Norway is a country that attracts thousands of tourists each year due to its landscapes and culture. If you want to travel to this country, it is important that you know what requirements you must meet for it. In this article, we inform you about the necessary documentation to visit or live in Norway. In addition, we give you important advice.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to enter Norway as a tourist. Likewise, there are people who only need to have their valid National Identity Document.
Although Norway is not part of the European Union, it is one of the member states of the Schengen treaty. Therefore, people from the countries in this space can travel to Norway with their ID. If you want to know which states are these we recommend this article: The Schengen area and the Member States of the European Union.
Therefore, Spaniards can enter Norway only with their National Identity Document, without having to carry a passport with them (although if you have one, it is advisable to take it).
Similarly, foreigners who have a residence card from any of these countries are exempt from applying for a visa if they go to Norway as tourists. However, these people must present the passport, a return ticket and justification of having sufficient financial means for the trip.
On the other hand, citizens of some countries can travel to Norway as tourists with their passport, without the need to apply for a visa. These people can stay up to 90 days within 180 days.
They must have a passport valid for a minimum of three months after the departure date and at least NOK 500 (Norwegian crowns) per day of stay in the country, unless they stay with family or friends, or someone gives them financial guarantee. In this article you can know the exchange rate of the norwegian currency: Information and value of the Norwegian krone.
The countries that have this benefit are the following:
- A: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia
- B: Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
- C: Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Vatican City, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica
- D: Dominican
- E: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States
- G: Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala
- H: Honduras, Hong Kong
- I: Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel
- J: Japan
- K: Kiribati
- M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro
- N: Nicaraguan, NZ
- P: Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
- S: Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore
- T: Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
- U: Ukraine, Uruguay
- V: Vanuatu, Venezuela
People from Albania, Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Ukraine will need to have a biometric passport. Similarly, travelers from Serbia will have to carry a biometric passport that has not been issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate.
On the other hand, people from Macao must have a Macao SAR passport and those from Taiwan must have the identity document number on it.
The rest of the people whose nationality does not correspond to any of those previously mentioned, such as Ecuador and Bolivia, must apply for a Schengen visa, which allows them to visit the country and the rest of the treaty territories for a maximum of 90 days.
To obtain this permit, it must be processed between three months and fifteen days before the start of the trip. First, you apply online and then you go in person to the embassy or consulate to deliver the documentation. The the documents that are required are the following:
- Application form.
- Proof of payment of the visa fee.
- Cover letter or cover letter.
- Original passport and photocopy of the pages used.
- National identity document.
- Round trip flight reservation.
- Proof of medical insurance with a minimum coverage of € 30.000.
- Detailed itinerary with the places and / or people to be visited.
- Hotel reservation or invitation letter written in English.
- Documentation that justifies that you have financial solvency (the equivalent of 500 Norwegian crowns for each day of stay): bank account, credit card, etc.
- Document that demonstrates roots in the country of residence, such as employment certificate, property deeds, justification of being a student of an educational center, etc.
If you are going to visit relatives who are going to take care of your expenses, instead of the justification of having financial solvency, you must present the original and a photocopy of documentation that confirms the relationship between the relatives and the signed guarantee form by the host.
Living in Norway
If what you want is to emigrate to Norway to live in the country for a certain period or forever, you must have a specific permit.
Work or study
The citizens of the European Union countries or the European Economic Area can work and live in Norway without having to apply for a visa. If they stay for more than three months, they will have to register with the police, where they will be given a national identification number and a tax deduction card, which is mandatory in order to work. Therefore, Spaniards who wish to work in Norway must carry out this transaction.
People from other countries must apply for a temporary residence permit in order to work. The types of permission that can be accessed are the following:
- Skilled worker
- for people with a university education or who have completed professional training. They must have a job offer or their own business.
- Temporary worker
- for jobs during vacation periods or temporary work such as forestry, in agriculture, fishing, catering or tourism.
- Job seeker
- qualified worker without a visa and with enough money.
- Exchange programs, culture and organizational work
- to participate in an exchange program in a job or organization, or you are an artist or musician.
- Professional training and research
- students who are going to carry out practices or researchers.
- Diplomats, NATO workers and their families
- in general, they do not need a residence permit.
- Depending on the characteristics of the job, you will need a residence permit or not.
- Workers of foreign companies in another European country
- they usually do not need a residence permit.
Also, if you want to study, you will need a student permit. To do this, you generally must have an admission offer from an educational center.
On the other hand, since 2016, Argentines can request the Working Holiday Norway, aimed at young people between 18 and 30 years old. With this visa they can stay in Norway for up to one year, a period in which they are allowed to study and work.
For a Norwegian to marry a foreign person, the latter must be legally in the country. For this, you can access a boyfriend / girlfriend visa or fiancé permit.
In order to formalize the marriage, the papers that the foreign person must present are:
- Birth certificate or passport
- Proof that you are legally in Norway
- Singleness certificate
It should be noted that the fact of marrying a Norwegian does not give the right of residence in the country. For that, after marriage, you must request a family reunification permit.
In order to obtain a permanent residence permit, you must have a residence permit for three years or more, or be a member of the family of a person from the European Union or the European Economic Area.
Also, to become a Norwegian national, you must meet various requirements, such as having a residence permit. In the case of children whose father or mother is Norwegian, they obtain nationality by right.
Travel with pet
If you would like to travel with your pet Norway will have to meet several requirements. If you are a dog, a cat or a ferret and come from the European Union, you must have the following:
- European pet passport.
- Certificate of vaccination against rabies.
- In the case of dogs, tapeworm treatment given between 24 and 120 hours before arriving in Norway.
As for rodents, birds and rabbits, they must have an import permit from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. It is forbidden to enter with exotic animals.
If the dog, cat or ferret comes from a country that does not belong to the European Union, the requirements are these:
- Rabies vaccine.
- Rabies antibody titer test (not required for all countries of origin).
- Identification document.
- The dogs, treatment against tapeworm provided between 24 and 120 hours before arrival in Norway.
Unfortunately, there are some dog breeds that are prohibited in the country and, therefore, you cannot enter Norway with them. They are as follows:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Tosa inu
- Argentine Dogo
- Fila Brasileiro
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation reports that Norway is a remarkably safe country for people. However, as with the rest of the European countries, there is a certain risk of a terrorist attack.
Likewise, you have to be careful with your belongings on the street and public transport, as petty thefts do happen from time to time. The greatest risks are taken when doing adventure sports and exposing yourself to natural phenomena.
Regarding health, Europeans who travel with the European Health Card can access the emergency health service just like Norwegians, a fact for which they have to pay between € 20 and € 30. If you are not European or you are going to do adventure sports, it is advisable to have medical insurance.
Questions from users
Is it advisable to travel to Norway without knowing English?
There is no problem in visiting Norway as a tourist without knowing English. However, it is advisable to know at least a little of this language, since most of its inhabitants speak it even if it is not their mother tongue. If you want to know more about its official language, we recommend this article: What language is spoken in Norway?
What are the ideal dates to visit the country?
This depends on your purpose. To be able to see the Northern Lights you will have to travel in winter, although the temperatures are extremely low. In summer the weather is more favorable and in the north you can see the midnight sun.
Is it a recommended country to visit with children?
Yes, because in Norway you will find all the necessary services for children or babies. However, you should bear in mind that the country's climate is quite extreme.
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