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.

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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


For the press:
E-mail: kommunikasjon@hel.oslo.kommune.no

For the public:
Contact the City of Oslo

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