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Infection control advice for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Infection control advice for travel is updated continuously and can change quickly. Familiarise yourself with the advice that applies to travel in Norway and abroad, and which advice applies to risk groups.

Infection control advice for travel is updated continuously and can change quickly. Familiarise yourself with the advice that applies to travel in Norway and abroad, and which advice applies to risk groups.


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National and local infection control measures

The Government is continuing with the third step of the plan for a gradual reopening of society from 20 June 2021 at 12 p.m.

Municipalities can introduce stricter measures locally according to the infection situation. Check your municipality's website for information on local measures.

The Government advises against non-essential domestic and international travel, this advice applies until 5 July 2021. An exception has been made for regions and countries in the Nordic region and countries in the EEA / Schengen area that have a sufficiently low transmission. As of 5 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lift the travel advice for the EEA / Schengen, the United Kingdom and countries on the EU's third country list that the NIPH considers to be safe.

General infection control advice for travel

The general infection control advice is;

  1. People who are sick should stay at home.
  2. Good hygiene. 
  3. Limit contact between people, keep at least 1 metre distance to those you do not live with or your closest circle of contacts.

Advice if you must travel abroad

Check the quarantine rules that apply when you arrive in Norway. 

Measures and restrictions to prevent transmission of COVID-19 are introduced in many countries, for example, transport restrictions, quarantine duty or other measures that can affect travellers. Travellers must also be prepared to answer questions about their health and may be refused entry or be put in quarantine.

The transmission situation in Europe can change rapidly, and before travelling abroad, take into account that there may be local outbreaks of COVID-19, or outbreaks may arise while you are away. Check the advice from the local authorities at your destination and what is covered by travel insurance, including what applies if you become ill while travelling.

Consider the following before travel:

  • Risk of being infected while travelling (destination, duration, contact with other people)
  • Risk of travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to
  • Risk of capacity problems in the healthcare service at the destination if you become sick
  • Risk of lack of possibilities for return travel or medical repatriation 
  • Risk of home quarantine in Norway on your return.
  • Risk of not being able to work during the first 10 days after travel. 

Long-term stays

Students and other people who are staying in areas with widespread transmission over a longer period should follow the advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local health authorities and educational institutions/employers.

Smittestopp app

Remember to download the SmitteStopp app before you travel abroad. Smittestopp is connected to other contact tracing apps in the EU and EEA. You will then be notified if you have been near others who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and you can make sure that those you have been near abroad will be notified if you are diagnosed.

Questions and answers about travel abroad: 

History

21.06.2021: Added information that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' global travel advice applies until and including 5 July 2021. From 5.7, the travel advice will be lifted for the EEA / Schengen, the United Kingdom and the countries on the EU's third country list NIPH consider safe. The article is shortened, and slightly restructured, and mainly deals with advice if you have to travel abroad. The section on risk groups has been removed, and general information has been shortened.

21.05.2021: Added text about Smittestopp app

16.03.2021 Added link about Easter holidays.

07.12.2020 Information extracted from article about travel advice that now focuses only on travel quarantine. New article created.