Travel during COVID-19

Avoid unnecessary travel, both in Norway and abroad

NTNU follows the advice from Norwegian government agencies to avoid unnecessary travel, both in Norway and abroad. See the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for travel abroad.

Use of public transport

All travel by public transport is discouraged, unless it is strictly necessary in order to get to the workplace or campus. Consider cycling, walking or using other means of transport, if you can. If you need to travel by public transport, wearing a mask is recommended, especially during peak periods. Read more about the use of face masks [link to “Attendance on Campus -> Use of face masks”].

Quarantine requirements  for people entering Norway

The main rule is that people who arrive in Norway from an area with a quarantine obligation must go into quarantine for 10 days. See Section 4 of the Covid-19 regulations.

However, exemptions may be granted: 

Exemptions from quarantine for people travelling for work, in connection with testing

People who are resident in the EEA or Switzerland and come to Norway to do a job or on assignment are exempt from entry quarantine during working hours if they 

  • have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 after arriving in Norway
  • are tested every third day for 10 days after arriving in Norway
  • stay in a single room for their first ten days in Norway
  • have not been in areas with a particularly high level of transmission during the last 10 days before arriving in Norway. 

If the person tests positive, they must self-isolate.

The exemption also applies to people who are resident in Norway and who return from work or an assignment carried out in the EEA or Switzerland (however, letter c does not apply).

Exemption from quarantine if life or health is in danger

People whose presence is essential to maintain the sound operation of critical public functions or meet fundamental needs of the population, including people who carry out transport of goods and passengers, are exempt from quarantine during working hours. Exemptions from quarantine can only be used in cases where this is necessary in order to avoid danger to life and health and must be agreed with the Head of Department/Head of Section.

More information about quarantine is available on the web pages of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)   

The following applies to presence on campus for people travelling for work purposes who are exempt from quarantine:

  • Must use a face mask while working.
  • Must not use cafeterias and communal kitchens/lunch rooms
  • Must limit their presence in common areas as much as possible and use fixed routes into/out of the buildings, toilet facilities, etc.

The contact person at NTNU is responsible for:  

 If the test results are positive, the contact person at NTNU must notify the municipality of this.


  • If you have any questions related to this guideline, please send an email to 


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Last updated

12 November 2020

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January 2021

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