Healthcare rights of pensioners moving to Norway

This article explains the healthcare rights of pensioners who move to Norway.

Foto: Morten Rakke / Helfo

If you are a pensioner from an EU/EEA country and intend to move to Norway, you must make sure you have form S1 (formerly form E121) from the country you receive your pension from.

If you are a pensioner from outside the EU/EEA and are lawfully resident in Norway, you will be enrolled as a member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme and be entitled to receive healthcare services when you move here.

Pensioners from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland

If you move to Norway from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland and have form S1, you will be entitled to receive healthcare services in accordance with the rules that apply in Norway.

Once you have submitted form S1 to Helfo, you will be reimbursed for essential expenses which you incur relating to healthcare services provided by the public health service in Norway. You must send the form to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg.

You may also have to pay a user fee for the various healthcare services in the same way as other residents in the country.

If you bring dependent family members with you, they will have the same rights as you. Each family member must have their own form S1.

You must also make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card from the national insurance institution that you received your form S1 from. You can use the European Health Insurance Card if you go on holiday outside Norway.

If you accept employment in Norway, this will affect your rights. In this case, you must notify Helfo.

Pensioners from countries outside the EU/EEA

If you are a pensioner from outside the EU/EEA and are lawfully resident in Norway, you will be enrolled as a member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme and be entitled to receive healthcare services when you move here. You must find out whether you are entitled to reside in Norway.

You can find out more about the opportunities to settle in Norway on the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

You are entitled to healthcare provision in accordance with the rules that apply in Norway when you are lawfully resident here. This means that you will be reimbursed for any necessary healthcare expenses which you incur in connection with healthcare services provided by the public health service and that you may have to pay a user fee for the various healthcare services in the same way as other residents.

Rights regarding homeward travel and healthcare services in your home country

​If you have any questions concerning your rights regarding support in connection with travel to your home country and/or health services there, you should contact the national insurance authorities there.