Questions and Answers on the Coronavirus disease for NMBU students


If you are a student and going abroad next semester, please contact Ås municipality as soon as possible to book an appointment for vaccination. Are going home this summer and will take dose 1 there, you can dose 2 when you are back in Ås. Contact the municipality approx. one week before you should have dose 2 to make an appointment. Doses 1 and 2 are set at 6-week intervals for this group.

Students who quality for this plan must contact the corona telephone on 64 96 20 60 or 959 39 677 to set up an appointment. We encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, June 21st. The phoneline closes at 3pm.

Students who will be studying abroad may get the first and second doses before leaving. To qualify, you must be able to document that you will be studying abroad next semester.

The scheme applies to you who are registered in the National Population Register as a student, or who are residents of Ås (resident means that you live in Ås, for e.g., in a dormitory). Students resident in other municipalities have to comply with local rules.

 The government has decided that Ås municipality is no longer at level 5C.  Ås municipality will maintain local measures up to and including June 10, due to the infection situation, but will allow for some changes. 

All students can now use study rooms and group rooms. There is a limited number of seats on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Students must remember to register their presence on campus with QR code. 

Home office is no longer mandatory, but is encouraged. We are in the final stretch, but many of us are not yet vaccinated. NMBU recommends that we still work from home. 

Face masks are mandatory while on campus when indoors, or when the distance between people is less than two meters. If you are sitting indoors, you may remove your face mask if you are able to maintain a two-meter distance from other people. 

Everyone must take the infection prevention course.


The University libraries in the Veterinary Building and open for for service on weekdays at 8 am - 4 pm.

Online teaching continues. Localities on campus are open to those students who need to complete physical experiments or training to maintain study progression.

Events are still prohibited.

Face masks are always mandatory while using NMBU’s facilities. You must procure your own face masks. Maintain a one-meter distance from other people, and preferably two. Wipe down desks before using them. 

You are no longer required to take a rapid self-test before you come to campus, but it would be good if you could contribute towards the national testing scheme.

Other rules for Ås include: have as few close contacts as possible, a maximum of five visitors, and preferably meet outdoors. Do not have more than 10 close contacts per week.

Both students and employees have followed the infection prevention regulations, and we have had very little infection on campus. We can keep numbers down by continuing to follow the rules. Get tested if you have symptoms and stay at home if you are sick. Have few close contacts and keep your distance.

To get access to the Campus buildings you must have completed in Canvas the 
"training in protective measures for employees and students at NMBU" 

Also use the QR Check in systems when entering building on Campus.
The government's national measures

Illness and Testing

What happens if I get sick and how do I report it?

If you have respiratory tract symptoms, you should stay at home until the symptoms have passed.If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should be tested and stay at home until you have a negative test result AND you are free of symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform us on this form.

As long as you have not tested positiv for COVID-19, you do not need to report it. If you have mandatory attendance in a course, please inform the course responsible.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 disease please read the information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

The criteria for testing is that you have had one or more of the following symptoms for more than 48 hours:

Ås municipality has set up tents to test for corona at Åsgård School, Skoleveien 7. As of September 1st you need to book an appointment.

How to book an appointment

  • Please contact Ås municipality's corona phone on 959 39 677 to arrange the time for testing
  • The phone for booking is open from 11:30 - 15:00 Monday to Friday. Test and analysis is free of charge.

Students who are living in a SiO flat can make an appointment to get tested at the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO). SiO Health’s test station is located at Fredrikkeplassen at Blindern. Testing happens outdoors in a designated barrack. SiO Health’s test station supplements Oslo municipality’s testing services. You can also schedule corona testing through the municipality’s corona phone hotline if no opening is available. SiO has set up a phone hotline for scheduling testing which is open Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 11:00 and from 12:30 to 14:30. You will receive information as to meeting place and time when you schedule your testing.

Testing for International Travel
The person traveling is responsible for contacting a private provider who offers COVID-19 testing for travel purposes. The individual must cover the costs associated with the testing and the required documentation herself/himself.
This type of testing is not covered by the Norwegian healthcare system and it is not eligible for a HELFO refund. Traveling is a personal choice and the individual must therefore cover the cost, such as in the case for vaccinations for travel purposes.

Use of face masks

A face mask is recommended to help reduce the spread in situations where the risk of infection is high or increasing.

Wearing a face mask is recommended or mandatory in some situations.

Visit the website of your local municipality or the municipality you are visiting for information on potential local requirements on the use of face masks.


All exams spring 2021 will be home exams.

Access to buildings, library and events

Campus buildings are now closed. If there is something important you need to collect from a building, you can contact campus security guards on phone number 986 91 113.

To get access to the building you must have completed "training in protective measures for employees and students at NMBU" in Canvas. 

Will the library be open?

You will find more information from the library on their webpage. 

If you wish to get in contact with the library, please send e-mail to: 

SiÅs Housing

I live in SiÅs housing and I have been infected. Who should I inform?

You must inform NMBU on this form and you should also send an email to They will work together with the local medical authorities to determine whether additional measures which must be taken.

I live in SiÅs housing. Are there guidelines for what we can and cannot do to prevent infection?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, SiÅs requests that all tenants do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection. Until further notice, all social activities in student flats should be kept at a minimum. If tenants become ill or have been in contact with infected persons, these advices from Norwegian Institue of Public Health applies.

SiÅs flats vary in size, but most students live in relative close quarters. It is recommended to closely follow the recommendations outlined by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Keep updated on the webpages for Ås Municipality (in Norwegian).

Medical Insurance and General Practioner

Do I have medical insurance as an international student if I get coronavirus?

International students have insurance coverage in one of four ways:
- You have a Norwegian ID number or if you waiting for your Norwegian ID number to be issued but have a residence permit that is valid for longer than 9 months. You are covered in Norway like a Norwegian national. After receiving the ID number, you were either assigned general practitioner or you selected on yourself.

- You have an EU health card. This normally applies to EU students who do not have a Norwegian ID number. You are also covered by the Norwegian Health Care System. This group of students is not assigned a general practitioner.

-  You have applied and been granted Voluntary Member in the Norwegian Healthcare Scheme. You are covered like a Norwegian national. This group os students is not assigned a general practitioner.

- All other short-stay students have their own private medical/travel insurance. You should contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is. This group of students is not assigned a general practitioner.

Who is my General Practitioner?

You can log onto the Helsenorge webpages to see who your general practitioner is and/or switch to another doctor. You can also call Helsenorge at 23 32 70 00 to ask for assistance.

Study Permit Renewal and Part-time Work

How will I renew my study permit?

 As per the UDI website, it is now possible to book appointments at a few police stations in Norway, but you may be asked to upload documents instead of attending the booked appointment time. Routines will vary from police station to police station.

NOTE: If you plan to apply for a job-seeker permit, it is recommended to submit at early as possible to avoid delays with the permit application. Questions can be directed to 




Published 12. March 2020 - 16:26 - Updated 18. June 2021 - 8:51