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Coronavirus information for Diplomatic and Consular Missions

As a result of the coronavirus situation, the Norwegian Government has adopted new border control rules, entry rules and rules on rejecting some foreign nationals. The coronavirus regulations and rules change frequently and often on short notice, and Missions are recommended to keep up to date by regularly visiting the relevant webpages. Some frequently asked questions, important links and circular notes related to the coronavirus situation will be published on this page.

Has the Ministry of Foreign Affairs resumed biometrics appointments for Residence Cards Foreign Missions?

Yes. Private servants and service personnel will be invited individually to the Ministry for a biometrics appointment.

How can foreign mission personnell get medical help in the case of suspected Covid-19 infection?

What documentation does foreign missions personnel posted to Norway, and family members notified to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, need to present at the border to enter Norway?

  • The main rule now is that foreign nationals without a residence permit may be denied entry to Norway. Foreign missions personnel posted to Norway, and their dependent family members  who have been notified to and accepted by the Norwegian MFA, may enter Norway, provided they can present the necessary documentation. Foreign missions personnel need to present a diplomatic or service passport, or possibly a national passport in combination with a Norwegian ID card issued by the MFA, or in combination with a Residence Card Foreign Missions. Family members need to present a passport in combination with a Norwegian ID card issued by the MFA.

Is it possible for family members to visit foreign missions personnel posted to Norway now, if they have not been notified to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

  • In general, only a foreign mission members’s spouse, cohabitant or child who have been notified to and accepted by the Norwegian MFA may enter Norway now, and the family member needs to present a national passport in combination with a Norwegian ID card issued by the MFA. EEA nationals may visit a minor child, spouse or cohabitant, or a minor child of her/his spouse or cohabitant, in Norway. Minor EEA nationals may visit a parent in Norway. 

Can family members of foreign mission personnel who are already posted to Norway come to Norway and be granted residence here now?  

  • Yes. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has limited capacity to deal with new arrivals in the current situation. Handling time for each case may unfortunately be longer than normal. To smoothen the process at the border, Missions are adviced to send a verbal note to the MFA in advance, informing about the arrival of the family member. The note should include full name of the person, passport number, relation to the diplomat, date of arrival, and flight number if possible. The MFA will answer the verbal note with a verbal note, and the person(s) arriving should bring copies of the two notes upon arrival in Norway. Family members of foreign mission personnel are strongly urged to follow the rules on 10 days of quarantine on arrival from outside Norway (changed from 14 days from May 7th).  

Will personnel who arrive in Norway for a posting at an Embassy/Consulate be able to enter the country?  

  • Yes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will, as far as capacity permits, register new embassy/consulate personnel. To smoothen the process at the border, Missions are advised to send a verbal note to the Ministry in advance, informing about the arrival of the diplomat. The note should include full name of the person and his/her diplomatic title, passport number, date of arrival, and flight number if possible. The Ministry will answer the verbal note with a verbal note, and the person(s) arriving should bring copies of the two notes upon arrival in Norway. Mission personnel are strongly urged to follow the rules on 10 days quarantine on arrival from outside Norway (changed from 14 days from May 7th).  

In my work at the Embassy/Misson/Consulate I meet and assist fellow citizens during the coronavirus outbreak, including infected individuals. Are there any particular regulations I should be aware of in this regard?

  • Yes. Any person who has been in close contact with someone with a confirmed Covid-19 infection within 48 hours (changed from 24 hours from May 7th) before the person developed symptoms shall undergo quarantine for 10 days (changed from 14 days from May 7th) . “Close contact” in this context refers to contact in closer proximity than two meters from other persons for 15 minutes or more, or direct physical contact. A six months exception from quarantine rules applies to those who have been confirmed with a Covid-19 infection. Everyone who develop symptoms of Covid-19 must stay at home until free from symptoms for at least 24 hours.
    Information on regulations and measures related to visits at institutions will be given by the resepective insitution.

Can Norwegian authorities disclose information on nationality of infected individual to foreign embassies?

  • Nationality of infected persons is currently not registered in the Norwegian reporting system for infectious diseases. Furthermore, Norwegian health authorities cannot disclose personal data of patients infected with the Covid19-virus due to privacy protection laws.

What are the quarantine requirements for foreign mission personnel arriving in Norway?

  • Persons arriving in Norway shall undergo quarantine for 10 days (changed from 14 days from May 7th). Foreign mission personnel arriving in Norway are expected to comply with this requirement. There is an exception for people who are essential to maintain the proper operation of critical public functions when they are at work or are travelling to and from work. The Ministry considers this exception to apply to diplomatic and consular personnel, which means that this personnel may travel to and from the mission to perform their tasks.

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