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LATEST: Who has to enter quarantine hotels when travelling to Norway? 

Norway has made a few big changes to its Covid-19 hotel quarantine rules. From a select few travellers skipping quarantine altogether, who gets to quarantine at home, whether vaccinated passengers need to go into a hotel, and why some arrivals need to go into a quarantine hotel regardless, here's everything you need to know. 

LATEST: Who has to enter quarantine hotels when travelling to Norway? 
Oslo Airport. Photo: alh1/Flickr

Who has to quarantine in Norway? 

Norway recently loosened up its tough entry requirements for the first time in almost half a year to allow more travellers, including partners and family, to enter the country. 

The majority of arrivals however will still need to undergo some form of quarantine period though.

The quarantine period of ten days must be undertaken at either a quarantine hotel or another suitable location, typically at home.

There is an exemption from quarantine for arrivals from “green” countries. Under the Norwegian government’s Covid traffic light classification, those ranked green are deemed to have low enough infection rates to allow for safe travel to Norway.

Here is a list of green countries completely exempt from any entry quarantine. The list is assessed and updated by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

You can see a complete list of those exempt from entry quarantine here. This also includes for example if you’re travelling to Norway to attend a funeral (but be aware that you will have to show a negative Covid-19 test), or long-haul truck drivers.

READ ALSO: Covid-19 how to avoid potential hiccups when travelling to Norway

Where will I have to quarantine?

Norway has said that all travellers from the UK, EEA and Schengen areas would not be forced into quarantine hotels if the country they arrive from has an incidence rate of less than 500 per 100,000 cases over 10 days and where the positivity rate of tests is under 4 percent. They can quarantine at their home address or the address they provide authorities.

Travellers from outside these areas or countries with an incidence rate higher than 500 per 100,000 will have to enter quarantine hotels, regardless of the nature of the trip. 

Currently all coutnries in the EU and EEA that the NIPH and Norwegian Directorate of Health monitor don’t require a quarantine hotel stay. 

Below you can take a look at the NIPH’s map of countries which require quarantine and where. 

Map of countries with a quarantine obligation. Source: NIPH

READ MORE: Why have Norway’s quarantine hotel rules led to confusion and chaos

Travellers from the UK

From the 21st of June, all travellers from the UK will need to enter a quarantine hotel for a minimum of three days, after day three they will be released from the quarantine hotel after testing negative for Covid-19. 

Will I need to go to a quarantine hotel if I have been vaccinated? 

Travellers who have been fully vaccinated in Norway or have tested positive and recovered from coronavirus in the past six months and can prove so via the Covid-19 certificate will no longer be subject to any entry quarantine from June 11th. This is provided they test negative for Covid-19 at either the border or within two days of their arrival. 

This will apply to travellers using the EU’s vaccine pass from June 24th too. 

Vaccinated travellers from the UK will still need to enter a quarantine hotel. 

Arrivals who have received one jab, at least three weeks prior to their arrival, in Norway can quarantine at home, and then test themselves out of quarantine entirely on day three. 

READ ALSO: Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals 

How long will I have to stay in a quarantine hotel? 

You will be required to stay at a quarantine hotel for at least three days if you arriving from a country that requires an obligatory hotel stay, currently these are the UK and all countries outside of the EEA. 

On day three you will be able to test yourself out of the hotel if you return a negative PCR test. 

How much does the hotel cost? 

Individuals who stay in a quarantine hotel will have to pay a fee of 500 kroner per day. The fee for children aged between 10-18 is 250 kroner a day.

There is no fee required for children under ten staying in the same room as their parents. 

Testing is free and is provided by the municipality where the hotel is based. 

Member comments

  1. I am so frustrated. We have plans to travel from US (NY) to Copenhagen and then to Norway the first week in September (in a month!). We are fully vaccinated with Moderna. Please tell us when/if Norway will let us in?? We do have a QR code Excelsior pass from NY but it is not an EU certificate (of course).

    Need some idea of what is going on for us US travelers.

    Ellen

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‘Painful’ – is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Following a survey that said Paris Charles de Gaulle airport was the best in Europe, we asked Local readers what they thought...

'Painful' - is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Recently, Paris Charles de Gaulle was voted the best airport in Europe by passengers.

The 2022 World Airport Awards, based on customer satisfaction surveys between September 2021 and May 2022, listed the best airport on the planet as Doha, while Paris’s main airport came in at number 6 – the highest entry for a European airport – one place above Munich. 

READ ALSO Paris Charles de Gaulle voted best airport in Europe by passengers

Given CDG’s long-standing reputation doesn’t quite match what the World Airport Awards survey said – in 2009 it was rated the second-worst airport in the world, while in 2011 US site CNN judged it “the most hated airport in the world” – we wondered how accurate the survey could be.

So we asked readers of The Local for their opinion on their experience of Europe’s ‘best’ airport. 

Contrary to the World Airport Awards study, users erred towards the negative about the airport. A total 30.8 percent of Local readers – who had travelled through the airport in recent months – thought it was ‘terrible’, while another 33.3 percent agreed that it was ‘not great’ and had ‘some problems’.

But in total 12.8 percent of those who responded to our survey thought the airport was ‘brilliant’, and another 23.1 percent thought it ‘fine’, with ‘no major problems’.

So what are the problems with it?

Signage 

One respondent asked a simple – and obvious – question: “Why are there so many terminal twos?”

Barney Lehrer added: “They should change the terminal number system.”

In fact, signage and directions – not to mention the sheer size of the place – were common complaints, as were onward travel options. 

Christine Charaudeau told us: “The signage is terrible. I’ve often followed signs that led to nowhere. Thankfully, I speak French and am familiar with the airport but for first time travellers … yikes!”

Edwin Walley added that it was, “impossible to get from point A to point B,”  as he described the logistics at the airport as the “worst in the world”.

And James Patterson had a piece of advice taken from another airport. “The signage could be better – they could take a cue from Heathrow in that regard.”

Anthony Schofield said: “Arriving by car/taxi is painful due to congestion and the walk from the skytrain to baggage claim seems interminable.”

Border control

Border control, too, was a cause for complaint. “The wait at the frontière is shameful,” Linda, who preferred to use just her first name, told us. “I waited one and a half hours standing, with a lot of old people.”

Sharon Dubble agreed. She wrote: “The wait time to navigate passport control and customs is abysmal!”

Deborah Mur, too, bemoaned the issue of, “the long, long wait to pass border control in Terminal E, especially at 6am after an overnight flight.”

Beth Van Hulst, meanwhile, pulled no punches with her estimation of border staff and the airport in general. “[It] takes forever to go through immigration, and staff deserve their grumpy reputation. Also, queuing is very unclear and people get blocked because the airport layout is not well designed.”

Jeff VanderWolk highlighted the, “inadequate staffing of immigration counters and security checkpoints”, while Karel Prinsloo had no time for the brusque attitudes among security and border personnel. “Officers at customs are so rude. I once confronted the commander about their terrible behaviour.  His response said it all: ‘We are not here to be nice’. Also the security personnel.”

Connections

One of the most-complained-about aspects is one that is not actually within the airport’s control – public transport connections.  

Mahesh Chaturvedula was just one of those to wonder about integrated travel systems in France, noting problems with the reliability of onward RER rail services, and access to the RER network from the terminal.

The airport is connected to the city via RER B, one of the capital’s notoriously slow and crowded suburban trains. Although there are plans to create a new high-speed service to the airport, this now won’t begin until after the 2024 Olympics.

Sekhar also called for, “more frequent trains from SNCF to different cities across France with respect to the international flight schedules.”

The good news

But it wasn’t all bad news for the airport, 35 percent of survey respondents said the airport had more positives than negatives, while a Twitter poll of local readers came out in favour of Charles de Gaulle.

Conceding that the airport is “too spread out”, Jim Lockard said it, “generally operates well; [and has] decent amenities for food and shopping”.

Declan Murphy was one of a number of respondents to praise the, “good services and hotels in terminals”, while Dean Millar – who last passed through Charles de Gaulle in October – said the, “signage is very good. [It is] easy to find my way around”.

He added: “Considering the size (very large) [of the airport] it is very well done.  So no complaints at all.”

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