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 a test.

Sist oppdatert: 20.02.2022

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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
  • Rapid test. Will not be registered by Helsenorge.

Where can I obtain the tests?

You can obtain tests at these places:

Opening hours


  • Monday-friday 08.30-21.30
  • Saturday-sunday 08.30-14.45

You can also pick up tests for several family members, if needed.

Which type of corona test should I take?

I have symptoms, what do I do?

You can take a rapid test yourself.

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 a close contact/living with someone who has covid-19, what do I do?

  • Test yourself immediately if you have any symptoms.
  • Members of the household or close contacts must no longer stay in isolation if their test are negative.
  • If you can't avoid contact with the patient, test yourself daily, and five days after the isolation is ended.
  • It is recommended that close contacts and household members use face masks when they are i public places up to ten days after contact.

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

Register a positive rapid test.

  • 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.

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.

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

Test results

You will find the test result by logging on to 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.

What do I do while waiting for the test result?

If you are being tested because you have symptoms

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

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 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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