Norway visa

If you want to travel to Norway, you may need to apply for a Norwegian visa. Whether you need a visa to Norway depends on your nationality and the purpose of your trip.

Many people do not need a visa if they are traveling but they will need a visa if they want to go there to work.


Do I Need a Visa For Norway?

If you are from the EU, US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico or another country that has a visa-free agreement with Norway, you do not need a visa to enter Norway for short trips. You only need to apply for a visa to travel to Norway if:

  1. You come from one of the countries that require a Schengen visa. Norway is part of the Schengen area, so Schengen visa regulations apply.
  2. You want to stay in Norway for more than 90 days. Anyone who is not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen needs a visa to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, whether for work, study, family reunification, etc.

How Long Can You Stay in Norway Without a Visa?

If you are from a visa-exempt country, such as  the United States, you can stay in Norway for up to 90 days without applying for a visa. During this time, you are not allowed to work or engage in any form of gainful employment.


Types of Norwegian Visas

The main types of visas for Norway are:

  1. Norway Schengen Visa (Tourist Visa). You have to apply for this type of visa if you want to stay in Norway for only a short period of time (less than 90 days). For example, you’d get this visa if you are traveling for tourism, business, or short family visits.
  2. Norway Work Visa. This is a long-term visa. You should apply for this visa if you have found a job in a Norwegian company.
  3. Norway Student Visa. This is a long-term visa, issued to international students who want to continue their studies at a Norwegian educational institution.
  4. Family visa to Norway. This is a long-term visa issued to family members of Norwegian citizens or residents.
  5. Digital Nomad Visa for Norway. This is a long-term visa issued to freelancers who want to work remotely while living in Svalbard.

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Norway Visa Requirements

The documents you need to submit to apply for a Norway visa are:

  1. Your passport. It must be valid at least three months after the date you intend to return from Norway and have at least two blank visa pages.
  2. Copies of used pages of your previous passport and visa.
  3. passport size photos. Photos must comply with the photo requirements of the Schengen visa.
  4. Cover letter that you received in PDF format in your email after applying online.
  5. Your birth certificate and (if applicable) your marriage certificate/joint household registration certificate.
  6. Proof of accommodation in Norway.
  7. Proof of travel medical insurance that meets Schengen visa insurance requirements. It must cover at least €30,000 in medical and repatriation costs and must be valid throughout the Schengen area, for the entire duration of your trip.
  8. Proof of booked flight tickets. Find out how to get dummy tickets for a visa application.
  9. If you are employed:
    • Proof of employment, such as a work contract or a certificate of business registration (if you own a business).
    • Leave from work, issued from your employer.
    • Bank statements from the last three months
  10. If you are a student:
    • A certificate from your university or school.
  11. If you are retired:
    • Your pension certificate.
  12. For minors:
    • Minor’s birth certificate
    • Copy of parent or legal guardian’s passport
    • Consent letter signed by parent or legal guardian
  13. If you come to Norway to visit a family member or friend:
    • The original “Visit Guarantee Form” must be confirmed by the Norwegian authorities.
    • Invitation letter from family member or friend.
  14. If you are traveling on business:
    • Invitation letter from the Norwegian company. The letter must clearly state the time and purpose of your trip as well as the company’s organization number.
    • Letter from your company in your country, stating the time and reason for your trip, as well as the commercial relationship between the two companies.
    • Company registration
    • Company bank statement
    • Company tax return for previous tax year

Document instructions:

  1. All documents must be translated into English, if not already available, by an approved translator.
  2. Civil documents, such as birth certificates, must be legalized by Apostille.
    • Additional documents may be required depending on your specific purpose of travel or nationality.

How to Apply for an Norway Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

What Is the Norway Schengen Visa?

Norway is part of the Schengen area. This means that if you want to visit Norway as a tourist or for other short-term purposes (business, family visit), you need to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway. In other words, a Norwegian Schengen visa is the same as a Norwegian tourist visa. If you get a Norway visa, you can also visit all other countries included in the Schengen agreement, such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc.

How Long Does It Take to Process a Norway Visa?

It usually takes around 15 days for a decision to be made on your Norway visa application, from the time you submit your application to the embassy/consulate or visa application center. Depending on circumstances, for example whether all documents are in order, the number of requests or holidays, it may take longer.

Norway Visa Fee

You must pay the Norway visa fee when completing the online application form on the application portal through Visa or MasterCard. Visa fees are:

  1. Norway Schengen Visa (adults and children over 12 years old) – €80
  2. Norway Schengen Visa (children between 6 and 12 years old) – €40
  3. Norway Schengen Visa (children children under 6 years old) years ) – Free
  4. Norwegian Schengen visa for citizens of Azerbaijan and Russia (adults and children over 12 years old) – €35

Free Norway visa:

  1. Visa applicants are traveling with or visiting a close family member who is an EU/EEA national (spouse, children, parents, grandparents)
  2. Students or teachers on a study trip.
  3. Researchers traveling for scientific research purposes.


  1. If you apply at a Visa Application Center, you will also have to pay more to cover the VAC service fee.
  2. Even if you are exempted from paying a visa, you still have to pay it when you apply online, but you can request a refund when you submit your application to the embassy.

What Is the Validity of Norway Visa?

Norwegian visas are issued for a maximum of 90 days within a six-month period. Depending on the specific circumstances, the embassy may decide to issue:

  1. Single entry visa, valid only for the duration of your stay in Norway (one week, two weeks, etc.). Once you return home, you can no longer enter Norway or the Schengen area.
  2. Multiple entry visa. If you get such a visa, it means you can leave and re-enter Norway and the Schengen area multiple times within six months.

If you want to stay in Norway for longer than 90 days, you have to apply for a national visa, such as a Work or Study Visa. A national visa on itself is also valid for about 90 days, but once you get to Norway, you apply for a Norwegian Residence Permit, and then you can stay in Norway long-term, as the Permit replaces the Visa.

Can You Extend a Norway Visa?

You can extend your Norwegian (Schengen) visa, as long as you have a valid reason. For example, this could happen if you suddenly become ill or if a natural disaster delays your departure. To request an extension, you must make an appointment with the local police (via the UDI website) then submit the following documents:

  1. “Schengen visa extension request” form that you fill out and print from Schengen visa extension website.
  2. Your passport.
  3. Evidence that you have sufficient financial resources to pay for your vacation.
  4. Proof of travel insurance for the period you wish to extend.
  5. Evidence that you need to extend your visa – depending on your situation.

A Norwegian (Schengen) visa cannot be extended beyond 90 days – in this case you will need a residence permit.

Norway Airport Transit Visa

The need for a visa to transit through an airport in Norway depends on your nationality as well as the airport at which you will be transiting. If you do not need a visa when visiting Norway, you can transit freely. If you need a visa to visit Norway, the transit request is:

  1. If you transit through Oslo Airport: If you arrive at the airport between 06:00 and 23:00 and you don’t leave the airport international airport. Transit zone, you do not need a transit visa. If you arrive after 11pm, you will need to apply for a visa.
  2. If you are transiting through another airport: You need a transit visa.
  3. Citizens of the following countries require a visa to transit through Norway, regardless of which airport they pass through and whether they leave the airport transit area or not:
    • Afghanistan
    • Bangladesh
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Ghana
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Turkey
    • Somalia
    • Sri Lanka

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