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Infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine
The Government recommends avoiding unnecessary travel abroad, and has introduced additional requirements (7 November 2020).
- People arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission (yellow areas and countries).
- People who shall be in quarantine after entering Norway shall stay at a quarantine hotel. This does not apply to people resident in, or who own a home, in Norway, or if the employer provides a suitable place to stay with a private room.
- Anyone arriving from "red" countries must present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. If they do not present a certificate, they may be refused entry. The requirement does not apply to Norwegians, people living in Norway, people in transit or people who frequently cross the border into Norway from Sweden and Finland to work.
- Information for travellers arriving in Norway - several languages (Directorate of Health)
Map of Nordic region/ Europe with status for entry quarantine
The map below shows the areas with quarantine duty that apply for travellers arriving in Norway from 21 November 2020:
To clarify the recommendation to avoid all non-essential travel abroad, the Government has decided that the countries and regions that were marked with green on the map should now be marked as yellow (regjeringen.no). Currently, no countries are classed as green.
If you arrive in Norway from:
- a "yellow area", you are exempt from quarantine.
- a "red area", you must go into quarantine for 10 days.
- a "striped area", you must go into quarantine for 10 days.
In "yellow areas," transmission is considered to be so low that there are no requirements for quarantine, even though these areas also have an increased risk. In "red areas" transmission is higher. "Striped areas" are not evaluated or there are insufficient data about transmission.
When you arrive in Norway from a "red" or "striped area", you should travel directly to an appropriate place to stay during quarantine, preferably by private transport. If you must be in a public place or use public transport, use a face mask throughout the journey until you arrive at your destination. Try to avoid departures where you cannot maintain a distance of 1 metre from others.
Countries and areas with sufficiently low transmission
There is no quarantine duty from countries in the EEA and Switzerland, and Nordic regions with sufficiently low transmission. These areas are marked in yellow in the map below and will be updated once a week.
NIPH makes a weekly assessment of the infection situation in EEA countries and Switzerland. In even-numbered weeks, an assessment is made of countries / regions where it is relevant to change from yellow to red and from red to yellow. In odd-numbered weeks, only assessments are made of countries / regions where it is relevant to change from yellow to red.
The Government decides which countries require ten days travel quarantine. At the earliest, any updated travel advice will apply the day after the new decision. A list of the affected countries can be found in the COVID-19 regulations (Lovdata).
Criteria for evaluating transmission
From 10th November, the threshold values will be changed. There are now exemptions from entry quarantine for travellers from EEA countries and Switzerland where there are fewer than 25 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the last two weeks (evaluated on a national level), and fewer than 4 per cent positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks.
In addition there is a comprehensive assessment of the countries, based on trends in infection rate and other relevant information.
Assessments are made on a regional level when it is possible for health authorities to make assessments based on evaluations of the infection burden in each region. Currently, this only applies for the Nordic countries.
The overseas regions, including Gibraltar, are not covered by the travel advice linked to countries in the EU / EEA / Schengen area. These regions are subject to the same entry restrictions and quarantine rules as the other third countries. Examples of overseas regions are land areas in the Caribbean and North Africa that are governed by a Schengen country, but are not included in the Schengen area.
Exemption from quarantine duty
Employees in the healthcare service
Healthcare professionals who have been in regions and countries outside Norway that do not require quarantine duty ("yellow countries") should inform their employer before returning to work. These employees should be tested once for SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible and that they do not have patient contact until a negative test result is available.
Employees with household members who have symptoms, but who are not probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases, can go to work but should follow the advice given here:
Advice before you travel abroad
Check the quarantine rules that apply when you arrive in Norway.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against all non-essential travel abroad, this applies until 15th January 2021. An exception was made for countries in the Nordic region and EU/EEA/Schengen area that have sufficiently low transmission.
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.
The quarantine rules are based on these regulations: Forskriften om smitteverntiltak ved koronautbrudd, paragraf 5: karanteneplikt ved ankomst til Norge (lovdata.no).
Questions and answers about travel restriction and quarantine
Planning a trip:
- Travel advice and entry rules by country - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Travel advice for EU/EEA citizens who are currently not in Norway - Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
- Visits, holidays and leisure trips - Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
- Helpline at Directorate of Immigration (10 a.m.- 4p.m. on weekdays) - 23351600
Common questions about quarantine:
- Questions and answers about travel restrictions - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Questions and answers about quarantine - Government
- Travel advice - helsenorge.no/ Ministry of Health
- Rules about quarantine and exemptions from quarantine duty on arrival in Norway (Directorate of Health)
- Social distance, quarantine and isolation - article with information about infection control and quarantine, including information about a suitable place for quarantine
Chat and telephone:
- Find chat for personal questions: Travel advice - helsenorge.no/ Ministry of Health
- Service telephone for the public - (Norway) 815 55 015, open 08:00-15:30 workdays
- Re-open EU - Travel rules for different countries in the EU and the Schengen area
- The European Centre for Disease Control
- General travel advice and the need for vaccines against other infectious diseases and other preventative measures
- List of flights, train, boat and bus departures to/within Norway that had passengers with confirmed COVID-19
Travel and holidays in Norway
The Government is encouraging less travel - also domestic travel within Norway. When travelling from an area in Norway with high infection levels to an area with lower infection levels, you should limit the number of contacts in the first 10 days, pay particular attention to symptoms and hand hygiene, and keep two metres away from people in risk groups. Anyone who develops symptoms or believes they have been exposed to infection are encouraged to take a test.
Domestic leisure trips in Norway:
- Questions and answers about domestic leisure travel (helsenorge.no)
Leisure travel in Norway
Swimming, beach life and outdoor activities in Norway
There is no risk of COVID-19 transmission via the water when bathing in fresh or sea water. However, it is important to have good hand hygiene and to keep a distance to anyone who is not in your closest contact circle. Try to find beaches or swimming areas with fewer people.
For outdoors activities such as camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, farm holidays and other types of adventure holidays within Norway can be carried out as long as you follow the general measures for infection control.
Infection control advice for travel
The general infection control advice is;
- People who are sick should stay at home.
- Good hygiene.
- Limit contact between people, keep at least 1 metre distance to those you do not live with or your closest circle of contacts.
Travel where you are mostly with your own family members, or others who you would already have been in contact with at home, poses less risk of transmission. Consider what you would do if you become sick and need to be isolated or go into quarantine. Remember travel insurance and check in advance whether it applies for where you will travel.
It is good advice to plan trips to avoid transmission between places, e.g., by limiting travel that involves close contact with many people, perhaps at several locations.
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.
Advice for risk groups and their relatives
The article on risk groups gives infection control advice for people in risk groups and explains who is at increased risk.
In many cases, people in risk groups will be able to plan for trips with their children, grandchildren or others they are close to but who they do not usually in contact with, in a way where the risk of transmission can be reduced.
- When there is little transmission in society, people with a slightly increased risk can travel. However, they should be extra careful to follow the general advice on infection control.
- For people with a higher risk, an individual assessment on whether or not to travel should be made, and with whom you can travel.
- If there is increased transmission at the destination, people at slightly increased risk should also consider whether or not to travel, while those at a higher risk of a more severe disease progression are discouraged from any travel under such situations.
- In addition to the advice above, people with a higher risk should consider proximity to those they are travelling with, who they are not normally in close contact with, the number of people they are travelling with and whether it will be possible to have separate bedrooms and toilets during the journey.
Information for the general public
Information helpline for questions about coronavirus: 815 55 015 (weekdays 08-15.30)
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has answers to many frequently asked questions about travelling to Norway, and a helpline 23351600 that is open on weekdays from 10:00-14:00.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has answers to many frequently asked questions.
If you need acute medical attention, contact your doctor. If you cannot reach your doctor, contact the emergency out-of-hours clinic on 116117. If life is in danger, call 113.
Supporting data for entry quarantine (Tallgrunnlag)
On this page you will find the supporting data used to assess quarantine requirements upon arrival from Nordic regions and EU/EEA/Schengen countries. The reports are in Norwegian.
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