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Infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine for COVID-19

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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.


Quarantine upon arrival in Norway from abroad

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). 

The areas that are exempt from quarantine duty may change rapidly and the overview will be updated every 14 days, at least.

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 are also given upon arrival in Norway from areas in EU/EEA/Schengen with sufficiently low transmission. These areas are marked in green in the map below and will be updated every 14 days.

The Government decides on the travel advice. Implementation of any updated travel advice will apply the day after the new decision, at the earliest. For example, if a decision is made to update the country list on a Thursday, the advice will apply from 00.00 Friday in the same week. 

Healthcare professionals, including new employees and substitutes, who have been in "red" regions and countries during the past 10 days, are, like others, covered by quarantine obligations. In addition, it is recommended that health personnel with work close to the patient who during the past 10 days have stayed in, or been travelling in;

  •  «green» regions and countries outside the Nordic region, to inform the employer before rejoin/accede to the job. These employees should be tested once for SARS-CoV-2 and not have patient-centered work until a negative test is available.
  • "green" regions/countries in the Nordic region do not need to be tested before they are to rejoin/accede a job. (This also applies to health personnel who have stayed in, or been travelling in, green regions in Sweden. For red regions in Sweden, the quarantine obligation applies.)
map for entry quarantine
The map shows rules for entry quarantine that apply from 1 August 2020. . Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

If you arrive in Norway from a "green" area, you are exempt from quarantine. If you arrive in Norway from a "red" area, you need to be in quarantine. 

In "green areas" the infection burden is considered to be so low that it is allowed to enter Norway without quarantine duty upon arrival. In "red areas" the infection burden is higher and if you come from one of these areas you must go into quarantine upon arrival. 

Tables with regions in the Nordic countries and countries in EU/EEA/Schengen with status for entry quarantine

In "green areas1" the infection burden is considered to be so low that it is allowed to enter Norway without quarantine duty upon arrival. In "red areas2" the infection burden is higher and if you come from one of these areas you must go into quarantine. 

"Green and red" areas applied from 1 August 2020:

 

Country

Region

Denmark

Greater Copenhagen1
Central Jutland1
North Jutland1
Zealand1
Southern Denmark1
Greenland1
Faroe Islands1
Sweden Blekinge1
Dalarna2
Gotland2
Gävleborg2
Halland2
Jämtland Härjedalen2
Jönköping2
Kalmar1
Kronoberg1
Norrbotten2
Skåne1
Stockholm2
Sörmland2
Uppsala2
Värmland1
Västerbotten2
Västernorrland2
Västmanland2
Västra Götaland2
Örebro1
Östergötland1
Finland Åland1
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 Savo1
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
Iceland Greater Reykjavík1
Suðurnes Peninsula1
South Iceland1
East Iceland1
Northeast Iceland1
Northwest Iceland1
West Fjords1
West Iceland1

Europe

In "green areas" the infection burden is considered to be so low that it is allowed to enter Norway without quarantine duty upon arrival. In "red areas" the infection burden is higher and if you come from one of these areas you must go into quarantine. 

Countries in EU/EEA/Schengen and status for quarantine on arrival in Norway
Andorra2
Austria1
Belgium2
Bulgaria2
Croatia2
Cyprus1
Czech Republic1
Estonia1
Finland1
France1
Germany1
Greece1
Hungary2
Iceland1
Ireland1
Italy1
Latvia1
Liechtenstein1
Lithuania1
Luxembourg2
Malta1
Netherlands1
Poland1
Portugal2
Romania2
Slovakia1
Slovenia1
Spain2
Switzerland1
United Kingdom1

Criteria for evaluating which areas have sufficiently low incidence in EU/EEA/Schengen area

The requirements for entry quarantine do not apply for travellers who are resident in 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 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 for work travel

For workers from Sweden and other countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen without sufficiently low transmission, exemptions from the quarantine requirements can be made. This article explains who this applies for and how follow-up and testing should be performed.  

For recommendations for healthcare professionals, see above.

Advice before you travel abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel abroad that is not strictly necessary. 

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 (applies to healthcare personnel in particular, but other employees may also have rules about this).

Questions and answers about travel restriction and 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

Public transport in Norway

When travelling by public transport, many people are gathered and it can be difficult to keep sufficient distance to others. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of public transport. Remember that people who are in home quarantine after having been in close contact with someone who is infected should not travel by public transport.

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 etc., the general advice for infection control applies. 

Camping, 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.

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  • Kart med innreiseregler fra 25. juli 2020
    Illustrasjon: Folkehelseinstituttet
  • kart som viser karanteneregler  gjeldende fra 15. juli 2020
    Kart: Folkehelseinstituttet
  • kart som viser bestemmelser for innreisekarantene fra 25. juni 2020
    Regions in the Nordic countries where infection burden is considered to be so low that it is allowed to cross the boundaries into Norway without quarantine duty upon arrival (green) and regions where quarantine duty is still in place (red). Iceland (Island), Norway (Norge), Sweden (Sverige), Finland, Denmark (Danmark) and the Faroe Islands (Færøyene). .
  • kart med karanteneregler for Norden, publisert 12 juni 2020
    Regions in the Nordic countries where infection burden is considered to be so low that it is allowed to cross the boundaries into Norway without quarantine duty upon arrival (green) and regions where quarantine duty is still in place (red). Iceland (Island), Norway (Norge), Sweden (Sverige), Finland, Denmark (Danmark) and the Faroe Islands (Færøyene). From 15 June 2020.

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