Au pairs from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland

You need a residence permit if you are from a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland and want to work as an au pair in Norway. You will then become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and be entitled to health care according to the rules in Norway.

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Before you travel

UDI, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, will be able to provide you with the information you need before you travel to Norway.

​If you are from a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland and want to work as an au pair in Norway, you need a residence permit. Find out more on the UDI website.


Arlyn from the Philippines wants to go to Norway to work as an au pair. She applies for a residence permit.

Your rights

If you are an au pair and have a valid residence permit in Norway, you are automatically a member of the Norwegian national insurance scheme.

​This entitles you to medical assistance in accordance with the rules in Norway. This means that you will be covered for necessary expenses for health services from the public health care system and that you have to pay user fees for treatment in the same way as Norwegians do.


Arlyn lives with and works for a Norwegian family. She thinks she has got food poisoning and visits the doctor. She pays a user fee at the same level as Norwegians.

The trip home

Your host family must purchase insurance to cover medical transport back to your home country if you become seriously ill or are injured.

​If your host family does not take out insurance for you, this contravenes the au pair contract. They will then be responsible for covering the cost of transport to your home country in the event of illness or injury. You can find out more about this in the au pair contract drawn up by UDI.


It turns out that Arlyn does not have food poisoning, but is suffering from copper toxicity. She won't be able to work for several months, and wants to travel back home. The transport home is covered by the insurance that the host family has taken out.

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Last updated Wednesday, January 26, 2022