The Corona situation: negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway & Quarantine Hotel

On Friday 6 November 2020, the Government announced the introduction of the requirement of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. Foreign nationals who cannot present documentation of such a test can be refused entry. This requirement applies to most foreign nationals who are not resident in Norway. The government also announced a requirement that people in entry quarantine must stay at a quarantine hotel during the 10-day quarantine period. This requirement will not apply to people who reside in Norway or own a home or holiday home in Norway. The requirements came into effect at midnight (24.00) on Sunday 8 November.


Entry to Norway


  • All visitors arriving in Norway from countries and regions with a high or very high infection rate ("red" or "grey" countries) must go into quarantine for 10 days.
  • Anyone arriving in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period. Information about quarantine hotels is distributed by the police at border crossings and other arrival points in Norway.
  • The following visitors do not require to stay at a quarantine hotel:
    o Persons who are resident in or own a residential property in Norway
    o Business travellers whose employer or client arranges suitable accommodation in a single room, asylum-seekers and resettled refugees.
  • Persons arriving in Norway must travel directly to their place of quarantine, and put on a mask immediately prior to arrival at their quarantine accommodation.
  • You must complete the full 10-day quarantine period, even if you test negative. COVID-19 tests will be available free of charge at your quarantine hotel.

How to quarantine

  • Persons in entry quarantine must only leave their accommodation if they are able to avoid close contact with everyone other than those they are staying with.
  • Persons in quarantine must not enter workplaces where other people are present, or schools or kindergartens.
  • It is not permitted to use public transport, except to travel to or from an airport, port or other similar place of arrival in connection with your arrival/departure.
  • For more information about quarantine, visit 

Certificate of negative COVID-19 test

  • Foreign nationals arriving in Norway from a region subject to a quarantine obligation must, with certain exceptions, present a certificate confirming that they have had a coronavirus test with a negative result. The certificate must have been issued within the past 72 hours in order for you to enter Norway.
  • The certificate must be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.
  • The certificate must refer to an approved test method - PCR or the rapid antigen test.

Test centres and symptoms

  • We encourage everyone arriving in Norway to get themselves tested.
  • There are test centres at selected border crossings which offer free testing to private travellers.
  • Persons who become ill must go into isolation and contact a doctor