When are you regarded as a tourist?
You are regarded as a tourist when you stay in Norway
- for less than 12 months, and
- have no income from work in Norway
What happens when you go to Norway on holiday?
EEA countries and Switzerland
- Coming from an EEA-country or Switzerland - take your European Health Insurance Card with you. The card gives proof of your entitlement to emergency and necessary medical treatment covered under the National Insurance Act.
- Coming from Australia - you will be entitled to coverage under the National Insurance Act if you become ill while on holiday in Norway.
- Coming from other countries - you must purchase private insurance to cover expenses in case of sickness while on holiday in Norway.
When are you no longer regarded as a tourist?
If you start work in Norway, you are no longer regarded as a tourist.
If you stay in Norway longer than 12 months, other rules will apply. You will no longer be regarded as a tourist and will have to apply for a residence permit.
If you need a visa to holiday in Norway, you are no longer regarded as a tourist after its expiration. Normally a visa is issued for up to three months.
What can you do to become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme?
As a rule, you will not be granted membership when you are a tourist. Persons who have a family in Norway or close ties with Norway may, on application, obtain voluntary membership when staying in Norway from three to twelve months.