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Entry rules, certifications, quarantine regimes, FAQ

Date:

05/13/2021


Entry rules, certifications, quarantine regimes, FAQ

To contain the spread of COVID-19, the authorities of many countries have adopted a number of regulations, which may include temporary ban on entry, registration, mandatory testing requirements, quarantine duty, restrictions on people movements. It is strongly recommended to familiarize with the regulations in force in each country.  Here you will find information regarding Italy, Norway and Iceland.

Please be advised that the measures adopted can be eased/modified/strenghtened at very short notice. It is therefore recommended to always carefully read the information provided in the official links of governments and health authorities.

 

Entry
with the exceptions provided for by order of the Minister of Health of 16 April 2021 and the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, travellers who have stayed or transited, in the 14 (fourteen) days prior to entry into Italy, in one or more States and territories referred to in list C, which includes Norway and Iceland, must:

- undergo a molecular or antigen swab in the 48 hours prior to entry

- fill in a localization form in digital format or a self-declaration form

(information on the digital localization form (European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF): https://euplf.eu/en/home/index.html)

undergo a period of 5 (five) days of quarantine, regardless of the outcome of the molecular or antigen test already required before entry

- carry out a further molecular or antigen test at the end of the five days of quarantine

- notify  the Prevention Department of the competent local Health Authority of the arrival.

You can find out if you are allowed to enter Italy simply answering a survey that can be downloaded here (https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html)

Here you will find DETAILED INFORMATION for Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreign citizens visiting Italy. 

The Italian authorities strongly advise against all non-essential travels, abroad and domestically.

Further containment measures are in place at regional and local level.  Check with your local authorities what movements are allowed. Restrictions may be adopted depending on the risk assessment carried out on a regular basis by the Ministry of Health. You can find information on local restrictions on the website of the Ministry of Health Ministry of Health http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/homeNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english by clicking Containment Measures in Italy.

"Immuni" mobile phone application
All travellers are invited to download the "Immuni" app for user tracking and the prevention of contagion from COVID19. "Immuni" warns users who have had exposure to risk, even if they are asymptomatic. "Immuni" can be downloaded at https://immuni.italia.it.

Assistance telephone numbers: 1500 or 800912491

Page of the Italian Government on Covid-19: http://www.governo.it/it/coronavirus
Page of the Italian Ministry of health: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/home.html

Italian citizens are advised to read the Italian version of this page and the Viaggiare Sicuri website.


Entry to Norway (and Svalbard)
with few exemptions, only Norwegian citizens and foreign citizens resident of Norway are allowed to enter Norway. Travellers belonging to the exempt categories must still register their entry, present a negative covid-19 certificate, take a mandatory test on arrival and observe the quarantine duty. https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/

The Norwegian authorities strongly advise against all non-essential travels, abroad, domestically and to Svalbard.
Travel advice and FAQ from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The quarantine period is 10 days and applies to all travellers arriving from high risk countries/areas and also to travellers who have made a transit, including airport transit, in a high-risk country/area. Travellers from the whole of Europe, including Italy, must quarantine. The map of the high risk countries/areas is available here: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/.

Testing and certification
With few exemptions, all travellers arriving from areas with high infection levels must present, at the border, a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test (molecular PCR or rapid antigen) taken no later than 24 hours before arrival or no later than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time if arriving by plane. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French or German.  This certificate is mandatory also for entry to Svalbard.  The requirement does not apply to people who can document with an approved laboratory method that they have undergone COVID-19 during the last six months. The requirement also does not apply to certain other groups mentioned in COVID-19 regulations §4a, a-q.

With few exemptions, all travellers must also take a mandatory Covid-19 test (molecular PCR or rapid antigen) immediately upon entry at the border (travellers from some specific countries must take a PCR molecular test). The swab at arrival is free of charge and is in addition to the Covid-19 test to be taken no later than 24 hours before entry. Many minor border stations and crossings where there is no capacity to swab have been closed.

Selv-declaration, quarantine
With few exemptions, travellers arriving from areas with high infection levels must enter a 10 days travel quarantine from the date of their arrival to be spent in a quarantine hotel (covid hotel). Also travellers who reside in Norway returning from a non essential travel abroad will have to stay in a covid hotel https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/the-government-is-implementing-stricter-national-measures/id2841039/. Domestic movements are not permitted without having observed the quarantine which must therefore take place in the first entry point of the country (for example, if the final destination is the city of Tromsø, but you land at the Oslo Gardermoen airport, the quarantine must be observed in a covid hotel in Gardermoen). Violating the quarantine obligation is considered a crime.
Detailed information on quarantine and nationa lmeasures applying in Norway are available at the Helsenorge website: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/.

Travellers can end quarantine, no earlier than day 7, if they test negative for Covid-19 twice after arrival. The first test must be taken within 3 days of arriving (molecular PCR or rapid antigenic). The second test can be taken no earlier than 7 days after arrival. The second test must be a PCR molecular test. The mandatory test taken upon arrival is valid as first test. Quarantine is mandatory until you receive a negative result on your second test. As from April 28, 2021, also the second test is mandatory for everyone, regardless of whether the quarantine duty is observed in a private home or in a covid-hotel.

Before leaving for Norway, all travellers must complete and send, within 72 hours of arrival, a self-declaration available at this link: https://reg.entrynorway.no/

"Smittestopp" mobile phone application

All travellers are invited to download the "Smittestopp" app for user tracking and the prevention of contagion from COVID19. Smittestopp can be downloaded at https://www.helsenorge.no/en/smittestopp/

Prior to a travel to Norway, it is highly recommended that travellers read the information available at the Helse Norge website: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/quarantine-and-isolation/

Foreign nationals who are in quarantine, but who are symptom-free, may leave Norway.

Covid-19 regulations in Norwegian (original) and in English translation.

Assistance telephone number 815 55 015, in case of emergency call 116117.

Page of the Norwegian Government on Covid-19
Page of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Entry
entry to Iceland is allowed to travellers from the EU/EEA countries and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican State https://www.covid.is/categories/travel-to-and-within-iceland

Travellers must present, upon arrival in Iceland, a certification (in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English) that they have undergone a negative PCR molecular test within 72 hours prior to entry. Rapid antigen tests are not valid.

Travellers arriving in Iceland, tourists and residents, regardless of the length of stay or the purpose of the visit, must undergo a double screening procedure, which includes two swabs and a quarantine of 5-6 days in the interval between the two swabs. Those who test positive must self-isolate and quarantine for 14 days. Also children born in 2005 or later can be subjected to prevention measures (swab on arrival and quarantine).

Quarantine: travellers arriving from areas defined as high risk (incidence rate over 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), pending the results of the second test, must quarantine in a covd-19 facility set up by the authorities. There are no exceptions for travellers arriving from regions or countries where the incidence rate (over 14 days) is between 700 and 1000 /100k (list of countries available here).
Travellers arriving from areas where the incidence is between 500 and 699/100k can apply to be exempted from staying in a public facility provided they are able to demonstrate that they can quarantine in facility that fulfills specific conditions. The request for exemption must be submitted at least two days before arrival in Iceland.
If the incidence of infection in the country varies from region to region, the whole country is classified according to the region where the incidence is greatest. The incidence grade for each country is updated, every 14 days, on the data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The provisions also apply to Icelandic citizens and residents of Iceland.

EXEMPTIONS: travellers, also arriving from countries outside the Schengen area, who

a) are able to submit proof of a prior COVID-19 infection with a PCR test or an antibody test (a positive PCR test must be at least 14 days old)  or

b) are able to submit a valid certificate of full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.

are exempt from pre-entry swab certification, double screening procedure and 5-6 day quarantine, but must in any case undergo a swab upon arrival and quarantine until the test result is obtained.

Before leaving for Iceland, travellers must complete and send, within 72 hours of arrival, a self-certification available at this link: https://visit.covid.is/.


Detailed information on the quarantine duty is available at this link: https://www.landlaeknir.is/um-embaettid/greinar/grein/item42647/Welcome-to-Iceland--dear-traveller--%20What-happens-next

Tourists are invited to download the Icelandic tracking app Rakning C-19.

Assistance telephone number 1700 (00354 544-4113 from foreign telephones).

Page of the Icelandic Government on the Covid-19: https://www.covid.is/

 

FLIGHTS

There are currently no direct flights between Italy and Norway, nor between Italy and Iceland. Connections are possible with stopover in some major European cities.
Always check with the airlines the actual operation of the flights, which can be canceled or reschedule at short notice and check if the airline applies special regulations.

 


 


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