After arriving in Norway, you will be entitled to receive essential healthcare. If you are ill or pregnant, and/or need medication, you should receive healthcare as soon as possible. You will also be entitled to professional medical assistance if you have experienced war, conflict, torture, violence, abuse or female genital mutilation, and are suffering problems as a result of this.
When you arrive in Norway, you must be tested for tuberculosis. Everyone who comes from a country with a high incidence of tuberculosis must have this test. You should have the test within two days and certainly no more than 14 days after arrival.
Vaccinations for children and adolescents
All children and young people under 20 years of age have
the right to be vaccinated against a number of illnesses.
Children under 2 years of age should receive vaccinations as soon as possible. Older children and adolescents should receive their vaccinations within 3 months of arriving in Norway.
If you have questions about vaccinations for your child, you can speak to a nurse. You can decide for yourself whether you wish your children to be vaccinated.
Vaccinations for adults
If you are an adult who has not previously had measles or rubella, and you have not been vaccinated against these diseases, you should be offered vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella within no more than one year after your arrival. You can decide for yourself whether you wish to accept this vaccination offer.
If you have not been vaccinated against polio, you should be offered this vaccination within 1 year of your arrival in Norway. You can decide for yourself whether you wish to accept this vaccination offer.
Medical examination three months after arrival in Norway
Three months after arriving in Norway as an asylum seeker or refugee, you should be offered a medical examination. The examination will normally be carried out by a nurse.
If you need more treatment, you will be given an appointment with a doctor. You will be entitled to an interpreter if you need one. This service is free of charge for you as a patient.