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Norway is an amazing country to discover with its unique natural sceneries and fascinating landmarks that are accompanied by a vibrant cultural atmosphere all around. The country is situated in the most northern part of Europe, in the most western part of Scandinavia with a population of more than five million.
Through our Norway Visa Guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the visa policy of Norway regarding various nationalities across the globe, different types of visas including the Schengen visa, specific requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and many more. Before your visa application to Norway, it is vital to have a scheduled flight ticket at hand. You can visit our Norway Flight Ticket page to buy one and enjoy our amazing prices.
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Although Norway is not a member of the European Union, the country is part of the Schengen agreement and most of its visa policy is tailored accordingly to Schengen visa regulations with slight differences. European Union states, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland citizens are eligible for a visa-free entry to Norway. Given that they do not take up employment and their stay is limited to a maximum of 90 days per 180 days.
Other than the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland citizens, Norway signed bilateral or multilateral agreements with various countries from different parts of the world to abolish visa requirements mutually. Their stay is also limited to a maximum of 90 days per 180 days and cannot take up employment. These countries are listed below.
*Citizens of these countries required to have biometric passports.
**Only holders of passports that include an identity card number.
***The rules on travel regarding Brexit will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
***** The visa requirement exemption applies only to holders of the ‘Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’ passport.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand to visit Norway.
We covered Norway visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
Depending on your purpose of visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Norway; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
Schengen visa is a short-duration free-roaming agreement that was first established between Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain in 1995. After 1995, many other European states became an integral part of the agreement in different years, thus creating the Schengen area. Today, the Schengen area consists of 26 countries without border controls between them and having a Schengen visa issued by these countries will grant a visa-free stay up to 90 days in a 180 day period in the Schengen area as well as transits through international airports. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland are the member countries of the Schengen area. If you would like to visit any of these countries freely, you will have to obtain a Schengen visa.
Although Norway has been a part of the Schengen area since 2001 and subject to its regulations, there are minor differing requirements regarding the local laws and various other nationalities.
An airport transit visa is required for certain countries when their citizens have to change flights at a foreign country and the necessity of the visa is determined by the country in which the airport is located. Norway follows the regulations of the Schengen area about nationalities that are asked for an airport transit visa and does not enforce any other nationalities to obtain an airport transit visa.
A Norway business visa is a type of short-term visa that is needed for third country (neither the citizens of European Economic Area nor Switzerland) individuals or groups who have designated meetings, unpaid trainings, or business-related events without labor or gainful employment. Obtaining a business visa to Norway requires more documents than other category C visas, including but not limited to proof of trip financing, proof of prior commercial relationship, and an invitation letter from the inviting Norwegian company as well as proofs of previous commercial transactions.
A Norway tourist visa is issued for international tourists who are planning to visit Norway for tourism purposes. It is possible to obtain a Norway tourist visa through consulates or authorized travel agencies.
If you are planning to enter Norway to visit a family member or a friend residing in the country, you need to get a Norway visitor visa. In order to get the visa, it is required for you to include an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting in addition to other necessary documents.
A Schengen transit visa is a permit asked from some nationalities that will transit through a Schengen country to a non-Schengen country even if he/she does not leave the international transit zone at the airport. If the second destination is also to a Schengen country, then a regular Schengen visa would be needed. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka are required to obtain a Schengen transit visa. It is important to note that some Schengen countries have their own listings with additional countries regarding the visa.
If you would like to visit a Schengen country for sightseeing purposes, you can apply for a Schengen tourist visa which is specified for this purpose and can be issued by any of the Schengen states. It is possible for you to visit more than one Schengen country with the Schengen tourist visa.
A Schengen Business visa is issued for business-related purposes including meetings, events, fairs, business ventures, or commercial activities. The visa permits its holder to enter and remain in any Schengen country for 90 days in a 180 days period.
A Schengen visitor visa is issued for the individuals who are visiting a family member or friend that is legally residing in a Schengen country. There are some certain additional requirements required for a Schengen visitor visa such as an invitation letter and a proof of relationship for families.
A Schengen cultural visa enables individuals or groups to be able to enter a Schengen country for a number of purposes including cultural activities, sports, or filmmaking. It is required to include a letter that clearly states the purpose of the visit from both sending and receiving associations to obtain a Schengen cultural visa.
A Schengen medical treatment visa is issued for people who are planning to receive medical treatment in a Schengen country institution. There are many additional documents required for a Schengen medical treatment visa including but not limited to proof of payment to the medical institution, proof of accommodation, and letter of admission from the receiving medical institution.
Norway category D visas are issued for stays that exceed a three month period in the country and they are not to be confused with permanent residence permits.
A Norway long-term education or internship visa is issued for students who intended to study in the country for educational purposes. The applicant is expected to be able to speak and understand the language of which the courses will be given, has sufficient funds, and has to be approved by the receiving educational institution as well as the sending institution.
A third country national who wishes to stay and work in Norway for more than 90 days has to submit a Norway employment visa request through his/her employer with additionally required documents including but not limited to sufficient means of subsistence, duration of occupation, and confirmation of required skills for the employment.
A Norway job seeker visa or an establishment card allows its holder to stay in the country to look for a job and if he/she finds a job during the length of the visa, it is possible to apply for an employment permit. A job seeker visa is usually granted for Norwegian university graduates or very highly qualified workers such as senior managers or scientists.
A Norway family reunion visa is issued for third country nationals that have spouses, unmarried minors, registered parents, or another family member in Norway as a citizen. The visa grants a temporary and extendable residence permit for two years and it enables the holder to work in Norway.
It is possible for individuals to obtain a Norway researcher visa if he/she has been offered a paid position as a researcher in a Norwegian institute with a duration of more than three months.
If you are working location-independently and have sufficient means of subsistence, health insurance, and adequate means of accommodation you can apply for a Norway freelancer visa.
A Norway language course visa is needed for third country individuals who are planning to stay in Norway for more than three months to learn Norwegian, English, or any other recognized languages. A confirmation letter is asked from the receiving institution as well as proof of accommodation, insurance, and proof of sufficient financial sources from the applicant.
An internship that exceeds three months is considered as gainful employment in Norway for third country nationals and requires a student internship visa. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, accommodation, and purpose of stay.
A Norway partnership visa is granted for third country nationals whose spouse is a Norway citizen or an EU blue cardholder. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, accommodation, and proof of relationship in addition to other necessary documents while applying.
A Norway work permit visa is required for every individual or group for all types of employment if they are intended to work in Norway except for citizens of the EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
A Norway relative visa is issued for third country nationals who have spouses, registered parents, or unmarried minors who are Norway citizens. The applicant needs to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, accommodation, and proof of relationship in addition to other required documents.
In order to successfully obtain a Norway visa it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain a Norway touristic visa:
It is important to apply for a Norway tourist visa in a reasonable time window. As a common rule in the Schengen area, visa applications should not be handed to the corresponding consulate 15 days prior to the expected date of the arrival to the member country.
Make an Appointment
It is almost always required to make an appointment through the internet or phone to visit any Norwegian embassy around the world.
Finalize Your Application
Find out which Norwegian consulate is the most convenient for you to travel since you need to hand in the required documents in-person. There will be an interview held at the consulate to confirm your purpose of visit as well as other supporting documents.
Receive Your Visa
After processing time, you will be informed by the corresponding consulate or authorized visa service center and a Norway tourist visa should be affixed to your passport.
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Norway:
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
A visa sponsorship is required in Norway or any Schengen member state if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in the duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. However, it would increase chances to obtain a visa if the sponsor is a first-degree relative and has a permanent residence permit or citizenship in a Schengen country. The required documents from the sponsor are:
Keep in mind that there might be additionally asked supporting documents while applying for a visa with a sponsorship to Norway. You can check our website for more details about visa sponsorships.
There are many countries across the globe can enter Norway without a visa. If your country is not eligible for visa-free entry to Norway, you need to obtain a Norway visa through its consulates and take consideration of the following visa rules:
Citizens of Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland do not asked for a visa to visit Norway and should not encounter any problems with their ID card at hand.
Third country nationals without a right of free movement in the EU should apply for a visa to Norway from its consulates across the globe. A Norway visa will enable its holder to travel any country within the Schengen area in the duration of the stay.
Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada can enter Norway without a visa if:
Norway short-stay visa types that are listed below exclusively include the visa fee. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced companies, or application form fees.
The current Norway visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Short-Stay Visa Application Types||Visa Fee in EUR|
|Child between 6-12 years of age||40 €|
|Child between 0-6 years of age||Free|
|Researchers and Scientists||Free|
|Family Members of an EEA national||Free|
|Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia Citizens||35€|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
A Norway touristic visa is commonly issued within 7 to 15 days but in some cases, the processing time can be extended to 45 days if a more detailed examination is needed or additional documents required.
It is possible for you to check the visa application status via a tracking link if you applied for a Norway visa through an outsourced visa service.
It is possible for you to obtain multiple entry tourist visas to Norway which can be valid for one year, three years, or five years in 90 days in a 180 days period.
Your application might be rejected without refunds for a number of reasons including invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial subsistence, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. You can appeal a denial or apply again if the application is rejected.
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