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On 29.11.2021, changes were made in the COVID-19 regulations for situations where the omicron variant is confirmed or suspected. The measures are described under «Spesifikke TISK-tiltak for omikronvarianten» [in Norwegian]
Advice for close contacts
If you are defined as a close contact, you are basically healthy, but have been in a situation where you have been in enough close contact with a person with COVID-19 that you may have been infected.
A distinction is made between close contacts who are household members or equivalently close to the person who is infected, such as a romantic partner or best friend, and other close contacts. A distinction is also made between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. If you are a household member or equivalently close, you will be informed by the municipality about what applies to you. Other close contacts will mainly be notified by the infected person.
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Advice for household members or equivalently close
- If you are a household member or equivalently close (as a romantic partner or best friend) and over the age of 18, you are obliged to be quarantined for 7 days. This applies regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not. This also applies if you have had COVID-19 in the last 12 months. You can be exempt from quarantine by taking a test immediately which is negative. Then you have a duty to follow the current test regimen:
- Vaccinated: A test taken between days 3-7, preferably between days 3-5
- Rapid test daily for 7 days, or
- PCR test every other day for 7 days
- If you are under 18, you are not obliged to test and quarantine, but you are recommended to follow the same regimen.
- If you develop symptoms, you should stay home, regardless of vaccination status, and be tested.
- If you test positive, you must be in isolation and you must take a confirmatory PCR test at a test centre.
- Household members and equivalently close contacts to an infected person can go to work and school after the first negative test and during the current test regimen. They are advised to shield others from possible transmission by avoiding indoor leisure activities and events as long as the infected person is in isolation.
Advice for other close contacts
- If you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the last 12 months, you should monitor your state of health for 10 days. Have a low threshold to test yourself if you get symptoms.
If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you should take a test as soon as you are informed that you are a close contact.
If you take a self-test that turns out to be positive, you must contact the municipality.
See description of what is meant by fully vaccinated here:
There is separate advice for those working in the healthcare service:
- Testing og tiltak for ansatte i helse- og omsorgstjenesten (In Norwegian)
For further advice about children and adolescents, see:
Suitable locations for quarantine
The most important requirement for accommodation to be considered suitable for spending quarantine is that you must be able to maintain a safe distance from other adults and older children throughout the entire quarantine period.
For those with a permanent residence in Norway, it is normal to spend quarantine at home. If you live with others but do not have much space, you can get help to find a suitable place.
Halls of residence/shared housing can be suitable accommodation if it is possible to keep a distance to other adults and older children. You should use communal areas as little as possible.
Student housing made available by the Student Association is probably not suitable as quarantine accommodation. Student housing belonging to Student Associations must be assessed under the exception in Section 5 fourth paragraph (a), which stipulates requirements for private rooms with their own toilet and kitchen, in order for the student to be able to complete their quarantine in student housing.
Overnight accommodation where you need to interact with other guests is not suitable for quarantine use. Staying in a motorhome, caravan, tent or cabin on campsite without a private bathroom/toilet and kitchen facilities is not acceptable for quarantine if you have to share these facilities with people other than your close contacts/travel companions. The same applies to staying at addresses where you have to share rooms/facilities with people other than those you normally live with, such as halls of residence and other accommodation with a shared bathroom or kitchen.
Barracks may be suitable as accommodation, provided that you have a private room with your own bathroom/toilet/kitchen, or you have organised food delivery. See below regarding the organisation of adapted accommodation for quarantine use where many people live together.
- Quarantine hotel service for visitors to Norway who need a suitable place to quarantine (dsb.no)
Infection control advice for places of quarantine where many live together
Here are some points to consider when arranging accommodation where many people are to spend their quarantine period, e.g. quarantine hotels. Legal and financial conditions concerning such stays are provided by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
Anyone who is responsible for accommodation for people in quarantine should carry out a risk assessment of the facilities and adapt the conditions to ensure adequate infection control. The risk assessment of the accommodation must cover the following:
- Which areas are suitable for those who are to be quarantined.
- How current infection control measures will be observed (social distance requirements, hand hygiene/cough etiquette, ventilation in the room, food serving, handling of laundry and waste).
- Plan for the wearing of face masks for people in quarantine and protective equipment.
- Action plan if quarantined people or employees become ill with COVID-19.
The manager/employer at the accommodation must ensure that their employees are aware of the organisation and responsibilities associated with those who are in quarantine.
The Municipal Medical Officer has medical responsibility for those who are to be quarantined in their municipality.
In collaboration with the person responsible for the accommodation, the Municipal Medical Officer must establish routines that protect employees against infection.
Social distancing requirements
Assess the need for the marking of corridors and communal areas and whether there is a need to put up notices concerning social distancing requirements.
Hand hygiene facilities must be available where people in quarantine spend time and in other communal areas where appropriate.
Written information should be prepared concerning when and how hand hygiene should be practised by both people in quarantine and staff.
Protective equipment for employees
There is no routine need for the use of protective equipment.
However, the manager/employer should carry out a risk assessment of the need to use protective equipment (face masks, gloves, overalls, visors) and establish routines for their use. Employees must have received training on how to use protective equipment and in which situations it is required.
Systems must also be established for the purchase and suitable storage of protective equipment.
People in quarantine must eat in their room and must not use communal dining rooms or buffet service. Food should be served in the room by placing the serving tray on a table outside the room. Employees should knock and then move away from the door area.
In the room, written information must be provided indicating that used serving trays should be placed outside the door after use. Employees must transport the serving trays to the areas where they are will be cleaned
Existing routines for handling used linen, etc. should be reviewed, both with regard to internal routines and in connection with agreements with external laundry services.
People in quarantine should change their bed linen and put dirty linen, etc. in the collection bag which must be provided in the room. In the room, written information must be available stating which linen, etc. the person in quarantine can place in the bag (e.g. that personal clothing cannot be placed in the bag) and that full bags must be tied up and placed outside the door.
Employees must transport the bags to the laundry or other storage area, separated from other objects until washing.
Existing waste routines should be reviewed to ensure adequate infection control.
People in quarantine should place rubbish in a refuse bag which must be provided in the room. In the room, written information must be provided stating that full refuse bags must be tied up and placed outside the door.
Employees must transport the bags to the appropriate waste containers.
Cleaning / disinfection of the room
Quarantined people should clean their own room using disposable cloths.
For the accommodation, it is sufficient to clean the room at the end of the quarantine period. Follow existing cleaning routines, in addition to enhanced cleaning of surfaces that are frequently touched.
People in quarantine
People in quarantine must be given information about infection control measures, including:
- The need to keep your distance.
- Hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
- Regularly ventilate the room if possible.
- Wear a face mask if the employee must enter the room or when moving.
- What to do if they become ill.
- Healthcare personnel from the municipality should preferably follow up those who are in quarantine.
- It is not recommended that employees enter the rooms of anyone who is in quarantine. If employees must enter the room, the person in quarantine must ventilate the room first, put on a face mask and keep their distance.
- Employees must consider whether there is a need to use protective equipment if distance cannot be maintained.
- The person who is in quarantine should not mix with other people. Visits should be postponed until the infection status has been clarified. Information on how people in quarantine should behave can be found under Advice for people in quarantine.
- Routines if someone in quarantine or an employee becomes ill
- Via the manager/employer at the accommodation, the Municipal Medical Officer must establish routines which explain how both the person who is in quarantine and employees at the accommodation are to respond if the person develops COVID-19 symptoms.
Public transport when you are in entry quarantine
If you are in entry quarantine, you should normally avoid using public transport, and must never use it if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
You may use public transport to reach your quarantine accommodation within or outside Norway. For these journeys, the following apply:
- Take the quickest route.
- Face masks must be worn during the entire journey in these cases, except for children under 12 years. Wear the recommended type of face mask and follow the advice concerning correct use.
- Be particularly careful about maintaining good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
- Try to avoid departures where it is not possible to keep at least one metre distance. Use pre-booked/registered seats where possible.
- If you must stay overnight on the way, use pre-booked accommodation in accordance with the requirements and recommendations applying to quarantine.