Norway visa types, the application process for a Norway Schengen visa, and FAQs
If you want to travel to Norway, you may have to apply for a Norway visa.
Whether or not you need a visa for Norway depends on your nationality and the purpose of your travel. Many do not need a visa if they are travelling as tourists, but they do if they want to go there to work.
Do I Need a Visa For Norway?
If you are from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, or another country that has a visa exemption 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:
- You are from one of the countries which require a Schengen Visa. Norway is part of the Schengen Zone, therefore Schengen visa rules apply.
- You want to stay in Norway for longer than 90 days. Everyone who is not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen needs a visa to stay in Norway longer than 90 days, whether it is for work, studying, family reunification, etc.
See here for a more detailed explanation of who needs a Norway Visa.
How Long Can You Stay in Norway Without a Visa?
If you are from a country that has a visa exemption, such as from the US, 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:
- 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.
- Norway Work Visa. This is a long-term visa. You have to apply for this visa if you have found employment with a Norwegian company.
- Norway Student Visa. This is a long-term visa, issued to international students who want to pursue their studies in a Norwegian educational institution.
- Norway Family Visa. This is a long-term visa, issued to the family members of Norwegian citizens or residents.
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 another short-term purpose (business, family visit), you have to apply for a Norway Schengen Visa. In other words, the Norway Schengen Visa is the same as the Norway Tourist Visa.
If you get a Norway Visa, you can also visit all the other countries included in the Schengen Agreement as well, such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc.
Norway Visa Requirements
The documents you must submit for your Norway visa application are:
- Your passport. It must be valid for at least another three months after the date you intend to return and have at least two blank visa pages.
- Copies of the used pages on your passport and previous visas.
- Passport-size pictures. The pictures must be in line with Schengen visa photo requirements.
- The Cover Letter you receive as a PDF on your email after the online application.
- Your birth certificate and (if applicable) marriage certificate/certificate of the joint household.
- Proof of accommodation in Norway.
- Proof of travel health insurance that meets Schengen visa insurance requirements. It must cover at least €30,000 in medical and repatriation expenses and must be valid in the entire Schengen Area, for the entire duration of your trip.
- Proof of booked flight tickets. Find out how to get dummy tickets for a visa application.
- 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
- If you are a student: A certificate from your university or school.
- If you are a retiree: Your pension certificate.
- For minors:
- The minor’s birth certificate
- Copy of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) passport
- Letter of consent signed from the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
- If you travelling to Norway to visit a family member or friend:
- The original “Guarantee form for visit”, which must be stamped by Norwegian authorities.
- Letter of Invitation from your family member or friend.
- If you are travelling for business purposes:
- Letter of Invitation from the Norwegian company. The letter must say the duration and purpose of your trip as well as the company’s organization number.
- Letter from your company in your country, stating the duration and reason for your trip, as well as the business relations between the two companies.
- The companies’ business registration
- The companies’ bank statements
- The companies’ tax return for the previous tax year
- All documents have to be translated into English if they are not already, by a certified translator.
- Civil documents, such as birth certificates, have to be legalized by an Apostille Stamp.
- Additional documents may be required depending on the specific purpose of travel or your nationality.
When to Submit a Norway Visa Application?
You should submit your application for the Norway Visa at least two weeks before you intend to travel. This is the latest when the Embassy will accept your application, however, so you should preferably give yourself more than two weeks’ time.
The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before you intend to travel.
Steps to Apply for a Norwegian Schengen Visa
To apply for a Norwegian visa, you must first complete an online application and then get in touch with the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate. The application process is as follows:
- Create a User Account with the Application Portal of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
- Complete the Norwegian Visa Application Form for the type of visa you want to apply for.
- Pay the visa fee via a credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard).
- You have to state your nationality or the country from where you are applying, so the application process will be specified for your location.
- Book a Norway visa appointment with the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate or Visa Application Center.
- Submit the required documents (see Norway Visa Requirements below) on the date of your appointment.
- Wait for the Norway Visa to be processed.
- The Embassy will notify you about the outcome of your visa application.
- If the application is approved, you are free to travel to Norway within the dates specified on the Visa.
Keep in mind:
If you are applying for a long-term visa (such as for work, study, family reunification), there may be some slight changes regarding the application process.
What If There is No Norwegian Embassy in My Country?
If there is no Norwegian Embassy or Consulate in your country, then you can submit a visa application at one of the following locations:
- At the Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in a neighboring country.
- At the Embassy of another Schengen country, who is responsible for accepting applications for Norway.
- At a Schengen Visa Application Center, to whom Norway has outsourced visa applications.
How Long Does It Take to Process a Norway Visa?
Typically, it takes about 15 days to reach a decision on your Norway visa application, from the time you submit the documents at the Embassy/Consulate or Visa Application Center. Depending on circumstances, such as whether all documents are in order, the number of applications, or national holidays, it may take longer.
Norway Visa Fee
You have to pay the Norway visa fee when you complete the online form on the Application Portal through Visa or MasterCard. The visa fees are:
- Norway Schengen Visa (adults and children over 12) – €80
- Norway Schengen Visa (children between 6 and 12) – €40
- Norway Schengen Visa (children under 6) – Free of charge
- Norway Schengen Visa for citizens of Azerbaijan and Russia (adults and children over 12) – €35
Exemptions from the Norway visa fee:
- Visa applicants who are travelling with or visiting a close family member who is an EU/EEA national (the spouse, child, parent, grandparent)
- Students or teachers on an educational trip.
- Researchers travelling for scientific research purposes.
- If you apply at a Visa Application Center, you will have to pay more to cover the service charge of the VAC as well.
- Even if you are exempt from paying the visa, you still have to pay it when you apply online, but you can ask for a refund when submitting your documents at the Embassy.
What Is the Validity of Norway Visa?
A Norwegian visa is issued for a maximum duration of 90 days within a six month period. Depending on the specific circumstances, the Embassy may decide to issue:
- A single-entry visa, valid only the time you plan to stay in Norway (one week, two weeks, etc.). Once you return home, you cannot re-enter the Norway or the Schengen Zone.
- A multiple-entry visa. If you get such a visa, it means you can leave and re-enter Norway and the Schengen Zone 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 may be able to extend a Norwegian (Schengen) Visa, as long as you have a valid reason. This can be for example, if you fall suddenly ill, or there is a natural disaster delaying your departure. To apply for an extension, you have to make an appointment with the local police service (using the UDI website) and then hand in the following documents:
- “Application for extension of a Schengen visa” form, which you fill in and print from the UDI website.
- Your passport.
- Proof you have sufficient financial resources to sustain your stay.
- Proof of travel insurance for the duration you wish to extend.
- Proof that you need a visa extension – depending on your situation.
It is not possible to extend a Norway (Schengen) Visa for more than 90 days – in this case you would need a Residence Permit.
Norway Airport Transit Visa
Whether you need a visa to transit at an airport in Norway depends on your nationality as well as the airport you will transit in. If you do not need a visa to visit Norway, then you can transit freely. If you do need a visa to visit Norway, then the transit requirements are as follows:
- If you will transit in Oslo Airport: If you arrive at the airport between 6 am and 11 pm, and you do not leave the International Transit Area, you do not need a Transit Visa. If you arrive after 11 pm, you will need to get a visa.
- If you will transit in another airport: You need a Transit Visa.
- Citizens of the following countries need a visa to transit in Norway, regardless of what airport they travel through and whether they leave the Transit Area of the airport or not:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Sri Lanka