can document that they have access to a suitable location other than a quarantine hotel for their quarantine stay can stay in that accommodation.
- Suitable accommodation must be a private room with access to dedicated bathroom facilities, a separate kitchen or eating facility, and it must be possible to avoid close contact with others.
- The employees must have the opportunity to watch TV in the room. If the employees have an iPad or PC with such an option available in the room, it will be sufficient.
- The traveller must provide confirmation that this accommodation fulfils the stipulated requirements issued by the individual placing the accommodation at the disposal of the traveller
- The new regulations exempt persons who are married to or have children with a person who has a permanent residence in Norway, as well as their children under the age of 18.
- This group of people may undergo quarantine in the home of their spouse in Norway, or the home of their co-parent.
Persons in the same household who enter Norway together who are not arriving for the purposes of work or an assignment may undergo quarantine within the same suitable accommodation without any additional requirements in terms of private bedrooms for each member of the household.
- The government is amending the Covid-19 regulations to grant exemptions to persons from the requirement to quarantine in order to allow visits to loved ones who are seriously ill or to participate in the funeral service or burial of a loved one.
- The exemption from the quarantine requirement will only apply for the duration of the instance which the exemption is being granted for. Persons will otherwise be required to quarantine as usual. Exemptions of this type will be granted by the chief municipal medical officer.
- Persons who have been granted exemptions from quarantine must avoid close contact with all people they do not live with, insofar as this is possible.
- Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine will cease to apply if the individual develops acute respiratory symptoms and a fever, cough or shortness of breath, and are assessed by a physician to have a suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- Persons who are granted exemptions should take tests for SARS-CoV-2 insofar as this is possible.
- Municipalities will offer accommodation free of charge to those persons who are infected and must isolate when it is not appropriate for them to remain at home on the grounds of infection control. This will also apply to those in quarantine in quarantine hotels following their arrival in Norway.
- It is important that municipalities quickly evaluate whether infected persons are able to remain in quarantine hotels or whether they should be moved elsewhere.
- The same requirements will apply in terms of accommodation whether this is for quarantine upon arrival in Norway, due to infection or isolation.
- The government has therefore set out the same requirements in a statutory regulation:
- It should be possible to avoid close contact with others, and there should be a private bedroom, dedicated bathroom facilities and a separate kitchen or dining area.
- It is nevertheless important to recognise that the requirements in place for those who are isolating, as opposed to undergoing quarantine, are far stricter. They must isolate from all other persons in their own home or accommodation, and from other members of their household insofar as this is possible.
- The Norwegian Armed Forces must undertake exercises in order to uphold Norwegian security policy. Military units are also well-equipped to deal with infection control measures. It is thus being established by means of a statutory order that foreign military units arriving in Norway for training, exercises or operations approved by the Ministry of Defence will be exempt from requirements to stay in quarantine hotels and private bedroom accommodation.
- Troops of up to 40 persons may undergo quarantine upon their arrival in Norway in a garrison, military camp, tent camp, in the field, or equivalent. A requirement has been established requiring them to be physically separated from other cohorts, Norwegian units and the civilian population. The quarantine scheme will be subject to approval by the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services.
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.