After having had COVID-19

Rules and recommendations that apply after COVID-19

Persons who have had COVID-19 during the previous 6 months period are defined as «protected» and are - as for those who are vaccinated – exempt from certain rules and recommendations.

Exceptions to the recommendations on domestic travels

You can travel domestically within Norway if you have had COVID-19. You will still need to follow the general recommendations for infection control, such as keeping a distance and wearing a face mask.

Exceptions to the recommendations related to private gatherings and social contact at home

  • Persons who are protected can be in close social contact with other persons who are protected, even if they are part of a risk group.
  • Persons who are protected can be in close social contact with persons who are non-protected, if they are not part of a risk group.
  • Persons who are protected 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 can be counted as household-members and do not have to be counted as a visitor. Guests that are non-protected must still keep sufficient distance to others who are non-protected.

The rules and recommendations remain the same in public (including public transport). This includes e.g. rules and recommendations on distance, number of participants at events, 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.

Exceptions to transmission quarantine and waiting quarantine

You can be exempt from transmission quarantine and waiting quarantine if you can document having had COVID-19 during the previous 6 months period.

The teste should be an approved PCR-based test or the rapid antigen-based test, and the documentation from the Norwegian health and care services. The positive test must be more than two weeks old.

Exceptions for Quarantinehotel

You can conduct your quarantine duty period at another suitable location if you can document atno that you are protected. The police at the border are responsible for verifying the digital information. See the definition of protected here.

See the rules for entry and travel quarantine 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. 

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.

Hva er rehabilitering?

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.