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Research sabbaticals and other research visits abroad and the coronavirus

On this page, you will find principles and information on how sabbaticals and other research visits abroad must be assessed before they can take place.

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Text based on rector's decisions from 01.10.2021 (pdf)

Research sabbaticals and other research visits abroad from 1 October 2021

When the coronavirus pandemic began, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued global advice against all non-essential travel abroad. In the spring of 2021, the Rector decided to open opportunities for necessary research visits abroad, with special requirements for individual assessment of each visit. The Rector’s decision remained in effect in the autumn of 2021 (30/2021).

The global advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against all non-essential travel was lifted on 1 October

When the Government reopened society on Saturday 25 September – “A normal everyday life with increased preparedness”, it was considered that there was no longer a basis for one common advisory on global travel. The Ministry is now going back to this issue to consider whether there should be a travel advisory for each country. The pandemic and health situation will be part of the assessment together with safety aspects of the country.

With the reopening of society and ending of the Ministry’s global travel advice, NTNU is lifting the Rector’s decision on research sabbaticals and other research visits abroad which is now in effect.

Research sabbaticals and other research visits abroad can now take place in line with the following principles.

  • All employees who travel on research visits abroad must follow the Ministry’s travel advice.
  • The employer and the employee must ensure that the employee has satisfactory social security and insurance coverage during the stay.
  • Many countries still have measures and restrictions related to the Covid–19 pandemic. All employees must find out what the situation is and check the advice from the authorities of their destination country.
  • Employees must take into account and consider the general travel advice on infection control from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI):
    • All employees must assess the risk of getting infected during the journey (destination, duration, contact with other people).
    • The risk of being affected by travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine, or other measures in the destination country.
    • The risk of capacity problems in the health services at the destination if you get sick.
    • The risk of not being able to travel home or to get medical repatriation if you get sick.
  • The faculties must decide whether they want to cover any extra costs related to visits abroad that are to take place. These may be costs associated with cancellation of a visit abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, quarantine hotels, etc.