Information about the coronavirus

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If you have symptoms of respiratory infection

Make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will refer you for testing. Testing is on an appointment-only basis and will take place in the respiratory doctor center at Stavanger Forum.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection, you should stay at home until you don't have any signs for illness. 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. This also applies to healthcare personnel. 

If you get sick

If you are visiting Sola and do not have a doctor in the area, but develop symptoms that may be covid-19, you are required to contact the emergency room (legevakten) at 116 117. The emergency room will organize an appointment for testing for you. Everyone with newly arisen respiratory tract infections should be tested. Examination and testing for suspected covid-19 is free.

Travel advice 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. An exception is made for areas in the Nordic countries with a low level of infection. You can travel freely in Norway.

If you have been travelling abroad, you must stay at home in travel quarantine for 10 days after your return to Norway. Even if you feel fine and are symptom-free. Exceptions to quarantine rules apply if you arrive from areas in the Nordic region with a low level of transmission. See map of the relevant areas at FHIs website. 

From 15 July, you can travel to more countries/ regions in Europe. The global travel advice will no longer apply to these countries. Exactly which countries will depend on the infection situation.   

The health authorities are monitoring the infection situation closely. An up-to-date list of countries that are no longer covered by the global travel advice will be available on the Institute of Public Health website. 

As a rule, you will not have to go into quarantine when you return to Norway from these countries. However, this is dependent on the infection situation not worsening

You should be in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days if you:

  • Live with a person with confirmed covid-19.
  • Are in close contact equal to a member of the household (such as a boyfriend/girlfriend, a close colleague in a shared office space, someone in the same cohort in kindergarten or levels 1st through 4th of primary school, someone you spent time with during a contagious period like a stay at a holiday property or close physical contact).
  • Nursed someone who has fallen ill without the use of recommended infection control equipment.

The public health center

Services are back to normal at the public health center with the exception of drop-in. Please make an appointment before you visit, and do not visit the public health center if you or your child are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus.

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.

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 you recover. 

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 new coronavirus disease COVID-19