Overview of rules and recommendations

Here you will find an overview of both the local and the national rules and recommendations.

Local rules and recommendations

Do you need to find out what advice and guidelines apply in a specific municipality? Visit the website of the specific municipality here.

Local rules are regulated and must be followed. A local recommendation is not regulated by law but should also be followed.

National recommendations

Testing when symptoms appear

Anyone who develops symptoms of a coronavirus infection should take a test and stay at home.

For more about testing and symptoms, see here.


Keep a one-meter distance to others. Avoid hugging and shaking hands. Find alternatives to greeting, such as placing your hand on your heart.

Limit the number of close contacts

We should all limit our number of close contacts. This does not mean that we need to enter social isolation, but we should all be cautious about the number of persons we meet up with.


Anyone above the age of 16 years old is advised to take a corona vaccine. The recommendation is primarily based on the risk of a serious course of the disease if you are infected by the coronavirus and develop COVID-19.

The vaccine is also offered to children above the age of 5 years old. Taking the vaccine is voluntary for all.

For more about information about vaccination read here (fhi.no).

How to prevent infection?

  • Take a test and stay at home if you develop symptoms of COVID-19
  • Take the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wash your hands carefully and frequently. An alcohol-based solution can be a good alternative.
  • Cough into a paper tissue or the crock of your elbow.
  • Find alternatives to shaking hands.

Risk groups and unvaccinated

Anyone who has not taken the corona-vaccine should protect themselves. This also applies if you are at risk of a serious course of illness.

This does not mean that you should have social isolation, but it is important to be aware of following the infection control advice.

For more about risk groups, see here.

Workplaces and working from home

Anyone who can, should now work from home.

For more about workplaces and working from home, see here.

Events and social gatherings

For social gatherings at a private location (e.g. at home, a cottage or garden) a maximum of 10 guests and to keep a one-metre distance to others is recommended.

For more about social gatherings, see here.

For more about events, see here

For more about children and youth, see here.

Organised sports- and leisure activities

Organised sports and leisure activities can be implemented, but the recommendations should be followed.

For more about organised sports and leisure activities, see here.

Kindergarten, schools and higher education

The measures for infection control for schools and kindergarten are decided locally, see your municipality's website for more information.

Universities, colleges and vocational schools should offer physical teaching.

Read more about schools and higher education here.

National rules

Transmission quarantine

As a rule of thumb, all close contacts who is a member of the same household or similar close contact of a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection should complete a 10-day transmission quarantine.

Quarantine and isolation due to the coronavirus


Anyone who test positive for the coronavirus must enter a 6-days isolation period.

Read more about the rules related to isolation


When travelling to Norway, you will as a rule of thumb have to:

  • Provide documentation of a negative test result prior to entry.
  • Complete the entry registration form prior to entry.
  • Take a test upon entry.
  • Enter a 10-days travel quarantine.

Read more about international travels to Norway here.


There are limitations as to how many can take part at an event, as well as how the event should be organised. Following the given rules ad recommendations is important.

For more information about events, see here.

Venues serving food or alcohol

The venue must make sure all guests are able to keep a one-metre distance and close the serving of alcohol at 11.00 PM (23.00)

For more about the rules for venues, see here.

Face masks

Wearing a face mask is mandatory on public transport, in taxis, shops and in other situations where you are not able to keep sufficient distance.

For more about face masks, see here.

Workplaces and working from home

Whenever practically feacible, the employer should arrange for employees to be able to work from home when this will not hamper important and necessary activities at work.