26 January: As of 27 January, residents must book an appointment for a PCR test at City of Oslo test centres
Press release: To ensure greater certainty for both residents and staff at test centres, the Department of Health now requires the public to book appointments for PCR tests at all municipal test centres.
Test apointments can be booked using electronic ID on the City of Oslo website: Covid-19 testing – submission form (oslo.kommune.no).This means that, as of 27 January, walk-in testing at municipal test centres will no longer be available. Remember, a positive self-test with a PCR test is not necessary for those who have had three vaccine doses, or those who have received two doses and had Covid-19 in the last three months.
Accept the first appointment offered
To provide PCR tests as quickly as possible, it may be necessary to arrange appointments at a different test centre than the one requested on the test booking form.
Residents who book a PCR test are urged to keep the original appointment time and place and avoid cancelling the appointment. This will help reduce waiting time at the test centres.
There has been a very high demand at our test centres. We therefore ask for your patience as we now switch to appointment bookings only. Residents must expect to wait for their confirmation of a PCR test booking. The confirmation will be sent as a text message, with the appointment time and test centre.
Expect a queue when arriving at the test centre for your appointment. Due to high demand, there may be some waiting time. Everyone arriving for a PCR test is therefore encouraged to dress for the weather.
Once you have been tested, it will take 1-4 days before you receive the results, depending on the capacity of the laboratories that are analysing the tests.
If you test positive for Covid-19 you must self-isolate. Learn which rules apply for self-isolation at helsenorge.no.
Mobile test stations will continue to offer walk-in testing
Mobile test stations that change their location on a weekly basis will continue to offer walk-in PCR tests. Find an updated overview of these locations here: Walk-in and mobile test stations – COVID-19 tests and results – City of Oslo. Those who visit mobile test stations for testing must expect some waiting time.
Testing rules, City of Oslo:
- Have you received three vaccine doses? If so, you do not need to confirm a positive self-test with a PCR test at a test centre.
- Have you received two vaccine doses and had Covid-19 in the last 3 months? If so, you do not need to confirm a positive self-test with a PCR test at a test centre.
- If you have had symptoms of Covid-19 and/or close contact with the infection, you should take a self-test, not a PCR test.
- If you have been recommended to take a PCR test, you can book an appointment on the City of Oslo’s website. Show up for the appointment you are given.
- Unvaccinated and partly vaccinated residents, as well as children under 16, should confirm a positive self-test with a PCR test.
- Wear a face mask, keep a safe distance and dress for the weather when visiting the test centre.
- If you must use public transport to get to the test centre, wear a face mask, keep a safe distance and avoid travelling during peak traffic periods.
- Have you tested positive with a self-test? Register your positive self-test in the municipal infection tracking system: Results of Covid-19 test – Covid-19 test and results – City of Oslo
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