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Tuberculosis test

Every person who is from a high endemic country/area of tuberculosis, must take a test for tuberculosis when entering Norway. Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease and is a worldwide problem. Tuberculosis is spread through air from persons with tuberculosis in their lungs.

According to Norwegian law this test is mandatory for every person from a high endemic country/area and every person who has stayed in those countries/areas for more than 3 months and who is planning to work/study in child/health care in Norway. If you do not take the test, you can be denied starting your work/studies in Norway. You should take the test within four weeks after arrival to Norway.

The tuberculosis test is free of charge.


Alphabetical list of countries with high and very high occurrence

The table gives an alphabetical overview of countries with high occurrence, updated 4. June 2018. The countries with very high occurrence are marked in bold. 

Countries with high TB occurrence - alphabetical
 A-C  D-J  K-M  N-S  T-Z

Afghanistan      

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Azerbaijan

 

Bangladesh

Belarus

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Burkina Faso

Burundi

 

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Congo

Côte d’Ivoire

 

 

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

 

Ecuador

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

 

 

Fiji

 

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Greenland (Denmark)

Guam

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

 

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong SAR

 

India

Indonesia

Iraq

 

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

 

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Lithuania

 

Macao SAR

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Micronesia

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

 

 

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Northern Mariana Islands

 

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

 

Republic of Korea

Republic of Moldova

Romania

Russian Federation

Rwanda

 

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Swaziland
 

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

 

Uganda

Ukraine

United Republic of Tanzania

Uzbekistan

 

Vanuatu

Viet Nam

 

Yemen

 

Zambia

Zimbabwe


For more information about the list read here.

Please find more information regarding tuberculosis and testing.


Positive results

A positive result will not influence your stay in Norway. If your test turns out positive, you will be offered further controls and treatment if necessary. All eventualities regarding further testing, controls and treatment of tuberculosis is also free of charge.


Appointments and contact information

Please make an appointment during the orientation days on campus. The Office of Infection Control (Smittevernkontoret) in Stavanger will be present at the semester start practical information meeting for international students for booking of personal appointment. 

  • Emailsmittevernkontoret@stavanger.kommune.no
  • Phone:
    • 51913339 (For booking a personal appointment)
    • 51508569/90732344 (Only for individual inquiries related to TB test)
  • Visiting address: Smittevernkontoret, Torgveien 15 C, 4016 Stavanger.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00-14:00.