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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Norway

Norway is a country that attracts thousands of tourists every 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 tips.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Visit Norway

Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to enter Norway as a tourist. There are also people who only have to have their current 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 of 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 their passport with them (although if you have one, it is advisable to carry it).

Similarly, foreigners who have a residence card Some 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 needing to apply for a visa. These people can stay up to 90 days within 180 days

They must have a passport with a minimum validity of three months after the date of departure and at least 500 NOK (Norwegian crowns) per day of stay in the country, unless they remain 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 krona.

The countries that have this benefit are the following:

  • TO: 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: Dominica
  • AND: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States
  • G: Georgia, Granada, 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: Nicaragua, New Zealand
  • P: Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
  • S: Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Marino, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore
  • T: Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
  • OR: Ukraine, Uruguay
  • V: Vanuatu, Venezuela

People from Albania, Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Ukraine must have a biometric passport. Similarly, travelers from Serbia will have to carry a biometric passport that has not been issued by the Serbia Coordination Directorate.

On the other hand, the people of Macao must have a Macao SAR passport and those of Taiwan one in it is reflected the identity document number.


The rest of the people whose nationality does not correspond to any of the aforementioned, 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, it is requested online and then goes in person to the embassy or consulate to deliver the documentation. 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 economic solvency (the equivalent of 500 Norwegian kronor for each day of stay): bank account, credit card, etc.
  • Document that shows 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 photocopy of documentation confirming the relationship between the relatives and the signed guarantee form by the host

Live in Norway

If you want to emigrate to Norway to live in the country for a certain period or forever, you must have a specific permit.

Work or study

Citizens of the countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area can work and live in Norway without having to apply for a visa. If they stay more than three months, they must register with the police, where they will be given a national identification number and a tax deduction card, mandatory to be able 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 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 work during vacation period or temporary work as forestry, in agriculture, fishing, catering or tourism.
Job seeker
Skilled worker without a visa and with enough money.
Exchange, culture and organizational work programs
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 do internships 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 country in Europe
They don't usually need a residence permit.

Also, if you want to study, you will need a student permit. To do this, you generally must have an offer of admission 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, during which they are allowed to study and work.


In order for a Norwegian to marry a foreign person, the latter must be legally in the country. To do this, you can access a boyfriend's visa or fiancé permit.

In order to formalize the marriage, the papers that the foreigner must present are:

  • Birth certificate or passport
  • Proof that you are legally in Norway
  • Single faith
  • Forms
If you are two tourists who want to get married in this country, you must send the same documents to the Norwegian tax administration.

It should be noted that marrying a Norwegian does not give the right of residence in the country. For that, after marriage, you must request a family reunification permit.

Permanent residence

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 nationalize as a Norwegian, you must meet various requirements, such as having a residence permit. In the case of children whose father or mother are Norwegian, they obtain citizenship by right.

Travel with a pet

If you want to travel with your pet to Norway, it must 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.
  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccination certificate.
  • In the case of dogs, treatment against tapeworm was delivered 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:

  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Rabies antibody titration test (not required for all countries of origin).
  • Identification document.
  • Dogs, treatment against tapeworm delivered between 24 and 120 hours before arrival in Norway.

Unfortunately, there are some dog breeds that are forbidden in the country and, therefore, you cannot enter Norway with them. They are the following:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu
  • Argentine Dogo
  • Brazilian Row


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain reports that Norway is a remarkably safe country for people. However, as with other European countries, there is a certain risk of terrorist attack.

Also, you have to be careful with belongings on the street and public transport, because from time to time small robberies occur. The greatest risks are taken when carrying out adventure sports and exposing oneself to natural phenomena.

As for health, Europeans traveling with the European Health Card can access the emergency health service just like the Norwegians, which is why 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.

User Questions

Is it advisable to travel to Norway without knowing English?

There is no problem visiting Norway as a tourist without knowing English. However, it is advisable to know at least a little 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. In order to see the northern lights you must travel in winter, although the temperatures are extremely low. In summer the weather is more favorable and in the north you will 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 keep in mind that the country's climate is quite extreme.

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