The right au pair for the right Family

Emergency measures due to Corona outbreaking situation (updated 02.02.2022)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Due to the Coronavirus outbreaking situation and emergency measures in Norway, we would like to inform you about possible delays in the process as:

COVID-19

Information about the entry to Norway

 

(12.02.2022) - The travel-restrictions upon entry into Norway have been lifted. The same rules as prior to the corona pandemic now apply.

*(01.02.2022) There is no requirements for test after arrival and quarantine requirements either. All au pairs arriving in Norway must complete registration prior to arrival. If au pair cannot prove that she/ he is fully vaccinated she/ is required to take a test for SARS-CoV-2 before arrival in Norway. She/ he must present a certificate showing a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. The approved test methods are PCR or a rapid antigen test. We recommend all au pairs arriving in Norway from non-EU country to take test before arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. Please read more information on Governmants web page.

*(22.12.2021 - information has been updated) All au pairs arriving in Norway must complete registration prior to arrival. All au pairs arriving in Norway must take a test after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. 

(26.11.2021) The Government has announced that all foreigners who have the right to enter under the Immigration Act can enter Norway from 26 November 2021. UDI will resume processing the au pair- applications, and they will process the oldest cases first.

UDI has a large backlog of unprocessed applications because of the corona pandemic. UDI does not currently have information on how long it will take to process all the cases

If you have handed in an application for an au pair permit before 1 June 2021, and you are waiting for an answer now, you have to upload an updated contract and an updated checklist at UDI’s portal. Please contact us and we will help you with it.

If you have been granted a residence permit before or during the pandemic and now need an entry visa to travel to Norway and start your stay as an au pair, you must upload an updated contract and an updated checklist to UDI’s portal. Please contact us and we will help you with it.

*(18.10.2021 - information has been updated) Au pairs, who are staying legally in the Schengen area, are allowed to enter Norway on equal terms with EU citizens. For those who cannot document (with a verifiable EU corona-certificate, with QR-code) that they have been fully vaccinated or that they have undergone covid-19 in the last 6 months, it is still mandatory to be tested, to undergo entry registration on the government's web-page and quarantine requirements, unless you live in a "green country" and travel to Norway from there. Please note that Sweden does not have a corona certificate ready for use for au pairs yet.

On the National Institute of Public Health's website, you will find updated map of countries / areas showing requirements for entry to Norway

It is important that you are well acquainted with the rules that apply before you arrive in Norway, this applies to both au pair-permits, the opportunity to wait for processing in Norway, entry restrictions, requirements for registration, testing, rules for quarantine and requirements for documentation to obtain exemptions. Please contact us before your travel if you are in doubt about the requirements.

(16.07.2021 - information has been updated) If you have been granted an au pair-permit in Norway but have an expired residence permit in the country you are now, you must, as a general rule, travel back to your home country until Norway allows entry from your country. However, if if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or if you have recovered from COVID-19 during the last six months, you can apply for entry visa to Norway. UDI will process your application and notify the embassy to give you an entry visa to Norway (as long as you are steal in  EU / EEA )

(*05.07.2021 - information has been updated) If you live legaly in a green country/area in EU /EEA and have stayed in a green country/area for the last 10 days, you can travel to Norway now. Please note that you cannot travel through orange or red countries/areas on your way to Norway unless you are fully vaccinated and can document this in a verifiable way. This also applies to stopovers in an orange/red area.

However, you can travel to Norway if you travel through the orange/red area the following way:

You must prepare to show your travel documents to the Norwegian border police.

The colours on FHI's map are applicable at all times: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/. You cannot travel to Norway until the country/area you live in is green on this map, or one of the exceptions apply to you. 

If you are required to have a visa, it has to be issued before you travel to Norway and valid when you enter Norway.

Please be aware that you have to register in the entry register (online). You will also have to be covid-tested at the border.

The requirement for testing and entry registration is removed for persons who can document that they have been fully vaccinated (EU corona certificate verified with a QR code) or have had covid-19 during the past 6 month. They do not have to test at the border, and to fill out and present entry registration form before entering the country.

(18.06.2021 - information has been updated) From July, 5 au pairs who live legally in a country considered as a "green country" in EU / EEA and have stayed there for the last ten days can enter Norway, regardless of citizenship. However, there will be a requirement for registration in the entry register (online) and covid-testing at the border.

From July, 5 the government will change the threshold for what will be a "green country"/ "green area" in Europe. FHI in Norway assesses which countries are green. It will normally be announced every Friday, and take effect from midnight night until the following Monday. Here you can find updated FHI's map https://www.fhi.no/nettpub/coronavirus/fakta/reiserad-knyttet-til-nytt-koronavirus-coronavirus/

The requirement for testing and entry registration is removed for persons who can document that they have been fully vaccinated (EU corona certificate verified with a QR code) or have had covid-19 during the past 6 month. They do not have to test at the border, and to fill out and present entry registration form before entering the country.

On June, 24 Norway will join the EU solution. Then the corona certificate can be used for travelers to Norway from the EU / EEA countries. Not all countries in the EU / EEA will at that time have a solution ready for their citizens, but those who have it can use their certificate in connection with entry to Norway.

Those, who live in EU / EEA legally and have an EU corona certificate verified with a QR code which proves that they have been fully vaccinated or have had covid-19 during the past six months, can enter Norway regardless of the country's status.  

Denmark has its corona certificate ready for use. From 19 June, it is open for people who live legally in Denmark to be released from entry quarantine in Norway if they have been fully vaccinated or have had covid-19 during the past six months. Sweden does not have its corona certificate ready for use.

See more information her: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/aktuelt/trygge_rammer/id2862254/

(*22.05.2021 - information has been updated) There are still strict entry-restrictions for foreigners, but from 27.05 it will be possible to enter Norway for foreigners who live in countries / areas that do not have quarantine-obligations in Norway (" yellow land "). The press release No.: 94 - 2021 from 21.05.2021 states that today, this applies to Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and parts of Finland, but this will change as more countries vaccinate the population and the infection falls.

If an au pair is resident in a country that is subject to a quarantine obligation in Norway, he/she can still not travel to Norway to start the contract. The government will make new evaluation of entry-restrictions for foreigners in connection with step 3 of the "reopening plan".

Kategori Plan for gradvis gjenåpning
  Trinn 1 (forberedende fase) Trinn 2 Trinn 3 Trinn 4
Inn-/utreise Reiser til utlandet frarådes Strengt nødvendige reiser kan gjennomføres Reiser til utlandet frarådes. Strengt nødvendige reiser kan gjennomføres. Fortsatt strenge innreiserestriksjoner for utlendinger. Det innføres unntak fra innreiserestriksjonene for utlendinger som er bosatt i områder som ikke er underlagt karanteneplikt. Smittesituasjonen i det landet den reisende har oppholdt seg i de siste 10 dagene før innreise, legges til grunn for krav om opphold på karantenehotell. Det gis unntak fra plikten til å oppholde seg på karantenehotell for vaksinerte og de som har gjennomgått covid-19 når dette kan dokumenteres på en enkel, digital, sikker og verifiserbar måte. Fortsette med søknadsbaserte ordninger for arbeidsreisende. Det globale reiserådet avvikles dersom det er smittevernmessig forsvarlig, og erstattes med reiseråd til spesielt rammede land. Videre vurdering med sikte på i større grad å åpne for reiser, herunder vurdering av hvilke krav som fortsatt skal stilles til karantene og krav om testing til dem som kommer inn i landet. Åpne for prioriterte grupper arbeidsreisende og utvidet adgang til familiebesøk. Det kan fortsatt være aktuelt med reiseråd og innreiserestriksjoner, særlig for reisende fra tredjeland. En må også regne med at det vil kunne være krav om karantene og test for reisende fra enkelte områder. Også reglene som gjelder for innreise må løpende vurderes.


(*18.05.2021 - information has been updated) From June, 21 entry restrictions will be loosen  for some groups of foreigners who travel to Norway (namely requirements regarding documentation). This, however, only applies to au pairs who are EU citizens and who already reside in Norway. It is still not possible to travel to Norway for au pairs who do not live here yet.

(*08.04.2021 - information has been updated) Unfortunately, it is still not clear yet when Norwegian borders will be opened and entry restrictions will be canceled. On April 7, 2021, the Norwegian government announced a "reopening" plan (a four-step plan for easing coronavirus restrictions; every step is estimated to take 3 weeks but it may vary). The first part of reopening is planned for the second part of April. This plan, however, has no specified dates for lifting restrictions; every stage of “reopening” will be implemented gradually with further evaluation of infection rates before moving into the next step. Travel will open up for labor immigration during stage 3, yet it is not specified which type of "labor migration" will be allowed during this stage. We have talked to UDI to clarify the situation, and UDI could not specify whether au pairs (who are in Europe now) will be allowed to enter Norway on stage 3 or stage 4. Please see a detailed plan here: https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/b323d2f8ba4a496c821eb3abf19076f4/plan_gradvis_gjenaapning.pdf

Plan for gradvis gjenåpning

En helhetlig vurdering basert på sjekkpunkter gjøres før hvert trinn i lettelsene. Tiltaksnivåene i cellene beskriver hva som vil kunne gjelde etter at lettelsene er foretatt. Selv om det kommer lettelser i nasjonale tiltak, vil det være nødvendig å slå ned på lokale utbrudd med kommunale eller regionale tiltak. Det kan bli nødvendig å gjøre endringer de skisserte trinnene, og det kan ikke utelukkes at innstramminger vil kunne bli nødvendig i løpet av gjenåpningsperioden. Lettelsene må sees i sammenheng med mulig bruk av koronasertifikat og massetesting.
Kategori Plan for gradvis gjenåpning
  Trinn 1 (forberedende fase) Trinn 2 Trinn 3 Trinn 4
Inn-/utreise Reiser til utlandet frarådes Strengt nødvendige reiser kan gjennomføres Reiser til utlandet frarådes Strengt nødvendige reiser kan gjennomføres. Fortsatt strenge innreiserestriksjoner for utlendinger. Åpne for prioriterte grupper arbeidsreisende og utvidet adgang til familiebesøk. Åpne for reiser, men fortsatt karantene og krav om testing til de som kommer inn i landet. Fortsatt innreiserestriksjoner, men åpner for mer normal arbeidsinnvandring. Det kan fortsatt være aktuelt med innreiserestriksjoner, særlig for reisende fra tredjeland. En må også regne med at det vil kunne være krav om karantene og test for reisende fra enkelte områder. Også reglene som gjelder for innreise må løpende vurderes.

(*01.03.2021 - information has been updated) - The government made the decision to keep the borders closed. In principle, only foreigners residing in Norway are allowed to enter Norway for a moment. This also applies to EEA citizens. Thus no one of the new au pairs can enter Norway. It is currently unclear when Norway will open the borders for au pairs. According to the UDI, the government will assess this provision every two weeks.

(*27.01.2021 the information has been updated) - From January 29, 2021, and two weeks onwards, au pairs who do not already live in Norway, can not travel to Norway. This also applies to EEA citizens. The provision can be extended.

(*15.12.2020 information has been updated). Au pairs, who currently reside in the EU / EEA  and have a valid residence permit in Schengen, are allowed to enter Norway. However,  they should be able to provide requested documents upon their arrival to Norway. Besides other documents, au pair will be requested to present a negative corona test, which has been taken within 72 hours before entry. If the au pair does not present such a test, she/he may be refused entry. Both PCR and antigen rapid tests are accepted. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French or German. The au pair must also complete this form. 

Read more about entry requirements here: https://www.helsenorge.no/koronavirus/reise#regler-ved-innreise-til-norge or contact us for updated information a few days before your trip to Norway.

Applicants, residing outside EU/EEA countries are still now allowed to enter Norway.

(*15.07.2020 information has been updated) Au pairs who live in EU/ EØS area are allowed to travel to Norway.

(*24.04.2020 information has been updated) The UDI started granting the residence permits. However, due to the fact that the border of Norway is still closed, the applicants whose visa applications were processed after April 20, 2020, cannot enter Norway anyway. (see the link https://www.udi.no/viktige-meldinger/personer-som-far-oppholdstillatelse-kan-ikke-reise-til-norge-na/). This means:

(*20.03.2020 - information has been updated!) Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the UDI or police can expel foreigners without the residence permit in Norway: https://lovdata.no/dokument/LTI/forskrift/2020-03-15-293https://www.udi.no/en/latest/new-regulation-on-expulsion-of-foreigners-without-a-residence-permit/. If you have been granted a residence permit (incl. Au pair permit) and have therefore been granted an entry visa, you will be able to enter Norway. You can find more information about quarantine and isolation at https://helsenorge.no/koronavirus/karantene-og-isolasjon

Processing of Au pair visa applications at UDI

 

Regarding the Norwegian Embassies and visa application centres

 

(19.07.2021) The Norwegian Embassy in Denmark has started to process au pair-applications, but there are only few available slots.

(*31.05.2021 - information has been updated) On May 31, The Norwegian Embassy in Denmark decided to suspend accepting au pair applications. Therefore, appointments for all au pair applicants from June 1st, 2021 are canceled (see https://www.norway.no/no/denmark/tjenester-info/visitors-visa-res-permit/)

The embassy explains that the reason for this is that the UDI (The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration) does not process au pair applications. Thus, the embassy does not want to spend their time working on processing the applications, which afterwards will be accumulated in UDI without being processed. The embassy also states that they had to refund embassy fees to several au pairs who could not wait for their cases to be processed and the opportunity to come to Norway.

In their email to us, the Embassy says that they "understand that this is a difficult situation for many applicants and their host-families, but unfortunately, this is a consequence of the Covid-19 travel restrictions to Norway"

The Embassy cannot say when accepting and processing of au pair applications will be resumed.New information regarding the re-opening of the schedule will be published by the end of June 2021 at the Embassy´s website.

(19.05.2021) Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Hague has started accepting au pair applications after 7 months break. Due to Covid restrictions, only limited amount of applicants per week will be able to submit their au pair applications (online appointment booking is available).

(*30.03.2020 - information has been updated) The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Denmark opened on March 30, 2020, with reduced staffing, and started accepting the au pair visa applications.

(*20.03.2020 - information has been updated) Most of the Embassies (including the Norwegian Embassies in Denmark and in the Netherlands) and the VFS application centers do not accept visa applications since March 17, 2020. More information can be found on the websites of the Embassies: https://www.norway.no/no/denmark/  

Regarding the work of the police 

(15.05.2021) It is not possible to upload the documents electronically instead of meeting with the police in person anymore. All au pairs, who are changing host families, must submit the application at the police.

(*20.05.2020 - information has been updated) The Oslo police district presented the applicants with the opportunity to submit electronically their applications for the family exchange instead of meeting with the police, follow the link https://www.udiregelverk.no. Feel free to contact us if you want your au pair to submit the application to the Oslo police electronically - we help our au pairs with it.

(20.04.2020) The police are gradually opening their public services. You can meet with the police for selected services in regards to residence and immigration cases. Most of the police districts require the appointment to be booked through the UDI portal which the au pair used for registering the application. In some police districts, it is still impossible to book an appointment

(*08.04.2020 - information has been updated) Due to the situation with the Coronavirus, the police remain closed till April 17, 2020.

 (*20.03.2020 - information has been updated) Due to the risk of being infected with the COVID-19, the police remain closed till March 26, 2020. Unfortunately, the applicants cannot submit their applications until the date stated above. Follow the police website for up-to-date information 

Verification of the documents at the Philippines Embassy in Oslo:

(*09.04.2020) The Embassy opens from April 20, 2020. Follow the link for more information https://www.philembassy.no/newsroom/covid-19-public-advisory-no-20-resumption-of-essential-consular-services-at-the-embassy

(*16.03.2020 - information has been updated) The Philippines Embassy in Oslo is closed from March 16, 2020 till March 26, 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Embassy will only accept visitors in case of the emergency upon the agreement with the Embassy:

https://www.philembassy.no/newsroom/covid-19-public-advisory-no-6-suspension-of-non-essential-consular-services-at-the-embassy

Regarding departure from the Philippines

(26.11.2021) The Government has announced that all foreigners who have the right to enter under the Immigration Act can enter Norway from 26 November 2021.

(15.09.2020 - information has been updated) It is still not possible to travel to Norway for au pairs from the Philippines regardless of their au pair visa has been granted or not

(*01.06.2020) The quarantine in the Philippines is over and both the Visa centers and the "CFO" have opened from June 1, 2020.

(*15.05.2020 - information has been updated) The quarantine in the Philippines has been extended to May 31, 2020 (see the link https://www.cnnphilippines.com)

(*08.04.2020 - information has been updated) The Philippines authorities have extended the quarantine to April 30, 2020.

(*20.03.2020 - information has been updated) Au pairs will not be able to leave the Philippines until April 14, 2020 despite those applicants who have been granted CFO exit and the entry visa (see the link https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/12/COVID-19-Metro-Manila-restrictions-Philippines.htm)

Regarding departure from Norway:

(*15.09.2020) Au pairs who could not return home before their permit expired due to the corona situation must now return home. From September, 15 stays after the departure deadline may result in rejection of entry or expulsion. 

(*20.03.2020 - information has been updated) If the au pair\'s residence permit has already expired and he/ she did not leave Norway, it will have no consequences for the au pair due to the current situation (see the link https://www.udi.no)

There is no need to notify the UDI or police about that. You need to try to book the trip for the au pair as soon as possible after the expiry of the residence permit.

Regarding travel to the Philippines

(01.02.2022) Fully-vaccinated international travelers and returning overseas Filipinos are no longer required to undergo facility-based quarantine, but must test negative for COVID-19 and self-monitor for symptoms.

(*16.03.2021 - information has been updated) - The Philippine government has suspended the entry of returning overseas Filipinos who are non-overseas Filipino workers into the country starting Saturday, March 20 until Monday, April 19. The National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) also directed concerned agencies to limit the number of inbound international passengers to 1,500 a day.

This means that it will be complicated for au pairs to travel back to the Philippines during this period. See more information here: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/779971/philippines-suspends-entry-of-foreigners-returning-filipinos-who-are-not-ofws/story/

 

This means that it will be complicated for au pairs to travel back to the Philippines during this period