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Infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine

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The quarantine regulations and infection control advice will be updated as new information becomes available. For travel abroad, it is important to familiarise yourself with the current advice for the area you want to travel to, and which regulations apply when you return to Norway. The recommendations for travel can change quickly.

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The quarantine regulations and infection control advice will be updated as new information becomes available. For travel abroad, it is important to familiarise yourself with the current advice for the area you want to travel to, and which regulations apply when you return to Norway. The recommendations for travel can change quickly.


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 19. September 2020.

illustration map showing the areas affected by quarantine upon arrival in Norway
The map shows the areas affected by quarantine upon arrival in Norway from the 19th September 2020. The Government's advice is to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. Red colour = high transmission and quarantine is required upon arrival in Norway. Yellow = increased risk but quarantine not required upon arrival in Norway. Striped areas = not evaluated or insufficient data about transmission, quarantine is required. Norway is marked as grey because it is not subject to the assessments for international travel. Illustration: Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Current overview table of Nordic region and Europe 

Status for quarantine upon arrival from these countries from 19 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. 

Nordic regions:

Denmark

Capital2
Central Jutland2
North Jutland2
Zealand (region, not island)2
Southern Denmark2

Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-Häme1
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 Finland1
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

Faeroe Islands

Faeroe Islands2

Greenland

Greenland1
Iceland Iceland1
Sweden Blekinge1
Dalarna2
Gotland1
Gävleborg2
Halland2
Jämtland Härjedalen2
Jönköping2
Kalmar1
Kronoberg2
Norrbotten1
Skåne2
Stockholm2
Södermanland1
Uppsala2
Värmland1
Västerbotten1
Västernorrland1
Västmanland2
Västra Götaland2
Örebro2
Östergötland2
Åland Åland1

Europe (excluding Nordic region)

Countries in EU/EEA/Schengen and status for quarantine on arrival in Norway
Andorra2
Austria2
Belgium2
Bulgaria2
Croatia2
Cyprus1
Czech Republic2
Estonia2
France2
Germany2
Greece2
Hungary2
Ireland2
Italy2
Latvia1
Liechtenstein1
Lithuania1
Luxembourg2
Malta2
Monaco2
Netherlands2
Poland2
Portugal2
Romania2
San Marino2
Slovakia2
Slovenia2
Spain2
Switzerland2
United Kingdom2
Vatican City2

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.

Overseas regions

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 1st October. 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:

Common questions about 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

See also:

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;

  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.

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. 

Advice:

  • 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

For general advice about coronavirus: our topic page and helsenorge.no 

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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