Do I Need Travel Insurance For Norway?

With its incredible fjords - a true wonder of nature that creates a unique coastline - Norway is a country of immense natural beauty. Glaciers, grand and glorious, snake down from ice fields that rank among Europe's largest - making Norway a winter wonderland throughout much of the year. Its Arctic areas offer majestic vistas and its forests and mountains a superb, stunning backdrop to those who want to try winter sports or explore one of Europe’s true wildernesses - where you can try snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, dog-sledding, and white-water rafting. Plus, if you travel to Norway at the right time of year you might even see the Northern Lights. 

Norway isn’t just for the adventurous, however, as its fast-growing capital, Oslo, is very much a bustling Scandinavian metropolis with a rich cultural history - with important local figures including the artist Edvard Munch and writer Henrik Ibsen. The most famous version of Munch’s signature work, The Scream, is housed in Oslo in Norway’s National Museum.

Although Norway is not in the European Union it is part of the Schengen Area of borderless travel. AXA’s Schengen travel insurance offers extensive protection for those traveling to Norway - as it can cover medical expenses up to €100,000 in Norway and other Schengen Area countries. It also allows you to obtain the travel insurance certificate required with your visa application. 

What does AXA Schengen travel insurance for Norway cover?

Starting at €33 per week (approx. US$35) of your trip, our Europe Travel insurance covers

  • Up to €100,000 coverage in medical expenses 
  • Medical repatriation & transport 
  • 24/7 medical assistance in English or French in case of urgency
  • Up to 180 days of coverage
  • All Schengen and European Union countries as well as the United Kingdom (depending on the chosen insurance)
  • Insurance certificate issued immediately and approved by the embassies
  • No age limit
  • Zero deductible - which will allow you to avoid some upfront and early costs with your claim

Is travel insurance required for Norway?

Travel insurance is mandatory if you need a Schengen Visa for Norway. If you don’t need a visa, travel insurance is optional but strongly recommended as medical costs can be high for foreigners, especially as you will need to pay for any prescriptions.

Do you cover emergency medical costs related to coronavirus? 

We will cover your medical costs related to coronavirus provided you haven't traveled against World Health Organization advice, personal medical advice from your doctor, or any other government body’s advice in your home country or the country you are traveling to. Emergency and additional travel costs are also covered providing you have stuck to this advice. 

All issued electronic certificates purchased on the axa-schengen site include this disclaimer: “Medical fees related to COVID-19 are covered in the terms, conditions & exclusions established in the insurance policy”. This will satisfy any embassy rules that state you must get an insurance certificate with Covid protection. 

Will AXA Schengen travel insurance be accepted with my Norwegian visa application?

AXA have been leading experts in delivering insurance certificates that meet Schengen countries’ requirements to obtain a visa for more than 10 years.  All you need to do is print the electronic form of the health insurance certificate and enclose it with your visa application - it’s that easy!  Each AXA Schengen insurance certificate is individualized and bears a number that is verifiable on our website.

What are the requirements for travel insurance for my Norway visa?

To obtain a Schengen Visa to Norway your insurance must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum coverage for at least €30,000 in medical expenses
  • It should cover all member states of the Schengen Area
  • It should cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons.

I don’t need a Schengen Visa to visit Norway - can I still purchase your insurance to cover my possible health expenses?

Schengen travel insurance is not mandatory for some travelers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be injured or get ill. A broken wrist or nasty infection can happen to anyone! We thus strongly recommend that you subscribe to our insurance for travelers visiting Europe to make sure your trip is as safe and peaceful as possible. Particularly if you’re taking on some of the more adventurous pursuits Norway has to offer! 

What are the main advantages of AXA Schengen insurance?

  1. Compliant with European requirements for Schengen Visa. 10 years of existence
  2. Immediate coverage. Your insurance covers you from the first day you need it
  3. No age restriction, zero deductible
  4. No price variation because of nationality or age
  5. Refund if your Schengen Visa application is denied.

Why should you trust us?

  • Medical files processed by AXA Schengen in 2021: 2292
  • Medical calls processed by our agents in 2021: 3845

Which insurance plans to consider?

  Coverage duration Max.
Countries Covered Average price 
Europe Travel Up to 180 days  €100,000
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
33€ per week
(approx. US$ 35)
Multi Trip  Illimited number of stays of 90 days max.
during 1 year 
€100,000 328€ per year
approx. US$ 349)
Low Cost Up to 180 days  €30,000
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

22 € per week
(approx. US$ 23)

What should I do if I am injured or ill while in Norway?

Don’t worry - AXA’s Schengen insurance is here to guide, help, and protect you. In case of a medical emergency, you must contact the AXA Schengen call center at the number provided on your insurance policy. Medical assistance professionals will answer your questions and advise you 24/7 to help you find the medical center best suited to your situation and the closest to your location.

The following information must be given to the call center:

  • The number of your policy, which begins with “SCH”.
  • The address and telephone number at which you can be reached and the details of the people that can be contacted locally.
  • The dossier number, which is communicated at the time of the first call.

IMPORTANT: Remember to always keep bills/ invoices and enclose them with your file.

What should I know when preparing for my trip to Norway?

Security: Crime levels are low, but as in any country, there’s a risk of petty theft, particularly at airports and railway stations and in busy tourist areas in Oslo. Take sensible precautions to protect your belongings - such as storing them in a safe place when not needed on your person and not brandishing them around in public. One should remain alert when walking home alone at night, and stick to main roads and well-lit areas. Be aware that it can get very cold in Norway at certain times of year.

Opening hours: The working day generally lasts from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, from Monday to Friday. A 30-minute lunch is taken, usually between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Shops in busier areas will often open later. 

Public transport: Norway’s transportation network is extensive and efficient. Journeys by train can be long - but beautiful and comfortable as you can watch the world go by and rest on a sleeper train on longer routes. Services connect the major cities like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim. Buses in Norway are cheaper than trains and will be your main mode of public transport in more rural areas. The bus network is efficient, but there are far fewer services on weekends and outside of the summer high season. Oslo boasts a metro network while Bergen prides itself on an excellent public transport system including light rail (trams).

Driving license: Visitors can drive in Norway using a valid license from EU or EEA countries and many other major nations - without the need for an International Driving Permit. 

Restaurants: Many restaurants open from noon to 3pm, and 6pm to 11pm. Some restaurants, particularly those in busy tourist areas, will open all day and don't close between lunch and dinner.

Visa: Although many countries have visa-free travel with Norway and the Schengen Area, if you think you do need a visa to Norway you can find out more, here.

Will my travel insurance cover repatriation if I get injured?

Yes. AXA’s insurance will cover your repatriation in case of injury or illness- if necessary and within the limits of expenses.

Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

Yes. If your visa is refused AXA will refund your insurance fees - but you will need to provide documentation specifying the reason for refusal - subject to conditions.

Will my insurance cover me for multiple trips to Norway?

This will depend on the type of insurance you buy - our low cost or Europe Travel insurance will cover you for trips within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days. If you are planning multiple trips over the course of a year you may - however - be better off with our annual Multi Trip policy.