Norway offers a mix of cultural and natural attractions to tourists. This land of the midnight sun has the stunning Northern Lights to offer. There are beautiful sceneries from snow-caped mountains to spectacular Fjords. The country is home to museums dedicated to a range of subjects from Vikings to seafaring. If you are planning to visit Norway on a tourist visa, then you must know the visa requirements.
You will need a short-term visa to visit Norway which is valid for 90 days. This short-term visa is also known as the Schengen visa. As you may be aware the Schengen visa is valid in all the European countries which are part of the Schengen agreement. Norway is one of the countries under the Schengen agreement.
With a Schengen visa you can travel to and stay in Norway and all the other 26 Schengen countries.
Before you apply for a tourist visa, ensure that you meet the visa requirements and have the required travel documents.
Ensure that you pay the required fees for the visa
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Ideally, applications are decided upon within 15 days from submission of the application.
The processing time can be extended to a maximum of 30 days if more scrutiny of the application is needed.
In certain specific cases where some additional documentation is required, the processing time can be extended further, that is, to a maximum of 60 days.
We advise you to apply at least 4 weeks before departure. Your application can be registered 3 months before your scheduled travel.
The case handling time is 15 days after receipt of the application at the Norwegian Embassy.
A visitor’s visa will let you stay on in Norway for up to a total of 90 days over a period of 180 days.
When you get a visitor visa for Norway, you can also visit any of the other Schengen countries as well.
You’ll need a reasonable cause if you want to extend your Schengen Area visa. Visa extensions are given for humanitarian purposes, such as staying to continue to obtain required medical care, essential personal reasons, such as a relative’s funeral, or force majeure, which may mean anything from the outbreak of war in your home country to severe weather conditions that make it difficult to fly back.
Reservation or itinerary for round trips. Dates and flight numbers indicating entry and departure from the Schengen area must be included.
Do keep in mind that merely having a Schengen visa in your possession does not confer you with an automatic right to enter the Schengen Area.
You might be asked to produce additional documents at the external border. Documents might be required justifying the purpose of stay and conditions attached to your stay; as well as for proving that either you have sufficient means of subsistence with you or are able to arrange the same lawfully. The means of subsistence should cover your intended stay as well as return to home country or to a third state into which there is a certainty of your being admitted.
Travel insurance policy: A document which proves that you have travel health insurance coverage for the whole of the Schengen zone, with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 in the event of any medical emergency, such as illnesses, injuries and even repatriation in the event of death.
Evidence of the means of financing. Evidence that you have enough money to financially support yourself during your stay in the Schengen area. This may be one of the following things: