Healthcare for persons without legal residence in Norway

Everyone staying in Norway is entitled to receive immediate assistance and healthcare which is absolutely necessary and cannot wait.

Children's rights to health services

​All children up to the age of 18 have the same rights to health and care services as other children in Norway, but they do not have the right to be registered with a general practitioner.

Pregnant women’s rights to health services

​Pregnant women have full rights to maternity care and care in connection with abortions.

Adults’ rights to health services

Persons over the age of 18 who do not have legal residence are entitled to receive immediate assistance and healthcare which is absolutely necessary and cannot wait. You will have to pay for the healthcare, but advance payment cannot be a condition for you to receive care.

Right to care regarding infection protection

​Everyone is entitled to receive care regarding infection protection in accordance with Section 6.1 of the Act relating to the control of communicable diseases.

Medical care to prevent infection from communicable diseases which present a public health risk is free for all persons staying in Norway. You will be entitled to:

  • treatment if you have an infectious disease which could endanger public health
  • vaccination if you are at risk of being infected with an infectious disease which could endanger public health

List of infectious diseases which could endanger public health (fhi.no, in Norwegian)

Healthcare under COVID-19

Everyone in Norway is entitled to a free COVID-19 test and healthcare if they have COVID-19.

Other languages: Healthcare under COVID-19

Final rejection of the asylum application

Even if you have received a final rejection on your application for asylum, you still have the right to be examined at a hospital, to receive immediate medical assistance and other essential and urgent healthcare. If you are mentally unstable, you may be entitled to mental healthcare (psychiatry).

Children without legal residency in Norway have the right to receive healthcare at a doctor and at a hospital, but they are not entitled to an assigned GP.

If your application has been denied, you will need to pay for healthcare from a doctor and for treatment at a hospital, but you will not have to pay in advance of receiving the healthcare. If you are unable to pay, the health service must cover your expenses.

As a pregnant woman with a final rejection, you have the right to healthcare before, during and after delivery, to give birth in hospital and to have an abortion. This applies as long as you are in Norway. If you can afford to, you must cover the cost of delivery yourself. If you are unable to pay, the health service will cover your expenses.

Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Last updated Monday, December 16, 2019

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