Infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine
The government now recommends to avoid unnecessary travel abroad (regjeringen.no)
Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission (see the map and table below).
Countries and areas with sufficiently low transmission
The Government has decided that from 15th June 2020, there are exemptions from quarantine duty for travel in the Nordic countries. From 15th July, exemptions were also given upon arrival in Norway from EU/EEA/Schengen countries with sufficiently low transmission. These areas are marked in the map below and will be updated once a week.
NIPH makes a weekly assessment of the infection situation in the EU, EEA and Schengen countries. 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).
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 26 September 2020.
Current overview table of Nordic region and EuropeStatus for quarantine upon arrival from these countries from 26 September 2020. The data used as a basis for these decisions can be found in the pdf files at the bottom of this page ("tallgrunnlag").
1 = yellow area, quarantine is not required upon arrival in Norway.
2 = red area, quarantine is mandatory upons arrival in Norway.
|Zealand (region, not island)2|
|Varsinais-Suomi Hospital District, Southwest Finland1|
|Satakunta Hospital District, Satakunta1|
|Kanta-Häme Hospital District, Kanta-Häme1|
|Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Pirkanmaa1|
|Päijät-Häme Hospital District, Päijät-Häme2|
|Kymenlaakso Hospital District, Kymenlaakso1|
|South Karelia Hospital District, South Karelia1|
|Etelä-Savo Hospital District, South Savo2|
|Itä-Savo Hospital District, South/North Savo1|
|North Karelia Hospital District, North Karelia1|
|Pohjois-Savo Hospital District, North Savo1|
|Central Finland Hospital District, Central Finland2|
|South Ostrobothnia Hospital District, South Ostrobothnia1|
|Vaasa Hospital District, Ostrobothnia1|
|Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Central Ostrobothnia1|
|North Ostrobothnia Hospital District, North Ostrobothnia1|
|Kainuu Hospital District, Kainuu1|
|Länsi-Pohja Hospital District, Lappi1|
|Lappi Hospital District, Lappi1|
|Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, Uusimaa1|
Europe (excluding Nordic region)
|Countries in EU/EEA/Schengen and status for quarantine on arrival in Norway|
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 area1", you are exempt from quarantine.
- a "red area2", you must go into quarantine.
- a "striped area3", you must go into quarantine.
In "yellow areas1," transmission is considered to be so low that you are exempt from quarantine, even these areas also have an increased risk. In "red areas2" transmission is higher. Striped areas3 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.
Criteria for evaluating transmission
The requirements for entry quarantine do not apply for travellers from countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen area with fewer than 20 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the last two weeks (evaluated on a national level), and fewer than 5 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
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.
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