Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals
Oslo Gardermoen departure lounge. Photo: Jarl-Erik Storesund/Flickr
Norway on Wednesday announced that later this week, those who have been fully vaccinated or had coronavirus in the country can skip entry quarantine and that it would exempt vaccinated travellers using the EU's vaccine passport from entry quarantine in the near future.

From 3pm Friday, June 11th, those fully vaccinated in Norway or who have had Covid-19 in the Nordic country will no longer be required to quarantine on entry, provided they test negative for coronavirus at the border or within two days of arrival, the government announced at a press conference. 

The change of rules coincides with the launch of Norway’s full Covid-19 certificate, which launches the same day. 

“Those who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the last six months, and who can document this in a safe and verifiable way (via the Covid-19 certificate), do not need to be in the entry quarantine,” Health Minister Bent Høie said at a government press conference. 

The Covid-19 certificate will be accessible via helsenorge.no.

Those who have received their first dose in Norway, at least three weeks prior to their arrival, can only leave quarantine once they return a negative PCR test after day three. 

Høie also announced those aged between 12 and 18 would be able to exit quarantine after day three if they return a negative PCR test. 

According to the Health Minister, vaccinated travellers using the EU’s vaccine passport will also be released from quarantine once the scheme is up and running in July. 

READ MORE: How will the EU’s ‘Covid passports’ work for travellers?

“Norway’s stance has always been that we want to be part of a common European solution,” Høie said at the press conference. 

The government are still advising against all non-essential international travel. Current entry restrictions also remain in place. 


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