Your quarantine period is 10 days if you arrive in Norway after having visited a red area/country or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are under quarantine duty and take a test that comes back negative, you still need to complete your 10 days quarantine period.
Quarantine after travelling abroad
If you have been on abroad travels to red areas within EU/EEA/Schengen or countries outside of the EU/EEA/Schengen, you must be in travel quarantine for 10 days from the day you arrived back home. Exceptions to quarantine rules apply if you arrive from travels to areas with a sufficiently low level of transmission (yellow areas).
See a map of the relevant areas here (fhi.no).
You are not exempt from quarantine duty after traveling through a yellow area on your way back to Norway if less than 10 days have passed since you were in a red area. As an example: If you travel from a red area and spend two days in a yellow area before entering Norway, you still need to complete the remaining eight days of your travel quarantine duty.
Read more about
travel advice and quarantine rules.
Quarantine after having been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19
Everyone who is a close contact to a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection must be in quarantine. If you are a close contact, you will be contacted in connection with contact tracing and informed as to what applies to you.
You are defined as a close contact if you, during the 48 hours prior to the person developing symptoms, have been either:
- closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes
- in direct physical contact
- in direct contact with secretes (such as saliva).
If the person with a confirmed coronavirus infection does not develop any symptoms the same applies if less than 48 hours have passed prior to the positive test was taken.
How to implement the quarantine
Your 10 days quarantine period starts from the day you were in contact with the person with a confirmed coronavirus infection or the day you arrived in Norway. When you are in quarantine, you should stay at home or in another suitable place of residence*. You can only stay outside your home or place of residence if you can avoid close contact with anyone other than those you normally live with.
Persons in transmission quarantine cannot:
- go to work, school or kindergarten
- take long domestic trips or travel abroad
- use public transport
- seek places where it is difficult to maintain a distance to other people
You should not seek out public places such as shops, pharmacies and cafes. If unavoidable, you can conduct necessary errands in the store or pharmacy but ensure that you maintain a minimum of one metre distance to others and avoid queuing.
You can go for a walk but keep a good distance to others.
Children who are in quarantine cannot meet up with playmates other than those who are part of the same household.
The key point is not to infect others prior to possibly developing symptoms yourself.
Advice and information from The Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
* Not accepted as a suitable place of residence
Staying in a motorhome, caravan, tent or cabin at a camping site is not an acceptable address for implementation of quarantine duty if you share a toilet, kitchen or other rooms/facilities with people other than your close contacts/travel companions. The same applies to addresses where you share rooms/facilities with others than those you usually live with, such as a dormitory or other place of residence with a shared bathroom or kitchen.
Member of the same household as someone who is in quarantine
If you live with a person who is in quarantine, you should follow the
advice given to the general population. Should a member of your household develop symptoms while in quarantine the recommendation from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is that you also stay at home in quarantine.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine, you shall contact the local health services for testing. If the test result is negative, you must still stay at home for the rest of your quarantine period. If you have any symptoms you must stay at home and not go outside until you have recovered and are free of symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be coughing, fever, breathing difficulties, reduced sense of smell and taste, headache, lethargy and muscle pain.
The use of public transport is in general not permitted
You are not allowed to travel by public transport during your time in quarantine. Those arriving in Norway can nevertheless travel by public transport from their place of arrival to the place where they will be in quarantine, and those leaving Norway prior to completing their quarantine duty period can travel by public transport to their place of departure. Persons in both these groups who are exempt should wear a face mask when traveling by public transport if they are above the age of 12 years old.
Will I receive sickness benefits if I must stay at home?
You are entitled to sick leave if a doctor recommends you stay at home because you are infected, might be infected or are quarantined. Self-notification must always be considered before sick leave.
The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) can approve sick leave without personal examination in the case of an infectious disease of significance to public health. More information is available on NAV's webpages (in Norwegian).
Exemptions from quarantine duty
As a rule of thumb, you will need to go into quarantine upon your arrival to Norway but with some exceptions. Some exceptions apply both during work and leisure time, while other exceptions apply only during work.
Even if you are exempt from quarantine duty, you should as far as possible avoid close contact with others than those you live with. As an example, you should maintain a safe distance to those you work with even if you are exempt from quarantine duty due to work.
The exemption from quarantine duty ceases to apply If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or a doctor suspects that you have a coronavirus infection.
Read more about the exceptions to the quarantine rules.