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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.

Mother and newborn baby.
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This applies regardless of whether the childbirth is planned or an emergency. 

Vil du lese om fødsel i EU/EØS eller Sveits på norsk?

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. Send in

​​​«Claim for reimbursement of specialist healthcare received in another EEA country (05-24a.05)» English

to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg – not later than six months after you have given birth.

Find out more about hospital treatment and other specialist healthcare services in EU/EEA countries here.

Planned childbirth in Switzerland

In the case of planned childbirth in Switzerland, you can also apply to Helfo for reimbursement afterwards. Send in

​​«Krav om refusjon for utgifter til fødsel utenfor Norge (05-24.05)» Bokmål

to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg – not later than six months after you have given birth.

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.