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Childbirth in the EU/EEA and Switzerland

If you are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and give birth while you are staying in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, some of your costs can be covered.

Foto: Morten Rakke / Helfo

This applies regardless of whether the childbirth is planned or an emergency.

Emergency childbirth

If you give birth in an emergency or unexpectedly while you are staying in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, in principle you will have your costs covered in accordance with the legislation of the country you are staying in, by showing your European Health Insurance Card. The place where you give birth must be affiliated with the public health service.

Contact Helfo if you do not use the European Health Insurance Card.

Planned childbirth

If you wish to travel to another EU/EEA country to give birth, some of your costs can be covered. Before you travel, you need to obtain a medical certificate from your GP or treatment provider.

It is up to you to come to an agreement with a maternity facility in the country you are going to. You need to compile and submit a claim to Helfo for reimbursement afterwards.

Fill in this form

​«Claim for reimbursement of healthcare services received in another EEA country/Switzerland (05-24a.10)» English  | Bokmål

and send it to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg, Norway – no later than six months after you have given birth.

You can not be reimbursed for expenses in connection with planned childbirth in Switzerland.

Read more about hospital treatment and other specialist health services in EU/EEA countries.

Longer stays in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland

If you are going to stay for a longer period in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland before or after childbirth, you should ensure that you are entitled to have the childbirth and other health care services covered for you and your child.

You need to bring form E106/S1 from Norway to document your rights. With form E106/S1, the childbirth and other health care services will be covered according to the rules in the country you stay in.

The healthcare you and your child receive must be a part of the public health care system, and you must pay a user fee at the same level as the citizens of the country you stay in.

Read more about who is entitled to form E106/S1 and how you apply to get it. (See step 2, 3 and 4 on the webpage «Workers from the EU/EEA or Switzerland who work in Norway but do not live here».)

Students

If you are a student in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland and are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you need to show your European Health Insurance Card in connection with giving birth. The place where you give birth must be affiliated with the public health service. The European Health Insurance Card must also be used in connection with antenatal checks and so forth.

The costs you incur in connection with pregnancy and childbirth will be covered in accordance with the rules in the country where you are staying. For this reason, it is important to note that the service provided to pregnant women varies from country to country.

Contact Helfo if you do not use the European Health Insurance Card.