SHARE
COPY LINK

TRAVEL

How you can use Norway’s Covid-19 certificate at the border? 

Norway's Covid health certificate is available and will allow certain travellers to skip entry quarantine entirely when presented at the border. So how will this process work, and what documentation do you need to show?

How you can use Norway's Covid-19 certificate at the border? 
Oslo Airport. Photo Hiritomo T Flickr

Norway’s full domestic Covid pass has officially launched and will allow travellers fully vaccinated in Norway (not abroad for the time being) to skip entry quarantine when returning to Norway.

They will be exempt from entering quarantine, provided they test negative on arrival in Norway. 

The same will also apply to people who have tested positive for Covid in Norway in the previous six months. 

Travellers will have to document their exemption at the border using the domestic version of Norway’s Covid-19 certificate. 

How to access the certificate

The health certificate is only available from Norway’s digital health portal helsenorge

Helsenorge is Norway’s digital health portal where all info on testing and vaccination in Norway is uploaded.

The certificate can be accessed via the helsenorge app, which is available on Android or iPhone, or via helsenorge.no.

To log in and view the certificate, you will need a level four security clearance electronic ID. BankID, Buypass and Commfides are the IDs you’ll be able to use to log in and view the vaccine pass. 

If you haven’t got an electronic ID, then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to access the certificate. 

If you’d like to read more on where you can get an electronic ID and which one we’d recommend, then you can check out this handy guide we’ve put together. 

READ MORE: Everything foreigners in Norway need to know about electronic IDs 

How does the certificate work? 

The certificate comes in the form of a simple QR code that.

The QR code gets its info from the health portal helsenorge, where results of tests and information on vaccinations are uploaded. 

When scanned at the border the QR will glow green if you have been vaccinated, recently returned a negative coronavirus test, or have had COVID-19 in the previous six months.

If you do not meet these criteria, then it will glow red, as well as test status. 

There are two pages on the coronavirus certificate: The control page and the extended control page. 

The control page is used for domestic purposes. The extended control page is used for crossing the border into Norway. 

Extended control page 

To access the extended control page, you will need to press the Utvidet button to access it. 

When you arrive at the border, this will be the page you show to the border police. 

The police will scan the QR codes that are on the extended control page. The inspector will receive information on whether the QR code is valid. 

The QR code being valid means the information is correct, not whether you will be released from entry quarantine or not. 

The inspector will see information on what vaccines you have received and when, as well as test status. 

Furthermore, while the code may glow green when scanned if you have been vaccinated at least three weeks before the barcode being scanned, recently returned a negative coronavirus test, or have had COVID-19 in the previous six months, this does not mean you will be exempt from quarantine.

This just means you are considered protected against Covid-19. 

To be exempt from quarantine, you will need to have tested positive for coronavirus within the previous six months and be able to document it via the certificate or have been fully vaccinated for at least a week. 

If you meet these criteria, you are also exempt from presenting a negative Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of your departure at the border. 

Below you can see what the extended control page looks like. 

The extended control page. Source: helsenorge.no

What happens next? 

Regardless of whether they are not required to quarantine, all travellers will need to be tested when arriving in Norway. If there are problems getting a test due to crowds, then those who are fully vaccinated can be allowed to leave the airport but must take a test within the following two days.

Depending on your eligibility, these will be the quarantine rules: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will be released from entry quarantine. 
  • If you have had Covid and recovered, you will also be released from quarantine. 
  • If you have had only one jab, you will be able to quarantine at home and then take a test to leave the isolation period after three days. The same applies to children under 18.
  • If you are not vaccinated or do not have access to the Norwegian Covid certificate, then you will need to quarantine either at home or in a hotel, depending on where you arrive from. 

READ MORE: LATEST: Who has to enter quarantine hotels when travelling to Norway

Arrivals who haven’t been vaccinated in Norway 

Norway is currently only allowing travellers vaccinated in Norway to skip entry quarantine. 

Currently, travellers who have been vaccinated elsewhere will have to follow the current quarantine rules, which means they either enter a quarantine hotel or spend the period at home, depending on where they arrive from. 

Norway will consider making fully vaccinated travellers using the EU’s vaccine passport exempt from quarantine also in July.

READ MORE: Norway rolls out new rules on Covid-19 entry quarantine rules

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

TRAVEL

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

SHOW COMMENTS