Do you need a Covid-19 certificate because you are planning to travel?
Here is a checklist of the things you need to keep in mind.
The COVID-19 certificate shows whether you have been vaccinated, whether you have recently had COVID-19 disease, and your test result if you have recently had a negative COVID-19 test.
If you have a Norwegian national ID number or a D number, you can access your certificate by logging in to Helsenorge.
You can also easily access the certificate by downloading the Helsenorge app:
If you do not have a national ID number or D-number, there are other solutions to get the COVID-19 certificate.
If you do not have access to your digital certificate, you can order it by post or by phone.
Check how to use the COVID-19 certificate in order to visit other European countries.
All EU/EEA countries are obliged to accept the COVID-19 certificate as proof of having had COVID-19 disease, vaccination or a negative test result when travelling.
Here is a checklist of the things you need to keep in mind.
Before you travel, you should consider to print out or download a copy of your certificate - especially if your child is about to turn 16. If you do, you will still have access to your certificate in case of problems with digital services such as helsenorge.no or BankID.
Note that your COVID-19 sertificate has a 90 days technical validity from the date you print or download a copy.
Also note that each EU country adopts its own rules, and the documentation that is required will vary. You must find out the rules that apply in the country you intend to travel to. You will find an overview of this at Re-open EU.
It is also important that you check that all the information in your certificate is correct well before departure. For example, is the number of vaccine doses correct?
Several countries outside the EU have adopted the EU COVID-19 Certificate. You will find more information and a list of which countries this applies to on the European Commission's website.
Some countries require additional documentation when entering, beyond the COVID-19 certificate. Read more about requirements for additional documentation when using a COVID-19 certificate on NIPH's website (in norwegian).
Different rules within the EU determine if you have a valid certificate. The rules may be revised in the event of changes linked to the vaccines, the disease itself or the infection situation.
EU country adopts its own rules, and the documentation that is required will vary. Even if you have met the requirements for within Norway, and have one or more QR codes in your certificate, it is not certain that the certificate will be accepted in all countries you are traveling to.
You must find out for yourself which rules apply for entry into the country you are going to, and what kind of documentation is required.
The EU has decided that only your last vaccine dose will be shown in the COVID-19 certificate. In order for this to provide the controller with sufficient information, it must be stated which number in the series of vaccinations the last dose is.
Therefore the dose is shown as two numbers that make up a fraction.
If you need to document a negative test result, check the municipality's website if they offer this. Private clinics also offer testing.
The COVID-19 certificate works in the same way for children as for adults. Children can be issued with a valid COVID-19 certificate based on a negative test result, after having had COVID-19 disease or after being vaccinated.
Find out more about COVID-19 certificates for children and adolescents at NIPH (in Norwegian).
If you are a parent or guardian of children under the age of 16, you can access their COVID-19 certificates by logging in to Helsenorge.
In the case of children aged between 16 and 18, you will not normally be able to access their COVID-19 certificate, unless they have given you power of attorney.
Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds must obtain an electronic ID, either BankID, Buypass or Commfides, in order to log in and download their own COVID-19 certificate on Helsenorge.
If your child soon turns 16, you may want to print or download a copy of their COVID-19 certificate, outside Helsenorge, before their birthday.
Then the child is guaranteed access even if there should be a waiting time when ordering an electronic ID. Note that the COVID-19 certificate has a technical validity of 3 months from storage or printing.
If any information is missing or incorrect in your COVID-19 certificate, the certificate may be invalid when you attempt to use it.
A few people may have different dates of birth in their COVID-19 certificate and passport. Everyone who is affected by this will be notified by the National Population Register at the time the number is assigned.
You can retrospectively register covid-19 vaccines taken abroad in SYSVAK, provided that the vaccines have been approved by the European Medicines Agency EMA. The vaccines approved by EMA are the vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
In addition, some vaccines pre-approved by the World Health Organization may be retrospectively registrated, including Covishield, Coronavac, Covovax, Sinopharm BIBP, Convidecia, Covaxin and Valneva.
You must pay for the consultation yourself to retrospectively register the COVID-19 vaccine.
To be able to retrospectively register COVID-19 vaccines, you must have a Norwegian birth number or d-number.
How do you proceed for post-registration in SYSVAK?
Registration can be carried out before you travel to Norway. Request a consultation (e-consultation/video conference consultation where possible) with either
What type of documentation will I need to show?
Your GP, the municipal health service or the private health service will assess whether the documentation is sufficient. The documentation must contain all variables that are mandatory in the registration to SYSVAK: Identification number, vaccination date and vaccine. Batch number, vaccinator and signature or stamp.
Healthcare professionals do not have a duty to retrospectively register COVID-19 vaccines given outside Norway.
Updating the COVID-19 certificate
The information will appear in the COVID-19 certificate after some time, ranging from a few seconds from registration to 24 hours, depending on what kind of medical record system the GP, municipal health service or the private health service uses.
It is not possible to retrospectively register previous positive COVID-19 test results from abroad in MSIS. Information in MSIS is regulated by the MSIS Regulation.
MSIS contains information about persons in Norway, so it does not allow for the registration of test results from other countries for persons who are no longer ill.
The duty to notify MSIS only applies to health professionals, and the results of COVID-19 tests are notified to MSIS by Norwegian laboratories based on notification criteria, in line with the duty to notify in Section 2-3 of the MSIS Regulation.
Find answers to other common problems about COVID-19 certificates on NIPH's website.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is the controller for personal data about you in connection with any use of your COVID-19 certificate.
The legal basis for COVID-19 certificates is the Norwegian Infection Control Act and two EU Regulations.
Here, you will find more information about how personal data about you in your COVID-19 certificate is processed (in Norwegian) and your rights.
This service requires consent at Basic access level or higher.
If you wish to check the level of consent you have given or change your consent, you can do this under Privacy settings.
In order to use this service on behalf of others for whom you do not have parental responsibility, they must grant you power of attorney for the service area number 1: Access to information registered about you.
You can use this service on behalf of a child under 16 you have custody of, but only if at least one parent is registered in the National Population Register at the same address as the child:
Click here for more information about representing a child on Helsenorge.
When a child for whom you have parental responsibility turns 16 years of age, you will no longer have access to their health data. In order to gain access, the young person can either log in to Helsenorge or give you power of attorney.
Unlisted address is often referred to as «confidential address» or «blocked address».
This service is available to people with an unlisted address.
If this service contains information from another service that is not accessible to you because of the confidential address, you will also not be able to see this information here.
If you live at a confidential address, you will not be able to represent others at Helsenorge, nor will others be able to act on your behalf.
The information hotline for COVID-19 is now closed.
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Use the chat in the right corner or read updated information here at Helsenorge.
If you need a COVID-19 certificate, but do not have digital access, you can order your certificate by letter or telephone.
Content provided by Norsk Helsenett , Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Last updated Tuesday, December 13, 2022