Arrival in Norway during the pandemic

Moving to Norway during the pandemic

For international students

Arrival in Norway during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic may pose challenges to students arriving from abroad. NTNU is continuously working to facilitate the reception of international students, despite travel restrictions and infection control measures. 

On this page, you will find all the information you as an international student need to travel to NTNU and Norway for the 2021 autumn semester.

It will not be possible to follow lectures digitally from your home country this autumn. Students must be able to attend their lectures and study activities in Norway. Information on how to apply for a visa and book accommodations has been sent to students from outside the EU.

There are a number of things you need to be prepared for before journeying to Norway, including entry quarantine upon arrival. Please familiarize yourself with all information in the below before your journey. Also make sure to read the checklist for new international students.

Prepare for moving to Norway

Prepare for moving to Norway

Online information meetings were held for new international degree students and exchange students, respectively, on June 18 (Master's degree students) and June 22 (Exchange students).

The meetings cover a vast variety of things students must prepare, and be aware of, before traveling to Norway. The meetings were recorded, and are available to view below (click the link).

Information meeting: International master's degree students
June 18, 13:00 GMT+1

Information meeting: Exchange students
June 22nd, 13:30 GMT+1

Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed Norway. EU/EEA citizens do not need a visa before arrival. In order to be eligible for a student visa you need to document:

Self-financed students must deposit the required amount to NTNU’s deposit account and submit the confirmation of deposit with their visa application.

Exchange students who are not EU/EEA citizens, but who will be going to NTNU through an Erasmus+ agreement, may apply for a visa upon arrival in Norway, as long as they have a valid Schengen visa. Exchange students with an Erasmus+ scholarship do not need to transfer money to NTNU's deposit account. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Exchange officer:

Visa applications are continuously being processed by the Directorate for Immigration (UDI) -  see UDIs webpages for further information about visa application.

For students who require quarantine upon entry to Norway: You may have read that you will not need to quarantine in a hotel if you have other suitable housing, i.e. you can quarantine at home. 'Suitable housing' require that you share no facilities (bathroom, kitchen etc.) with others. 

In other words, any housing shared with others, including all Sit housing, is not suitable for quarantine. If your planned housing in Norway is shared with anyone else, you will have to complete your quarantine in a quarantine hotel before moving in.

We unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodations/housing for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students - however, if any options at the student villages open up you will be informed. International Master's students from non-EU/EEA are guaranteed accommodations if they have paid their deposit within the deadline.

Read more about housing here.
For a guide on finding private accommodations, see this page.

If you have questions regarding accommodation, feel free to contact us by e-mail:

The Office of International Relations is closed to the public, but we are available online. 
All signing of contracts and necessary paperwork will be done digitally.

If you are either moving into an unfurnished apartment, need more furniture, kitchen utensils or whatever for your room or apartment, you can find free or reasonably priced stuff in Trondheim.

On you can find a lot of furniture given away for free. Choose “Torget”, then “Møbler og interiør”. On the left side menu you choose “Trøndelag” under “Område”, then the option for “Trondheim”. Below you can choose “Gis bort” to only see what is given away for free.

NTNU ReStore or The ReStore Facebook groupStudents that are moving out leave their stuff for those who move in.

Fretex: There are three Fretex secondhand stores in Trondheim.
They are located in Nardovegen 10, Fjordgata 40 and Rosenborg gate 9-11.
Other secondhand shops are Sirkulus, Transit, NMS Gjenbruk. Outside of the city centre you can find Brukom (at Heggstadmoen), NLM Gjenbruk (at Saupstadsenteret).



1. Students arriving from outside the EU/EEA/Schengen, or from a 'red' area in EU/EEA/Schengen, may not enter Norway before August 1st. Students arriving from 'green' areas in the EU/EEA/Schengen may enter before August.

2. In order to be allowed into Norway, you will need to document that you are a student at a Norwegian univeristy. EU/EEA citizens can do this with their NTNU admission letter. Non-EU/EEA citizens need to show their letter from UDI granting residence in Norway as a student.

2. NTNU will cover the 500 NOK/night quarantine hotel charge for all our international students who need to spend time in a quarantine hotel. We can not, however, cover any additional expenses that may arise as a result of Covid-19 and infection control measures (e.g. rent payments for unused accommodations etc.).

3. Up-to-date information on travel restrictions, rules and regulations can be found on the Norwegian government’s websites.

For those protected against Covid-19:

People who are protected against Covid-19 (fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months), and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, will be able to enter Norway freely, regardless of which country they are travelling from. 

These people are exempt from the duty to quarantine, testing prior to arrival, testing at the border, and the requirement of entry registration.

For those not protected against Covid-19:

Before journeying to Norway, you must register your arrival with the Norwegian state. The registration must be completed less than 72 hours before arrival to Norway. This registration is mandatory – you must present a receipt of it at the border.

Those arriving from a ‘red country’ must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours before departure (on the first leg of your journey). You must have the test result in hand at the border control. 

Those arriving from a ‘green country’ do not require a certificate of a Covid-19 test taken before departure, but must be tested upon arrival in Norway.

See the map on this page to check what countries are currently green or red.


In general, anyone arriving from abroad are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You may be allowed to leave quarantine earlier (e.g. after 7 days) if you test negative for Covid-19. You are responsible for observing your own quarantine - please note that breaking quarantine rules may result in fines up to NOK 30 000,-

A full Q&A explaining who needs to go into quarantine, where and for how long can be found here. Most students will need to quarantine for a number of days, however some will be exempt from quarantine. It is vital that you check which category you belong to and plan accordingly.

Quarantine hotel

You may be required to complete your quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel. Comprehensive information about the quarantine hotel arrangement can be found here.

If you will be sharing accommodations with others in Norway (e.g. any Sit housing or other housing where you share a bathroom or kitchen etc.), this housing is not suitable for quarantine, and you will need to quarantine in a hotel. In other words, you may only quarantine in your housing if you will be living alone, without any roommates or facilities shared with others.

If you are required to stay in a quarantine hotel, you will be quarantined at your first point of entry into Norway. In other words, if your journey includes a transfer at an airport in Norway (e.g. Oslo Airport), you will be placed in quarantine there, and may not travel onwards to Trondheim/Gjøvik/Ålesund before your quarantine is over. 

Therefore, for the time being, we highly recommend you try to book your tickets to go directly to Trondheim or Ålesund from abroad, so you may quarantine there. Students going to Gjøvik may quarantine near Oslo Airport and take the train or bus to Gjøvik when quarantine is done.

When you check in to your assigned hotel, tell staff at reception that you are a student at NTNU. You will have full-board accommodation at the hotel during the quarantine - in other words, you will receive three meals a day during your stay. 

Students travelling directly to Trondheim from abroad, who are required to quarantine in a hotel, will have to book a quarantine hotel room in advance to ensure that they have a room upon arrival. You will receive instructions on how to do so via e-mail. If you have not received instructions on how to book a quarantine hotel room, contact

The individual cost for this stay is normally NOK 500,- per day at the hotel. NTNU will refund this cost for our new students. NTNU will cover the cost only once, for new international students who are required to quarantine upon entry. If you for any reason leave Norway and return, you will have to cover subsequent stays yourself.

All students must be prepared to pay the 500,-/night fee out of pocket and have the costs refunded by NTNU later. You may do this after quarantine by e-mailing the receipt to with the title ‘Quarantine Hotel Refunding – [Your Name]’ and specifying how many nights you stayed. If you booked a quarantine hotel room in Trondheim, the hotel will not charge you.

Only the required charge of NOK 500,- per night at appointed hotels will be covered by NTNU. No other costs will be covered, and it is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation for your quarantine.

Upon arrival:

  • Before leaving, familiarize yourself with the FHI's travel advice for travelling to and from Norway.
  • It is highly recommended that you take the COVID-19 test offered at the airport when you arrive, even if you took one before departure for Norway.
  • You are required to familiarize yourself with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's official regulations for quarantine and isolation. Note that there is a difference between 'quarantine' and 'isolation', with the latter having stricter rules and only being neccessary if you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

During quarantine:

Everyone who is required to quarantine upon entry in Norway are required by law to familiarize themselves with the rules for quarantine in Norway

While you are quarantined, you may not:

  • Go to public places (cafés, shops, etc.)
  • Use public transport
  • Use the hotel common areas (lounge, lobby, restaurant etc.).

You are allowed to go outside for fresh air as long as you keep good distance from others and do not go to any public or crowded places.

You may be offered Covid-19 tests by the quarantine hotel staff at various points during your stay. Depending on various factors, you may be allowed to leave quarantine early, e.g. after 7 days, if one or multiple tests come back negative. The hotel staff will let you know more about this.

If you experience any symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) isolate yourself and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. On the municipality's webpages, you will find information on how to book a test Trondheim, Gjøvik or Ålesund. As you will not yet have recieved official Norwegian identification (BankID/MinID), you will be unable to book a test online - instead, please call the Corona helpline at:

  • (+47) 905 09 052 - Trondheim
  • (+47) 611 58 911 - Gjøvik
  • (+47) 701 64 060 - Ålesund

If you at any point have questions regarding COVID-19, quarantine, isolation or when to get tested while in Norway, call the Corona hotline for your municipality on the number provided above.

Your visa decision letter states that you should report to the police station within 7 days of arrival in order to obtain your residence card. Due to the mandatory quarantine and increased workload for the police due to Covid-19, this is obviously not possible - do not break quarantine to go the police station. You will have to register with the police eventually, but not within the first week.

Due to the pandemic, there are currently very few appointment hours available at the Trondheim police station, but the NTNU Office of International Relations will organize appointments for new international students in the autumn. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be posted here and e-mailed to you.

Students at NTNU in Ålesund and Gjøvik will receive separate information regarding visa appointments at the police later.


This information applies only to International master's students, not exchange students.

Most new international students have already deposited money to the NTNU deposit account in order to document financing. These students will receive a cash card with NOK 60 000,- to cover expenses until they are able to open their own bank account in Norway.

In order to recieve a cash card, you need to deposit the money before arrival in Norway.

Instructions how to obtain your cash card will be posted here.

For more information on financing, see this page.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries staying in Norway for more than 12 months will automatically be covered by the Norwegian National Health Insurance scheme from the moment they arrive in Norway.

It is however important that you arrangee your own travel insurance before going to Norway. This should be done well in advance of your journey. Please note that there may be special circumstances concerning the corona situation in terms of insurance policies.

Students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).* 
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card,you must have private insurance.

*Exemption: Nordic citizens are entitled to medical care under the National Health Insurance Scheme without any insurance documentation.

For more information on insurance, see this page.

The 2021 spring semester starts January 11th, though activities and lectures for individual courses may begin later. On NTNUs e-learning platform Blackboard, you will find complete overviews of your courses and their learning materials, including any messages from course administrators/teachers. You log in to Blackboard with your NTNU credentials and password through NTNU's intraweb: Innsida.

Lectures may be online or in-person, depending on the course - this information will also be available in each course's page on Blackboard.

If you have courses with physical attendance, please follow the course digitally during quarantine, and if you experience any kind of sickness (in which case you are required to stay at home).

Please note that before going on campus, you must complete the online course in infection prevention.

The biannual Orientation week for international students will be a hybrid of online and physical (outdoor) meetings. The physical meetings will be held later in January/early February, when most or all arriving international students are out of the mandatory quarantine.
Read more about the Orientation week in:

1. Can I go into quarantine in another city? 
You will be quarantined at your first point of entry into Norway. If you arrive at Oslo Airport, you will be given a quarantine hotel room there. If you wish to be quarantined in Trondheim, you must book a quarantine hotel room in advance, according to instructions you have received by e-mail. If you have not received instructions on how to do so, contact

2. Can I book another hotel for my quarantine? 
No.  You will be required to complete your quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel. Note that students going to Trondheim will have to book a room in advance – see question 1.

3. I am coming to Norway with my husband/ wife. Will NTNU cover quarantine expenses for him/her as well?
No. NTNU will only cover the NOK 500,-/night charge for our students. Others will have to pay for themselves. However, you will likely be able to quarantine together with them in a double/family room.

4. What about food? 
You will have full-board accommodation at the quarantine hotel - in other words, three meals a day. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to let the hotel staff know when you check in upon arrival.

5. What if my flight is changed and I have to change my arrival date? 
Norwegian immigration authorities will ensure that you are placed in an appropriate hotel near your entry point upon arrival. However, a large influx of people are expected to the Trøndelag/Trondheim region this summer, so if you do not book a quarantine hotel room as instructed via the e-mail from the Office of International Relations, or you arrive on another date than you booked, complications may arise.

6. What if my country changes color shortly before my departure?
If you are going to Trondheim, you are required to book a quarantine hotel room in advance. However, if you did not book a room because your country was ‘green’, and it turns ‘red’ shortly before your journey, contact the quarantine hotel directly at to inquire about getting a room.

7. I am coming to Norway on exchange with a friend from my home university. We are going to share accommodations while studying. Can we quarantine together in this accommodation?
If you are going to Trondheim and booking a quarantine hotel room in advance, you may request a double room to share with someone else arriving alongside you. If you are not going to Trondheim, inquire with the quarantine hotel staff upon arrival.

8. The semester starts on 16 August. Do I have to arrive in Norway 10 days before this date or can I start my quarantine later and still follow my courses?
Week 33 is the introduction week at NTNU, starting with the matriculation ceremony on August 16 and continuing with Fadderuka (freshmen week). It is highly recommended you try to arrive in Norway before August 13 to ensure you are out of quarantine by this time. Lectures will not start until week 34 (from August 23). 

It will, in general, not be possible to follow lectures digitally, so you should aim to be out of quarantine by August 23 at the latest in order not to miss out on lectures. Some courses may start lectures a bit later (e.g. a week). Check Blackboard to see when your courses begin.

Keep up-to-date on any developments

Keep up-to-date on any developments


The COVID-19 situation is continously developing, and changes may occur before, or during, your stay in Norway. Before arriving and throughout your stay, it is imperative that you keep up-to-date on any developments on NTNUs Corona page. If you have questions about Corona and student life at NTNU that are not answered here, check the Corona FAQ.

See a complete overview of current COVID-19 restrictions in Trondheim here.

International master's students and exchange students

Please note the difference between international master's students and exchange students

  • International master's students have been admitted to a full degree and will spend 2+ years at NTNU.
  • Exchange students from other universities spend 1-2 semesters at NTNU before returning to their home university, where they are getting their degree.

There are some key differences to note between these two groups, such as exchange students (and master's students from the EU/EEA) not being guaranteed accommodations. Please take careful note of which group you belong to and thus which information applies to you.

Course in infection prevention


You are required to register with a QR code in “Check-in” for all rooms on campus in order to assist the health officials in the Trondheim municipality with contact tracking in the event of a Covid-19 infection.

Planned meetings

The Office of International Relations is currently closed to the public, but we plan to arrange a number of physical meetings for international students in the Spring semester, in order for students to be able to meet us and each other face to face. We will provide further information on time and location.

We will also organize informational Zoom meetings.

You are of course also welcome to contact us with any questions. You may also want to contact the Student Welfare Society (Sit).


NTNU Office of International Relations

Phone: (+47) 735 98 139 / (+47) 735 95 180


Phone: (+47) 701 61 698

Student Welfare Society
Phone: (+47) 735 38 620