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LATEST: Who has to enter quarantine hotels when travelling to Norway? 

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. 

LATEST: Who has to enter quarantine hotels when travelling to Norway? 
Oslo Airport. Photo: alh1/Flickr

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.

READ ALSO: Covid-19 how to avoid potential hiccups when travelling to Norway

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. 

Map of countries with a quarantine obligation. Source: NIPH

READ MORE: Why have Norway’s quarantine hotel rules led to confusion and chaos

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. 

READ ALSO: Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals 

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. 

Member comments

  1. I am so frustrated. We have plans to travel from US (NY) to Copenhagen and then to Norway the first week in September (in a month!). We are fully vaccinated with Moderna. Please tell us when/if Norway will let us in?? We do have a QR code Excelsior pass from NY but it is not an EU certificate (of course).

    Need some idea of what is going on for us US travelers.

    Ellen

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Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about the new night train from Copenhagen to Germany

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