Employee from a country outside the EU/EEA

Are you an employee in Norway and live in a country outside the EU/EEA? On this page, you can read about if you have health rights in Norway.

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To work in Norway, you must have the legal right to work here.

Before travelling to Norway, you should check with The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) if you require special permits or are subject to special rules. Read about work immigration on the website of UDI.

Membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme

As an employee working in Norway or on the Norwegian Continental Shelf resident outside the EU/EEA, you will be enrolled as a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Thus, you will be covered for necessary expenses on health services from the national health service, and you must pay fixed user fees (in Norwegian) for treatment.

Questions about membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme? For information, visit the website of NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration).

You might be entitled to be covered for necessary expenses on health services abroad. Click here for more information on the webpage “Health rights abroad”.

Family members

If you have dependant family members, they must apply to NAV for their own membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if they are to receive health rights in Norway on a par with the country's inhabitants. In order to document their rights, they must show a decision on voluntary membership.

Family members without their own membership are only entitled to limited healthcare coverage when they reside in Norway. They do not gain entitlement to healthcare coverage in other countries through your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

Employee posted to Norway

​Has your employer sent you to Norway to work here? Then you are considered a posted employee to Norway, and you must check with the country you are sent from which rules apply to you.

Employee in Norway?

Learn more about being an employee in Norway from this online guide: «Work in Norway – The Official Guide».

Content provided by Helfo

Helfo. Employee from a country outside the EU/EEA. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; updated Thursday, January 12, 2023 [retrieved Sunday, April 14, 2024]. Available from: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/foreigners-in-norway/employee-from-a-country-outside-the-eu-eea/

Last updated Thursday, January 12, 2023