Information about the coronavirus

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If you have symptoms of respiratory infection, you must stay at home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or attend school or kindergarten. Members of the same household can still go outside, but be attentive to their own symptoms. 

Who will be tested for the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Everyone with at least one of the symptoms of Covid-19 should be tested. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, breathing difficulties and loss of taste or sense of smell. You should also be tested if you have had any contact with a person with confirmed Covid-19 disease. This applies even when you are not living together, or have similar close contact. 

You will find more information about test criteria at FHI's website. 

How can you get tested?

Please call your GP (registered doctor) if you or your child should be tested. If your GP is not available, you can call the Corona-hotline for testing at: 51 91 40 30 if you: 

  • have symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • suspect infection from people you have been in contact with, or if you have been traveling to a country which is considered "red" or "yellow" in the last 10 days. 

The Corona-hotline for testing is open 08.30-15.00 Monday-Friday and 10.00-14.00 Saturday and Sunday. 

The test is free of charge. 

If you are acutely ill and unable to contact your regular GP; please call the ER on telephone number 116 117. If life and health are at risk, please call 113.

If you are in need of a confirmation that you do not have the Corona virus even when you are not experiencing any symptoms, contact a private clinic that offer this service.

When and where can you be tested?

Testing takes place in a drive-through tent at Stavanger Forum. You will need an appointment to be tested. The referral will give your further instructions on when and where to attend. 

How is the test conducted?

A medical practitioner wearing personal protective equipment will use a swab to collect samples from the back of your throat. The same swab is then carefully fed into your nasal cavity. The test is not painful, but you may experience discomfort. 

Test results

Your Covid-19 rest results will be made available to you at as soon as your sample has been analysed and reported. The length of time it takes for test results to become available varies, but is typically a few days after your sample was taken. Test results from all laboratories in Norway will be available at Helsenorge. You can also call your GP. 

Test center at Stavanger airport, Sola

Passengers arriving in Norway from abroad will be offered a test for Covid-19. Follow signs on arrival. We will contact you in a few days if your test result is positive. It is important that you leave your phone on. If you do not hear from us, your test result is negative.

Please note that the test center is open for passengers arriving from abroad only. The quarantine rules apply even if your test result is negative. The test is free of charge. 

Travel advice 

The Government advises against international travel that is not strictly necessary. 

If you are returning from an international travel to countries/areas with a high level of infection ("red areas") must enter a 10 days travel quarantine. Even if you feel fine and are symptom-free and if you have a negative test result. 

You will find more information about travel advice and quarantine at FHI's website. 

Social distance, quarantine and isolation

You will find useful information about why social distancing is important, who should be in quarantine or isolation and how it should be carried out at FHIs website .

Health information phone

If you have questions about the new coronavirus and cannot find answers on FHI's website, you can call the Directorate of Health's information phone 815 55 015. 

Sola kommune information phone

For general questions about the Coronavirus, call 941 49 600 (open work-days between 09.00 and 15.00). 

How do you prevent infection?

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. 
  • Avoid going to crowded places. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. 
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until your test-result is negative and you have recovered. 

Advice for people in home quarantine

You are in home quarantine because you are well but have been in a situation where you may have been infected. You will find advice on FHIs website.

Advice for patients isolated at home

You are isolated at home because of confirmed coronavirus. You will find advice for you and members of your household on FHIs website.

Useful information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Advice and information about the coronavirus COVID-19