If you are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and a national of either Norway or another EEA country, you are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card.
United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31. 2020, but European Health Insurance Cards issued from Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein will for a transition period apply in the UK. British citizens visiting Norway can also use their European Health Insurance Cards. For now, the transition period lasts until December 31. 2020, but if the EU and the United Kingdom so agrees, the transition period may be extended. Read more about the consequences of Brexit on Helsedirektoratet's website (in Norwegian).
Pensioners who have moved to another EEA country may also entitled to a European Health Insurance Card. Find out about entitlement to a European Health Insurance Card as a pensioner here (in Norwegian).
Entitlement to a European Health Insurance Card also applies in many cases to family members who do not themselves have citizenship of an EU/EEA country. In this context, family means spouses, children under 18, dependent children over 18 and cohabitants who have or have had children together. Be aware that each family member must carry their own personal card.
Persons who are stateless or have refugee status may also be entitled to a European Health Insurance Card.
If you are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, but are not entitled to a European Health Insurance Card, you may still be entitled to healthcare coverage during temporary stays in other EEA countries. This may be the case if you are a student and have a loan from the State Educational Loan Fund, and if you are a posted worker. You may be entitled to extended benefits. In certain cases, NAV may have to decide whether you are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. In that case, Helfo will ask you to contact them.
Contact Helfo if you are unsure about whether you are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card or coverage of healthcare abroad. Call Veiledning helsenorge.no (user service) at phone number 23 32 70 00. Fax from abroad: +47 33 51 22 89.
Note that in many cases, the European Health Insurance Card is issued in a paper version instead of a plastic card.