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COVID-19 test in Trondheim

Do you need to take a test, or are you not sure whether you do? Uncertain about which test you should take? Here you will find information about the COVID-19 test, and how to obtain or book a test.

Sist oppdatert: 22.11.2021

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Which tests are available?

  • PCR nose swab test. Will be registered by Helsenorge.
  • PCR saliva test. Equal to the nose swab test. Will be registered by Helsenorge.
  • Rapid test. Will not be registered by Helsenorge.

Where can I obtain the tests?

The test can be obtained at the test centre at Leüthenhaven, Erling Skakkes gate 40 (in the parking lot outdoors)

Opening hours:

  • Workdays 8.30 am - 9.30 pm
  • Weekends 11.15 am - 5.45 pm

You can pick up or deliver tests for several family members, with a maximum of five tests per household.

A PCR nose swab test must be ordered on the digital form for this purpose or on the corona telephone.

Which type of corona test should I take?

I have symptoms, what do I do?

  • You can take a rapid test yourself
  • You can take a saliva test (PCR) yourself
  • You can order a nose swab test (PCR) if you cannot use a self-test

You can obtain all the tests at the Leüthenhaven test centre or take the test there.

I am worried and would like to be tested

  • If you do not have symptoms or are a close contact, you can either pick up a PCR saliva test or buy a self-test in a pharmacy.

I am in arrival quarantine

  • If you are in quarantine after arriving in Norway, you must take a PCR saliva test or PCR nose swab test, regardless of whether you have symptoms or not.

I am a close contact

I am in close contact with someone (not the same household) who has COVID-19, what do I do?

Monitor your own health closely for ten days.

Test yourself immediately if you have any symptoms.

  • If you are not vaccinated, you should test yourself right away, preferably immediately. We recommend that children should also be tested. Parents decide if their child is to be tested.
  • If you have had a vaccine dose at least three weeks ago, you do not need to be tested.
  • If you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19, you do not need to test yourself.

I am living with someone who has COVID-19, what do I do?

Monitor your own health closely for ten days.

Test yourself immediately if you have any symptoms.

  • If you are not vaccinated, you should test yourself for COVID-19 with a PCR test every second day, or with a rapid test every day for a full week. If you are unable to get tested you should avoid contact with others or stay home for seven days. Days are counted from the time the infected person was isolated. We also recommend that children should be tested; parents decide whether a child is to be tested.
  • If you have received a vaccine dose at least three weeks ago, you should test yourself right away, preferably immediately. You can test yourself at a test centre or with a self-test. We also recommend that children should be tested. Parents decide if a child is to be tested.
  • If you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19, you do not need to test yourself.


Up to and including 24 November 2021 the following recommendations are in force in Trondheim

For infected people in the household, the following recommendations are in force:

  • a. Children and adults are recommended to avoid participating in social or recreational activities if living with an infected person. This applies for seven days counting from when the infected person had symptoms or was diagnosed with the infection, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or have symptoms.
  • b. Make sure to increase your distance between colleagues in the workplace, or work at home if practical.
  • c. Daily testing the first three days of the period of illness of the member of the household in those cases where it is impossible to do as recommended in paragraph b. This will particularly apply to people who have contact with others who are at serious risk of severe consequences of COVID-19, such as health personnel working with vulnerable patient groups.

Visits to nursing homes are not recommended if the visitor has respiratory symptoms or infection in his or her own household.

I have been diagnosed with COVID-19, what do I do?

Register a positive rapid test on minside.trondheim.kommune.no.

  • A positive rapid test should be confirmed with a PCR saliva test or a nose swab test. If the PCR test is positive you must contact your General Practitioner.
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to infection. A close contact is a person you have been with during the last 48 hours before you had symptoms or from the test date if you do not have symptoms. You are also recommended to inform your employer or school, and/or health institutions if relevant. If you have been on a bus, in a shop or similar, you do not need to notify these.
  • You must stay in isolation. When at least five days have passed and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (without using medication to reduce the fever) you may end your isolation, but this must be decided in dialogue with your GP. In Trondheim the GP determines when you can end your isolation

I have had COVID-19 earlier

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last three months, you do not need to be tested.

Rapid tests for schools

Trondheim local authority is now issuing rapid tests for schools where there is COVID-19 infection so that pupils can test themselves at home. This increases the test capacity and aims to get children and young people more quickly out of quarantine.

Saliva tests are available for all who need to test themselves. The saliva test is a PCR test and is equal to the PCR throat/nose swab test.

Testing before travelling abroad

We get many questions about testing from people intending to travel abroad. Due to capacity limits it is no longer possible to be tested in the city’s test centres. Such tests must now be taken by private enterprises. Trondheim local authority does not issue certification of negative test results in connection with travelling.

Private enterprises offering COVID-19 testing

How to book a corona test (PCR nose swab test)

Fill in this form

You must log in using your BankID/MinID to access the form.

  • You can choose the time for testing.
  • You can also book tests for your children.
  • Log on again later if you did not find an appointment time on the first attempt. New test appointment times are posted on an ongoing basis, so it is a good idea to check frequently.

It is free to take Trondheim local authority’s COVID-19 test.

NOTE! If you have booked an appointment using the form, do not call the corona telephone. That will only create longer waiting times.

Test results

You will find the test result by logging on to helsenorge.no using your BankID. The result is posted there as soon as the test has been analysed by the laboratory at St. Olav’s University Hospital. The local authority does not have access to the test result before it is posted on your Helsenorge page. It may take up to three days before the test result is ready.

You will receive notification on your mobile phone or by email when the test result is ready.

What do I do while waiting for the test result?

If you are being tested because you have symptoms

Everyone who is being tested because they have symptoms should stay home until they have received a negative test result.

If the test result is negative, they can go back to work or school when their general condition is good (that means they feel well and have no fever), even if they may still have some symptoms after a respiratory infection.

Is the test result included in the corona certificate?

A negative test result will also be shown on the corona certificate. You will find the corona certificate by logging on to helsenorge.no.

It is not possible to see whether the test result is from a throat and nose swab test or a saliva test.

EU rules state that those who are fully vaccinated, have had corona or have a negative corona test not older than 24 hours, will receive a green certificate.

If you have problems finding your test result on helsenorge.no, or have questions about the test result or your health condition, contact your GP.

Cancelling an appointment

You can cancel your appointment using the same form you used to book your COVID-19 test. You can cancel your appointment up to 1 hour and 45 minutes before the appointment.

You can also cancel your appointment by calling the corona telephone, 90 50 90 52. Due to the high number of callers, we would appreciate it if you first try to cancel digitally.

If children are to take a COVID-19 test

Preparation is often required to test a child for COVID-19.

Children need to feel safe

Regrettably we have limited time we can use on each individual patient. We do not wish to subject your child to unnecessary stress and trauma, or give them negative associations with the health service.

In full infection protection gear we may appear frightening to a child. We try as best we can to be kind and careful, but if we do not succeed after trying for a short period of time, we will have to stop.

For young children it may feel best to sit in the lap of their mother or father when we give them the test.

Preparing for the throat and nose swab

Prepare the child for what will happen at the test centre. It may be a good idea to watch the episode of Bamselegen (the Teddy-bear Doctor) on NRK TV, where they test for COVID-19 in full protection gear (NRK TV episode 4 of Bamselegen, season 2).

For children under 10 years of age, we only take a throat swab (not a nose swab). Find a Q-tip at home and let the child get used to how it feels to touch it and have it in the mouth.

Preparing for a saliva test

Prepare the child for what will happen at the test centre. The test is not uncomfortable but may be somewhat demanding for children.

It may take some time to produce the required amount of saliva (1.5 ml). When you are at the test facility, talk to your child about eating their favourite meal or how it is to bite into the world’s yellowest and sourest lemon.

The corona telephone

If you have any questions that you feel have not been answered here, you can call the Trondheim corona telephone 90 50 90 52.

This telephone line is open

  • Workdays 8.30 am - 3.15 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

We will book an interpreter when needed. This may take some time, but we will contact you as soon as possible.

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