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Norway has made a few big changes to its Covid-19 hotel quarantine rules. From a select few travellers skipping quarantine altogether, who gets to quarantine at home, whether vaccinated passengers need to go into a hotel, and why some arrivals need to go into a quarantine hotel regardless, here's everything you need to know.
Who has to quarantine in Norway?
Norway recently loosened up its tough entry requirements for the first time in almost half a year to allow more travellers, including partners and family, to enter the country.
The majority of arrivals however will still need to undergo some form of quarantine period though.
The quarantine period of ten days must be undertaken at either a quarantine hotel or another suitable location, typically at home.
There is an exemption from quarantine for arrivals from "green" countries. Under the Norwegian government's Covid traffic light classification, those ranked green are deemed to have low enough infection rates to allow for safe travel to Norway.
Here is a list of green countries completely exempt from any entry quarantine. The list is assessed and updated by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
You can see a complete list of those exempt from entry quarantine here. This also includes for example if you're travelling to Norway to attend a funeral (but be aware that you will have to show a negative Covid-19 test), or long-haul truck drivers.
Where will I have to quarantine?
Norway has said that all travellers from the UK, EEA and Schengen areas would not be forced into quarantine hotels if the country they arrive from has an incidence rate of less than 500 per 100,000 cases over 10 days and where the positivity rate of tests is under 4 percent. They can quarantine at their home address or the address they provide authorities.
Travellers from outside these areas or countries with an incidence rate higher than 500 per 100,000 will have to enter quarantine hotels, regardless of the nature of the trip.
Currently all coutnries in the EU and EEA that the NIPH and Norwegian Directorate of Health monitor don't require a quarantine hotel stay.
Below you can take a look at the NIPH's map of countries which require quarantine and where.
Travellers from the UK
From the 21st of June, all travellers from the UK will need to enter a quarantine hotel for a minimum of three days, after day three they will be released from the quarantine hotel after testing negative for Covid-19.
Will I need to go to a quarantine hotel if I have been vaccinated?
Travellers who have been fully vaccinated in Norway or have tested positive and recovered from coronavirus in the past six months and can prove so via the Covid-19 certificate will no longer be subject to any entry quarantine from June 11th. This is provided they test negative for Covid-19 at either the border or within two days of their arrival.
This will apply to travellers using the EU's vaccine pass from June 24th too.
Vaccinated travellers from the UK will still need to enter a quarantine hotel.
Arrivals who have received one jab, at least three weeks prior to their arrival, in Norway can quarantine at home, and then test themselves out of quarantine entirely on day three.
How long will I have to stay in a quarantine hotel?
You will be required to stay at a quarantine hotel for at least three days if you arriving from a country that requires an obligatory hotel stay, currently these are the UK and all countries outside of the EEA.
On day three you will be able to test yourself out of the hotel if you return a negative PCR test.
How much does the hotel cost?
Individuals who stay in a quarantine hotel will have to pay a fee of 500 kroner per day. The fee for children aged between 10-18 is 250 kroner a day.
There is no fee required for children under ten staying in the same room as their parents.
Testing is free and is provided by the municipality where the hotel is based.