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Coronavirus in Norway: The Latest News on the COVID-19 Outbreak

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UPDATED 2 APRIL: Seven have died in Norway from coronavirus in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 57. The government has announced an extension to the emergency measures until Easter. Here's what you need to know about the outbreak.

I know a lot of people in Norway will be concerned about the latest coronavirus news, along with people planning a trip. So, here's everything you need to know about the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 outbreak, and how Norway is reacting.

Read more: Norway Is Closed: PM Takes Drastic Measures

I'll do my best to keep this page up-to-date in the days and weeks to come, but do check the various links for the very latest information. You should also check whether you should be in home quarantine, and what exactly that means.

An illustration of the coronavirus
the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

The latest infection numbers in Norway

There are now 5,352 positive cases in Norway at the time of writing, with 57 people now confirmed dead. There are 319 people hospitalised around the country, 96 of which are in intensive care.

While the daily jump in the number of confirmed cases remains high, the number of people hospitalised and on respirators has been relatively stable for the past four days.

Are you planning to visit Norway? Read this first, then scroll down this page for more information.

More than 51,000 people registered mild coronavirus-like symptoms on a new online tool. The health authority wants everyone with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to register. You can read all about how to do that here. While not everyone reporting mild symptoms is going to have the coronavirus, the health authorities admit the true number is higher than the current reports.

University of Oslo downtown campus
A very quiet University of Oslo building in Norway

That's because anyone subject to home quarantine is not being tested unless they are showing serious symptoms. This is to prioritise people who need urgent care. Last week's rapid rise of cases spurred the health authorities and Norwegian government into taking dramatic action.

The latest situation in Norway

The full story is here, but today Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced the extension of the emergency measures brought in to limit the spread of the virus. Originally announced until Thursday 26 March, the measures will now continue until after Easter, on Monday 13 April. An announcement will be made on 8 April about whether some or all of the measures will be continued beyond 13 April.

All schools and universities will remain closed, most bars and restaurants will not be permitted to open unless they can guarantee social distancing. Many other businesses will be forced to close their doors, and anyone who has travelled abroad continues to face a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.

All but one of Norway's counties have recorded at least 100 positive test results. The most are in Viken country (1,481), followed by Oslo (1,466), Vestland (530), Rogaland (365), and Trøndelag (361). So far, Nordland (72), Møre og Romsdal (115) and Troms og Finnmark (176) have recorded the least positive test results.

Norwegian Max airplane flying to Norway
Norwegian has announced 3,000 cancellations during Q2 2020.

The quarantine and isolation regulations are law under the Control of Infectious Diseases Act. Anyone caught breaking quarantine faces a hefty fine and even jail time. At the weekend, one young Norwegian was fined 20,000 kroner for attending a party after testing positive.

Travel severely disrupted, borders essentially closed

Air travel in Norway and across Europe is being disrupted as a drop in demand sees flights cancelled by most major airlines. Both SAS and Norwegian have announced drastic cuts to their flight schedules, focusing on just a few domestic routes and connections between Nordic capitals for the weeks to come.

Both airlines face significant financial trouble, as do Widerøe. Norway's government considers air travel a critical service, given the number of remote communities that rely on their small airports. So they have announced a survival package of loan guarantees worth six billion Norwegian kroner, with half earmarked for Norwegian.

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The dramatic measures announced by the Norwegian government a few days ago, along with the Trump travel ban and other countries including Denmark closing their borders, have led to foreign citizens being turned away at the Norwegian border. The advice is simple: unless you are a citizen or permanent resident of Norway, do not travel here.

Coronavirus laboratory test
Patients are being tested for the coronavirus across Norway

This is now even more relevant advice after today's announcement by Prime Minister Erna Solberg. From 8am CET on Monday, March 16, all Norwegian airports and seaports closed to everyone apart from Norwegian citizens and permanent residents returning home to Norway. However, foreign citizens will still be permitted to leave Norway, and should do so as soon as possible. Read the full story here.

Foreign citizens already in Norway are also being impacted. Many passengers on cruise ships including the Hurtigruten coastal ferry have been stuck on board, as ports refuse to allow them off the ship. The company has now suspended all operations until mid-April.

Domestic travel is strongly discouraged for all but urgent needs. This Prime Minister has ordered Norwegians not to travel to cabins outside their home municipality, for fear of overwhelming smaller rural medical facilities.

Oslo Stock Exchange & Norwegian krone suffers

The oil price has plummeted, causing most Norwegian companies to start feeling the heat. The Oslo Stock Exchange has seen incredible volatility since the outbreak, with the oil price drop only adding to that. A Nordea markets analyst described the market to NRK as “complete chaos.”

Read more: Norwegian Krone Collapses Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Healthcare for visitors to Norway

The Norwegian krone weakened drastically against the US Dollar, passing 10 kroner to the Dollar for the first time. At one point it hit 12 before strengthening to around 10.4 at the time of writing.

Coronavirus in Norway: The story so far

The first coronavirus case in Norway was registered in a resident of Tromsø on 26 February. The individual had recently returned from China. They were not seriously ill and were placed under home quarantine.

Read more: Healthcare in Norway

Many of the early cases were recorded in the Oslo region. This included six employees of Oslo’s Ullevaal Hospital, as revealed by Aftenposten. The first employee of the hospital’s eye department had recently returned from northern Italy.

In the early days of the outbreak in Norway, the majority of people who have tested positive were either infected abroad or are close contacts of someone who was. However, many cases are now being reported that could not be traced to a known source of infection, abroad or at home.

The increasing proportion of infections contracted within Norway is made more likely by the fact that most of those infected are not seriously ill. A spokesperson for the Institute for Public Health confirmed that people suffering from only mild symptoms may help the virus spread unnoticed.

Healthcare travel

The lockdown announcement comes after many events had already been cancelled. This includes the famous Birkebeinerrennet ski marathon, part of the Birken Ski Festival that was cancelled earlier this week just days before the opening race.

What are the Norwegian authorities doing?

Previously, Norway's Directorate of Health said there were plans in place that would cover a scenario whereby up to 25% of Norway's population became infected.

In this scenario, other hospital treatment would have to be postponed to enable hundreds of thousands of additional patients to be treated. The Director emphasizes that this is an “if” situation, and that effective measures are now in place to avoid getting into such a situation.

On the afternoon of March 27, the Health Minister announced plans to delay hospital treatment for all but essential cases. In addition, he announced that Norway is the first country in the world to trial an experimental treatment on COVID-19 patients.

With the number of cases increasing rapidly, the government introduced emergency measures to try and stem the spread of the virus. All educational establishments are closed, along with many workplaces, many shops, bars, restaurants, pubs and other public services. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

Most Norwegian companies have now implemented home office arrangements where practical. However, the travel and hospitality industries, among others, are feeling the heat. Most pubs, bars, and restaurants are closed, forcing their owners to lay off staff.

The Norwegian government has announced a series of economic measures to help laid off staff and struggling businesses.

What to do if you experience symptoms

In Norway: Do not call 113. In the first instance, you can call a health information line on 815 55 015. If you believe you are infected, call your GP. Do not visit the doctor's office in person. Only if you cannot contact your GP, call the emergency room (legevakt) at 116 117.

If you have mild symptoms that do not require medical treatment and you do not fall into one of high-risk groups as defined by FHI, you may also register your symptoms using a new online reporting tool. This is not a replacement for a doctor's consultation and is purely a data collection exercise, but it will be used to improve FHI's understanding of the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises those who feel sick and who have recently returned from–or come into contact with someone who has returned from–a trip to one of the high-risk areas to avoid going to the doctor or hospital. You should instead inform the health authorities by telephone and quarantine yourself at home.

The WHO's Dr. Margaret Harris told NRK that most patients do not become seriously ill, but it's possible to pass the virus on to others who can become seriously ill:

Read more: Healthcare in Norway

“People need to stay calm. Don't let people move around. Hand hygiene is very important- It sounds so simple, but it is not so easy to make sure you wash your hands often enough. Do not scratch your eyes or nose. Cover your mouth and nose if you cough.”

Where else is impacted?

According to figures from the World Health Organization, more than 450,000 cases and 20,000 deaths have been reported so far. The new virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China at the end of December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread around the world.

Italy and Spain are the hardest-hit countries in Europe, with more than 10,000 deaths between them. The virus is also taking hold in the USA, where more than 60,000 infections and 884 deaths have been reported.

What is coronavirus?

According to the WHO, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people, and there are several known types that have not yet infected humans. The current outbreak concerns COVID-19.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard precautions from the WHO include regular hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking all meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

169 Comments

  1. You’re doing excellent work here. I’m a freelance translator of the Scandinavian languages, so I get my information straight from the source countries. However, I will pass links to your articles to my acquaintances here in the U.S.

    1. I am not sure that the schools will close the Leaderboard haven’t announced. But this is a serious issue to take much concern than ever before cause it’s easy for this virus to take more numbers of individuals within schools.

    2. Hi Everyone,

      DeeAnn from the United States here. In the San Diego, California area the school districts have closed. If you read this article before plunging into the comments, you will see that Norway has now closed its borders, as has the US (at least with travel from Europe to the US).
      Also, do NOT go on a cruise ship. Look at all the problems in the last few months with cruise ships and CoVid-19. Not a good idea.
      Be a good world citizens; IF YOU ARE YOUNG AND HEALTHY, please consider reaching out–only by telephone, or from a distance of at least 6 feet–to your elderly or otherwise at-risk neighbors. Offer to get them groceries and medication.
      Another good way to channel your energy: step outside and play a musical instrument.
      I completely agree with writer below–Stay the F%^& Home https://staythefuckhome.com/sfw/
      I despise staying home; but the thought of overflowing hospitals is so sad that I will continue my self-imposed indefinite home stay.
      Here’s hoping that we all live to a ripe old age, or at least long enough for an effective vaccine.
      In solidarity,
      DeeAnn

  2. We have a planned trip to Norway – Bergen,, Tromso and Lofoten from 13th March to 24th March. Now we are confused if we should cancel it or go ahead with it. We will be travelling from Kuwait which already has 46 confirmed cases ( all In quarantine).

    1. Probably canceling it seems a good idea.
      The death rate is as high in Italy as Wuhan China (much higher than rest mainland China). Though no evidence yet, earlier cases have a higher risk.
      It was the winter holiday in Norway, a large proportion of the families traveled abroad, including Italy. Currently registered cases are solely the tested ones, while the average incubation time is two weeks.
      In addition, although young people are strong and survive better, the carry and spread of the virus can be very bad to the aged and weak persons. Any lost is heart-breaking, if not, remember everyone gets old one day, if lucky.

      1. You nailed it.

        All the media and the youtube statisticans emphasis that the ncov is not so dangerous and the chances of die with it is lesser than winning a lottery. It appears that they are broadcasting “don’t worry about it, it is the old and less immune is going to die, you will survive”.

        The statistics and numbers does not incorporate the spreading and interdependence of young and old people. They are alienating old people from young.

        1. I find all of the findings of sience comforting – and it’s already saving lives .We know the virus is here , now we need to listen to the advice and sugedtions .I know there are frightened people – we see it hysterical comments – .We need to live reality to keep us safe .Bad behavior have troublesome consequences ..

      2. I have friends in Trondheim would you know if the city is safe as of the moment? Was there any reported cases yet? Thank you and please stay safe!

          1. Hi thank you for your reply! Do you have the names of the infected ones from Trondheim is it open in Norway to divulge the identities of these individuals?

      1. Hi,
        Thank you. We have decided to wait till the last moment before taking a call. If there is no travel van either from Kuwait or Norway, we will be travelling to Norway 🤞

        1. Why people are so stupid?? Honestly. Stay home and wait for all this to pass. Here in Norway everything will be closed. Since as yesterday most of restaurants and bars… with your travelling obsession you put and other people to risk. Man. Wake up. This is no game…. stay home and come next year or when is better. Don’t be an asshole…

          1. I totally agree with you! Everyone should put on hold their plans and lets beat this nightmare!

    2. you would be better off in Norway than Kuwait. You only live once go for it, as long as you are ok when you travell.Do not endager Norway. I am going11th to 23rd, if it has number on it it has my number, more chance of getting run over. Watch how you travell and do not stop over in Germay. stay well and enjoy your visit

    3. We have one month planned in Norway for all of May, but are stuck in limbo with whether to cancel everything or not? We are Australian so not as cheap or easy to get to Europe if we have to reschedule. What to do is a sad and worrisome dilemma.

      1. Have you read the news? You cannot enter Norway UNLESS YOU ARE A CITIZEN or a PERMANENT RESIDENT.
        To be specific:
        “It is essential that we do not import additional infection risk from other countries. The government will ensure, however, that Norwegians who are now abroad and people who live or work in Norway can still enter the country,” Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland said announcing the decision.

        As a result of this decision, the entry will be denied to foreigners, people from the European Economic Area, as well as to people who lack Norwegian residence permits. After this decision, Norwegians should bear in mind that at every border crossing point they must prove their nationality.

      2. OF COURSE you should cancel your trip !!!Do you,people ,understand how serious the situation is???STOP SPREADING….THIS IS THE ONLY HOPE HUMANITY HAS….Dont you see ITALY ,SPAIN,GERMANY,NOrway???still thinking to get close to Europe???Enjoy ur continent and pray for the rest of the World!!!VACATION is what people have in mind??they should close all borders everywhere for turists this year!!!

  3. If anyone in your group is on medication like blood thinners/diabetes etc., I would seriously consider cancelling your vacation. It is not worth the risk to get sick on your holiday…or worse. I hope you bought cancellation insurance.

  4. We have planned trip to Oslo from March 31-April 2, 2020. I’m not sure if we should cancel it or not. Any recommendations?

    1. I recommend you to not cancel because corona is everywhere now it doesn’t mean anything if you travel to another country that has corona

    1. I really cant beleive that people are so selfish that they plan to travel.
      Its all me me me.
      One person might be a carrier and not have any symptoms but can infect others and so it goes on and they can be the cause of death of a loved one.
      Would they be happy if a carrier traveller to their home town and caused the chain of illness and death of their loved one.
      I am a nurse and at the front line .
      STAY AT HOME and dont be selfish
      Im sure rhe citizens of Norway wont welcome you considering most of them will be social isolating to stop the spread of disease.

      1. Karen I totally agree with you dear. Its just sick to read these comments and see that people are planning their trips for easter! its simple, save your money and your health and STAY HOME!

        Norwegian living in Dubai.

  5. I AM ENGLISH AND TRAVELLING TO BERGEN, NORWAY ON 5/3/2020 FROM MANCHESTER, ENGLAND. I AM HEALTHY AND UNAFFECTED FROM ANYTHING. AM I OK TO TRAVEL?

  6. We have permanent residency in Norway and have been in the USA visiting our children for just over 3 months. We are due to travel home tomorrow. We live in Strand kommune, Tau. Do you know of any travel restrictions now? We use KLM from Atlanta to Amsterdam and on to Stavanger.

    1. Governments estimations conclude that coronavirus spreading will “JUST” start in May and last until way into summer if not longer. We can’t really predict two months ahead, but until then, we will probably figure out a way to somewhat move around. For now, just stay put and worry about not further than two weeks ahead, necessity-wise only, like, if you have enough prescription medications, water and food. Anything else is and should be irrelevant at the moment of today’s status.

  7. We (7 folks from Montana, US) are going to Sjusjoen March 18-28 for a Nordic ski holiday, and to participate in the Berkie. Do you foresee the event being cancelled?

  8. I’m from Genoa, Italy. With two briend of mine we booked a holiday in Norway from May 8 to May 30. What should we do? Should we cancel? Are there any travel restrictions for travellers coming from Italy? Thank you for your answers.

    1. There is absolutely no restriction for travellers comming from Italy in Norway. As I said to other people :
      Do not cancel ! I’m just ending my trip in Lofoten with my returning flight to France tomorrow and that was amazing ! There were absolutely nothing to worry during all my trip except if there is no cloud to see northern lights ! 🙂

      Don’t worry at all and do your trip or you will really regret it one day !

      1. Are you for real mate ? People should grow up and stop moving around except in your own house .. how could you advise others to travel with a very scary pendemic and the country is on lock down … People truly need a reality check ..

      2. DID YOU READ ANYTHING ABOUT CORONA?? PEOPLE SHOULD STAY HOMEEEE,IS POSSIBLE TO SPREAD THIS AROUND WITHOUT KNOWING… OR GET SICK YOURSELF….

    1. ALL ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ARE CLOSED, im a pro entertainer and have lost loads of contracts as really there is no places right now to work, so if you come, honestly there is NO places to perform at

  9. Hello, we are from India, healthy and fit.
    We are booked to travel to Norway from 8 to
    16 of March ( Oslo, Bergen,Tromso).
    We are confused should we cancel the trip or
    Can go ahead with it.
    Pls advise
    Thanks / Avinash Gangwal

    1. I dont think there is any direct flights from india to Norway , probably a connection flight , if so take precautions, avoid connection flights from highly affected countries

  10. Hi..I am from India…We are scheduled to travel to Norway on May 23rd till 3rd of June..we are travelling by Finnair..Will it be safe and feasible to travel that time as it will be summer time and are there chances of coronavirus cases reducing by then??please do advice..

  11. We have a planned trip from 14th to 19th March, from Manchester to Bergen- Tromso- Lofoten. While returning our flight is via Amsterdam.We are confused whether we should cancel the trip or go ahead. Kindly advise.

    1. Do not cancel ! I’m just ending my trip in Lofoten with my returning flight to France tomorrow and that was amazing ! There were absolutely nothing to worry during all my trip except if there is no cloud to see northern lights ! 🙂

      Don’t worry at all and do your trip or you will really regret it one day !

    2. Please reconsider travelling, governments urge people to stay home whenever possible and avoid UNNECESSARY travels all over Europe!.
      If you are young You may have the Virus without showing any symptoms, but may be spreading it and pass it on to more vulnerable people.

    3. Hi, you better cancel or postpone your trip, manchester is critical and moreover as you land if there is any suspect in your aircraft, you will quarantined for a long time! you would spend your trip in Q zone. Think wise and act wise.

  12. We are traveling to Norway and iceland in August. Our cruise line has been keeping us up to date and is offering “no consequences” cancellation unitl the last minute. Our thoughts are to wait and see how things are closer to that date. Do you feel that is wise?

    1. That seems like a perfect solution. A lot of the world is in a “wait and see” status. It makes sense. This may all have blown over by August, or it may have changed. Either way you will be able to make an informed decision with information you do not have now. It’s good that the cruise line is using that policy.

  13. Not traveling just now but want to thank you for a great explanation of the Corona Virus, far better than seen on our local news stations here in the U.S.
    Good health to all in Norway!!

  14. Hi,

    My wife and I are in 50s and have our trip booked and fully paid from India to Norway (11th March 2020 to 19th March 2020) visiting Oslo, Bergen, Hammerfest and Tromso, and Finland (20th March to 27th March) visiting Rovaneimi, Kemi and Helsinki.

    Our flights are via Istanbul (Turkish Air) and the trip includes cruise of Norway in Nutshell, flight from Bergen to Hammerfest, cruise from Hammerfest to Tromso, Bus ride from Tromso to Rovaneimi, Train rides from Rovaneimi to Kemi and from Kemi to Helsinki.

    Though we are healthy but wondering if we should take a risk of travelling to Norway and Finland which have been recently affected and that too cases mounting rapidly in just 4 days or so, specially when Oslo and Bergen are affected areas and we will be passing through crowded places such as airports, trains, flights, cruise, etc. apart from sightseeing places.

    We do not have any ‘cancel anytime insurance’. We just have a simple medical travel insurance.

    Have been thinking that if we/anyone of us do catch the infection then we would be confined for quarantine and anyway the trip will be ruined and go haywire with all cancellations, etc.

    Your thoughts are welcome. Please advice.

    Thank you.

    Prakash

    1. Dear Sir,
      I am an Indian cardiologist practicing abroad. I had a very similar trip from 1st to 18 the April with no cancellation insurance. I cancelled for the four of us and lost a lot of money. I will give a medical perspective. Covid 19 usually does not kill. 15 of 100 people affected especially above the age of 60( 50 is close) will require admission and 5 will require ventilatory support. The virus is extremely contagious( nothing of this sort has ever befallen mankind. Europeans are just waking up and the recent upspurt in cases in Germany, France and Spain just show how the best healthcare systems in the world have been brought to their knees) . The eye department of Oslo university hospital is closed due to Corona and the doctors there saw patients for 5 days without having an inkling of the fact that they have corona virus. Even if you have fever , in such environments you can be detained till you test corona negative. There are confirmed cases in Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø. There is local transmission in Norway according to the WHO situation report 41- current one.
      It is quite possible that you may return unharmed without any problems either. But a vacation is about destressing and that it will not be. Indian government also has advised against non essential travel anywhere.
      But if you cancel, you will go in two years with a peaceful mind. The choice in yours.

      1. “nothing of this sort has ever befallen mankind”? Seriously, have you not heard of the so-called Spanish flu pandemic in 1918-20? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

        “It infected 500 million people around the world, or about 27% of the then world population of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion, including people on isolated Pacific islands and in the Arctic. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history”

        Healthcare systems have not “been brought to their knees”. I live in Germany, where there are only 800 confirmed cases and no deaths so far. Influenza in Germany in 2019 alone had more than 13000 cases and 32 deaths.

        I don’t doubt that Covid 19 is a threat, but please let’s keep it in perspective. The best defence is by taking sensible precautions, not by hysterical claims that have no basis in fact.

  15. I live in Oslo , Norway. In my openion I ´ve to say that Most Norwagian people don´t really think Covid 19 is dangerous. They say just keep wash and clean ur hand. People ´ve a cold don´t use mask . btw mask sell out, can´t find all shop here. No check at airport. No rull that people back from country ´s spread covid 19 have to home isolaton or home quantine ( only from Chaina ) thatway it happened case doctor in Oslo who went to Italy.
    If u want to travel to Norway this period then prepare ur selve good.

    1. Wow! You are so on the spot. I m Canadian live un Haslum and we are all making sure it does not spread. Thank you for writing the facts.

    2. Hi Supattana

      I from Singapore,I plan my trip to lofoten 5 month ago,Is Norway impermanent travel restrictions which courty need qurantin for 14day?

      if i arrival germany on 18 March and reach Amsterdams on the 5 April, Total 17 day alway Singapore. So from Amsterdam to tromso do I need to Serve the Qurantin of 14day? Any here can send me a check link to confirm this.

      Andrew

  16. Guys we have decided to cancel after increasing number and reading comments by health Minister. Maybe next year 😊

  17. Hi.Im Tiya from India..we are scheduled for a trip to Norway from 23rd of May to 3rd of June..Our trip covers Oslo Bergen Lofoten Tromso…
    Please advice what to do?

    1. Wait wait and wait. That’s the only option. Maybe number of cases will increase or maybe it will stabilize. Just wait till May start and then decide 😊

    2. Try to wait till April end..because cases are increasing rapidly here.but I would prefer to cancel this trip if non essential

    1. Come as soon as you can, they don’t still have any restriction as the number of cases just started increasing. But there is a chance you will be quarantined for 2 weeks or you will be advised to stay at home for 2 weeks.

  18. We are from South Africa and due to be in Norway from 12th March – 19th March. We have been watching the situation closely and the number of cases in Norway just seem to be going up, so we have decided to cancel. Such a pity as we have really been looking forward to this trip! Hopefully we will visit Norway next year! Stay healthy everyone!

  19. I’m from California studying in Oslo. It seems like the Norwegian health department is being very cautious about the information it releases to the public in order not to create panic. It’s been very difficult getting information other than the party line. Norwegians seem concerned, but very contained in how they talk about it (they are that way in general). Although 20+ cases have been reported in Oslo, the University has not taken precautions to keep students safe (no movement to online teaching or closing the university) even though other cities of smaller populations and higher cases have closed them and cancelled public events. I personally would not travel anywhere right now. Corona can be transmitted while asymptomatic and droplets have a reach of six feet. Better safe than sorry.

  20. Hi – My sister & I (55, 58) healthy are traveling from the US for 4 days to Stockholm, then 4 days to Norway, then 2 days in Copenhagen, then back home. We ARE traveling. (And we do have Cancel for Any Reason Insurance.) We are healthy, we will wash our hands, etc. Do any of you on this thread know about – in general – the Fjord half day tours and the scenic trains in Norway – are they canceling these? I know I can check direct with the operators. Just curious if you have heard. (This is like how the Louvre is closed in Paris for now.) Thank you

    1. Even if you ARE healthy, you can still be a carrier. US testing protocols, according to everything published, is very poor.
      One hospital in Bergen has closed – due to a carrier from Italy.

      1. They’re the same as Norway testing protocols.. If you don’t have serious symptoms, you should stay home and not clog up the hospitals or risk spreading it or catching it there.

    2. it spreads it planes , trains , buses most stay home dont be thoughtless all 61 polish people who contracted viruses travelled internationally

  21. Thank you for this daily report. One question I have is why these numbers are slightly higher than is reported to the WHO on their daily Situation Reports? For example I believe they are reporting only 113 for March 7th and you are reporting 145.

  22. Why are schools and universities still open in Bergen?
    This is the place where the virus can spread drastically.

    1. Good question. University of Oslo also is open. i’ve contacted them directly, the head of our program, and professors. They won’t disclose any information other than that provided by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health which apparently feels that we are not there yet. So I guess, they are waiting for more cases and/or deaths.

  23. Hi. Me and my husband are planning on visiting Tromso from India from 25-30th March. We are in our 30s, otherwise healthy. Should we go ahead with our plans?

  24. I am traveling to Norway for the biathlon meet March 20-22. Does anybody have any information if spectators will be allowed in the venue? This weekend for the cross country races spectators were not allowed in the venue.
    Thank you.

  25. we are in our late 70’s and plan to do the trip up the fiords from 14the March, flying from uk. Nervous about this. Should we cancel?

      1. Hi! I’m writing from the U.S. _ It’s horrible as to the amount of people, young and old who have died from this virus_ with the numbers increasing daily! please listen to me! do not believe that this will never target you! you have no idea as to who has this _ don’t be foolish! don’t travel, stay home!!! this is really really bad! be safe!

  26. Hi myself and my husband are booked on a cruise to norway in may. We are both in our 50’s with no underlying health issues. Should we cancel and get some of our money back or take our chances.

  27. Hi! My best friend and I are heading to Oslo on Thursday 3/12 and back to the US on Friday 3/20. We have direct flights in/out of JFK and Oslo. We’re both healthy and young, but we’re deciding whether to cancel or not bc we’re worried about getting stuck in Norway and/or being quarantined when we get back to the States of travel and safety restrictions tighten between now and then. It seems inevitable that they will as CV19 shows no signs of slowing down. Anyone have a crystal ball?!?

    1. With today’s ban of events with more than 500 people and the following announcement that they are considering reducing that to 50 people, we face the same choice. Health officials are asking for maximum telework, minimal bus and tram travel, and limited public interaction. We are most worried about getting stuck in our hotel with all the museums closed and the country on lockdown. Our schedule in Oslo is from 16-24 March, but we are going to cancel. No change fees on United, we just have to use the credit before the end of the year.

  28. I and my daughter are travelling to Oslo, Norway March 13- 16. Are there any travel ban if you came from the Philippines arrive US March 8 , I reside in Washington State – Puyallup WA . I will be travelling to Oslo March 13- 16 for an aesthetic training. I am a healthy 60 year old physician. Does Oslo have any quarantine regulations at this time?

  29. Hello guys, I’m currently here in Bergen right now. The situation is quite calm now. For my own opinion, It’s better to stay in your place right now. Cancel or postpone any travel plans anywhere in the world. We cannot tell who are infected right now. Be aware that the more we expose ourselves to other people, the greater chances of getting been infected. Better be safe than sorry, we can easily say that we are healthy but how sure we are? Hope this will help you guys. Have a nice day.

  30. Hai, i’m from Malaysia I travel to norway 20/03 I’m not sure cancel trip or not. But in Norway 400 cases virus
    Can u give me advice

  31. Thank you very much for your informations! I should go to Norway next March 20, and get the Hurtigruten Cruze on March, 25, In Ålesund….but now I gave up!! I hope Hurtigruten give us a chance to do the same Cruze later, when this serious and pandemic situation pass! It would be very critical if we stay in a ship on quarantine far from our countries!!! I am sure there are other people in the same situation as I am…! Hurtigruten should stop ships immediately, before the situation gets worse!

    1. HI. I need to say that Hurtigruten have already send a letter to solve this problem …I m very happy with this!!! Very nice and very fair from Hurtigruten Cruze!! We are nowdays in special situation …So we need to cooperate with each other!! So I hope that people are aware and try to protect the elderly and immunosupressed by obeying the new measures and thus leaving the health system less overloaded..

  32. Does the Europe to U.S. travel suspension that Trump put into place include Norway. My girlfriend is in Norway right now and I am worried she wont be able to return. Also has Norway declared a sate of emergency?

    1. Hi, yes it does include Norway as it is the Schengen area that Trump has singled out. Norway has indeed put in place drastic measures today, see our homepage for more details.

  33. hi, we are visiting norway from 21st april to 28th april from india via doha. Any updates regarding how safe is it travelling during this period. thanks

    1. Hi Krishna, Pls cancel your trip. Do not ruin your holidays. Doha is transit hub, if single suspect in your flight, all travellers will be taken to quarantine for 14days and at this time Norway is shut, things would improve but not so drastically for a holiday, they are typically slow.

  34. I am not traveling just now, but am wondering if the Hurtigruten is sailing along the coast with the Coronavirus?
    Hope everyone says healthy.

  35. If any visitors to Norway from other countries have to be quarantined for 14 days why have the FCO not advised against travel?
    People are going to want to cancel their trips but cant claim on insurance if FCO haven’t advised against travel.

  36. Hi David, thanks for your reply. I guess its just a case of waiting then! I called my hotel and they said they will still be open as normal even though people will be quarantined in their rooms, he said all activities and excursions will be cancelled so not much point visiting Tromso right now!

  37. Honestly ppl still want to travel during this…I knew ppl could be stupid…but wow ..no you may not get it but be a carrier…if I knew you had flown with warnings and you came back and infested ppl and caused a death because you just had to fly….such selfish…I would have you brought up on murder charges because that what you just did. Get real ppl

  38. My friend Jean and I are over 70 and on the Richard With in Bergen harbour. We should have sailed at 9.30 pm but 15 ports including Bergen are closed now and we do not know when we can get back to England, another meeting is to be held soon with a further update. All excursions cancelled. It is very worrying and disappointing. Pat

  39. I am scheduled to fly today from the US to Oslo and spend 5 days in the country with my wife. Given Norway’s directive yesterday on banning visitors (or subject to 14 days isolation), the trip was cancelled. Unfortunately none of the vendors in Norway are being cooperative and offering refunds. Nordic Choice hotels in Oslo and Tromso both refused to provide refunds stating the reservations were prepaid and nonrefundable. My tour operator for the Northern Lights also refused to provide a refund. Widerøe airlines will not refund money for internal Norway travel. SAS will allow changes only, but we must pick our future travel dates now (before our original flight) even though we don’t know when/if we can travel again to Norway. We are extremely disappointed, given Norway’s government is preventing us from taking this trip yet Norwegian companies are not forgiving. Thousands of U.S. dollars are lost.

  40. We were to travel from Ireland. Our host cancelled our accommodation yesterday in Fredvang. Whereas Norway has issued quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, the Irish department of foreign affairs hasn’t changed the travel status to non essential and therefore our travel insurance will not refund any costs. Very disappointed having saved up so long to take our family of 5 on a trip of a lifetime 😟

    1. et medlem av familien min i Norge. og han har ingen måte å komme tilbake på. Jeg er redd. antall mennesker med viruset øker

  41. I read this thread and cannot believe how dumb people are. We live in Oslo and I can tell you: EVERYTHING is either shut down already (schools, kindergartens, restaurants, pubs, offices) or will shouting’s down the next days (incoming flights at Gardermoen, shopping centers (except grocery stores and pharnacies), public transportation (trains, ferries)). So please folks, do you and us a favor and STAY THE FUCK HOME! And please come back when all the shit is over!

    In the meanwhile most of the travel insurances take over your expenses when you cancel a trip. If not: quarantine counts as sick leave.

    My last advice: read https://staythefuckhome.com

    1. So nice to urge people not to come to Norway while people from Norway (read hotels and more) refuse to assume it! Does it make sense?

  42. I should be flying from London to Tromso with a stopover in Oslo on 21.03.2020. only to visit my boyfriend and I would be staying at his place. Would they stop me in Oslo and prevent from continuing over to Tromso? If they don’t stop me and ask me to home quarantine in Tromso instead, would I be allowed to stay at my boyfriend’s place as in a home quarantine?

    1. Yes. You will not be allowed entry to Norway. Please don’t come here and ask your airlines if you could cancel/reschedule instead.

      1. I am here in Edinburgh reading through all these comments astound me as someone who works in the NHS I am further made aware of the me me generations selfishness prevails .All you who even contemplate travel at such a time of the Covid 19 are putting lives at risk and when Norway states it s borders are not open you must obey .

      2. Hi ,

        A small message for all Norwegians Stay safe , Stay healthy and take care.
        Looking forward to meet all friends back in Norway when things become normal’.

  43. Hi to all Norvegin people!
    First excuse me if I make same mistakes because in my english written.
    I live in Sardinya, a Mediterranean island, part of Italy (1.600.000 people in 24000sq/m)
    You must consider almost 5 key-points
    1. It seems that quarantine may appear the only prevention you can follow in assotiation with an extreme measure of stricly clean lifestyle washing frequently hands and face;
    2. It is stritcly forbidden handshakeing and touch everything you don’t know if it is cleaned!
    3. Make yourself a protection mask with papertowel ut to 8/10 sheets
    4. STAY AT HOME
    5. Never meet more than 1/2 person at on time

    But… but… We will winners on this national emergency time because it seems that we found a mixed medical solution by mixing drugs almost available; of course at this time we are testing but the solution is not so far.
    You may think pearaps that the most wrost scenary is not the high possibility of death if you appears ill, but the fact that it unkwon the way to treat, but just for the moment.
    And, in the end, here in Sardinya (at the Cagliari’s main Hospital) we found the N.gene and DNA of Coronavirus: the first step of the wayout!.

    If you like to found more checked information and official statistic sheets visit the Italian Government website

    http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/home.html

    Please DON’T MAKE the same mistake made by other countrie: STAY IN QUARANTINE! It is the correct way to treat this virus; it will extinguish itslef, and by this way you will help Sanitary Authorities to keep you safe!

    A fraternal greeting, Matteo

  44. Seems like a good decision of canceling the entire trip. Luckily we got all refunds or voucher 😊👍. See you next year Norway 😊🇳🇴

  45. Given the size of the outbreak in Norway it seems a bit late to close the country. The virus is already here! Anyway good luck

  46. Hi. I’ve been waiting for the decision of my Au Pair visa. Supposedly, I will be getting my decision next week, probably March 23. But, with the happenings because of Corona Virus, I’m worried that it will affect my visa application. Is it possible that UDI will deny my au pair resident visa? Thank you and hoping for you response with my question.

    1. The UDI is closed right now. No one knows when will they open again so don’t expect to get a decision or response next week. And please stay home, do not come to Norway and do not leave your city/region/country.

  47. We are stuck on a cruise ship (15 March), in Norway with little chance of getting home as the borders close tomorrow at 8:00. Worried as we are both over 60. So far no one on board has become ill.

  48. Hi, We had all booked for Visit to Norway , Denmark , Sweden for last week of March. The Airlines had agreed for a free date change unable to decide whether things should be fine by May end and Travel to the Nordic destinations safe by May end. Please guide

    1. pandemic maybe change into endemic in November.Dont travel anywhere before next spring….Good luck everyone!We need it!

  49. i had to fly to oslo on 13th march.. Somehow managed to get it postponed by 3 months.. no scheduled to fly to norway on 13th June.. Hopefully everything would be fine by then.

  50. Still amazing that people are booking trips to Norway, They don’t seem to get it. Norway is closed for visitors. I’m outside Bergen. My work colleagues from around the globe are all at home,most without salary. I still see helicopters flying offshore workers but wonder for how long. I cant work in the office and Its banned from being closer than 1mtr in a restaurant but a helicopter or being on a rig with 180 folk is ok. Strange days. Stay home folks.Stay safe, wash your hands 👍

  51. Please, for everyone… read my post above! sent on March14;
    I made myself a short verifing test about N1H1 (another coronavirus appeared 10y ago): it made around 19.000 checked deadths events; unofficial statitics reported that events were up to 400-000?
    So we may stay sure it will end in about 1 or 2 months, but follow for yourself any cleaning rule: this is the only way to don’t fell ill!!!

  52. First of all, thank you for this wonderful information!
    Second, has there been any indication as to how long the borders will be closed? I have a boyfriend in Norway that I was planning to visit sometime within the next two months and not sure what to do now.

  53. I live in coastal British Columbia, Canada and many people here rely on ferry travel to and from islands and the mainland. These ferry routes are considered part of the highway, in that they are essential for travel and are still in use for now.
    What is the ferry travel situation in Norway currently, in regards to Coronavirus measures?

    1. I guess you shouldn’t be worried of ferries stopping sailing, on the contrary you should be happy. Sea routes as well as the roads they are part of, HAVE TO REMAIN DESERTED. For some reasons, here in Italy, death toll is much higher than anywhere else, but the situation is far more dramatic than how media picture it. Be happy to live secluded and do not meet people, friendship and love are not affected by the freaking virus, use phone, skype but stay isolated. Italian Health System is very good, as also WHO says, but we have 400 deaths per day in last few.

  54. Curb is not flattening out in Norway because, from observation, people are not social distancing to the degree that is necessary. People are not gathering in big public places, but still seeing friends and hanging out, playing basketball. etc. #StayHome

    1. You are absolutely right. I can see people are going out and hanging. The virus has already mutated and if mutates again it may take a danger form and even start to kill young people.

  55. Hi, my mother lives in Norway on her own and is in the high risk category. Are there any plans or services from the Norwegian government to help people like her? To supply medicines more specifically?

  56. I can’t believe what is happening in Norway. With only 2.5% the population of Brazil (thousands are expected to die here until August), you guys have twice as many confirmed cases (about 2K in March 20th). This might easily become an unprecedented catastrophe.

    1. First, I would like suggesting you to search how many people are testing in Brazil every day. Second, It’s possible that Brazil is only giving information about those severe cases but not all positive cases.

      1. Jeannette : Yes is exactly that… Next week Brazil must testing more people…Ours Testing’kits arrive today in Sao Paulo!

  57. Hi David, I just wanted to express my gratitude for your daily updates on the situation in Norway. Living in Oslo by myself as a non-Norwegian-speaker without contact to locals due to home office makes it hard for me to update on new regulations and so on. This article became one of my go-to webpages during the last days and is a great support to manage both my everday life and my related fears and anxieties. Thank you very much for your important work!

  58. Thx David for updated info. Good job.
    People need to realize that they really should stay home as much as possible and not travel and not even meet friends.
    It is very important to avoid contact with other people to slower the virus spreading otherwise the system can collapse (hospitals, police, stores, etc.). Look at the Italy or to the Spain now – 5k new cases just yesterday.

    I left Czech Republic on Sat 14th before the borders were closed on Mon and I’m working from home as it was recommended by our company. On Friday they officially closed the office anyway.
    Of course I follow the home quarantine for 14 days till next Sat but as the home owner returned from Spain yesterday I will prolong the home quarantine for another week to be sure that I will not infect anyone if I get it somehow.
    In CR it’s mandatory to wear protection mask or anything you have to protect yourself and others if you really need to go outside to buy food for example.
    Everyone need to be responsible. Stay safe. Stay home.

  59. I’m an employer across Scandinavia but based in London. I’m finding it very difficult to find a detailed source of information regarding employer and employee rights and obligations regarding so-called short-time working, and temporary redundancies. Are you able to direct me to a meaningful official source?

  60. Foreigners with residence permits (oppholdstillatelse) and EU/EEA citizens who already live in Norway and were travelling outside of Norway can still travel into Norway. This article makes it sound as if only foreigners with permanent residence permits will be let in, that’s not the case, as long as the foreigner has been legally living here in Norway and still has a valid right to stay they can come in, even if it is a temporary (midlertidig) permit and not permanent residence.

  61. What is proposed for the school and college exams? Especially for those children leaving school and moving to college. Thank you

  62. Hi, I have lots of friends in Norway and have worked there in the past. It concerns me that there seems to be a certain complacency about the virus there and an underplaying of the risks. We in the UK acted late but we have lockdown now. However we now have a mass spread, especially in London where a third of all UK cases are located. Up till last Tuesday, i.e. a day after the UK officially went into lockdown, constructions workers were squashing into tube trains along with NHS frontline staff because there was lack of clarity as to who key workers were. All that has now changed with deaths now doubling every two to three days. Whoever says ‘all scientific opinion agrees we’ve overestimated the effects’ is simply wrong. The WHO does not agree! I teach Chinese people and they do agree as they’ve seen it ravage their own country. Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resources Center’s stats do not agree. The numbers infected and deaths currently in Italy (north AND, now, south) and in Spain do not agree. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html The US is going to be the big one though with 100,000 already infected. So much for President Trump’s initial exhortation to Americans to ‘go to work – you’ll feel better…’ https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-the-funeral-home-overwhelmed-by-new-yorks-conveyor-belt-of-death-11965474?fbclid=IwAR1l_peIwfcvSHJs29rOdt7vp3Lo28L1DRDaW-u71HVO5cs89xKBnwCRANM

  63. What is proposed for the universities’ starting term in the following months? Will the government postpone the universities’ starting time in August?

    1. For now it is buiness as usual in the university and they expect to take most exams as planned in May but have it online-based, except some related to health, music, etc. It depends on your field, and it will be announced. It depends on their success making it digital, and if they do I see no problem continuing like this.

  64. Can you please make people aware that current reported numbers in Norway are likely incorrect and should be increased by a tenfold. They have not been testing anyone properly for over two weeks now. If you look at the USA, UK, Italy, well the places with the highest numbers, they are testing 10s of thousands of people. Norway however is not, even when obvious symptoms are reported from someone suffering with covid, they are not tested, so the statistics are not correctly updated like in the rest of the world. The tests are reserved for healthcare professionals.

    1. Waht you are saying seems a bit incorrect to me. While the policy of testing varies, anyone who has been in contact with COVID-19 confirmed cases can get a test in Norway. In fact, I think UK is doing badly in terms of testing for a long time now, and I think Norway is doing much better than Sweden in terms of testing. As you may see the mortality rate in Norway is quite low, compared to the high number of reported cases of COVID-19, which is strange compared to the lower infection rate in Sweden with higher mortality rate. It is not a good idea to compare between countries in my opinion, and the only sure measurement we can have is the mortality rate, because this one is the most likely to be correctly reported compared to testing. But that is only my opinion.

  65. My elderly sister-in-law Kirsten (damm) Early is originally from Oslo,Norway. She is a naturalized USA citizen but a proud Norwegian! She came to the USA with her adopted son Lars Essen Damm. She was an expert seamstress and worked in an upscale women’s clothing store in Moline , IL. She and her husband John Early made numerous trips to Norway. She had a friend from Norway named Ann that lived across the Mississippi River in Iowa.. Kirsten is now in lockdown at the Heartland Health Care Center in Moline,Il her husband John can’t visit. He now is being treated with radiation for lung cancer. I he got her a jitterbug cell phone. I talked to her tonight. It was so good hearing her voice. Earlier I was able to visit but not now of course. She is a strong good woman who spent most of her life sewing everything from bridal gowns to beautiful dresses for porcelain dolls. She painted did ceramics. She did gardening and took excellent Carr of her husband and son Lars.. she is very lonely now even though she has many relatives on her husband’s side. I am sure she would be so happy to get cards from her fellow Norwegian citizens. I think she is a dual citizen . She is probably older than 85 years old! I know she would thrilled if any of you could send her a card to : Heartland Health Care Center 833-16th Avenue Moline,lllinois 61265 Room 158 in care of Kirsten Early. Thank you so much for listening and maybe even writing! Suncerely, Jo Wolever

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