Norway: Travel Health Information

Norway is known for its expansive and varied natural landscapes. Travellers can catch a glimpse of the northern lights in northern Norway or try an array of traditional Norwegian foods from street vendors and cafes in Oslo.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Norway may differ from your home country. Norway has a public healthcare system and a small private sector that both provide a high standard of care. In some rural areas, the availability and quality of healthcare varies due to limited access to specialized doctors and the poor retention of healthcare workers.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Norway require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Norway.

Norway is serviced by large pharmacies and smaller medicine outlets that are located throughout the country. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor. Pharmacists in Norway are trained and licensed. If you are travelling with medication, check with Norway’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Norway are well maintained, and road safety is a high priority. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are not obligatory for cyclists, but should be worn for safety.

Travelling to Norway?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Norway. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

Travel health planner

Need a doctor?

IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Norway.

Find a doctor

Norway At A Glance

Capital: Oslo

Population: 5.25 million

Official languages: Norwegian, Nynorsk, Bokmal, Saami/Northern

Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

Travel Health Journal