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Entry into Norway - quarantine and testing regulations

Entry is currently only possible for Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals with permanent residence in Norway. All foreigners who do not fall under an exemption will be refused entry without further assessment.

The Norwegian authorities urge everyone residing in Norway to avoid travel abroad that is not absolutely necessary. If you return to Norway from an unnecessary vacation trip, you must spend the entry quarantine in the quarantine hotel. You can read more about which trips are considered necessary in the section "Quarantine Hotel" below.

For all those who are allowed to enter Norway, the following rules still apply:

  • You must fill out an immigration registration form before you travel.
  • You must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to arrival.
  • You must be tested upon arrival in Norway.
  • You have to go into quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Norway.

Violations of the COVID-19 regulations are punishable by heavy fines.

Who is currently still allowed to enter Norway?

The entry restrictions apply to citizens of all countries, including the EU / EEA countries and Scandinavia. This includes:

  1. Tourists
  2. Family members who are not listed under “Exceptions: close family members”
  3. Friend or fiancé
  4. EU / EEA citizens (including Scandinavian citizens) who work or study in Norway and do not fall under any of the exceptions listed below
  5. Business travelers
  6. Foreign nationals who have a Schengen visa but do not fall under one of the exceptions listed below
  7. People with vacation property but not permanently residing in Norway

Certain exceptions apply, including for the following groups of people:

  1. Foreigners with permanent residence in Norway, regardless of whether it is an owner-occupied home or a tenancy
  2. People who have to enter Norway for special reasons, e.g. B. due to a special duty of care for or by a person resident in Norway, or due to other serious welfare considerations such as visiting a dying or seriously ill close family member
  3. People who come to Norway on an agreed or fixed meeting between parent and minor child
  4. Close family members: spouse / significant other with registered partnership, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren
  5. Journalists and other employees on behalf of foreign media outlets
  6. Passengers in transit with a stopover at a Norwegian airport (both on international air traffic and within the Schengen area)
  7. Seafarers and aviation personnel
  8. Foreigners who are involved in the transport of goods and passengers
  9. Foreigners who work in systemically relevant areas, with proof of the employer
  10. Health and nursing staff from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and nursing service
  11. Mandatory business-critical personnel, whereby the employer must have obtained a permit before entering Norway
  12. Children who commute daily across the border to Norway to attend school
  13. Foreigners residing in Sweden or Finland who commute to Norway to work during the day

See lovdata.no for a full list of all exceptions (in English)

Entry registration

Anyone wishing to enter Norway must fill out an immigration registration form. If you register online you will be given a receipt to show to the police on arrival.

Entry registration must be made prior to arrival in Norway, but no earlier than 72 hours prior to entry.

For digital entry registration (entrynorway.no)

Quarantine check: check which rules apply to you (helsedirektoratet.no)

COVID-19 test before entry

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test

Foreign travelers who are exempt from the entry ban must be able to show a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test at the Norwegian border.

  • The test may not be longer than 24 Hours ago.
  • Recognized test methods are PCR or antigen rapid tests.
  • The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.

When entering the country by plane, the test must be carried out within the last 24 hours before the planned departure time for the first part of the flight.

Quarantine check: Find out which rules apply to you (Helsedirektoratet).

The following people must arrive in Norway no Submit a certificate of a negative test result:

  1. Travelers from countries / regions that are not subject to quarantine
  2. Children under 12 years
  3. Norwegian citizens
  4. People who can use a recognized laboratory method to prove that they have suffered from COVID-19 in the past six months
  5. Foreign nationals residing in Norway with a residence permit
  6. Foreigners who are absolutely necessary for the maintenance of the orderly functioning of systemically important functions or for the satisfaction of the basic needs of the population, so that a refusal of entry would be associated with a risk to life and limb
  7. Foreigners who are in transit
  8. Foreign nationals who regularly travel to Norway from Sweden or Finland to work or study (there are separate test requirements for health and care workers from Sweden and Finland, see "Quarantine regulations for foreign workers and commuters" below)
  9. Asylum seekers and transfer refugees
  10. Foreign nationals with a residence permit for Norway in accordance with the family reunification regulations
  11. Pilots and sailors en route to or from an assignment
  12. Day commuters from Sweden or Finland who have themselves tested for COVID-19 every 7 days and can prove this
  13. Persons with permanent residence on Svalbard
  14. Police officers from Sweden and Finland in transit, as well as individual Swedish and Finnish customs officers on duty

Compulsory test when entering Norway

In addition to providing evidence of a negative test result prior to travel, you must be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Norway. There are test stations at the border. You are obliged to wait on the spot until you have received your test result. This usually takes about 30 minutes. In the event of a positive test result, you must also be tested using the PCR method within 24 hours of arrival.

Children under the age of 12 should also be tested; However, if sampling proves difficult, for example because the child protests, the test should not be performed.

Anyone who does not want to be tested when entering the country for no good reason and does not leave Norway voluntarily will be fined.

Travelers who are exempt from the quarantine hotel requirement must be tested again on the seventh day after arrival in Norway.

With a few exceptions, travelers to Svalbard must present a certificate stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19, whereby the test must not be more than 24 hours ago on arrival in Svalbard and must have been carried out in Norway.

The following people do not have to be tested at the border:

  1. Persons who are exempt from the quarantine obligation both during working hours and during non-working hours; You can find out which groups of people this affects under "Quarantine".
  2. Commuters residing in Sweden or Finland who are exempt from the entry ban and who follow separate test regulations.
  3. Professional drivers in long-distance transport as well as railway personnel who are not employed in freight transport, as well as certain groups of railway personnel in freight transport.
  4. Persons who are absolutely necessary for the maintenance of the orderly functioning of systemically important functions or for the satisfaction of the basic needs of the population, if it is practically impossible to carry out tests.
  5. diplomatic staff.
  6. Aviation and rail workers who start work in Norway and travel abroad without getting off the plane or train.
  7. Foreign citizens who have been asked by the Norwegian authorities to participate in international negotiations or the like. as well as anyone traveling to Norway as part of a delegation related to Norway's international commitments
  8. Police and customs officers from Sweden and Finland who are in transit, and customs officers from Sweden and Finland who travel to Norway to work.

No exception can be granted for persons included in items 5 and 7 of the list who have been in a country outside the EEA and / or Schengen area within the last 10 days prior to arrival in Norway.

Entry quarantine

Anyone entering Norway from abroad must be quarantined for 10 days. Entrants from certain regions in Scandinavia / Europe with a sufficiently low infection rate (yellow regions and countries) are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

Map of red and yellow countries / regions in Europe (in English)

The quarantine obligation also applies if you have already suffered from COVID-19! Entrants must go into quarantine immediately upon arrival in Norway.

Implementation of the entry quarantine

  • The entry quarantine must be carried out in a quarantine hotel or, if one of the exceptions mentioned below applies to it, in another suitable accommodation.
  • You are only allowed to stay outside your accommodation if you can avoid direct contact with people other than those with whom you live together.
  • You are not allowed to go to a workplace where other people are, or to attend schools or kindergartens.
  • The use of public transport is not permitted except for trips to or from the airport, port or similar arrival points in connection with entry to / exit from Norway. Anyone over the age of 12 must use mouth and nose protection.
  • If you live with people who have not traveled, you must have a separate room and bathroom and be two meters apart during the quarantine period. If this is not possible, the people living with them should also adhere to the quarantine regulations. If this is not possible either, accommodation in a quarantine hotel or other suitable accommodation within the community is recommended.
  • The people you live with should also be tested seven days after your arrival (this test is compulsory for immigrants and recommended for people living with them).
  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms during quarantine, please go into isolation immediately and contact the local health service to get tested. Telephone number: 116 117

Shortening the quarantine time

All persons who are in entry quarantine must be tested using a PCR test on the seventh day after their arrival. Contact the community or a testing center to get tested. All people who live in the quarantine hotel are offered a test by the municipality. The quarantine obligation applies until the negative test result of this COVID-19 test is available.

Where is the entry quarantine to be completed?

Basically, the quarantine must be completed in the quarantine hotel, even if you have permanent accommodation in Norway. See the Quarantine Hotel section below for more information.

Close family members (spouse / partner and their children) who live together in their home country and travel to Norway together can carry out the entry quarantine in the same quarter.

The entry quarantine must be carried out in one of the following types of accommodation:

  • in a quarantine hotel in the municipality in which you entered Norway. See the Quarantine Hotel section below for more information.
  • in permanent accommodation in Norway, regardless of whether it is an owner-occupied home or a tenancy agreement. Movable accommodation such as RVs, boats, etc. are not included. You must be able to prove ownership or tenancy upon entry, and the lease must be in place for at least six months. People who live with you while you are in quarantine must also adhere to the quarantine regulations, unless they have a separate room and bathroom.
  • in another suitable accommodation if you can prove on arrival that serious welfare considerations require accommodation at this location. You must also be able to prove that the accommodation meets the requirements for suitable quarantine accommodation, see the explanations on suitable accommodation below this list.
  • in the accommodation of a person with whom you are married or have children together. You must be able to prove that you are married or have children together. Their underage children are also allowed to spend the quarantine here.
  • in suitable accommodation made available to you by your employer. The employer must have the accommodation approved by the labor inspectorate (Arbeidstilsynet) before the employee enters the country. You must be able to present proof of authorization upon entry.

Suitable accommodation: The accommodation must have a separate room with TV and Internet as well as access to its own bathroom and kitchen or catering service so that direct contact with others can be avoided.

The mandatory entry registration must be accompanied by a confirmation that the accommodation meets the requirements for suitable quarantine accommodation.

National immigration control center

If you enter Norway, you will be contacted by SMS and by phone from the National Control Center during the quarantine period.

If the contact attempts by telephone are unsuccessful, the control center is authorized to inform the community doctor or the labor inspectorate. The control center obtains your personal data from the immigration register.

It is important that you answer the phone when you receive a call from 2189xxxx.

The following people are exempt from entry quarantine both during working hours and during their free time

  1. Entrants who have traveled through an area subject to quarantine without using public transport, staying overnight there or having direct contact with people other than those who live with them
  2. Entrants who are required to check or carry out urgently necessary maintenance measures on residential property, boats, caravans, etc. have traveled to Sweden or Finland without using public transport, staying overnight there or having direct contact with people other than those living with them
  3. Ship travelers who got on board in Norway and stayed on the ship throughout the voyage without other passengers or crew members being taken on board in foreign ports; with the exception of people who transport goods and are accommodated in such a way that they can avoid direct contact with other passengers and crew members
  4. Aviation and rail personnel who start their work in Norway and travel abroad without getting off the plane or train; When leaving the plane or train, you must be in touch upon arrival in Norway (aviation personnel) or within 24 hours of entry (rail personnel) and also have it tested every seven days

Entry requirements for people entering from countries outside the EEA / Schengen area

Anyone entering Norway from a country outside the EEA and the Schengen Area generally has to go to the quarantine hotel immediately upon arrival. This also applies to people who have made a necessary trip to these countries. Anyone entering from one of these countries is not allowed to use public transport to travel from the place of arrival to the quarantine hotel.

Some people entering from countries outside the EEA / Schengen area can be exempted from quarantine hotel requirements. The following groups of people can be granted an exception to the quarantine hotel requirement:

  1. Individuals who can demonstrate serious welfare considerations and suitable accommodation in which direct contact with others can be avoided; Further information on the suitability of the accommodation can be found in the section "Where to complete the entry quarantine"
  2. Asylum seekers and transfer refugees
  3. Persons in the context of diplomatic missions
  4. People who cross the Norwegian border in connection with an agreed or fixed meeting between parent and child under the Child Act and the Child Protection Act

Svalbard

Travelers to Svalbard are generally required to provide a certificate stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19. The test must have been carried out in Norway and within 24 hours prior to arrival on Svalbard.

Quarantine regulations for foreign workers and commuters

As a general rule, foreign workers must complete the entry quarantine in the quarantine hotel. Anyone entering Norway from a country that is subject to quarantine:

  • must be in quarantine for 10 days before starting work
  • can end the entry quarantine prematurely if it has tested negative for COVID-19 according to the above conditions

Exemption from the quarantine obligation during working hours for commuters and regular cross-border commuters

  • Health and nursing staff with full vaccination protection who have critical functions in the hospital or community health service are exempt from quarantine during working hours if the test is negative on arrival in Norway.
  • Some long-distance professional drivers, aviation and rail personnel, and workers who sign on to a ship in a Norwegian port may be exempt from entry quarantine during working hours. These people should contact their employer to clarify which rules apply to them.
  • Commuters who cross the border into Norway from Sweden or Finland more than once during a period of 15 days can be exempted from the quarantine obligation during working hours if they can be tested as follows:
  1. at least every seven days

or

  1. on the day of your arrival in Norway and every seven days thereafter if the last test in Norway was more than seven days ago

or

  1. within seven days after the last COVID-19 test was carried out in Sweden or Finland (applies to day commuters only)

If you have stayed somewhere other than Sweden or Finland within the last 10 days before arrival in Norway or if you are also working in the Swedish or Finnish health or care service, an exemption from the quarantine obligation is not possible.

More information (in English)

Exception from entry quarantine due to welfare considerations

Exemptions from entry quarantine can be granted under certain circumstances:

  • A partial exemption from entry quarantine is possible in order to visit seriously ill relatives or to attend the funeral or burial of a close relative. The exemption from the quarantine obligation only applies for the duration of the sick person's visit or participation in the funeral / burial. Otherwise, the quarantine must be strictly adhered to. Such an exception is only possible if you tested negative for COVID-19 at the border AND on the day of the visit or burial / burial. In this case, you will have to pay for the test yourself.
  • If, according to a contact agreement, you have the right to visit under the Children's Act or the Child Protection Act, you may be exempted from quarantine during working hours.
    1. If you come to a meeting with a child living in Norway from abroad, you will not be exempted from the entry quarantine, but you can be with your child during the quarantine period.
    2. If you return from an appointment with a child living abroad, you can be exempted from entry quarantine during working hours in the event of a negative COVID-19 test (using a PCR test no earlier than three days after arrival in Norway). If you do not work in Norway, you cannot be exempted from quarantine during working hours.
    3. Children who come back from an appointment with a parent living abroad can be exempted from entry quarantine during school in the event of a negative COVID-19 test (using a PCR test no earlier than three days after arrival in Norway). Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the mandatory entry quarantine, even if they have not been tested.

In the event of symptoms or suspicion of COVID-19 illness, people who have been granted an exemption from entry quarantine are also obliged to go into quarantine.

Quarantine hotel

Basically, after arriving in Norway you have to go to a quarantine hotel for entry quarantine. If you are covered by one of the exemptions, you must be able to prove this upon entry. Information about quarantine hotels can be obtained from the police at border crossings and arrival points in Norway.

The Norwegian authorities urge everyone residing in Norway to avoid travel that is not absolutely necessary.

As essential travel Only official / business trips as well as trips due to serious welfare considerations apply. Serious welfare considerations are e.g. For example, if you have underage children who live abroad, want to visit seriously ill or dying close relatives or have to travel abroad to carry out necessary medical treatment.

Visiting a spouse, friend or other close relative who is not seriously ill counts in this context Not as a serious welfare consideration.

You must be able to prove that the trip was absolutely necessary. If you cannot prove this, you will have to go to the quarantine hotel. You have to pay the costs for the hotel stay yourself. You have to stay in the quarantine hotel for at least seven days, then you can do another COVID-19 test. If this test is negative, you can end the quarantine.

You have to pay the costs for the hotel stay yourself. You must stay in the quarantine hotel for at least seven days. On the seventh day, you can do another COVID-19 test. If this test is negative, you can end the quarantine.

Whether you can be tested on the seventh day depends on the test capacities of the municipality. Evidence for a trip abroad due to serious welfare considerations applies e.g. B. a contact agreement (parents agreement) or a medical certificate.

Minor children who come to Norway alone and are not exempt from the quarantine obligation must be able to have a carer with them in the quarantine hotel.

Costs when staying in the quarantine hotel

The own share of the accommodation costs in the quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per day for private individuals over the age of 18 and for employers. Children under 10 years of age who are accommodated in the room with a guardian stay free of charge. For children between the ages of 10 and 18, the co-payment is NOK 250 per day. The co-payment is normally paid on arrival or before departure at the quarantine hotel.

In the quarantine hotel there is the possibility to be tested for COVID-19 free of charge.

The following travelers must Not stay in the quarantine hotel:

  1. People who can prove on their entry that they are resident in Norway and that the trip was absolutely necessary, and who are staying in their own or another suitable accommodation during the quarantine. Proof of accommodation can be provided by means of an extract from the register of residents or by registering accommodation with the Norwegian tax authorities (skate tax) or submitting a rental agreement with a term of at least six months. This exception also includes travelers who are married to a person residing in Norway or who have children together, as well as their minor children. These people can spend the quarantine in the residence of the spouse or the other parent.
  2. Business and business travelers whose employers or clients provide suitable accommodation with an option to isolate them. You must be able to prove that you are doing a job or will carry out an order and that the employer or client has obtained permission for the accommodation. The accommodation must have a separate room with TV and Internet as well as access to its own bathroom and kitchen or catering service so that direct contact with others can be avoided. Evidence can be provided, for example, via an employment contract or an order confirmation. It must contain information about your accommodation as well as the name, address and telephone number of the employer or client.
  3. People who can substantiate serious welfare considerations, e.g. B. an illness or health complaints that require special aftercare or equipment that the quarantine hotel cannot offer. Upon entry, it must be proven that the accommodation is suitable for carrying out the quarantine.
  4. Asylum seekers or transfer refugees.
  5. Entrants of certain professional groups who travel to Norway on business or on business and can prove this and are wholly or partially exempt from quarantine. The employee or contractor must contact his employer / client in advance to clarify which rules apply in his case.
  6. Foreign military units traveling to Norway for training purposes or for an operation approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.

The exceptions require that the quarantine is spent in isolation in one's own or another suitable accommodation.

Here you can find more information about Corona in different languages ​​(regjeringen.no)