Travel conditions in Norway: Mandatory testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection

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Update 12 March 2021: Entry into Norway is restricted from 29 January 2021. Only persons who:

  • hold Norwegian citizenship;
  • have their domicile / residence in Norway (P-number);
  • works in an area considered critical for Norwegian society.

This measure is valid until March 15, 2021 (will be subsequently re-evaluated).

Update 28 January 2021: With effect from 29 January 2021 at 00.01, entry into Norway shall be restricted to all persons who do not hold Norwegian nationality or who do not reside in Norway, with certain exceptions.

The following categories of persons are excluded:

  • family members of persons residing in Norway, (spouse / registered partner / cohabitant, minor children, parents of minor children);
  • persons in airport transit in Norway;
  • professional carriers of goods and persons;
  • members of naval and air crews;
  • persons moving to Norway for certain reasons (for example: for the care of minor children, for the provision of care for certain categories of vulnerable persons or for other social assistance reasons);
  • people working in social fields considered critical;
  • medical staff from Sweden and Finland working in the Norwegian health and care service.
  • persons living in Norway (including members of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations, resident in Norway and notified to the MFA, including family members, as well as double-accredited diplomats and diplomatic couriers);
  • journalists and other staff on a mission to a foreign media institution.

People who started a trip to Norway before the measures came into force will be allowed access to Norwegian territory.

The following categories of people will no longer be able to enter Norway:

  • persons resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) States and EEA nationals resident in third countries (unless they fall into the exempted categories for which access to Norway is permitted);
  • family members of EEA nationals and foreign nationals who are not close relatives of EEA nationals and EEA or foreign residents (grandparents, older children, parents of older children and married partners);
  • foreign nationals from non-EEA countries holding a residence permit in Norway for work or study purposes, including seasonal workers and students;
  • foreign nationals working in the field of cinematography (film or series production) in Norway or research, who do not need a residence permit in Norway for an employment contract.

Initial news January 26, 2021: As of March 16, 2020, extensive controls have been introduced at land borders in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this measure has been extended until June 1, 2021.

Mandatory testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection

The Norwegian authorities have announced stricter rules on testing and quarantine upon arrival in Norway. The new measures apply from 25.01.2021, at 00:01.

Thus, the negative test for SARS-CoV-2 infection to be presented at entry into Norwegian territory must be performed with a maximum 24 hours before departure (previously performed tests with a maximum of 72 hours before leaving for Norway).

Molecular PCR tests or antigen-based rapid tests are accepted. The test result must be presented in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French or German. For travel to Norway by plane, the test is performed a maximum of 24 hours before departure, and in the case of a stopover flight, the departure time is related to the first flight of the flight itinerary.

At the same time, the obligation to perform another test on arrival in Norway remains in force.

In addition, all persons arriving from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Brazil or who traveled to these countries between 15.01.2021-25.01.2021 must perform a PCR molecular test on arrival at the Norwegian border crossing. If testing a passenger at the border crossing point shows a positive result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, molecular PCR testing will be performed on all passengers.

The rules on carrying out the quarantine period have been tightened and will apply to all persons arriving in Norway, regardless of the country of origin, thus reducing the number of categories of persons exempted from the quarantine measure.  

1. Mandatory testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection (as of 18 January 2021): 

The Norwegian authorities have announced that testing is mandatory for SARS-CoV-2 virus at border crossing points, the measure being applied to all persons arriving in Norway. Thus, all persons arriving from a "red" zone must be tested at the entrance to Norway. The test is of the RT-PCR or rapid antigen type and is performed free of charge. People who refuse testing and do not leave Norway voluntarily will be fined and will have to be quarantined in a hotel dedicated to this purpose.

Municipal authorities will check by survey whether people arriving in this state have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and people who have not been tested within 24 hours of arrival risk fines of up to 20.000. NOK (approximately 2.000 Euros). Foreign nationals who present false certificates of negative tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection will be fined and expelled.

Some less important border points have been closed. The list of currently open border crossing points is available at: https://www.regjeringen.no/globalassets/departementene/hod/201231_aapne_grenseovergangssteder_210102.pdf

2. Submission of a negative certificate for SARS-CoV-2 infection, which must be carried out no later than 24 hours before entry into Norway. The approved test method is PCR or antigen molecular assay. The document must be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.

Persons who are unable to take such a test may be refused entry into Norwegian territory.

This provision does not apply to: Norwegian citizens; persons residing in Norway; persons in transit; foreign nationals who regularly arrive in Norway from Sweden or Finland for profit or study; persons carrying out the carriage of goods, aviation personnel and seafarers, holders of a document certifying their quality; official guests.

3. Registration in the electronic travel register (mandatory for both Norwegian and foreign nationals), by filling in a form that is printed and then presented to the police at the border crossing (the form can be completed in Romanian as well as in Norwegian, English, Russian, Polish and Lithuanian to the following website: https://reg.entrynorway.no). The requested information is required to comply with the mandatory quarantine regulations for persons entering Norway. The transmitted data is archived for a period of 20 days, after which it will be deleted.

Details related to the registration in the electronic travel register can be requested at the telephone number: +47 33 41 28 70.

QUARANTINE ENTRY INTO NORWAY:

Romania is currently on the list of European countries for which it is mandatory to enter quarantine at home, for a period of 10 days upon arrival in Norway, with Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (excluding Greenland), Switzerland, Estonia, Finland (excluding Itä-Savo, Central / South Ostrobothnia, Etelä-Savo ,, Lappi, Pohjois- Savo, Satakunta), France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Vatican.

This list is prepared by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and is constantly reviewed. The list can be consulted on the following website: https://www.fhi.no/nettpub/coronavirus/fakta/reiserad-knyttet-til-nytt-koronavirus-coronavirus/?term=&h=1

The quarantine measure can be completed after the 7th day, if the person subjected to this measure presents 2 negative tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection. The first test must be performed in the first 3 days after entry and the second on the 7th day (the second test must be RT-PCR). The testing is voluntary, and in the absence of these tests the person must remain in quarantine for a period of 10 days.

These regulations do not apply to people arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - who have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period and two tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

More information on MAE.ro website!

* The information presented is valid on the date of publication of the article. The article is for information only, without having a legal basis in decision making. We recommend that you also document yourself from official government sources such as the site www.mae.ro or from the websites of the government institutions of the countries you want to travel to!

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