Overview of rules and recommendations

Here you will find an overview of both local and national rules and recommendations. Local rules and measures for infection control might be stricter than the national rules and measures.

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.

Levels of measure for local outbreaks

The Government can introduce measures to reduce the level of infection in the event of significant local outbreaks. The measures are divided into different measure levels, relative to the status of the outbreak. Read more about the levels of measure for local outbreaks here. 

National rules

Below you will find an overview of all the national rules. A rule is regulated and must be followed. Violation of the rules is a criminal offence.

Transmission quarantine and isolation

Transmission quarantine

If you have been a close contact to a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection you will need to enter a 10 days quarantine from the day of contact. See the rules for transmission quarantine here.

You are exempt from transmission quarantine if you are vaccinated. Read more about the exceptions here.

Isolation

You must be in isolation if you have a confirmed coronavirus infection or develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine. See the rules on isolation here.

Travel

Rules for entry into Norway

At present, the opportunity for foreigners to enter Norway is limited.

See who is allowed to enter Norway here.

Travel registration when entering Norway

Those who travel to Norway must complete a digital registration form prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. Certain exceptions apply. Read more about the digital registration form here.

Requirement for presenting a negative test result upon entry to Norway

If you enter Norway from a country or area that triggers quarantine duty, you must present documentation of a negative test for the coronavirus taken less than 24 hours prior to entry.

Read more about the requirement for proof of a negative test result here.

Requirement for testing upon arrival to Norway

If you have visited an area or country that triggers quarantine duty during the last 10 days, you are required to take a test for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway. The test must be taken at the airport or when crossing the border. Read more about testing upon arrival to Norway here.

Travel quarantine

If you arrive in Norway from a red area or country you will need to enter a 10 days quarantine period from the date of your arrival. See the rules on travel quarantine here.

Where to complete your travel quarantine will depend on the country or area that you are travelling from. See where to compete your travel quarantine here.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling to the place where you will be in quarantine. Read more about the use of face masks here

Quarantine hotel

Persons who arrive in Norway from a country or area with a high level of infection or from outside of the EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, must complete their quarantine duty period at a quarantine hotel. Read more about quarantine hotels here.

Exceptions to the travel quarantine

Some exceptions apply both during work and leisure time, while other exceptions apply only during work.

As an example, those who are fully vaccinated, those who have had COVID-19 during the last six months, and those who arrive from a country or area classified as green are exempt from travel quarantine. Read more about the exceptions to the travel quarantine rules here.

Testing during travel quarantine

While in travel quarantine, you will need to undergo testing for the coronavirus on day 3 at the earliest or after 7 days after arriving in Norway. Read more about testing while in quarantine here.

While in transmission quarantine, you will need to take a PCR-based test on day 7 at the earliest after the day of contact with the infected person. Read more here.

Exceptions and rules for those who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19

You are exempt from travel quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the last six months as documented via the COVID-19 certificate.  Read more about the rules for those who are vaccinated here.

Events and gatherings

Requirements for hosting an event

Certain requirements apply when hosting an event or gathering at a public venue, such as keeping a distance of one meter. 

Different requirements for the maximum number of participants apply to events at a public venue depending on the type of event:

  • Events with a COVID-19 certificate
  • Events without a COVID-19 certificate
  • Private gatherings at a public venue

Read more about the rules that apply to events and gatherings here.

Venues serving food or alcohol

Venues that serve food or alcohol can stay open, but must adhere to distance requirements and registration of guests. Read more about the rules for venues serving food and alcohol here.

National recommendations

Below you will find an overview of all national recommendations. We should all follow the recommendations, even if they are not regulated by law.

Measures for infection control

Wash your hands, keep a distance to others and stay at home – and get tested - if you are ill. Read more about the advice for infection control here.

Testing for the coronavirus

Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect that they might have a coronavirus infection should undergo testing. Read more about symptoms and testing here.

See your coronavirus test result here.

Social contact and gatherings

We should all limit the number of people we are in contact with in person. You should not have more than a maximum of 20 guests visiting in addition to those who are part of your own household. This applies both indoors and outdoors.

Read more about social contacts and events here.

Domestic travel

Domestic travel can be caried out, pending you follow the measures for infection control both during your travel and during your stay. Read more about domestic travels here.

International travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. The global travel advise does not apply to countries in the EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or countries on EU's list of third countries that are considered safe by the NIPH (purple countries). See which countries this applies to here.

See the advice before travelling despite recommendations here.

Recommendations for those who are vaccinated or have had COVID -19

Those who are vaccinated and those who have had COVID-19 are defined as "protected». You are exempt from some of the recommendations if you are protected. Read more about the exceptions here.

Children and youth

The children should preferably spend time mainly with those in their cohort (group) in kindergarten, school or organised leisure activities. Read more about the recommendations for children and youth here.

Sports and leisure activities for adults

Organised indoor sports and leisure activities can be carried out for groups of up to 30 persons. Organised outdoor sports and leisure activities can be carried out for groups of up to 40 persons. Read more about sports and leisure activities

High risk groups

Persons in risk groups fall into one of two risk groups: Those with a slightly or moderately increased risk, versus those with a high risk. The advice given for each group on what to do and not do will also differ relative to the local level of infection. Read more about risk groups here.

Visits to a healthcare institution

You can visit under certain conditions. Read more about visits to a health institution here.

Work and working from home

Being physically present at work is now to some extent possible. The employer should make assessments of the necessity for working from home based on the local level of infection. Partially working from home and / or flexible working hours should also be arranged. Read more about infection control at work here.

Visits to a healthcare institution

You can visit under certain conditions. Read more about visits to a health institution here.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

At present, there is little to suggest that pregnant women are particularly prone to developing a more serious illness from the coronavirus. To prevent infection, you should follow the same advice as the general population. Read more about the advice for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding here.