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Norway in South Africa Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria

New measures to apply to entry into Norway

Press release | Date: 19.11.2021| No: 161 - 2021

As a result of developments in the infection rate, the Norwegian Government has decided to reintroduce the requirement to produce a negative test taken before arrival and expand the current requirements regarding testing and entry registration in connection with arrival in Norway.

 

‘In order to limit imported cases of COVID-19, we are introducing stricter entry restrictions on 26 November. From that date, all people will need to complete registration prior to arrival in Norway. Following the advice of the health authorities, we are also reintroducing the requirement to produce a negative test taken before arrival. This applies to all people who cannot produce a COVID-19 certificate as documentation that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. This will apply regardless of which country the person has travelled from,’ says Minister of Justice and Public Security Emilie Enger Mehl.

These are the main changes to the entry restrictions, applicable from 26 November:

  • In general, all travellers arriving in Norway are now required to complete entry registration. An exemption will be made for children under the age of 16 and selected groups. All arriving travellers are required to produce such confirmation and a COVID-19 certificate, if applicable, to the police at border control.
  • All foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act may now enter the country.
  • The application programmes managed by the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Agriculture Agency will be shut down.
  • In certain circumstances, there may still be grounds to refuse entry to foreigners who do not comply with the rules regarding entry registration, travel quarantine, or testing in connection with entry into the country. Travellers who are unable to document compliance with these rules may also be refused entry. All travellers, including Norwegians, can be reported to the police and in some cases fined for a violation of the requirements associated with entry into the country.
  • We are reintroducing the requirement of documentation of a negative test taken less than 24 hours before arrival for people who cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. This will apply regardless of which country the person has travelled from, but will not apply to travellers under the age of 18.
  • In addition, the duty to get tested upon entry will be changed, so that there is a duty to get tested, regardless of which country you have travelled from. So far, the duty has only applied to people who have visited an area that triggers a duty to quarantine. This duty will apply to all people who cannot produce a COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. The other exemptions from the duty to get tested upon arrival in Norway continue to apply.
  • People with a duty to get tested can take a test at a test centre at the border, or take a test within 24 hours if there is no test centre at the border. All municipalities must be prepared to also test arriving travellers who are under an obligation to get tested.
  • We are also increasing staffing at the National Centre for Control of Travellers to Norway in order to resume control activities, giving the municipalities information about travellers that they may need to follow up.
  • The Norwegian Government is not making any changes to the travel quarantine rules. It is likely that the quarantine rules will apply throughout the winter.

The quarantine hotel programme will be kept for the present as a service for people without other suitable accommodation.

Requirements for testing and quarantine will still apply.

Quarantine and testing

  • There will now be a requirement that all entrants, as a general rule, must register in the entry registration system. Exceptions are made for children under 16 years of age and selected groups. All entrants have a duty to present such confirmation and any corona certificate to the police at check-in.
  • Travel quarantine will be required for travellers arriving from red, dark red, purple, and grey countries (other third countries, including all countries in Africa).
  • The duty to take a test at the border will be kept for children under the age of 18 who arrive from an area that triggers a duty to quarantine. They are also advised to take a test after three days.
  • Adult travellers from areas that trigger a duty to quarantine may leave travel quarantine if they can present a negative result from a PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. The duty to take a PCR test 7 days after arrival will cease to apply.
  • The duty to stay at a quarantine hotel will cease to apply, but travellers may stay at a quarantine hotel if they have no other suitable accommodation (i.e. tourists).
  • A COVID-19 test must be taken before arrival in Norway.
  • The requirement to take a test when crossing the border/upon arrival will be kept for travellers arriving from areas that trigger a duty to quarantine.
  • All people who are fully vaccinated and have valid documentation will be exempt from quarantine and testing.

Highlighting in Italics is done by the embassy in Pretoria, and these bullet points will apply to all the eleven countries that Pretoria covers (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).

None of these countries issue a vaccine certificate that is considered valid documentation to avoid quarantine and testing. See an overview on Regjeringen.no of which vaccine certificates are considered valid documentation (information only in Norwegian). This overview is updated with new documents as they are approved.

 

Hyperlink to the full document regarding quarantine and testing entry can be found on this webpage.