Information about the Coronavirus

Information about coronavirus

All travellers from the UK must get tested
  • A COVID-19 test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival in Norway, followed by a new test no sooner than day 7 after arrival from the United Kingdom.
  • Travellers entering Norway must register their arrival. 
  • Travellers must notify the municipality in which they will be staying.
  • The main rule requiring a quarantine period of 10 days will continue to apply. 

Have you been in the UK recently?

A COVID-19 test must be taken as soon as possible by all travellers who entered Norway from the United Kingdom after the 7th of December.

1. Call and book a COVID-19 test at the testcenter at Stavanger Forum.
It is important that you call to book the test: (+47) 51 91 40 30 . When booking, make sure to also inform that you have arrived from UK.

2. Register in the municipality you are staying in
If you stay in Sola municipality, call us on (+47) 51 65 33 00 and register name, date of arrival, phonenumber, e-mail and the address you are staying at.

New national measures

The Government introduced new national infection control measures on the 5th of November. 

New local measures

Apply to Sola, Stavanger, Sandnes and Randaberg from the 10th of November. 

  • Everyone who can work effectively from home, should do so.
  • Limit the use of public transport (bus, train, boat or taxi).
  • Wear a facemask if you must use public transport.
  • Recreational activities for adults in groups of more than 10 people are not permitted. Groups of less than 10 must be able to maintain a 1-meter distance. 
  • Everyone visiting bars and restaurants must register themselves on arrival.
  • If you are planning an event with 20 or more participants, you must register it here. 

Advice for Christmas

  • You must continue to limit the total number of people you have social contact with throughout the whole period and not least in the run-up to Christmas.
  • We maintain the recommendation that you can have up to five guests at New Year.
  • On two of the days, it is possible to have up to 10 guests. That means up to 10 guests on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, or two other days that you choose during that period.
  • There must always be a minimum of one meters distance between everyone who does not otherwise live together. This applies both when seated at the table and during other times such as when presents are handed out.
  • If you are unable to ensure at least one meters distance between guests, then you must invite fewer.
  • If you come from areas with a high infection rate, you should keep a distance of 2 meters from people at risk

Do you think you might have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Stay at home and avoid contact with others. 

You should be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you suspect infection from people you have been in contact with or if you have been traveling to a country or region with high incidence during the last 10 days. See more information about test criteria for coronavirus at FHI's website. 

How to book a test appointment 

You need an appointment to be tested for COVID-19.

  • If you have a Norwegian citizenship and want to book a test for yourself and children under 16 yrs of age you can book online
  • You can also call your GP (registered doctor) to book a test.
  • If your GP is not available, you can call 51 91 40 30 between 08.30 am and 3 pm to book a test. This number is for booking only. 

The test is free of charge. 

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

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

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

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. 

What happens if I test positive (have COVID-19)?

If your test confirms Coronavirus, the healthcare service will contact you. You will have to isolate at home, and the health care service will start tracking possible transmission of Covid-19 among your close contacts.

Test center at Stavanger airport, Sola

Passengers arriving at Stavanger airport, Sola will be offered a test for COVID-19. Follow signs on arrival. The quarantine rules apply even if your test result is negative. The test is free of charge. 

Quarantine hotel 

Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad must stay in quarantine for 10 days. When you are in entry quarantine, you must stay at a quarantine hotel for 10 days. You do not have to stay in a quarantine hotel if:

  • you are a resident in or own a residential property in Norway.
  • your employer provides a suitable single-room accommodation. 
  • you are a Norwegian student who studies abroad. 
  • if you are renting  an apartment/house which is suitable for quarantine.

This needs to be documented when arriving at Stavanger airport, Sola.
From the 13th of December, you have to fill in a form in advance, and this has to be signed by the owner or the person you rent the property from. 

The form is currently only available in Norwegian, but an English version is expected soon. Find the form here. (PDF) 

When arriving

Information about quarantine hotels is distributed by the police upon arrival at the airport. Upon arrival the border police will refer you to the hotel you will be staying at (do not book in advance). 

The cost of staying at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per night for adults. Children aged 0-9 can stay in parents room for free. The cost of children aged 10-18 is NOK 250 per night. Prices include full board. Upon check-in at the hotel, you must present your ticket or boarding pass. This is to ensure that you get a reduced price for your stay.

You will be offered a test for the Coronavirus at the quarantine hotel. Even if your test result comes back negative, you will need to complete your full 10 days quarantine period.

More travel information for people arriving in Norway
More travel information for workers arriving in Norway

Travel advice 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice from UD is valid until January 15th, 2021.

If you are a foreign traveller, you must present documentation of a test for the Coronavirus taken less than 72 hours prior to entry in Norway. If you do not present documentation of a negative test result, you might be refused entry.

You will find 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 Coronavirus and cannot find answers on FHI's website, you can call the Directorate of Health's information phoneline 815 55 015. 

Sola kommune information phone

For general questions about the Coronavirus, call 51 65 33 00  (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 meter (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