Application for exemption from staying in quarantine hotels due to strong welfare reasons


If you can document having strong welfare reasons for not staying in a quarantine hotel when entering Norway, you can apply for an exemption. If you are granted an exemption, you must still carry out the quarantine at a suitable accommodation.

Who can apply?

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.

You can apply if you are in these situations:

  • You have a disease or disorder that requires facilitation the quarantine hotel cannot offer.
  • You are going to attend the birth of your own child in Norway.
  • You are going to the funeral in Norway to a person close to you.
  • You are going to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Norway
    who is close to you.
  • You are going to bring an adopted child to Norway.
  • You have a job that is strictly necessary to maintain critical societal functions. Because you do not know where you are going to work at all times, it is difficult to get a place of residence approved in advance by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority.
  • You are a student and are going to complete a written home exam during your quarantine period.
  • You are a minor child who would be alone in the quarantine hotel in Norway because the adult you are travelling with has got an exemption from quarantine hotels due to strong welfare reasons.
  • You have sole responsibility for minor children in Norway.
  • You have children who do not have someone to take care of them during the period you are in a quarantine hotel because you and the other parent have rotation work in Norway.
  • You will not be able to meet your children in Norway if you are going to stay in a quarantine hotel, because you have a job abroad which means that you are only in Norway for short periods.
  • You are responsible for someone in Norway with special care needs.
  • You are in another, similarly serious situation.

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.

How to apply for 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.

How to apply

  • You must obtain documentation before applying

  • How the UDI processes your personal data

  • How to apply in Altinn

  • How to apply if you do not have a Norwegian id-number or d-number

  • How to apply for children

  • How to apply on behalf of someone else

What happens when I have applied?

  • Is it possible to send in additional documents after applying?

  • Can my application be prioritised?

  • When do I receive an answer?

  • How do I receive an answer?

What happens when I have received an answer?

Answers to frequently asked questions about exemptions from quarantine hotel stays

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