Overview of rules and recommendations
Here you will find an overview of both local and national rules and recommendations. The local rules might differ from those implemented nationally. Local measures for infection control might be stricter than the national 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 (list in Norwegian).
Local rules are regulated and must be followed. A local recommendation is not regulated by law but should also be followed.
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.
Karantene og isolasjon
Anyone returning from a red area or country within the EEA region / Switzerland or from a country outside of the EEA region / Switzerland must enter a 10 days travel quarantine. See the rules for travel quarantine here.
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 must be in isolation if you have a confirmed coronavirus infection or develop symptoms while in quarantine. See the rules on isolation here.
Rules for entry into Norway
At present, the opportunity for foreigners to enter Norway is very limited.
Travel registration when entering Norway
Everyone travelling to Norway must complete a digital registration form prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. Read more about the digital registration form here.
Requirement for presenting a negative test result upon entry to Norway
For you to enter Norway as a foreign traveller, you must present documentation of a test for the coronavirus taken less than 72 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 14 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.
If you arrive in Norway from a red area or country within the EEA region / Switzerland or from a country outside of the EEA region / Switzerland, you will need to enter a 10 days quarantine period from the date of your arrival. See the rules on 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
Persons who are not permanent residents (as per the National Population Register) or do not have a suitable place of residence to implement their travel quarantine, must complete their quarantine duty period at a quarantine hotel. Read more about quarantine hotels here.
Rules for travellers arriving from the Great Britain, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal or Brazil
If you arrive in Norway from Great Britain, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal or Brazil or have been there during the 10 days period prior to arrival, additional restrictions applies. Read more about the rules here.
Exceptions to the travel quarantine
Some exceptions apply both during work and leisure time, while other exceptions apply only during work. Read more about the exceptions to the travel quarantine rules here.
Events and gatherings
Requirements for hosting an event
Maximum number of participants at an event:
- No more than 10 participants at a private event at a public (rented or borrowed) venue.
- No more than 10 participants at a public indoor event without designated seating.
- No more than 100 participants at a public indoor event with designated seating.
- No more than 20 participants at a private event at a public outdoor venue.
- No more than 200 participants at a public outdoor event without designated seating.
- No more than 3x200 participants at a public outdoor event with designated seating.
There are also requirements related to distance (a minimum of one metre between the participants), on appointing a responsible organizer and on registering all guests. Read more about events and gatherings here.
Venues serving food or alcohol
Venues that serve food or alcohol can stay open, but must adhere to the ban on serving alcohol, distance requirements and registration of guests. Read more about the rules for venues serving food and alcohol here.
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.
Social contact and gatherings
You should not have more than a maximum of 5 guests visiting in addition to those who are part of your own household. There are two exceptions to this recommendation:
- If all guests belong to the same household, you can have them all visit.
- If all guest belong to the same cohort at school (primary school level) or kindergarten.
Domestic travel that is not strictly necessary is discouraged. This recommendation is based on the risk of the infection being spread if you travel from one area in Norway with a high level of infection to another area with a lower level of infection. Read more about domestic travels here.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice from UD is valid until 15 April, 2021. See the advice before travelling despite recommendations 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.
Schools, kindergarten and higher education
Kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions should follow the respective guidelines for infection control. Children, pupils and students with symptoms of a respiratory infection should stay at home. Read more about the recommendations for kindergartens and schools here.
Teaching should be carried out digitally at all universities, colleges and vocational colleges if possible. Read more about higher education here.
Work and working from home
Work from home if possible. Many workplaces depend on their employees being physically present at work. Following the general advice for infection control is important also at work. Read more about infection control at work here.
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 level of infection locally. 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.
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.