How to receive guests from abroad

Welcoming guests from abroad is different this year. In order to keep your guests, yourself, and your local community safe, it is important that the visit does not lead to the spread of infection.

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Inform guests on Norwegian infection protection

It is important that everyone follows the advice below to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Avoid receiving guests if you are ill. Stay home.
  • If your guests become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while staying in Norway, they need to self-isolate.
  • Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms should get tested as soon as possible. Testing for COVID-19 is free and available at the out-of-hours medical service nearest you.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep at least one-meter distance from others, except from those closest to you*. 
For more information:
*In this article, the term "those closest to you" is used. It is up to you to define who are closest to you. For most people, it will be the people they live with, their partner or close family – it can also be one's best friend.


Everyone traveling to Norway from abroad must go into travel quarantine for 10 days, starting the day of arrival. This does not apply to those coming to Norway from areas in EU/EEA/Schengen with sufficiently low transmission. Here you can find the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's overview of countries and areas this applies to.

Mandatory actions for quests in quarantine:

  • Guests need to stay at home or in another suitable place of residence.
  • Guests can only move outside the place of residence if they are able to avoid close contact** with other people than those closest to them.
  • Guests cannot use public transportation.
  • If the guests develop symptoms of COVID-19, they need to get tested as soon as possible, and stay at home or in another suitable place of residence until they are free of symptoms.
** To avoid close contact means that the guests need to keep at least two-meter distance and avoid physical contact (e.g., handshaking and hugging) with other people than those who are defined as closest.
If a guest comes in close contact with a person with confirmed infection of COVID-19, he or she must be in transmission quarantine.

How to facilitate at home

Hosting guests from other countries makes you responsible for creating new routines at home to prevent the spread of infection. 

Appropriate hygiene measures at home

  • Make it easy to maintain good hand hygiene. Make paper towel or a separate towel for each guest available. Put out an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If possible, guests could use a separate bathroom/toilet.
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are often being touched (e.g., door handles).
  • People who do not normally live together or regarded as ones closest, should keep at least one-meter distance.

Serving food

  • The person cooking and serving the food must wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. 
  • The person cooking and serving the food must be healthy.
  • Everyone should wash their hands before every meal. Put an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the table.
  • Everyone needs to be given their own cutlery for eating but can share the cutlery used for serving the food.
  • Avoid finger food and buffets.
More information on food and drinks can be found at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority's websites.