Anyone returning from "red areas" within the Schengen/EEA region or countries outside the Schengen/EEA region must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway. This is referred to as travel quarantine. See NIPH for an overview of the relevant countries.
If you travel from a "red area" and pass through one or several "red green areas", the time you spend in these "green areas" is counted as quarantine time. As an example: If you travel from a "red area" and pass through a "green area" and spend five days in this "green area" before entering Norway, you are left with only five more days of quarantine duty.
If you are in travel quarantine the following applies to you
You should stay at home or in another suitable place of residence
For a residence to be suitable for implementation of quarantine duty, it must be possible to avoid contact with anyone other than those you normally live with.
This means that accommodations where you have to interact with other guests are not suitable for quarantine. 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.
You can only go outside of your home or place of residence if you can avoid close contact
If you go outside, you must avoid close contact with anyone other than those you normally live with.
You should not seek out public places such as shops or cafes. If unavoidable, you can conduct necessary errands in the store or pharmacy, but you should maintain a minimum of one metre distance to others and avoid queuing.
You should not go to work while in travel quarantine, but you can work from home.
If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms of a respiratory infection such as coughing, fever or breathing difficulties, you should stay at home and not go out until you have fully recovered and display no symptoms. You should also undergo testing as soon as possible. Contact your doctor or the healthcare services if you need medical attention. If you are tested for COVID-19 you should stay at home until the test result has come back negative and you are free of symptoms.
See also information on quarantine (travel or transmission quarantine).
See also questions and answers on travel quarantine at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).
Exceptions to the quarantine rules
From 15 July 2020, you are not under travel quarantine duty if you arrive in Norway from a country or an area that has a sufficiently low level of infection, also referred to as "green areas".
Crossing borders between Sweden and Norway in connection with work
You are exempt from quarantine duty if you cross the border between areas in Sweden subjected to quarantine duty (referred to as "red areas") and Norway when you travel between your home and your workplace, or while at work. This applies to residents in Norway who work in or are on a business trip to a "red area" in Sweden. It also applies to those from a "red area" in Sweden who are in Norway due to work.
The exceptions do not apply to persons in transit from "red areas" in Sweden.
- The exception applies only during the time you are travelling between your home and place of work and while at work.
- You should still avoid close contact with other persons as far as possible, both at work and when travelling to and from work.
- If you have time off in Norway - either between work sessions or prior to leaving – you must stay in travel quarantine during this leisure time.
- The travel quarantine period for this leisure time is 10 days from when you last crossed the border from a "red area" in Sweden and into Norway.
You do not need to apply to be exempt. The exception is valid independent of for how long you are in Norway for work. In other words, the exception is valid both for daily commute, longer working periods and for individual assignments.
Neither do you need any special type of documentation, but you must be able to prove that the exception applies to you. For example, your employer may provide you with a written confirmation of your employment in Norway and that you live in Sweden. This can be shown when you cross the border.
When you travel to another country in the Nordic region for work you must relate to the current rules that apply for the specific country.
Testing of employees from the Schengen-/EEA-areas outside of the Nordic region
Persons who enter Norway from Schengen-/EEA-areas in order to work can be exempt from quarantine duty provided that their employer ensures that two corona-virus tests are performed after entry into Norway. The first test must be negative prior to the person starting work. Two tests are required after entry into Norway, with a minimum of 48-hours in between. The second test should be performed on day five at the earliest.
If the first test comes back negative, the exception to the travel quarantine applies only during work and during travel to and from work. You should be in quarantine during leisure time. If the second test also comes back negative, you are exempt from travel quarantine both during work and leisure time. For more information, see the COVID-19-regulation.
In connection with maintenance that is strictly necessary
If you cross the border between areas of Sweden that are subjected to quarantine duty and Norway after having performed maintenance that is strictly necessary and supervision to avert major material damage to holiday properties in Sweden, you are exempt from quarantine upon your return to Norway.
Exceptions do not apply if you stay overnight at the holiday property or somewhere else in Sweden prior to returning to Norway. Nor do the exceptions apply if you have visited stores or malls etc. or have been in close contact with anyone in Sweden who is not part of your own household.
Access and contact arrangements between children and parents
Persons who cross the border in order to be with children as part of access and contact arrangements between parents and children or children living in two homes are exempt from quarantine duty.
The exception applies to contact arrangements between one of the parents and the child when the parents are divorced or do not live together, or when the Child Welfare Services is responsible for the care of the child and the child travels to be with the parents. This does not open for the opportunity to visit family in another country and then avoid travel quarantine when returning to Norway.
Opportunity for the entity's management to grant exemptions
The entity's management can grant exceptions from the quarantine rules for persons who are essential to maintain the proper operation of critical public functions related to matters of life and health. These are functions such as:
Exceptions do not apply during leisure time, only while at work or during the time you are travelling between home and your place of work by other means than public transport. Avoid close contact with other persons as far as possible.
See also questions and answers about travel quarantine from the Government (in Norwegian).
Previously confirmed COVID-19
It has been decided that persons who have had a confirmed (laboratory tested) COVID-19 infection within the last six months are exempted from quarantine duty. The reason for this is that persons who have undergone a COVID-19 infection are predominantly likely to be protected against a recurrence of the disease, but it is not yet known for how long this protection will last. Anyone showing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection shall still stay at home until all symptoms are gone.