Advice and rules in the City of Oslo

Events and private gatherings


All indoor and outdoor events are prohibited with the following exceptions:

  • Funerals with up to 50 guests.
  • Weddings, baptisms and other rituals can proceed without guests.

All venues for cultural, entertainment or leisure activities are closed, such as cinemas, theatres, play centres, fitness centres and sports halls. However, certain public venues can stay open for leisure activities for children under the age of 20, activities for professional athletes or activities for professional artists, musicians etc. without audiences

Libraries are still open to the public with limitations.

Digital events with a maximum of five persons present, in addition to the required personnel, can be carried out. In this context "personnel" refers to anyone who facilitates the digital event. Contests, shows and correspondingly with professional practitioners can take place without an audience. 

The event manager is responsible to make sure that the necessary infection control measures are being taken. 

Private gatherings in homes and gardens

It is not permitted to arrange or attend private gatherings in private homes with more than ten people present.

This also applies for gardens, backyards, patios and the like in connection with private homes.

Outdoor private gatherings in a public place

It is not allowed to arrange to meet with more than ten people in public places such as parks, forests, playgrounds and ball courts.

Inhabitants are asked to limit all social contact.

Shops and shopping centres

These rules apply up to 27 May:

Shops, shopping centres, department stores, galleries and other places of business in Oslo may be open for business. They must ensure that the number of people in the premises is restricted so that everyone can maintain a distance of at least two metres. Use the size of the premises to calculate the permitted number of customers. If necessary, a person must be designated to ensure compliance with this requirement.

Shopping centre management must take measures to prevent people from staying in the communal areas.

Travel advice

Public transport

Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary. Keep a distance of at least two metre from other passengers. Face masks are compulsory when it is not possible to keep at least two metre apart. 

International travel

For domestic and international travels, national rules apply. 

Find more information from the Norwegian national health authorities: 

Quarantine hotel

Everyone who arrives in Norway from countries or areas with high levels of infection, “red” countries or areas, must stay in quarantine for up to 10 days.

The main rule is that travel-quarantine must be completed in one of the following ways:

  • In a permanent house or flat which you rent or own
  • At an appropriate location for quarantine provided by your employer in Norway
  • At a quarantine hotel

Travellers may leave qurantine at the earliest on the seventh day, on condition that they have tested negatively for Corona twice after arrival. The first test must be taken at the border on arrival, and the second test at the earliest seven days after arrival. 

You cannot book a quarantine hotel in Oslo in advance. Travellers who wish to stay at a quarantine hotel in Oslo must contact the border police on arrival, who will then contact the City of Oslo.

Quarantine Hotel prices

Those who stay at a quarantine hotel must pay a fixed daily rate of NOK 500. There is no charge for children under 10 years who stay in the room with their parents or guardians. For children aged 10 to 18 years, the daily rate is NOK 250.

Working from home

Working from home is compulsory for those who can. Employers must ensure that all employees work from home as far as practically possible. Employers must be able to document that their employees have been informed as to how this is to be carried out.

Restaurants and licensed premises in Oslo

The following conditions apply up to 27 May:

  • Restaurants must be closed, but take-away is allowed.
  • Face masks are mandatory, both for the person who picks up the take-away and for the person who delivers, if it’s not possible to keep a distance of two meter, and the restaurant hasn’t implemented other infection control measures (such as visors and plexiglas).

Distance requirements

To prevent infection with Covid-19, social distancing is crucial.

Keep at least two metre distance from other people, even within a group, unless you are part of the same household.

More information

Kindergartens and schools

  • Kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools open at the yellow risk level from Monday 10 May.
  • Upper secondary schools are planned at the yellow level from Tuesday 18 May. VO (adult education) is kept at the red risk level until further notice.

National rules and recommendations

Read more about kindergartens and schools on the The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training’s website. 

Face masks

Everyone must use a face mask in Oslo when you cannot keep at least two metre apart, unless you are members of the same household, in the following situations: 

  • On public transport
  • In taxis
  • In shops and shopping centres
    • All types of shops where customers purchase goods, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, newsagents, petrol stations, laundrettes etc. 
    • Shared space at shopping centres (passages, toilets, parking areas, stairs, escallators etc). The face mask requirement does not apply to treatment facilities such as physiotherapy, manicure salons, hairdressers, tattoo salons and other services that require 1-1 contact. 
  • In restaurants (only take-away is permitted)
  • In places of faith and worship

Employees at these venues must also use face masks. 

Face masks are not compulsory when briefly passing other people. 

Both disposable (single use) and textile face masks can be used. 

Face masks are not compulsory for children under the age of 12, nor for people who, for medical or other reasons, cannot use them. Children under the age of two must never use a face mask. 

Students and school staff can choose whether they want to wear a face mask at school. Schools will be given face masks for free distribution.

Sports facilities and events

Gyms and indoor sport facilities should be kept closed for all age groups. 

Outdoor sports facilities are only open for organized sports for children and young people under 20 years of age. Organised outdoor leisure activities for adults over the age of 20 are discouraged.

Oranized outdoor traning for young people under 20 years of age can only take place in groups of a maximum of 20 people.

All indoor and outdoor events are prohibited. This means that all matches, tournaments, competitions, gatherings or similar events are canceled. It also includes training matches and league matches.

Bymiljøetaten has closed all the municipality's facilities for competitions.
All age groups are also advised against traveling to other municipalities to participate in trainings, matches, tournaments, competitions, gatherings or similar events.

Swimming pools and baths

Swimming pools and baths are closed to the public.
This is allowed:

  • School swimming for children and youth under 20 years of age.
  • Rehabilitation, training and treatment, individually or in small groups with an organizer.

Nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres 

General rules for all visitors

You can not visit if you:

  • are sick.
  • has been outside Norway for the last ten days.
  • is in home quarantine or has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with covid-19.

We keep visitor protocol for everyone who comes to visit.
The number of visitors depends on how many people can be accommodated in the room when it is kept at least one meter distance between each others. No more than five people can be present at the same time
Dogs / pets can be allowed, arrange with the nursing home in advance.

Contact the nursing home (List of all municipal and private nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centres in Oslo. The list is in Norwegian.)

Before your visit

  • It is possible to visit on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

During your visit

  • You must wash your hands when you arrive
  • The visit will take place in the living rooms.
  • You should go directly to and from your visit, and not stay in common areas.
  • You should keep at least one meter away from the person you are visiting, staff and other patients / residents.
  • You must wear a face mask during all movements in the institution to and from the patient room.
  • You can bring gifts, flowers and the like, but make sure you always have clean hands when handling them.
  • If you have food with you, everyone should wash their hands before eating.
  • You can use the patient / resident's toilet or a marked toilet when you are visiting.

After your visit

  • You should wash your hands when leaving the room.
  • If you are diagnosed with covid-19 after the visit, you must state that you have visited as part of the infection detection. Also contact the nursing home you have visited as soon as possible and inform about this.

If the situation changes

There may be changes in the visiting rules if there is an outbreak of infection at the nursing home or if the City of Oslo has to introduce a higher level of measures as a result of the infection pressure in society.

Visits to nursing homes

Fully vaccinated residents:

  • Fully vaccinated residents can travel on visits outside the institution without having to be quarantined afterwards as long as all infection control advice is followed.

Unvaccinated residents:

  • Unvaccinated residents must still be shielded from infection.
  • Visitors must keep at least one meter away from the unvaccinated resident.
  • Visits should take place in the resident's room, or in a suitable visiting room.
  • Individual assessments should be made of the resident's need for protection against infection, and what the individual unvaccinated resident himself wants and whether he can have physical close contact with other fully vaccinated residents or visitors.
  • Visits and physical contact in the final phase of life are arranged.


  • There are still employees in nursing homes who have not been vaccinated. There are also residents who have refused the vaccine or have been too ill to receive the vaccine. It is therefore important that all infection control rules are followed to prevent infection from entering the nursing homes.

Visits to health centers

It is possible to visit every day of the week within the current visiting hours at the individual health center.

  • Visits are limited to a maximum of five regular visitors up to three times per week.
  • Two people can be visiting at the same time.

Visitors are met at the entrance and must sign up for a visitor protocol.

There are still staff at health centers and inpatients who have not been vaccinated. It is therefore important that all infection control rules are followed to prevent infection from entering the health centers. See also general rules for all visits