Measures to reduce the spread of infection
‘The Institute of Public Health has been asked to draw up a list of countries and regions where the infection level is acceptable. This will be updated once every two weeks, and will include the Nordic countries. We have also asked the Norwegian Directorate of Health to propose ways of avoiding an increase in the spread of infection when we lift some of the quarantine restrictions,’ said Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.
The rules on quarantine on entry to Norway will continue to apply after 15 July for people who are resident in countries or regions within the Schengen area/EEA where the level of infection is too high, or in countries that cannot provide sufficient documentation of the infection situation.
However, entry to Norway will be permitted for people who can produce a booking or a written agreement that documents that they will be staying at one registered address in Norway for the first 10 days of their stay here, or for the entire period of their stay in Norway if this is shorter than 10 days.
The map and criteria are available here (Norwegian Institute of Public Health)
Testing workers from abroad
On Monday 22 June, the Ministry of Health and Care Services introduced another exception from the rules on quarantine on entry for people resident in the Schengen area/EEA who come to Norway to take up a job. They will be able to leave quarantine early if they test negative for SARS-CoV-2. From 15 July onwards, this exception will also apply to workers from regions of Europe where the infection situation is not acceptable.
Two tests will be required after arrival in Norway, the second at least 48 hours after the first. The second test can be taken at the earliest on day five after arrival. Until a negative test result is received, a person must follow the quarantine rules. If the first test is negative, the person may work in Norway but must follow quarantine rules outside working hours. If the second test is also negative, the person is excepted from the quarantine rules both while at work and outside working hours.
A person who receives a positive test result is required to go into isolation, and their employer or client is required to notify the municipality so that it can start tracking and tracing contacts. The employer in Norway is responsible for organising, carrying out and paying for these tests. It is up to employers to decide whether to make this system for shortening the quarantine period available to people who will be arriving from abroad to work for them.