Advice, rules and exceptions after vaccination and COVID-19

Protected or non-protected?

You are considered "protected" if you:

  • are fully vaccinated. See definition below.
  • have received one dose, and 3 to 15 weeks have passed since you received the vaccine.
  • have had COVID-19 during the previous 6 months period

You are fully vaccinated when you:

  • have received two doses, and more than one week has passed since the last dose.
  • have had COVID-19 and received one dose, and one week have passed since you received the vaccine. You cannot receive the vaccine until three weeks have passed since you tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • have received one dose and after three weeks are tested positive for the coronavirus. Your status as fully vaccinated applies from the time you are out of isolation.

Have you had COVID -19? See more information here.

Exceptions to the recommendations for those who are protected

Private gatherings and social contact at home

Following exceptions papplies to those who are protected:

  • You can be in close social contact with other persons who are protected, even if they are part of a risk group.
  • You can be in close social contact with persons who are non-protected, if they are not part of a risk group.
  • You should keep a distance of at least one metre to persons who are non-protected who are part of a risk group and who are not part of their own household.
  • Persons who are protected does not apply in the recommendation about guest at home.

The rules and recommendations remain the same for persons who are protected and not protected in public (including public transport). This includes e.g. rules and recommendations on distance, hand hygiene, and the use of face masks.

If you live in a municipality where local rules apply for the number of visiting of guests in private homes, you must adhere to these rules.

number of visiting of guests in private homes, you must adhere to these rules.

Exceptions to the rules for those who are protected

Exceptions to transmission quarantine

If you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the previous 6 months period, you do not need to enter a transmission quarantine after having been in close contact with an infected person.

If you have received only you first dose of the vaccine and 3 to 15 weeks have passed, you do not need to enter a transmission quarantine if you take a test for the coronavirus on day 3 to 7 after having been in close contact with an infected person. You do not need to be in quarantine while awaiting the test. It the test result comes back positive, you will need to enter isolation.

To be exempt, documentation from the Norwegian health and care service is required.

Exceptions to the rules on traveling

Fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months 

You are exempt from travel quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months (counting from the day your positive test was sampled, and no longer in isolation) and are able to document this via a valid Norwegian or European COVID-19 certificate.

You do not need to provide documentation of a negative test for the corona virus, nor do you need to fill in the travel registration form or take a test at the border.

3 to 15 weeks after having received one dose of the vaccine

You are exempt from implementing your quarantine at a quarantine hotel if you have received one dose of the vaccine 3 to 15 weeks earlier. You may then implement your travel quarantine duty at home or at another suitable location. You must be able to document the vaccination  via a valid Norwegian or European COVID-19 certificate.

You can end the quarantine if you take a test for the coronavirus on day 3 of your travel quarantine period and the test result comes back negative (no virus detected). You will need to contact the local municipality yourself to arrange for an appointment for testing. You will also need to be able to document the test result via Helsenorge.no

See your corona-certificate

You can log in and see your corona-certificate here.

Vaccination for those who have had COVID-19

The recommendation for persons who have previously had COVID-19 and who are part of the prioritized groups is to take the vaccine  - as long as your general health is OK and you do not have any long-term effects from COVID-19 at the time of vaccination.

After having had COVID-19 you are considered fully vaccinated after one dose. You cannot receive the vaccine until three weeks have passed since you tested positive for the coronavirus.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received one dose of the vaccine and three weeks or more later test positive for the coronavirus. Your status as fully vaccinated applies from the time you are out of isolation, and you will not need to take the second dose.

Read more about the rules and recommendations that apply to those that are vacccinated here. 

Advice for patients experiencing long term effects of COVID-19

The WHO has developed a brochure intended to assist patients with self-help. It can also be used as a basis for conversations between patients and their next-of-kin. The brochure is also available in Norwegian, Farsi, Latvian and Polish.

You can find the brochure here.

The brochure contains advice on how to deal with difficulties regarding breathing, voice use, eating, drinking and swallowing, as well as exercises for physical ability and strength. It also contains advice on mood swings, memory and concentration, as well as advice on daily activities and mental health.

Rehabilitation after COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new disease with new knowledge constantly being generated. The vast majority will pick up on their normal lives after infection, but several studies have found that persons who have had COVID-19 might experience challenges linked to long-term effects.

Which prevailing symptoms that are seen, the severity and duration can vary from person to person. A key factor is whether a milder course of the disease was experienced, or a more serious course of the disease with the need for hospitalization.

You may be entitled to rehabilitation in the event of substantial loss of function.

What is Rehabilitation

As for other patients with loss of function following an injury or disease, patients who have had COVID-19 are entitled to have their need for rehabilitation assessed and met in accordance to their needs.

Typical symptoms after COVID-19

The most commonly reported post-COVID-19 symptoms are lethargy/fatigue, concentration problems, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, headaches, dyspnoea/wheezing, anxiety and depression, as well as chest pain, joint pain and dizziness. Decreased muscle strength and a general reduced physical function are also common.

COVID-19 is a new disease, and there are still factors that we do not know enough about. The symptoms will pass for most.

Rehabilitation measures should be considered if symptoms linger for more than four weeks and you find it difficult to participate in everyday activities that you would typically take part in prior to the illness.

Based on experience from other patient groups it is known that long-term intensive care can lead to loss of function that require rehabilitation. The same applies to patients who have experienced a more severe course of COVID-19. It is important that this is assessed early, and rehabilitation can start as soon as possible.

Get in touch with your doctor or other health personnel

If you have had COVID-19 and find that the symptoms persist and your health is not on a par with your health situation prior to the infection, you should contact your doctor. If prevailing symptoms persist and this affects your daily functioning, rehabilitation should be considered.

You can also contact other health personnel or call your municipality for guidance.  

How do I find out if I am entitled to rehabilitation?

  • Get in touch with your doctor.
  • Call "Rehabiliteringstelefonen" – 800 300 61, where you will be informed about the available options in the specialist health service and general guidance on how to find rehabilitation options.
  • Contact the administration office or coordinating unit for habilitation and rehabilitation in your local municipality.
  • Talk to healthcare professionals that you are in contact with for guidance.

What services are available for patients in need for rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation services is found both in the municipalities and in the specialist health services. The rehabilitation must be adapted to the need of the individual. The specialist health services are primarily for patients that have more extensive needs. Options are available both in public and private rehabilitation institutions. Both day care options without admission (outpatient) and alternatives where you are admitted for a certain period can be relevant. If you have been seriously ill, there may also be a need for an inpatient stay.

The habilitation and rehabilitation services in the community can include a range of options, from Healthy Life Centres, opportunities to help learn and improve coping skills, to multidisciplinary rehabilitation options with a range of professional approaches.

Your doctor is the one to refer you to rehabilitation at the specialist health services. To have your need for rehabilitation assessed, you can contact your doctor or the administration office or coordinating unit for habilitation and rehabilitation in your local municipality.