Information about the coronavirus


Who will be tested for coronavirus?

  • Patients with acute onset respiratory infection in need of admission to hospital
  • Patients who are admitted in any healthcare institution who have acute respiratory infections
  • Employees in the healthcare service with patient contact with acute onset respiratory infection
  • People with an acute respiratory infection who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 where contact tracing is indicated
  • Particularly vulnerable groups can be considered for testing, even with mild symptoms

Your household members can live as normal and do not need to be in quarantine, but they should pay particular attention to their own symptoms. If they develop symptoms of respiratory infection, they should stay home for one day after being free of symptoms.

This also applies to healthcare professionals.

This means that healthcare professionals and others who are not working from home can go to work as normal, even though they have household members with respiratory infections who have not been tested for COVID-19.

Do you have a cold or a sore throat? 

If you have symptoms of acute respiratory infection, you should stay at home. This also applies if you have mild symptoms such as a cold or a sore throat.

Most people who have symptoms of respiratory infections do not need to be tested for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Vulnerable groups and healthcare professionals have priority. 

If you do not fulfill the testing criteria above please stay at home for at least 24 hours after your symtoms disapear.

Recently returned from a trip abroad?

If you have been travelling to any country abroad, you must stay at home for 14 days after your return to Norway. From March 17th this will also include travelers coming from Sweden and Finland.

Even if you feel fine and are symptom free, and even if you went to work or school last week, we kindly ask you to not call legevakten/the emeregency room to be tested for the coronavirus, just stay at home. 

Schools are closed 

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, decided to close all schools, childcare centres and other educational institutions until April 13.

Parents will not be asked to pay for kindergarten or SFO while closed. 

Kindergartens and primary schools (1st-4th grade) have a service for children of parents with critical society functions. Please contact your local school or daycare. These are considered critical society functions.

All swimming pools, gyms and sports events are also closed. 

Limited service at children's healthcare clinic

Services are limited to the following:

  • Follow up checks for newborn babies
  • Six week health checks for babies
  • Vaccinations
  • Follow up consultations for children with additional needs

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.

Do you suspect infection?

If you meet the criterias for testing, call the emergency room (legevakten) at telephone number
51 91 40 30 and share your travel information and symptoms. 

In order not to infect others, it is important that you call first and not just show up.

How do you prevent infection?

Good hand hygiene is important to limit infection. Wash your hands with soap and water and have antibac available if hand washing is not possible. Cough into the elbow or in paper. Discard the paper after use.

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 beacause of suspected or 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