Recently Arrived

Health services are available to you before you are properly settled, and through with all bureaucracies may differ from what your rights will be eventually. Here you will find guidelines to what to do if you need health services during the first part of your stay.

Mandatory Tuberculosis Examination

Tuberculosis examination is mandatory for some groups of international students staying more than 3 months in Norway. This includes, among others, persons from countries where tuberculosis is common. Countries with high occurrence are based on estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). The examination consists of a skin test, possibly a blood sample and a chest x-ray for persons over 15 years of age. After registering with the local police, they will send your contact details to the health authorities, and you will receive a letter in your mail, giving you an appointment. You are not allowed to study, if you do not do the examination. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you may contact the Student Counselling Centre for assistance.

Students from the following regions and countries are exempt from taking the test: Western Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. More information:…

Need to See a Doctor

Tourists and recently arrived students should to use the Emergency Clinic Legevakt shortly after arrival in Alta, and before you have done the bureaucracies of moving to Alta. You will have to pay for the medical examination, and be reimbursed by your insurance company later. A general consultation at the emergency clinic costs around NOK 240.

If you are in doubt of whether you need a doctor, you may call and consult them at phone number: (+47) 116 117

Any questions regarding your rights or procedures, contact the Student Counselling Centre.

Need to See a Dentist

Dental care is privatised and not covered by the Norwegian insurance scheme and is very expensive. To find a dentist look in the yellow pages of the telephone directory under 'Tannlege'. If you have an emergency after office hours go to the 'Legevakt' (see Need to see a doctor).

Any questions regarding your rights or procedures, contact the Student Counselling Centre.

General Advice – Common Ailments
You generally do not need to see a doctor for a common cold. A sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing and moderate cough will often last about two weeks, with a slight temperature the first three days. This is caused by a virus, which cannot be treated with medicine. It is recommended that you take it easy, drink a lot of liquids and cut out physical exercise if you are feeling run down. If the fever lasts more than three days and you get worse instead of better, it is a good idea to see a doctor.

Influenza resembles a cold but is accompanied by muscle pain and a higher temperature from the start. You feel sick and run down and the temperature may last for a week or so. You do not generally need to see a doctor for influenza either unless you have several days of fever. It is not advisable to take antibiotics for either a cold or influenza unless a doctor assesses your condition and recommends that you do so.

Frost bite

It is important to dress according to the climate in warm woollen clothing and sensible footwear. If you are out in the cold, keep your body moving. Frostbite can occur if you are outside for a long time and are not dressed appropriately. If you suspect frostbite (usually in extremities such as fingers, toes, nose, and ears), you should gradually warm yourself up without rubbing the particular area or running warm water over it.

If on doubt or in need of advice on this and other health issues, you may contact the Student Counselling Centre for advice.