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NEW: Norway to launch full version of digital ‘Covid certificates’

The full version of Norway’s Covid-19 certificates will launch on Friday June 11th, the government announced Wednesday.

NEW: Norway to launch full version of digital 'Covid certificates'
Norway's preliminary version of the Corona certificate. Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

The certificate will be used domestically at first and will come in the form of a verifiable QR code that will glow green when scanned if you have been vaccinated, recently returned a negative coronavirus test, or have had COVID-19 in the previous six months. 

In Norway, you are considered vaccinated three weeks after receiving your first jab of a vaccine. 

“We want to create a system for safe and verified documentation of vaccination status, negative test results and immunity following testing positive for coronavirus,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement

The government hasn’t revealed too many specific details on how the domestic certificates would be used. But, Høie announced at a government press conference on Wednesday they would be used to grant access to large events during the summer. 

READ MORE: Covid-19 epidemic could ‘disappear’ by the summer

Norwegian PM Erna Solberg has also previously said that the certificates would be utilised to speed up the government’s reopening plan and will also be used for domestic tours and cruises. 

There will be two different versions of the vaccine, one simplified version for use within Norway and one for crossing borders in the EU and EEA as part of the EU’s vaccine passport scheme

The reason for having separate vaccine certificates for domestic use and European travel is due to the EU requiring more information than is listed on the domestic version.

“It will be necessary to show, for example, vaccine name, number of doses and vaccination date. Therefore, we are making a different version for European travel,” Health Minister, Høie, said. 

The version for use within Norway’s borders will not display as much information as the version used for travel. 

The Covid-19 passport for travelling in the EU and EEA will be ready in early July when the EU launches its vaccine passport. 

READ MORE: What’s the latest on how the EU’s ‘Covid passports’ will work for travellers? 

The government also announced that travellers that have been vaccinated in Norway or have tested positive and recovered from the virus in the country would not have to enter quarantine hotels and can instead carry out the quarantine period at home from June 3rd

Despite Norway introducing the full coronavirus certificate next week, current entry restrictions that limit entry to a very small group outside of residents and citizens would remain in place. Those currently in quarantine hotels that meet these requirements will also be given leave from the hotels. 

The current advice to avoid global travel will continue until July 1st too.

The vaccine pass will be downloadable to smartphones and tablets. The government is also testing a version of the vaccine pass with a QR code that can be printed out for non-digital users. 

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Explained: How to register foreign Covid-19 vaccines in Norway 

Did you know that you can get coronavirus vaccines taken abroad added to your Norwegian Covid certificate? Here’s how. 

Explained: How to register foreign Covid-19 vaccines in Norway 
Here's how you can add a Covid-19 vaccine taken abroad added to your Norwegian Covid certificate. Photo by CDC on Unsplash

Residents in Norway can get vaccines taken in other countries registered in Norway and have them added to their Norwegian Covid certificate. 

This comes with a number of perks, such as being able to skip quarantine on your return to Norway if you are fully vaccinated, travelling freely to countries that accept EU Covid passes and attending events such as concerts that require a Covid certificate without having to test. 

It can, in most cases, also be a relatively straightforward process. Below we’ll talk you through everything you need to know. 

Who can register a foreign vaccine? 

Pretty much anyone who has an identity number, either a Norwegian national identity number or a D-Number, can register a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Covid-19 vaccine that’s been administered outside of Norway. 

For practical reasons, you will need to have a level-four form of electronic ID to log into helsenorge.no, Norway’s digital health portal, when you wish to access your Covid certificate, so this is worth bearing in mind also. 

You can take a look at our guide to e-IDs in Norway here

Which vaccines are you able to register? 

You are currently only able to add EMA approved coronavirus vaccines taken in other countries to your Norwegian Covid certificate. 

These are currently Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson single-use Janssen vaccine.

This means that if you are planning on getting a jab in a country that offers vaccines that aren’t EMA approved as part of its inoculation program, you should prioritise getting a jab you will be able to add to your Norwegian Covid certificate. 

For those vaccinated in the UK it is unclear whether batches of AstraZeneca produced in the UK are included in this. The Local has contacted the Ministry of Health to confirm what applies to those who have received these batches. 

How do you register the vaccines? 

To add a foreign vaccine to your Covid-19 certificate with the Norwegian Immunisation Registry, SYSVAK, you will need to have your proof of vaccination verified by a medical professional. This can be a general practitioner, municipal health services, or a private healthcare provider. 

The vaccination certificate will need to contain the name of the vaccine, vaccination site, date and batch number of the vaccine.

In terms of proof, you can use either written documentation of vaccination or a Covid-19 certificate that has been issued in the EU or EEA. Some vaccine cards or certificates come with all this information included, so that may be sufficient proof. If not, you may need written proof from a medical professional in the country where the vaccine was issued that contains all the relevant information. 

Then you will need to request either an in-person consultation or a video one if you aren’t currently in Norway. 

This will cost around 160 kroner if you are seeing your regular doctor. If you cannot get an appointment and want to speed up the process, you can use a private provider such as Dr.Dropin or Volvat. The price of a private provider will range from 350 kroner to 1,300 kroner depending on who you choose.

How long will it take for them to be registered? 

According to helsenorge.no, the jabs are typically added to the all-important vaccine certificate within 24 hours. 

Anecdotally, some people have reported that it can take up to a few days before the vaccine is added to the certificate. 

This means that if you are planning on getting a foreign vaccine registered before returning to Norway to skip quarantine and testing, you should give yourself ample time. This isn’t just if the vaccine takes longer than expected to appear on your certificate, but also in case the information is wrong and needs updating. 

One last thing worth remembering is that you aren’t considered fully vaccinated in Norway until a week after your final jab. 

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