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This gives a green or red light in the COVID-19 certificate

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These are the rules that determine whether the COVID-19 certificate is given a green or red light in Norway. NB! a green or red certificate only applies for domestic use in Norway, the expanded control page applies for control with entry into Norway.  Information in this expanded page will be checked on entry.

These are the rules that determine whether the COVID-19 certificate is given a green or red light in Norway. NB! a green or red certificate only applies for domestic use in Norway, the expanded control page applies for control with entry into Norway.  Information in this expanded page will be checked on entry.


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Entry into Norway

From 11 June at 3 pm, you can document that you have either been fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 to avoid quarantine when entering Norway. To do this, show the extended control page in the COVID-19 certificate to the border control. The green and red lights in the COVID-19 certificate are for domestic use only. Domestic use has not yet been defined by the Government.

The COVID-19 certificate will show whether or not you have been vaccinated, whether you are immune after having had COVID-19 disease, and the result if you have had a negative result from a COVID-19 test. In Norway, it has not yet been decided whether children will need a COVID-19 certificate. However, a verification function is being developed which will result in a green or red light, depending on whether or not you meet the Norwegian requirements for a COVID-19 certificate. 

Missing or inaccurate information on your COVID-19 certificate may invalidate the certificate when you attempt to use it. If you notice inaccurate or incomplete vaccination information/test results about you on your certificate, you can contact the centre where you were vaccinated/tested in order to have it corrected.

The green light for using COVID-19 certificates in Norway will not automatically mean unrestricted entry to all countries. Each EU country determines its own rules. On the Re-open EU website, you will find the travel rules that apply between these countries. You will also see the infection situation in the various countries on the website. The information is continually updated and is available in 24 languages. The rules explained below may be revised in the event of changes concerning vaccines, the infection situation and the disease itself.

You must familiarise yourself with the rules that apply wherever you intend to use the certificate, such as the rules in countries you are going to travel to. Border control in your destination will check that the certificate contains the information that is required for entry to the country concerned. In some countries, this will mean fully vaccinated, while in other countries, a negative test result will suffice.

Information shown on the certificate

Vaccines

The certificate will show all COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered (or registered) in Norway.

Immunity after having had COVID-19 disease

If you are protected after having had COVID-19 disease, the result of a PCR or antigen test registered in Norway when you tested positive will be shown. If you have tested positive again more than three months after your first test, the new test result will be shown.

Negative test results

A negative result from a PCR or antigen test will be shown if the test was taken within the last seven days and no positive test results have been registered during the same period.

For vaccination

The following will result in a green light:

  • If you are only going to have one dose of vaccine because the type of vaccine you have received requires only one dose, you will be given a green light three weeks after you were vaccinated. You will then be considered to be fully vaccinated and, unless the circumstances change, there will be no end date for the green light. Be aware that the COVID-19 certificate will only be valid in 90 days in advance each time you download the certificate. The light may turn red temporarily, as explained below.
  • If you are only going to have one dose of vaccine because you had COVID-19 disease more than three weeks before you were vaccinated, you will be given the green light when one week has passed since you were vaccinated. You will then be considered to be fully vaccinated and, unless the circumstances change, there will be no end date for the green light. Be aware that the COVID-19 certificate will only be valid in 90 days in advance each time you download the certificate. The light may turn red temporarily, as explained below. If you have had COVID-19 disease, this must be documented through registered test results. These should be a PCR test (or equivalent laboratory method), an antigen test or an antibody test performed at a microbiological laboratory.
  • If you have received one out of two doses of a vaccine, you will be given a green light three weeks after you were vaccinated. You will then be considered to be protected and the green light will last for 14 weeks after your first dose of the vaccine.
  • If, during the period between the first and second vaccine doses, you develop COVID-19 disease (more than three weeks after your first dose of the vaccine), you will be given a temporary red light, as explained below. You will then be considered to be fully vaccinated and, unless the circumstances change, there will be no end date for the green light. Be aware that the COVID-19 certificate will only be valid in 90 days in advance each time you download the certificate. The light may turn red temporarily, as explained below. COVID-19 infection must be documented through registered test results. This should be either a PCR test (or equivalent laboratory method) or a rapid antigen test.
  • If you have received both doses of a vaccine, you will be given a green light one week after the second dose of vaccine. You will then be considered to be fully vaccinated and, unless the circumstances change, there will be no end date for the green light. Be aware that the COVID-19 certificate will only be valid in 90 days in advance each time you download the certificate. The light may turn red temporarily, as explained below. Combinations of doses from different manufacturers will be accepted if sufficient time has elapsed between doses to satisfy the minimum requirement for the first type of vaccine that you received.

The following will result in a temporary red light:

  • If you test positive following vaccination, you will get a temporary red light for 10 days.
  • If you received your first vaccine dose less than three weeks ago.
  • If more than 14 weeks pass between your first and second vaccine doses, you will be given a red light up to seven days after the second dose.

The following will result in a red light:

  • If the information registered about your vaccination is incorrect, with the result that you appear to be unvaccinated.
  • If you have not been vaccinated.

For negative test result

The following will result in a green light:

  • A negative test result will result in a green light for 24 hours from the time of the test, but only if you do not have any positive test results during the last seven days.
  • Rapid antigen tests rarely give false positive results. If you take another test of the PCR type within 48 hours and the result is negative, you will get a green light for 24 hours, even if you recently tested positive in an antigen test.

The following will result in a red light:

  • The first 10 days after you tested positive for the first time.
  • Unless you have had a negative test result during the last 24 hours.

Immunity after having had covid-19 disease 

The following will result in a green light:

  • If you have had COVID-19 disease and this is documented through a result from a PCR test, an equivalent laboratory analysis or a rapid antigen test, you will be given a green light for six months from the first positive test result. At least 10 days must always pass from the first positive test result before you can be given a green light, unless you have been vaccinated.
  • If you test positive again during the first three months after the first positive test, you will still have the green light. This is because the laboratory analyses are so sensitive that they can detect parts of the virus for some time after you cease to be infectious. You will be considered to be protected, but you will not be given an extended green light based on a new test taken during the first 3 months after the first test.

The following will result in a temporary red light:

  • If you test positive again more than three months after your first positive test result, the certificate will show a red light for 10 days after the last test. You will then be given a green light for another six months

The following will result in a red light:

  • If you have not tested positive during the last six months
  • The first 10 days after a positive test result

History

11.06.2021: Added in the ingress and first paragraph that green and red lights only apply to domestic use in Norway. It is the information in the extended control page that is checked upon entry.

June 8, 2021: We have added information about the validity of the certificate, which is 90 days in advance.