Health examination for refugees, asylum seekers and family reunified persons living in Oslo

You are entitled to a health examination once within the first three months of your stay in Norway. This health service is free of charge, voluntary, and provided to you within the district (bydel) you are living.

The health examination is usually conducted by a Public Health Nurse or a General Practitioner (GP) or both.

You are entitled to a qualified interpreter which will be provided free of charge.

All health personnel keep patient information confidential. This means that the information you give in a consultation will not be passed on to others unless you specifically give consent.

What happens during a health examination?

  • We talk to you about your health
  • We take blood samples and measure your blood pressure
  • We refer you to a specialist if needed
  • We help you to choose a family doctor/GP
  • We inform you about the healthcare system in Norway

What should you bring to the health examination?

  • Any medicines you are taking
  • Tuberculosis and vaccination cards
  • ID

How do you make an appointment?

  • You can make an appointment yourself
  • Others can also make an appointment for you. Examples are family members or public staff working within the district you live
  • First, you have to fill in the referral form.
  • Then, send it by post to the health facility providing health examinations in your district (find address information below)
  • After, you will receive a letter stating the date and time for your appointment.
  • If you have any questions, you can call the health facility providing health examinations in your district.

You can download the referral form here

What happens after the health examination?

  • You will be contacted if further examinations are needed
  • Not being contacted after the health examination means you are in good health