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I will be moving from Italy to Norway for work reasons at the beginning of next year and, at the moment, a 10 days quarantine is requested to enter the country. The website https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels/#travel-quarantine specifies that quarantine can be implemented at a suitable place of residence provided by the Norwegian employer (instead of a covid hotel). Since my wife will move with me (at the same time, on the same flight), I am wondering if she will too be allowed to spend the quarantine in the residence provided by my employer.

Has anyone some information on this? More generally, has any EU citizen travelled with the family to Norway in the last couple of weeks?

Update following Tor-Einar Jarnbjo comment:

Dear Tor-Einar Jarnbjo, thanks a lot for the answer. A couple of comments:

Exception 1. We are moving to Norway to take up residency and we will submit our residency application to UDI very soon. Does that mean that we will be effectively registered as residents in Norway before travelling there in January? By the way, I don't understand your sentence "who have not been abroad", since both me and my wife will indeed arrive from abroad.

Please do note that this exception for people moving to Norway to take up residency is not officially mentioned in the website https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels/#travel-quarantine

Exception 3. Here my understanding differs from yours: I understood that a marriage certificate, together with my job contract and the housing provided by the employer should be enough for both me and my wife.

So, perhaps, the best option is to register to UDI as soon as possible and we still take up the apartment that my employer is providing?

Thanks, Andrea

Second Update

Dear Tor-Einar Jarnbjo, thanks. So it seems that no exceptions apply to my wife. Indeed, exception 1 is not an option either: to register in the National Population Register before travelling to Norway one needs to comply several steps, see https://www.skatteetaten.no/en/person/national-registry/moving/to-Norway/?170446=170492. Only step 1, i.e., registration to UDI can be done by an EU national without a Norwegian ID number. The latter is necessary to complete the immigration form to submit to a tax office in Norway (step 2 in the above link). What do you think?

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    Often questions like this would be closed as off-topic and “expats” suggested. But I feel that the answer to this question affects short-term travelers just as much as people “moving.”
    – WGroleau
    Nov 26 '20 at 22:45
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    I assume that you will quarantine together; there's no reason to separate you; in any case, talk to your employer about that since they provide residence.
    – Max
    Nov 26 '20 at 22:57
  • If your wife will also be living in the place of residence your employer provides I can think of no possible reason she wouldn't be allowed to quarantine there. Nov 26 '20 at 23:03
  • I think that would rather be if the accommodation provided by the employer had to be paid the per person quarantined (similar to booking a single vs double room), in which case OP should offer to cover the difference.
    – Ángel
    Nov 27 '20 at 0:00
  • This is getting quite confusing now and this site is not a discussion forum suitable for adding a lot of follow-up questions to an answer already posted. I have still tried to address your new issues in my answer. Nov 29 '20 at 13:37
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Be aware that my answer describes the current situation. If you are not going to Norway until next year, it is very much possible, and I would even assume, that relevant details of the regulation have changed by then.

You are right that most persons entering Norway are currenty subject to a 10 days quarantine and the general rule is that the period must be spent in a designated quarantine hotel. There are three relatively clear-cut, but IMHO very unlogical exceptions from the requirement that the quarantine must be spent at a designated hotel. Note that these are not execptions from the quarantine requirement, just an exception from the rule where the quarantine must be spent:

  1. Persons who are permanent residents of Norway. In public information and also in circulars to the border police, the Norwegian authorities have clarified that this exception also applies to people moving to Norway to take up residency as long as they have registered as residents in Norway before travelling there. It is recommended to quarantine at a place for yourself, but it is not prohibited for these persons to stay at their own home together with members of the same household, who have not been abroad.

  2. Persons who are residents abroad, but own residential property in Norway. These persons are allowed to stay at their own place as long as it is a permanent location (a house, flat, hut or cabin and not just e.g. a caravan or a boat) and provdes all necessary facilities, so that you don't have to share e.g. kitchen, toilets or bathrooms with other people. If a group is travelling together and one of the persons own a property, the entire group is allowed to quarantine together at that place. It is indeed required to own a place to stay. Renting a place is not sufficient.

  3. Workers who are coming to Norway if the employer provides sufficient single occupancy lodging for the quarantine period.

You are hoping to take advantage of the third exception, but it clearly only applies to workers (not people travelling together with workers) and even if your wife had been employed by the same company, they would have to provide you with separate housing facilities to fulfil the single occupancy requirement.

Even if it is not especially mentioned, the third exception does however rather apply to short-term contract workers and not foreigners who are permanently employed in Norway, since they are also with few exceptions permanent residents and therefore covered by the wider and less restricted first exception. If you register your new residency before travelling, both you and your wife can make use of that exception and stay together almost whereever you like. It does not matter if you rent or buy your own place to stay or if you are provided a place to stay by your employer.

Followup to the additional questions:

To exception 1: It means that you have to register in the National Population Register before travelling to Norway. This option is mentioned in the public information from the government and also clarified in cirular G-26/2020 to the border police, which contains all the relevant details for the interpretation of the regulation.

The people who have not been abroad does not refer to your case. I was just trying to point out that if two persons live together in Norway and one of them travels abroad and come back, that person is allowed to use the common home during the quarantine period, even if it then lives together in that household with other persons, who have not been abroad.

To exception 3: I can't say much about your interpretation of this exception unless you reveal why you think that your marriage certificate is of any relevance. There is nothing, neither in the regulation itself, nor in information from the government or the health authorities indicating that persons travelling together with workers are covered by the exception. It is also clear that the employer must provide separate rooms for each employee covered by this exception. The English translations use terms like 'single room' and 'private room', but from the Norwegian text, it is clear and obvious that each person covered by this exception must be lodged in a separate room. So, there is nothing here stating that your wife is covered by this exception and even if she had been, it is blatantly clear that it is not possible for you two to stay together during the quarantine period.

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  • For comparison: New Zealand requires 14 days of quarantine in a hotel with a COVID test at the end. Zero exceptions unless you're a diplomat or exceptionally rich. Norway is only doing the quarantine as a formality, not as an actual attempt to eradicate the virus.
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 27 '20 at 15:12
  • @JonathanReez That only makes sense if the number of cases in the country is very low. The corona virus is so widespread in Norway, that no quarantine requirement nor even border closure will eradicate the virus. Even Norwegian health authorities stated publicly on Tuesday that the main purpose of the quarantine requirements is just to make it unattractive to travel to Norway, hence reducing the overall number of persons entering the country and therefore also the number of imported infections. Nov 27 '20 at 16:03
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Funny then how it didn't discourage me whatsoever until a COVID-19 test in advance became a requirement (even during the blanket ban on foreigners, I still successfully talked my way in by referring to the Nordic Passport Union). The sole practical effect of the quarantine for me (let's say I'm a tourist staying at a hotel in central Oslo) is a) any close contact (<2 m) must be for max 15 minutes and b) I can't use public transport except on my way into/out of Norway
    – Crazydre
    Jan 19 at 0:57

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