There are still strict entry rules to Norway. First and foremost, you must check if one exception applies to you. If not, you cannot travel to Norway. If you are exempt from the entry restrictions, you should, as a main rule, stay in a quarantine hotel upon arrival.
Some people are nevertheless exempt from the obligation to stay in quarantine hotels. See who this applies to at the health authority’s website (external website). This application scheme only applies to those obligated to stay in quarantine hotels and can apply for exemptions due to strong welfare reasons. You cannot apply for an exemption from quarantine hotels because you consider your travel out of the country as necessary travel.
It is limited who can get an exception from staying in a quarantine hotel. If one or several of the points listed below describe your situation, you can apply for an exemption.
We strongly encourage you not to submit this application if none of the situations we list describes your situation, so that those who are in these difficult situations receive the help they need. Exemptions from quarantine hotels due to strong welfare reasons are a very limited exemption that is assessed strictly. That it is burdensome to stay at a quarantine hotel is not sufficient to obtain an exemption from quarantine hotels.
You must apply for an exemption from staying in a quarantine hotel if you travel to Norway from and including 4 June. We recommend that you apply no later than 7 days before entry, so that the UDI can process your application. If it is less than 7 days until your travel to Norway, you must apply as soon as possible.
If you have access to Altinn, you must send the application from there. This is also the case for you who apply on behalf of someone else. If you do not have access to Altinn, you must use a separate application form.
You can apply for yourself, for others and for children. You must send one application per person requesting an exemption. You must have the necessary documentation ready before you apply.
You cannot apply for an exemption from quarantine hotels without attaching documentation on your welfare reason. You must enclose all the necessary documentation at the same time as you submit the application. The documentation you attach can be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English.
Please note that if you do not attach the required documentation, the UDI will not ask you for more documentation when we process your application. If we do not have the required documentation when we process your application, the application will be rejected.
You must document that you have strong welfare reasons. Examples of documentation are a doctor's certificate, obituary, an invitation to a funeral or something similar.
Suppose you are applying for an exemption from a quarantine hotel due to an illness or disorder that requires facilitations the quarantine hotel cannot offer. In that case, it is not sufficient to only document the illness or disorder (for example, with a doctor's certificate). You must also document that your illness or disorder requires special facilities or follow-up that the quarantine hotel cannot offer you, which means that you cannot live there.
If you are going to a funeral or visiting a person who is close to you and who is seriously ill or dying, you must also attach documentation showing that the person is close to you. It can be a marriage certificate, birth certificate, cohabitation contract, or other documentation.
Suppose you are applying for a child traveling alone to be exempt from staying in a quarantine hotel. In that case, you must enclose a ticket reservation or similar documentation showing that the child is traveling alone. If such documents are not yet available, it is sufficient for the applicant to confirm that the child is traveling alone.
You can apply for an exemption from staying in a quarantine hotel for a child if the person traveling with the child is already exempt. In this case you must attach documentation that shows that the person traveling with the child is exempt from quarantine hotels.
Why do we process your personal data?
The UDI collects and uses personal data in order to process applications for exemption from staying in quarantine hotels due to strong welfare reasons.
What are the legal grounds for processing your personal data?
The UDI has its own powers to process personal data. According to the regulations of 27 March 2020 no. 470 on infection control measures etc. in the event of the corona outbreak (covid-19 regulations) section 5, fifth paragraph, sixth sentence the UDI can process personal data when necessary in the processing of applications for exemptions from stays in quarantine hotels.
Our privacy declaration
You can read detailed information about how we process personal information in the UDI's privacy declaration The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) privacy declaration - UDI
What are your rights?
You have a right to be given information about
If you discover that the UDI has registered incorrect, outdated or incomplete information about you, you have a right to have this corrected or updated.
Right of appeal
If you believe that the UDI does not process your personal data in the way required by the law, you can appeal to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority. Information about application procedures is available on the Data Protection Authority’s website (external website).
Deletion of personal data
Personal data stored in the Immigration Database is required for the UDI to carry out its tasks, for scientific and historical research, for statistical purposes and for archival purposes, and as a general rule you will not be entitled to delete these, cf. privacy regulation, article 17, no. 3.
If you cannot log in to Altinn, you can follow the steps below to send an application. You can authorize another person to apply on your behalf in Altinn.
You who are a parent or foster parent, can apply for an exemption from staying in a quarantine hotel for children under 18 years old. There is no requirement for the child to approve the application. The UDI also does not require any documentation of parental responsibility.
If the child is under the age of 18 and travels with parents who are not protected against coronavirus, you can apply for an exemption.
If you as an applicant for the child have a Norwegian birth number or d-number, you can apply in Altinn:
If you who apply for the child do not have a Norwegian id-number or d-number, do the following:
You who have the power of attorney must fill in the power of attorney form. The person you are helping to apply for must sign the power of attorney form.
If you as a power of attorney have a Norwegian id-number or d-number and can apply in Altinn, do the following:
If you who are applying for someone else do not have access to Altinn, you can do the following:
You must try to attach all your documents when you submit your application to the UDI. WIf you need to send us additional documents after you have sent the application, you can upload the documents here.
The UDI will prioritise applications by date of entry, so that those who enter first receive an answer first. You cannot request prioritisation of your case.
As of today, we cannot estimate how long the waiting time will be because we do not know how many applications the UDI receives at the same time. You should apply at least 7 days before you travel to Norway.
Once the UDI has processed your case, we will send you an SMS or e-mail.
If you have submitted your application in Altinn, you will receive the decision letter electronically in Altinn or Digipost. If you did not use Altinn, you will receive the decision letter in the mail.
You must check whether or not you can enter Norway now. Here you can read about the rules for entry to Norway.
You are not exempt from the national quarantine rules even if you are granted an exemption from staying in a quarantine hotel. This means that you must stay in quarantine at home or in another suitable accomantation, even if you do not have to stay at the quarantine hotel. Here you can read more about the rules for quarantine (external website).
You can present the SMS or decision letter from the UDI stating that you have been granted an exception from staying at a quarantine hotel at the border.
The border control will also determine if you have been granted (yes) an exemption from quarantine hotels if you provide your travel document number + date of birth (the same information you provided when you applied).
Applications for exemptions from stays in quarantine hotels are granted for a given period by the UDI in each case. The duration of your exemption will depend on what you have documented a need for in your application.
You must check whether or not you can enter Norway now. Here you can read about the rules for entry.
You have not been granted an exemption, and you must stay in a quarantine hotel when you travel to Norway.
You cannot appeal the decision if your application is rejected. The UDI's reasons for the refusal or rejection will be stated in the decision letter. You cannot appeal the decision, even if you disagree with the UDI's assessment.
No, there are no other schemes for applying for exemptions from staying in a quarantine or at quarantine hotels. However, there are schemes where the employer can apply for an employee to enter Norway. Here you can read about these schemes
Yes, you must send an application for each family member, including minor children. Every single person who wants an exemption from a stay in a quarantine hotel must therefore apply.
Please note that children under the age of 18 traveling with persons protected from the coronavirus do not need to stay in a quarantine hotel. The child must still be in quarantine at home or in another suitable accommodation.
No. You must check whether you are allowed to enter Norway. Here you can read about the rules for entry
If you are going to a funeral or to visit a person who is seriously ill or dying, you must attach documentation showing that the person is someone close to you. You can submit a marriage certificate, birth certificate, cohabitation contract, or other documentation.
If you can document digitally on helsenorge.no that you received your first vaccine dose at least three weeks ago, you do not have to stay in a quarantine hotel when you travel to Norway. For this to apply to you, you must be vaccinated in Norway. You must still stay in quarantine, but you can spend the quarantine at home or in another suitable place. Unvaccinated children who travel with vaccinated parents also avoid quarantine hotels (external website).
It is the police at the border who check the digital information.
From 11 June at 3 p.m., travelers that have recovered from COVID-19 during the past six months, or are fully vaccinated (in Norway), are exempted from travel quarantine. The premise is that the vaccination/undergone COVID-19 disease can be documented securely and verifiable. For the time being, it is only a login to helsenorge.no that is considered a secure and verifiable way to verify your status as protected.
No. Even if you have been granted an exemption from staying in a quarantine hotel when entering Norway, you must still follow the quarantine rules that apply when entering Norway. You have only been granted exemptions from staying at a quarantine hotel. You can read about the quarantine rules at here (external website)