Anyone returning from areas with a high level of infection, so-called "red countries", in 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 are in travel quarantine, you should:
- Stay at home or in another suitable place of residence.
In order for a residence to be suitable for carrying out the quarantine, it must be possible to avoid contact with others that you do not live with. This means that accommodations where you have to interact with other guests are not suitable for quarantine. Stays in a caravan, tent or cabin on campsites are not accepted as an address for the implementation of the quarantine period if you have to share a toilet, kitchen or other rooms/facilities with people other than your close contacts/travel companions. The same applies to stays at addresses where you have to share rooms/facilities with others than those you usually live with, for example dormitories and other homes with shared bathrooms or kitchens.
- You can only go outside your home or place of residence if you can avoid close contact with anyone other than those you normally live with.
Close contact refers to being two metres or closer to others for 15 minutes or more, being in direct physical contact or in direct contact with secretes such as saliva, sweat, snot, mucus and tears from other persons. 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 cold such as cough, fever or breathing difficulties, you should stay at home and not go out until you have fully recovered (with no symptoms). You should also be tested. 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) at helsenorge.no.
See also questions and answers on travel quarantine at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).
Exceptions to the quarantine rules
From 15 July 2020, you will not receive the travel quarantine if you arrive in Norway from one of the countries that has a satisfactory infection situation, also called "green countries".
Crossing borders between countries in the Schengen/EEA area and Norway in connection with work
You are exempt from quarantine duty if you cross the border between areas in Schengen/EEA with a high level of infection and Norway when you travel between home and your workplace, or while at work. This applies to residents in Norway who work in or are on a business trip to an area in the Schengen/EEA area with a high level of infection. It also applies to those from a country in the Schengen/EEA area with a high level of infection who are in Norway for work.
- The exception applies only during the time you are travelling between your home and place of work and while at work.
- 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 time off.
- You must be in travel quarantine when not working for 10 days from when you last crossed the border entering 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 another country within the Schengen/EEA area. This can be shown when you cross the border.
When you travel to another country in the Schengen/EEA area for work you must relate to the current rules that apply for the specific country.
Exemption from quarantine for persons who have undergone COVID-19 infection
Persons who have undergone 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.
It has therefore been decided that persons who have clinically recovered from COVID-19 infection, are exempted from quarantine if they can document that they have undergone the infection within the last six months. The documentation shall include a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test from a medical laboratory. The presence of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) should be confirmed by the presence of viral RNA detected by molecular testing (PCR). The positive test should be at least four weeks old. Diagnostic tests from all approved laboratories can be accepted as documentation regardless of which country the laboratory is situated in.
Anyone showing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection shall – like everyone – stay at home for an additional 24 hours after being free of symptoms.
Mandatory testing of health personnel arriving from Sweden
Health personnel arriving from Sweden must undergo testing upon entry to Norway. This is a requirement of the COVID-19-regulation from July 1st, 2020.
Two tests are required after entry into Norway, with a minimum of 48-hours in between. The person is under quarantine duty until the first test comes back negative. If the first test is negative, the person can work without being hindered by quarantine duty but must be in quarantine during leisure time. If the second test also comes back negative, the person is exempt from travel quarantine both during work and leisure time.
Exceptions apply for health personnel who commute every day, yet the requirements are that they do not simultaneously work within the Swedish health services. These persons are subjected to quarantine duty during any leisure time they might have while in Norway.
Testing of employees from the Schengen-/EEA-areas
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-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.
This exception does not apply to employees who come from countries outside the EEA/Schengen area, they must be quarantined for 10 days.
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 make 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.
Functions related to matters of life and health refers to:
- duty shifts performed in the health and care services
- safety work (police, fire and rescue preparedness)
- the senior management of critical public functions
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.
Read more about the exceptions to quarantine duty upon arrival in Norway on the Government's webpages and Helsedirektoratet.no (in Norwegian).
See also questions and answers about travel quarantine from the Government (in Norwegian).
What if I arrive at a Norwegian airport and have a connecting domestic flight?
Healthy persons without any symptoms can travel onwards to their final destination and then stay in quarantine in their own home.
Persons with symptoms can be transported – e.g. by private car – to their place of residence based on guidance from the municipal health officer. An alternative emergency measure would be to keep the person in quarantine in the municipality where the airport is located.