The Government of Norway has announced that starting from April 1, all persons entering the country must undergo a COVID-19 test and wait for the results at the border test station, in addition to the requirements to present the results of a test taken before arrival and quarantine.
The Government has presented the rules that all persons planning to enter Norway must follow, which are:
- Present a COVID-19 test taken 24 hours before entering the country
- Self-quarantine at a hotel
- Undergo a COVID-19 test at the border
- Wait for the results of the test before entering the country
Norwegian citizens and all foreigners with a residency permit are also required to present a Coronavirus test at the Norwegian border when returning from a high-risk country. The test should not be older than 24 hours. Nevertheless, Norwegian citizens will not be refused entry if they do not abide by the requirements, but fines may be charged.
Those who test negative at the border must self-isolate in the quarantine hotels as soon as they arrive. This rule also applies to all persons travelling for non-essential reasons. All leisure trips are considered unnecessary unless they are justified.
“If you refuse to wait until the test result is ready, you will be able to receive a significant fine,” the Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland said.
The Government emphasised that if a Norwegian resident enters the country and proves that the self-isolation period can be carried out at home, they will be exempted from the measures to quarantine at a hotel. The residency place should provide enough space, private rooms and bathrooms, and a separate kitchen. If the requirements are not met, the person must self-isolate in a hotel.
Married couples, cohabiting partners, and children who live together are allowed to quarantine in a joint space.