Norway Visa Guide: Visa Requirements, Application Procedures

The Norway visa is a good fit for many visitors to the country. It’s easy to get, the requirements are low, and it’s available for most of the year.

But, if you’re planning to visit Norway during high season or want to apply for multiple visas on short notice, consider applying for a Schengen visa first.

If you’d like more information about travelling with an infant or child in Europe and how your travel plans might change while they’re with you there, check out our post on travelling with children in Europe:

Norway Visa

You must first be invited by your country’s embassy or Consulate of Norway to apply for a Norwegian visa.

The invitation will be sent out via mail, email or fax, depending on the method used by your local embassy.

Once you receive it and have read through its contents, it’s time to submit all required documents:

  • A completed application form (Form DS-160), which contains all necessary information about yourself and your family members who are travelling with you on this particular trip;
  • Proofs of identity (passport photo);
  • Proofs of nationality/residency status at home;
  • An invitation letter issued by an official body telling them that they are eligible for a visit visa;

The invitation letter must include one physical document supporting a legible signature, at least two copies of which should be submitted together with their supporting documents and their complete application form, which consists of all other required documentation such as photos etc.

Norwegian Visa Requirements

  • Passport
  • Valid visa
  • Applicant’s birth certificate (if applicable)
  • Applicant’s marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Applicant’s divorce certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate of the applicant or their spouse if they are deceased.

The applicant’s or their spouse’s birth certificate if they are not yet born but have been adopted by a Norwegian citizen and are considered native-born in Norway.


Application Process:

The application for a Norway visa must be made in person at the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate. You may also apply online through our website (

  • Visa Processing Time: The processing time for a Norway visa depends on several factors, including your nationality and country of residence, as well as your visa type (i.e., tourist, business etc.), which affects how long it takes before your passport is returned to you after being stamped with an entry stamp into Norway

Application Form

The application form is available online in Norwegian, Russian, Chinese and Spanish.

It can also be downloaded from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website if you do not have Internet access.

The deadline for submitting your visa application is usually between 15 days before departure or the date you plan to travel to Norway: whichever comes first.

Suppose you are applying outside of this period. In that case, it may be possible to extend it by paying additional fees that vary depending on your nationality and country of residence, as well as whether there are any exceptional circumstances involved in your case, such as having recently travelled through another country where entry has been refused due to medical reasons etcetera.

Application Time Frame

The application time frame for your visa is the amount of time you will have to wait before being able to use it. This can happen in one of two ways:

You apply and get rejected, so you must wait until the following process starts.

You are approved for your application but must wait for all additional information needed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (NDI) before processing begins.

Visa Fees

Visa fees vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The fee charged by the Embassy of Norway in your country is non-refundable, and it takes some time to receive your passport.

The processing time varies from country to country, but it usually takes at least ten working days after submitting your application.

The Last Word

If you want to visit Norway and live there for a long time, then a Norwegian Visa would be the best thing for you.

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