Covid-19 Status Update for Norway

Status in Norway as of 6th April 2020 (this page is updated twice daily as we continuously monitor the situation):

To date 5772 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Norway. 76 people have died so far. 314 people are hospitalised. Real time information on current numbers here. Due to the change in the criteria for testing (only patients in the hospitals and critical personell), the actual number of people with the coronavirus is likely higher.

Update 24th March 2020: The Government is continuing all the measures implemented to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Norway until over the Easter holiday, through 13 April 2020.

‘The measures we have imposed appear to be slowing transmission of the virus, but we need more time to see what effect they are having. The Government has adopted a strategy to limit the spread of infection that entails ensuring that infected persons only transmit the virus to a maximum of one other person. If this succeeds, the health service will have the capacity to help all who need it,’ Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

In public spaces, people should keep at least one metre away from other people. When away from home, there should be no more than five people in a group – except for members of a family or the same household. Indoors, people should keep at least two metres away from one another, though this does not apply to family or household members.

Travel

The Norwegian government has closed the borders for all but Norwegian citizens and foreigners that possess a residency permit from Monday March 16th at 8 am local time, and discourages all but necessary travel inside the country. Strict border control will be implemented. The main airports will still stay open, so that tourists travelling in Norway have an opportunity to travel back home. 

  • Travellers not residing in Norway are encouraged to leave the country as soon as possible. 
  • Travellers arriving from other countries, who are not residents of Norway, will be returned to their home country as soon as possible. Please seek more information at your arrival airport. Travellers with symptoms will be isolated.
  • Everyone who comes from other countries should be in quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Norway, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Retroactive from 27 February.
  • The UDI or the police can expel foreigners without a residence permit in Norway. Foreigners who have been expelled shall leave Norway without undue delay. Certain groups – including EEA nationals residing or working in Norway, and their family members living in Norway – cannot be dismissed under this regulation.
  • Norway will now reject applications for a Schengen visa. Visas will only be granted in extraordinary situations.
  • Travellers are to contact their airlines/ferry companies for more information.
  • Avoid journeys that are not strictly necessary (both domestic and international)
  • Avoid public transport where possible
  • Avoid other places where one can easily get close to others
  • Avoid close contact with others.

Immigration and travel to Norway

FAQs from the Norwegian Immigration Authorities here and from the Government here.

Precautions in place from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health:

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the maintenance of necessary health and care services, the Norwegian Directorate of Health has, according to the Infection Control Act, issued a decision to close:

  • Childcare centres
  • Primary schools
  • Lower secondary schools
  • Upper secondary schools
  • Universities and colleges
  • Other educational institutions.

The following exceptions to the closure order apply: it is important to maintain operations in the health and care services and other critical society functions, and to avoid the use of people in risk groups for babysitting. Managers of childcare centres and headteachers in primary schools must therefore provide a solution for children of healthcare personnel, the transport sector or within other critical society functions. The same applies to children with special care needs that cannot be taken care of when childcare, school or other day care facilities are closed.

The Directorate of Health continues to act on another section in the Infection Control Act, on a ban on / closing of:

  • Cultural events
  • Sports events and organised sports activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • All establishments in the hospitality industry, except for eating places where food is distributed, i.e. canteens and eating places that can ensure visitors to keep at least 1 metre distance from each other. Buffets are not allowed. The hospitality industry includes restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
  • Gyms
  • Companies that provide hairdressing services, skin care, massage and body care, tattooing, piercing, etc.
  • Swimming pools, water parks, etc.

Measures to safeguard healthcare personnel in Norway

Decisions pursuant to the Health Emergency Act on the ban for travel abroad for healthcare personnel working in patient treatment. In order to maintain the necessary health and care services, the Directorate of Health has implemented the following measures:

Healthcare professionals working with patient treatment are prohibited from travelling abroad. The ban applies to both business travel and leisure travel.

Retail, groceries and events

Retail trade will remain open. There is no need to stock up on food. Grocery stores will stay open.

Public transport and working from home

  • Public transport will continue so that people with critical society functions can get to and from work and be able to distance themselves from each other.
  • We request not to visit people in institutions with vulnerable groups (elderly, psychiatry, prisons etc)

Health service capacity

To ensure that everyone receives good treatment and care, we are working closely with the healthcare service so that all parts of the service can maintain capacity. The Norwegian Directorate of Health is also in close dialogue with municipalities, county governors and the regional health authorities to assist with measures. Our work covers all aspects of the health service; nursing homes, home help, hospitals, health centres, general practitioners, private as well as public. It is especially important to ensure that healthcare professionals can perform their work safely and well and that we always have the healthcare personnel we need.

Entry control in healthcare institutions

Restrictions are imposed on visitors to all the country’s health institutions and the introduction of entry control to safeguard infection control for patients in the country’s health institutions. People who may be infected will be turned away from all the country’s health institutions. The Directorate of Health will advise the healthcare service on this

These are critical society functions:

The emergency response committee considers that the following functions to be critical to society:

  • Government and crisis management
  • Defence
  • Law and order
  • Health and care services
  • Rescue services
  • IT security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and wastewater
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communication services
  • Transport
  • Satellite-based services
  • Pharmacies

If you have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling in Norway, please call the national information telephone at (+47) 815 55 015.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, sore throat, chest pain and breathing difficulties, please stay in your hotel room and contact guest service by telephone or call the 24-hour Norwegian medical service at 116 117 for guidance and assistance.

More information on the issue:

Norwegian Government

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Directorate of Health

Visit Norway

Please contact us should you have any questions at post@relocation.no