25.09.2021: Updated according to changes as a result of moving towards normal daily life with increased preparedness.
07.09.2021: Updated sentence: *Fully vaccinated people or people who have had COVID-19 during the last 12 months should not be tested.
17.08.2021: Updated with regards to regulatory changes about testing instead of quarantine. Clarifications of advice about testing of vaccinated.
01.07.2021: Updated text according to changes in COVID-19 regulations where waiting quarantine is removed from 1 July 2021.
23.06.2021: Clarification that other nucleic acid amplification tests (NAT) are considered equivalent to PCR tests (also specified in the COVID-19 regulations)
20.06.2021: Addition to test criteria regarding use of test to COVID-19 certificate
19.05.2021: Change of sentence about testing and vaccination status.
30.04.2021: Added that PCR test 7 days after entry is mandatory, cf. regulatory change
20.04.2021: Removed point about healthcare personnel who have been abroad from order of priority, according to test criteria
20.04.2021: Updated text about testing children under 12 years upon arrival in Norway. Removed text about PCR testing of travellers from certain countries, according to the regulations.
19.03.2021: Specified use of rapid testing with long response time.
12.02.2021: Updated according to changes in the Norwegian version
28.01.2021: Added that the quarantine can also be terminated by negative PCR taken no earlier than 7 days after exposure. Added that in special situations, tests can also be considered at the start of the quarantine (eg uncontrolled outbreaks, overcrowding, risk groups).
27.01.2021: Removed "This does not apply to travellers from the UK or South Africa" that was under the sentence "***** Provided there is sufficient test capacity, entry quarantine may be shortened after negative PCR test for COVID-19 no earlier than seven days after arrival."
26.01.2021:Updated to reflect changes to the Covid-19 regulation sections 4 and 6, in effect January 25th, 2021
25.01.2021: New text on the top of this page "When handling outbreaks where a new variant from the United Kingdom has been detected (UK B.1.1.7 (VOC2020 / 01) or with an epidemiological connection to such an outbreak, the NIPH recommends that everyone who is defined as a close contact should be tested immediately with PCR and retested with PCR before leaving the quarantine (at the earliest day 7)."
19.01.2021: Updated text about mandatory testing on arrival in Norway
02.01.2021: Text and link added about the Government`s introduction of mandatory testing for travellers to Norway from January 2nd. Smaller text changes due to this. Added sentence about this being removed from order of priority in the event of a lack of test capacity.
31.12.2020: Added text and link that the government introduces mandatory testing for COVID-19 for arrivals to Norway from 2 January 2021. fhi.no will be updated when the measure is introduced. Added testing for shortened entry quarantine.
28.12.2020: Added "Children under the age of 12 are recommended to have the same testing regime as other people arriving from the United Kingdom."
22.12.2020 Added recommendation for testing close contacts to travellers over 12 years-old arriving from UK who have tested positive.
21.12.2020: Changed sentence to "After arrival from the United Kingdom, a PCR test is required from 21 December within 24 hours of arrival in Norway and then a new test on day 7 at the earliest after arrival. This currently applies until 10 January"
20.12.2020: Added sentence "People arriving from the UK are especially encouraged to be tested in the first 24 hours after arrival" and "or after travel" to the text about testing children (*)
18.12.2020: Updated text about testing children (*). Added text/updated section about results on mobile phone.
03.12.2020: This paragraph is removed: "Why is testing of people without symptoms and without exposure not usually recommended?"
30.11.2020: Clarified section about test results at helsenorge.no. Clarified recommendations on low threshold for testing of staff in nursing homes and recommended regular testing in areas with high transmission. Removed advice linked to outbreak among mink in Denmark. Updated in relation to the current epidemiological situation and current knowledge about properties of SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR. Flowcharts and tables that are no longer considered useful in the current situation have been removed.
23.11.2020: Added some clarifications, to make it clear that these are analysis results. Updated Figures 1 and 2.
19.11.2020: minor change to paragraphs about test results.
18.11.2020: edited section about COVID-19- related test results. Added link to test results page on helsenorge.no
10.11.2020 Added that it is particularly important that new arrivals from Denmark are tested because of findings of mutated virus.
04.11.2020: Updated flowchart under C) Others.
02.11.2020: Added that it is recommended that all close contacts of lower secondary school age and above are tested.
23.09.2020: Small changes in the numbers in figures 1 and 2 that show examples of testing of 100 000 individuals (without symptoms, not exposed, randomly selected).
22.09.2020: Clarified "even though they still have a few symptoms after the respiratory tract infection." Added "Since both viruses and bacteria can cause respiratory tract infections or other COVID-19 related symptoms, other tests in addition to SARS-CoV-2 may be required in the search for a correct diagnosis. The analysis results from these tests are also available for patients who log onto helsenorge.no. The person ordering the tests should explain to the patient what they are being tested for."
17.09.2020: Updated flowchart and added link to the PDF version.
15.09.2020: Estimate for specificity changed from 99.9% to 99.999% in text and figures.
04.09.2020: Added "With a negative test, they can return to work/school when their general condition is good (they feel well and have no fever), even though they still have some symptoms of respiratory tract infection."
28.08.2020: Updated flow chart on interpreting COVID-19 test results. Fact sheet updated with that you should stay at home until a negative COVID-19 test result is available and you are in good general condition. Added paragraph about waiting for test results.
27.08.2020: Changed from "The doctor at the test centre is responsible for informing the patient and their regular doctor of the test result, and for notifying the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS) of any positive results on the same day they are available" to "The doctor at the test centre is responsible for informing the patient and their regular doctor of the test result (both positive and negative test results), and for notifying the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS) of any positive results on the same day they are available."
Added "Children play a smaller role in transmission of COVID-19 than adults, so testing of children of primary school or child care age without symptoms will therefore be of less significance. However, testing can be carried out if desired and in consultation with parents/guardians".
Updated * and ** in the first flow chart - from "children under 10 years" and "symptom-free to *Children of primary school/ child care age who only have a runny nose and are in general good health without other symptoms of new respiratory tract infection do not need to stay at home. **For children of primary school/ child care age who have mild symptoms, observe the symptoms at home before testing. If they recover quickly, they can return to school / child care without being tested.
20.08.2020: Moved the sentence "Anyone who suspects that they have COVID-19 should have the opportunity to be tested" to point number 4 in the list over who should be tested.
15.08.2020: Clarified responsibility around sending in MSIS notifications. Clarified advice about testing upon arrival from regions (not areas) with high incidence.
13.08.2020: Changed point 2 in supplementary information about who should be tested - removed distinction between "household members and equivalent close contacts" and "other close contacts".
12.08.2020: Test criteria updated as per Norwegian version.
31.07.2020: Added to the text box: People returning from countries which, after their return, were categorised as "red" should be given priority for testing (Norwegian Government decision of 23 July 2020).
23.07.2020: Added section of interpretation of positive PCR test results after disease review.
20.07.2020: Added a new point that Health personnel, who will work close to the patient, within 10 days after a trip abroad to "green countries", can be considered tested even if they are asymptomatic. And a new point that close contacts who are in quarantine (household members and similar close contacts) can be tested to hasten further infection tracking, if the laboratory capacity allows it.
17.07.2020: Added a point that Health personnel who will work close to the patient within 10 days after a trip abroad to «green countries», should be tested even if they are asymptomatic.
03.07.2020: Updated flowcharts. Changed "new respiratory tract infection infection" to "newly arisen respiratory tract infection.
01.07.2020: Added section: COVID-19-related test results at helsenorge.no and in Summary care records
29.06.2020: Updated flowchart for COVID-19 testing. Emphasised that newly arisen respiratory tract infections should be tested. Added exemptions for children under 10-years-old.
24.06.2020: Added sentence "Everyone who is tested should stay at home until they get a negative test result AND they are symptom-free" in the section "everyone with symptoms should be tested". Changed sentence about symptoms that are less typical to "With other symptoms that are not typical for COVID-19 among people who do not need medical attention, the symptoms can be observed at home before being considered for testing."
22.06.2020: Adjusted text about test criteria, as per Norwegian version
19.06.2020: Updated who should be tested (first and second paragraphs in body text)
11.06.2020: Added flowchart for interpretation of results
04.06.2020: Added that close contacts who are not going to be quarantined should be tested.
31.05.2020: Added that testing can be an alternative to quarantine. Clarified interpretation of unexpected test results. Removed flowchart that is now incorrect after changes to COVID-19 regulations.
28.05.2020: Added figures 1 and 2.
26.05.2020: Put prioritisation list in a text box, clarified that everyone with symptoms should be tested if capacity is available.
25.05.2020: Updated as per Norwegian version.
07.05.2020: Updated ingress as per Norwegian version. "It is advised that everyone with suspected COVID-19 should be tested. With limits in testing capacity, the following order of priority is recommended:"
Removed "This is why the quarantine period cannot be shortened based on a negative test result" from paragraph about "Why people without symptoms are not tested."
Removed paragraph about the strategy, as per Norwegian version.
Added ****Should preferably monitor symptoms at home for 2 days before considering testing.
Changes as per Norwegian text. Changed paragraph about prioritised indications for testing of COVID-19. Added sentence "People with acute respiratory tract infections with fever, cough or breathing difficulties, or who a doctor suspects has COVID-19" over list of prioritised groups.
Updated point 4 as per Norwegian text and changed some of the diseases under ***
Added "With a negative test result but strong clinical suspicion of COVID-19, consider re-testing."
Clarification - if there is good capacity, it is recommended to test everyone with symptoms that could be due to COVID-19, particularly with admission.