Norway Passport Visa Requirement
From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long winter nights.
About Norway Country
Further to the south, the picturesque cities of Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen are brim-full of buildings showing off Scandinavia’s age-old flair for design in cosmopolitan surroundings. Oslo is the present-day capital and financial centre, while the country’s second city, Bergen, is a picturesque former Hanseatic trading port and gateway to the fjords of Norway. Stavanger is the focal point of the Norwegian oil industry and former capital, Trondheim, is a long-established centre of Christian pilgrimage, and more recently, technical research.
Though the weather can be a tad grim in Bergen, the UNESCO-listed waterfront adds a flash of colour with its wooden warehouses and shimmering harbour. Oslo’s waterfront is no less beautiful and has an ice-white Opera House that could give Sydney’s version a run for its money.
Stunning though the cities are, the real wonders of Norway are to be found outdoors. In the far north, the glacier-covered sub-polar peninsular of Svalbard is one of the few areas where polar bears can be seen in the wild and Norway’s miles of Arctic tundra double up as a destination for skiing and spotting the Northern Lights.
Elsewhere, a ferry trip along Geirangerfjord must rank among the world’s prettiest voyages with pine-topped cliffs giving way to icy green water, regularly topped up by the waterfalls that cascade down the fissured sides of the ravine. Indeed, you’d be hard pushed to find a part of Norway’s northern fjord area that isn’t strikingly beautiful, with snow-capped peaks and looming forests almost everywhere you look.
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Norway Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals from a Schengen member state holding a valid national ID card. EU nationals do not require any length of validity on their travel documents, other than to cover the duration of their stay.
Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays in Norway of up to 90 days.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €60 (£51.42). Reductions are available for nationals of some countries and for children.
Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy). UK residents requiring Schengen visas should apply via the Norway Visa Application Centre (http://vfsglobal.com/norway/unitedkingdom), which charges an additional service fee of £18.66. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
Norway is a member of the Schengen area.
Allow at least two weeks for visa processing.
Schengen visa applicants must show proof of funds to cover their stay in Norway.
Extension of stay
It is only usually possible to extend a Schengen visa in exceptional circumstances such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Non-EU/EEA nationals must apply for a residence permit if staying longer than 90 days. EU/EEA nationals do not require a residence permit, but must register with the police. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has further details on its website (www.udi.no).
Entry with pets
If you’re bringing a pet from an EU/EEA country, your animal requires a pet passport, microchip and valid rabies vaccination certificate. Dogs also require treatment for tapeworm.
Embassies and tourist offices
British Embassy in Norway
Telephone: +47 2313 2700.
Address: , Thomas Heftyes Gate 8, Oslo, 0244,
Opening times:Mon, Tue, Thur and Fri 0900-1500.
Royal Norwegian Embassy in the UK
Telephone: +44 020 7591 5500.
Address: , 25 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QD,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 1000-1500 (general enquiries). Mon, Tue and Fri 1000-1230. Thurs 1220-1500 (enquiries to consular section).
Royal Norwegian Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 333 6000.
Address: , 2720 34th Street NW, Washington, DC 20008,
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1600 (Passports applications Mon-Fri 0900-1100. Appointment needed).
Norway Health Care and Vaccinations
The World Health Organisation [WHO] recommends that all travellers should be inoculated for measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, tetanus and polio regardless of the destination.
Health risks in Norway are few, with most visitors likely to suffer nothing more serious than a few blisters from hiking or insect bites in the summer. Standards of health care are high but as with everything else in Norway, healthcare is expensive, so insurance is a must. Travellers should find out if they are covered by reciprocal health care arrangements. Australia, for example, has such an agreement as long as long as citizens carry their Medicare card. Pharmacies are called apotek and can be found on every high street. In an emergency, you can get treatment from the nearest public hospital free of charge. Dial 113 toll-free for an ambulance. Most operators also speak English.
Food and Drink
Food in Norway is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from unlicensed/roadside stalls. Norwegian tap water is safe to drink, although drinking from fjords, streams and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.
Vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended.
Norway Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
Money and duty free for Norway
Currency and Money
Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of Kr20, 10, 5 and 1. The øre coin is now out of circulation and only exists as a digital currency.
Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express cards are all widely accepted throughout Norway.
Mini-Banks (the Norwegian name for ATMs) are widespread although withdrawal fees vary from bank to bank.
Accepted in banks, hotels, some shops and by airlines.
Mon-Wed and Fri, 0800-1530 hrs (1500 hrs in summer); Thurs, 0815-1700.
The import and export of local and foreign currency is restricted to Kr25,000. Amounts above this sum must be declared.
Available at banks and bureaux de change.
Norway duty free
The following items can be imported into Norway without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper.
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume and 1.5L wine less than 22% volume and 2L of beer up to 4.7% volume. You can exchange the spirits allowance for 1.5L of wine and beer and can exchange the wine allowance for the equivalent amount of beer. You can also exchange the tobacco allowance for 1.5L of wine or beer but you can’t exchange the alcohol allowance for tobacco.
• Goods to the value of Kr6,000 (if out of Norway for more than 24 hours) or Kr3,000 (if out of Norway for less than 24 hours). Note this includes any alcohol or beer.
• 10kg of meat and meat products, cheese and foodstuffs (except dog and cat food).
You must be over 18 years old to import tobacco and alcohol. You must be over 20 years old to import spirits over 22% volume.
The following items are prohibited without special permission: drugs and medicines (other than prescription medication), spirits over 60% volume, weapons and ammunition, fireworks, potatoes, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, mammals, birds and exotic animals, and plants and their parts.
Endangered species or eggs of endangered species, antiques (except with a permit), or more than 15kg of fish that you’ve caught yourself (except salmon, trout or Arctic char, for which there is no limit).
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