These are the new rules for corona tests in Norway

Corona testingPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

After the government decided to change the rules last week, people who got vaccinated against corona three times who get a positive result to a self-test no longer have to take a PCR test. 

On Sunday, the Norwegian Directorate of Health sent a letter to all the country’s municipalities informing them of the new rules for corona testing. 

Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) initially announced the rule changes on Friday night.

Due to the new rules, people who have received a booster dose of the corona vaccines and test positive via a self-test no longer need to take a confirmatory PCR test. Instead, they’re encouraged to register the result on the municipalities’ websites.

“A person with a positive self-test is considered a safe positive case,” the Norwegian Directorate of Health wrote in the letter to the municipalities.

People who have received two vaccine doses and have been infected with coronavirus in the past three months also don’t need to take a PCR test after they get a positive rapid test.

Special groups

Other groups should still get the opportunity to test themselves. According to the Norwegian Directorate of Health, these include: 

  • People who have not received a booster dose can still take a confirmatory test at a municipal test station if they need it for a corona certificate or further vaccination.
  • All children between the ages of 0 and 16 who test positive on self-tests should be offered a confirmatory test.
  • People seeking health care due to COVID symptoms should be offered a confirmatory PCR test if it is important for diagnosis and treatment.

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