Arrival in Norway during the pandemic

Moving to Norway during the pandemic

For international students

Arrival in Norway during the pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students accepted to two-year, full-time international Master’s programmes at NTNU have mostly attended their studies online this autumn.

Students have been informed that they should plan on going to their campus city physically for the spring semester 2021. Information on how to apply for a visa and book accommodations has been sent to most students from outside the EU.

There are a number of things you need to be prepared for before journeying to Norway, including mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Please familiarize yourself with all information in the toggler below before your journey. Also make sure to read the checklist for new international students.

PLEASE NOTE: For the time being, it is not possible to enter Norway for anyone not registered as a Norwegian resident. This will be the case until the end of February. If you have not yet arrived in Norway, but intend to arrive before March 1st, we recommend you cancel your flight immediately. NTNU will contact you, and update this page, if anything changes in this regard.

Prepare for moving to Norway

Prepare for moving to Norway

Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed into the country. EU/EEA citizens are not required to obtain 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 non-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 NTNUs deposit accound. 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.

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

Please note that you cannot complete the mandatory quarantine in shared accommodation. See the section below for more information.

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).


PLEASE NOTE: As of January 29th 2021, it is not possible to enter Norway for anyone not registered as a Norwegian resident. If you have not yet arrived in Norway, but intend to arrive before March 1st, we recommend you cancel your flight immediately.

New national regulations mandate that anyone entering Norway from abroad must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours before your flight. You must arrange to take the test within 24 hours before boarding time on the first leg of your journey by plane, and make sure to have the test result in hand at the border control.

Furthermore, anoyne arriving to Norway who has been to the UK, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal or Brazil after January 15th 2021, will have to undergo a PCR test at the Norwegian border.

If you can document that you've had Covid-19 within the last 6 months and are now completely symptom free, you are exempt from quarantine. You need to indicate this in the arrival registration (see below), and bring documentation proving that you have had a confirmed case of Covid-19. 

Read the following guide thoroughly

Official registration of arrival to Norway:

Before journeying to Norway, you must register with the Norwegian state. The registration must be completed less than 72 hours before arrival to Norway.

Please note that this registration is mandatory, and unrelated to NTNU's registration forms. You will be required to present a reciept of this registration at the border

Regardless of whether you have previously filled out an NTNU-arranged arrival registration form, you will have to complete the official registration above before entering the country.

Quarantine hotel:

All students coming from abroad are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You are responsible for observing your own quarantine - please note that breaking quarantine rules may result in fines up to NOK 30 000,- 

The only exceptions to quarantine requirement (except those who have had Covid within the lasst 6 months) are students from specified countries/regions in Europe with sufficiently low transmission rates ("yellow" areas - currently only Greenland and the Itä-Savo district of Finland). You can find more information about country/region status here. 

If you will be staying in a private residence where you do not share any facilities such as kitchen/bathroom with others, indicate this in the official registration of your arrival and say so to border authorities when you arrive. You will be allowed to travel to your residence to quarantine there.

For everyone else, who will be staying in some kind of shared accommodations, Norwegian authorities have arranged designated quarantine hotelsYou are allowed to travel to Trondheim or Ålesund before going into quarantine, even if you have a stop-over in another city. This means that if you are travelling through Oslo or another city in Norway and have a forwarding ticket to Trondheim or Ålesund on the same day, you will still be able to complete your journey and then go into quarantine. If you do not have a ticket for a domestic flight on the same day as you arrive, you must expect to go into quarantine at a hotel near Oslo Airport Gardermoen before travelling to your final destination. Students going to Campus Gjøvik will be required to quarantine at the quarantine hotel at Oslo Airport. Please tell border officials that you are an international student at NTNU and show them your ticket if necessary. You can take the train or bus to Gjøvik upon the end of your quarantine.

You will not receive, and will not require, a booking confirmation from the hotel in advance. If you are travelling with your spouse or family, they will be allowed to go into quarantine with you, but please note that they will have to cover the expenses themselves.

If you go into quarantine at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you will be shown the way to the airport hotel by border officials.


At Trondheim airport Værnes, in the arrivals hall, you will be met by two officers from the Norwegian Civil Defence. They will assign you a quarantine hotel, either near Trondheim Airport, or in Trondheim city, and inform you about how to get to the hotel. Remember to keep you face mask on until you are in your hotel room.

If you are studying in Trondheim, and have any questions immediately after your arrival, contact the Trondheim Quarantine Hotel Coordination Office by telephone: +47 73 92 55 00 or e-mail:

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 do not need to worry about food. The individual cost for this stay is normally f NOK 500,- per day at the hotel (5000,- in total). NTNU will cover this cost for our new students (both exchange and master's students). NTNU will cover the cost only once, for new international students, meaning that if you leave Norway and return, for whatever reason, you will have to cover the second quarantine hotel stay yourself. This also applies if you arrived in the spring or autumn of 2020 or earlier and decide to leave and re-enter Norway.

It should be sufficient for you to let the hotel know that you are an international NTNU student, and NTNU will take care of the rest.

Only expenses up to NOK 500,- per day at appointed hotels will be covered by NTNU. It is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation for your quarantine.

Note that the above information about quarantine hotels does not apply to students who have already arrived and moved in as of 15 November 2020.

If you can document that you are renting a private residence in which you live alone and do not share a kitchen/bathroom with any others, bring documentation of this (e.g. your contract), and a filled-out self-declaration formand explain the situation upon arrival at the Norwegian border. You will be allowed to travel to your residence and quarantine there.

Upon arrival:

  • Before leaving, familiarize yourself with the FHI's travel advice for travelling to and from Norway.
  • You will be required to wear a face mask on the flight to Norway, and must keep the mask on until you arrive at your residence or hotel room for quarantine. It is also highly recommended that you take the COVID-19 test offered at the airport when you arrive. Please note that the 10-day quarantine is mandatory regardless of test results from the airport. In other words, you may not break quarantine even if the airport test comes back negative.
  • If you first arrive at Oslo Airport or another airport in Norway before taking a connecting flight to Trondheim or Ålesund, let the immigration authorities know. You will be allowed to take the connecting flight. Upon arrival at Trondheim Airport, inquire about Quarantine Hotel at the Avinor information desk. If you are studing in Gjøvik, you will quarantine at Oslo Airport and can take the train/bus on to Gjøvik after your quarantine.
  • It is important that you make as few stops as possible along the way, and maintain the minimum safe distance of 1 meter from other people at all times.
  • 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:

While you are quarantined, you are not allowed on campus or in other public places (cafés, shops, etc.), and you may not use the hotel common areas (lounge, lobby, restaurant etc.). You are not allowed to use public transport while in quarantine. Please note that you will be asked to complete a new Covid-19 test on the seventh day of quarantine. You will be tested in your hotel room.

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

After 24 hours in quarantine, you will be required to take another Covid-19 test at the quarantine hotel. After 7 days in quarantine, you will be offered a new test - if this test comes back negative, you may leave quarantine.

If you experience any symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) isolate yourself at home and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Any roommates will have to go into quarantine. 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

Further details about completing quarantine will be provided by e-mail, including through the NTNU Quarantine Calendar, for which you sign up when you provide your date of arrival to NTNU.

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, 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 joint group appointments for new international students in late January/ early February. For students arriving during the Autumn semester, we will try to organize group appointments in October/ November as well. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be posted here.

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 assigned a hotel for quarantine by immigration authorities when you arrive. If you wish to be quarantined near/in Trondheim or Ålesund, you must either travel directly there from aborad, or have a connecting flight from Oslo (or wherever your first point of entry to Norway is) to Trondheim/Ålesund on the same day you arrive. You will then be allowed to take this connecting flight and quarantine at a hotel in Trondheim/Ålesund. If you're studying in Gjøvik, you will be quarantined near Oslo and can take the train/bus to Gjøvik after your quarantine.

2. Can I book another hotel for my quarantine? 
No. By decree of Norwegian authorities, anyone entering Norway from abroad will be assigned a quarantine hotel near the airport (or in the city) by immigration authorities. You will be required to complete your quarantine in this hotel.

3. I am coming to Norway with my husband/ wife. Will NTNU cover quarantine expenses for him/her as well?
When you receive booking confirmation and information about your hotel room, please let us know if you are bringing your spouse and it might be possible to upgrade to a double room. However, NTNU will only cover the NOK 5000,- cost of a single student, not any additional cost for family members.

4. What about food? 
You will have full-board accommodation at the quarantine hotel - in other words, food will be taken care of. 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 - in other words, even if your arrival time changes, you do not run the risk of losing your hotel room. However, for various reasons NTNU still needs to know when you will be arriving. So if your arrival time changes, please fill out the form you were sent to register your arrival time again.

6. I arrived in 2019 but will be going home for the Christmas holidays. Do I need to go into a hotel quarantine when I come back?
No, if you are already living in Norway, you can spend your 10-day quarantine in your own flat/room, as long as you abide by regulations for quarantine and keep as much distance as possible from your roomates.

7. I am coming to Norway on exchange with a friend from my home university. We are going to share an apartment. Can we quarantine together in this apartment?
No, unfortunately not. You will be required to complete quarantine in a hotel assigned by the immigration authorities upon arrival.

8. The semester starts on 11 January. Do I have to arrive in Norway 10 days before this date or can I start my quarantine later and still follow my courses?
You should try to arrive in Norway by 1 January to ensure that your quarantine is over in time for lectures. This might not be possible for everyone, however - tickets might be unavailable, visa applications can run late etc. If you know that lectures start before you are out of quarantine, contact your course supervisor and ask if digital options are available for the first lecture(s). Some courses might also start later (e.g. a week) after the semester starts. 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

Bilde av studenter i praksis Foto: Elin Iversen

Course in infection prevention

NTNU's course in infection prevention is mandatory for all students before going on campus.

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) 611 35 163

Phone: (+47 701 61 698

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