Timeline: News from Norwegian Ministries about the Coronavirus disease Covid-19

Timeline for news and press releases in English from Norwegian Ministries about the Coronavirus disease COVID-19.

  • 2020

    • New national restrictions (26 October 2020)

      The Government is introducing new targeted measures for a time-limited period in order to safeguard life and health and to prevent Norway from ending up in the same situation as many other European countries.

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    • Global travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be extended. Changes in the travel advice for the Nordic countries and Europe (24 September 2020)

      The global travel advice will be extended to apply until 15 January 2021. With regard to countries in the Schengen area/EEA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its advice against non-essential travel to all countries apart from those for which an exception has been made.

    • Norway to take on leading role in effort to beat the pandemic (07 September 2020)

      Norway is to lead the effort to ensure that the global activities to fight the Covid-19 pandemic are as effective as possible. Together with South Africa, Norway has been chosen to co-chair the Facilitation Council for the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which has been set up to promote equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

    • Changes in the travel advice for Germany and Liechtenstein (26 August 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Germany and Liechtenstein, as well as to the regions of Kalmar and Västerbotten in Sweden.

    • Changes in the travel advice for Austria, Greece, Ireland, the UK and certain regions in Sweden and Denmark (19 August 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs changes the advice for some countries in the EEA/Schengen area and is now advising against non-essential travel to Austria, Greece, Ireland, the UK and certain regions in Sweden and Denmark.

    • Norway extends global travel advice and makes changes for the Nordic region and Europe (12 August 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ global advice against non-essential travel to all countries has been extended and will now apply until 1 October.

    • Changes in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 15 July (10 July 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing new exceptions to the travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries. The new exceptions apply to individual countries in the Schengen area/EEA from 15 July.

    • Economic measures in Norway in response to Covid-19 (20 May 2020)

      The Covid-19 outbreak is a serious threat to life and health. The worldwide outbreak has led to severe economic slowdown and huge uncertainty regarding future developments. The Norwegian Government has introduced significant measures to secure jobs, help businesses and people, and strengthen health services.

    • Norway contributes to IAEA test-kits against Covid-19 (18 April 2020)

      Norway contributes NOK 22,5 million to Covid-19 test-kits provided by The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


    • New measures to curb the financial impacts of the coronavirus outbreak (28 March 2020)

      Friday 27 March, the Government put forward additional financial measures to address the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Norway’s health-related measures during the COVID-19 pandemic (27 March 2020)

      The Government will allocate more than NOK 2 billion to the development of vaccines to protect us against pandemics. New digital solutions are being developed to make COVID-19 contact tracing easier.

    • Norway to increase support for vaccine development by NOK 2.2 billion (27 March 2020)

      Norway is to increase its support for the work to develop vaccines against the virus that has caused the current Covid-19 pandemic and against future epidemics by NOK 2.2 billion.

    • Norway to contribute more than NOK 13 million to Malawi’s response to Covid-19 (26 March 2020)

      Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein spoke on the phone today with Malawi’s Minister of Health and Population, Jappie Mhango. Norway is to contribute NOK 13.4 million for the procurement of urgently needed equipment, including personal protective equipment for health workers, in the country.

    • Coronavirus measures to continue (24 March 2020)

      The Government is continuing all the measures implemented to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Norway until over the Easter holiday, through 13 April.

    • Guarantee and loan programmes improving liquidity for Norwegian companies (20 March 2020)

      The government has proposed to establish a loan programme where lenders receive a guarantee on 90 percent of the value of new loans issued to small and medium-sized enterprises hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The government has also proposed to reinstate the Government Bond Fund as a measure to support larger companies. The two programmes combined will cover up to NOK 100 billion in loans and will contribute to improved liquidity access for Norwegian companies, and thus help secure jobs.

    • Changes to the rules for temporary layoffs and unemployment benefits (20 March 2020)

      The number of people being laid off temporarily has shot up since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Both people who are laid off or lose their jobs and employers will receive more compensation under new rules.

    • Norway mobilises international support for vaccine development effort (18 March 2020)

      Several countries are now supporting Norway’s appeal for funding for the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. Germany, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are among the countries that are now pledging millions.

    • Large compensation scheme for culture, voluntary sector and sport (18 March 2020)

      ‘It is a very demanding time for the culture, voluntary and sport sectors, with businesses, organisations, clubs, associations and individuals seeing their income completely or partially disappear almost overnight. The Government will do what we can to help remedy the situation, and I am pleased to present a set of robust measures,’ said Minister of Culture and Equality Abid Q. Raja.

    • Foreign nationals with no symptoms of coronavirus infection may leave Norway (17 March 2020)

      People who are in quarantine, but who are symptom-free, may now leave Norway on condition that sound infection control measures are practiced during transport from the place of quarantine to the place of departure.

    • Government cooperating with airlines to assist Norwegians in travelling home (17 March 2020)

      ‘We are in a serious and unpredictable situation. It is becoming harder for many Norwegian citizens to return home because more and more countries are closing their borders and airspace and introducing states of emergency. The Government wants very much to help travelling Norwegians get safely home to Norway. We are therefore working closely with SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe airlines to help Norwegian citizens who are now on trips abroad to return to Norway,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

    • Joint statement by the Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers (17 March 2020)

      On 16 March, the Nordic and Baltic countries' Foreign Ministers and Norway's State Secretary decided to help their citizens in their return home.

    • Voluntary sector retains state support (17 March 2020)

      ‘I am pleased, as the Minister of Culture and Equality, to assure voluntary organisations on behalf of the Government that they will keep state grants which they have already received or for which an administrative decision has been taken that they are to receive. This concerns activities that cannot be carried out due to rules issued by the health authorities,’ said Minister of Culture and Gender Equality Abid Q. Raja (Liberal Party).

    • NOK 100 billion worth of guarantees and loans in crisis support for businesses (16 March 2020)

      The government has proposed two new loan measures, providing support of a total of NOK 100 billion. The package will improve Norwegian businesses’ access to the necessary liquidity in the challenging situation they are now facing.

    • All goods traffic to proceed as normal (15 March 2020)

      All transport of goods, both import and export, which does not involve the carriage of passengers is to carry on as normal by road, trains, ships and aircraft. Airports, ports and border crossings are being kept open for such traffic.

    • Stricter border controls being introduced – Norwegian airports not closing (15 March 2020)

      The Government will close the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit controls will also be introduced at the internal Schengen border.

      Norwegian airports are not closing. All Norwegian citizens and persons who live or work in Norway will continue to be let into the country.

    • New regulations on quarantine etc. after travelling outside the Nordic region (14 March 2020)

      Regulations on quarantine etc. after travelling outside the Nordic region were approved in the Council of State on 13 March 2020. In addition, the King’s special authority pursuant to section 7-12 of the Act relating to control of communicable diseases was delegated to the Ministry of Health and Care Services. The Regulations repeal the Regulations relating to a Decision under to the Act relating to control of communicable diseases, section 4-1, second paragraph, on quarantine (isolation) after travelling outside the Nordic region, which was adopted by the Directorate of Health on 12 March 2020.

    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries (14 March 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. The reason is the increasing spread of coronavirus internationally and the unpredictable and difficult situation faced by many travellers. For now, this advice will remain in effect until 14 April.

    • Travel advice for the United States and France (13 March 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against trips to the United States and France that are not strictly necessary.

    • The Government acts to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy (13 March 2020)

      The fundamentals of the Norwegian economy are strong, with a dynamic business sector, a well-functioning labour market and resilient banks. A robust economic policy framework provides flexibility, and strong public finances make the government well positioned to support the economy when needed. Furthermore, over the last years the Norwegian economy has become much less dependent on the oil and gas industry than before the drop in oil-prices in 2014.

    • Reduction of the countercyclical buffer (13 March 2020)

      Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided to follow Norges Bank’s advice to reduce the countercyclical capital buffer requirement from 2.5 to 1 percent with immediate effect. Norges Bank says that there is a risk of a pronounced economic downturn as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The buffer requirement is reduced to prevent tighter lending standards from amplifying a downturn.

    • Norwegian citizens may face new measures when entering other countries (11 March 2020)

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to make Norwegian citizens aware of the fact that certain countries are introducing measures and/or restrictions for people entering their countries. This will affect Norwegian citizens or others travelling to these countries from Norway. Norwegian citizens who are currently travelling, or who are considering travelling, are therefore urged to familiarise themselves with the rules for entry into the country or countries concerned.

    • Coronavirus: Norwegian authorities are closely monitoring the situation (27 February 2020)

      The first cases of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Norway. The Norwegian health authorities are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared for more cases.