how to apply for a visa for norway

How to get a visa for Norway?

Planning a trip to Norway, so for the very first step, you need to apply for the visa. There are different types of Visas that you may use. The type of visa you need depends upon the purpose of visit or travel to Norway. Your purpose of travel may be a holiday trip, a business trip, or studying. There is a different type of visa needed for additional visits. You need to apply for the Norwegian Schengen Visa, according to your travel needs.

How to get a visa for Norway?

  • Passport:  It is the essential thing that you need for the visa application. Ensure that your passport is original valid for a tenure of at least three months from your return date. It would help if you got your passport photocopied to submit it with the application form. Please remember that your passport must have at least two blank pages.
  • Passport Sized-photo: Make sure that you have the latest passport-sized photograph. The photograph is an essential part of the visa, making it look clear and must be with a white background.
  • Application Form: In the very first step, you need to fill out the application form completely. You can use any of the methods to fill the form online or get a copy of it. Here you can get the application form.
  • Flight Reservation: You need to get your going and return ticket confirmed. You need to get your reserved tickets for both entry and exit before applying for the visa.
  • Travel Insurance: An insurance confirmation of having coverage of around 40,000€. This insurance must be valid in entire Norway and the Schengen area.
  • Family Details: Need to clarify your full family details. These details include your marital status, child details, and other required details. All these details proof are also needed (like marriage certificate, childbirth certificate).

There are other things which are needed as well in different cases.  

If employed:

  • Employment contract
  • Bank statement of the last six months
  • No-objection certificate from the employer
  • Proof of your salary or Income Tax Return (ITR)

If self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Bank statement of your firm’s current bank account for the latest six months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

If a student:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • Leave approval letter from school or university

If retired:

  • Pension statement of the latest six months

If applicable:

  • Proof of income generated through the property for the latest six months.

*NOTE: The application form needs to be signed. All the above-specified mandatory documents (applicable ones) must attach to the application. You need to submit these documents to your nearest or appropriate embassy/consulate.

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You may need to submit some other documents besides the specified ones as well. These documents will depend on your type of visa you want. You may check for the additional documents required here.

Visitor’s Norway visa for Indians

A visitor’s visa allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days. During 180 days in Norway or other countries.

Indian, Bhutan, and Nepal citizens must apply for a visa to Norway and Schengen for a visitor.

Suppose you plan on visiting more than one Schengen country during a single trip. Or if you plan many separate trips within two months. You must submit your application to the country’s embassy or consulate. Which is your primary destination based on the length of your stay or the stay’s purpose?

Your plan visits several Schengen countries, and the main destination can’t be determined. 

You must submit your application to the country’s embassy. Or consulate, which is your first entry point into the Schengen area.

Other categories:

  • Norway processes visa applications for Nepal on behalf of Iceland. If you’re traveling to Iceland. You will have to follow the same process as applying for a visa to Norway to apply to Island for a residence permit.

Please contact the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

Norway does not handle residence permits on their behalf.

  • For Sri Lanka:

On behalf of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, Norway handles the visa applications. Suppose you are traveling to any of these countries. You must follow the same procedure as if you were applying for a Norwegian visa.

  • For Indian Diplomatic passport holders:

Who travels officially to Norway are exempt from visas.

Please note that in high season, the case’s processing time may take up to 21 working days.

Before you apply for a Norway visa 

  • You should apply well beforehand. In general, no later than 15 days before you plan to travel, due to courier documents in some countries. We recommend using at least four weeks before your intended departure.
  • Your application may be submitted up to six months before your planned departure. We will be suggesting that you submit for seafarers nine months before.
  • We recommend you don’t buy your ticket until a visa is issued.
  • You must have your application registered online. Before you can give in the documentation required.
  • You’ll be asked to provide fingerprints. No need if your fingerprints have been taken within the last 59 months.

To apply for a visa from India. You either have to be a citizen of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, or the Maldives. Or you have to reside legally in one of those countries.

Suppose you’re not residing in India, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, or Sri Lanka. You must provide a rationale for lodging the Indian application.
Suppose you’re two or more people who travel to Norway as tourists. To save time, highly recommended that you apply as a group.

How to register as a group for a visa?

Most of 16 people can register applications at a time. On the Norway application portal under the “visa group.”

Recall bringing in all the documents mentioned in the checklists. You can find checklists on the Embassy homepage.

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Online registration and payment

You can register your application in the application portal.

You receive an email confirmation after your registration process gets completed.

A copy of your application form and cover letter will appear in the mail attached. The cover letter confirms you paid the application fee. You must print out the attachment to the email. And then submit it along with the other documentation required.

Application fee for Norway visa for Indians:

The fee for visas is 80 euros. Children under six are not charged a fee. Children 6 years of age and under the age of 12 years are charged a visa fee of EUR 40.

For information about other groups exempted from the visa fee, please visit the UDI.

Please note that you are paying the fee at the Portal when you register for the application. The fee will be refunded to applicants exempted from the visa charge requirement.

If you apply to an EU/EEA  citizen for a visa as a family member, you are not obliged to pay the application fee.

Visa fee

The Visa fee is EUR 60 for adults and EUR 35 for children aged 6 to 12. For more fee details, please refer to the UDI website.

When you register the application online at the Portal you will be paying the visa fee.

Before submitting, note that the applicant must sign the cover letter. Also, please note that the Embassy can edit any errors in the form. You don’t have to put in another application.  

What documents should you carry?

You have to bring them with you:

  • A printout of the Application Portal cover letter and application form
  • The checklist and the documents indicated therein
  • After your planned departure, your passport must be valid for at least three months.
  • Photo (must meet international standards)
  • Your insurance policy for traveling:
  1. A minimum of 30 000 euros should cover you. This includes expenses related to repatriation for medical reasons. The medical emergency treatment and hospital emergency treatment and death.
  2. It would help if you had insurance valid in all Schengen countries
  3. It should cover your entire intended stay in the Schengen area
  4. As a rule, it should be bought in your home country. If this is not possible in another country, it may be purchased.

Processing time For Visa To Norway 

The processing time for requests is up to 15 calendar days. After the embassy or consulate has received the application. In some cases, applications are sent to the Immigration Directorate (UDI). And in those cases, the processing time may be up to 45 calendar days.

Read more about visa processing times on the case UDIs homepage.

Apply in advance before you travel

We recommend you apply at least four weeks before departure. Your application may be registered three months before your planned trip.

The handling time of the case is numbered 15 days. From the request the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi receives. To it, the courier at the embassy picks up.

So please bear in mind that because of the courier between the locations. Often the amount of days until you get your decision is more than 15 days. The timings will vary depending on the location.

Visa processing time in India 

Delhi: Please allow another two days apart from the 15 days handling time. 

Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, and Bangalore: 

Allow another 4–6 days, please.

On arrival

You will have to present the following when you cross the border into the Schengen area:

  • Your Visa Sticker Passport.
  • Proof that you have enough money (e.g., cash or credit card) to support yourself during your stay. If you have a guarantee form, you should bring with you a copy of that as well.
  • Documentation showing the purpose of your visit, for example, invitation, hotel booking, etc.
  • A return ticket or a round trip if you are visiting the Schengen area for tourist or private reasons

The border control officer may ask you to provide the fingerprints. In which case, when you apply for a visa, these will be compared with the fingerprints provided.

You can travel around freely within the Schengen area as long as your visa is valid. Or in the specific visa-treated Schengen countries. For example, if you leave the Schengen area to visit the UK or Svalbard, you will need a multiple entry visa.

Norway student visa for Indian students 

Main steps to take for a student visa in Norway

Here’s what Indian students must do to obtain a student visa to study in Norway:

Use the UDI Application Portal to register your application. Hand in documents relating to your application. Give the biometrics to your country’s nearest visa application center.

Perhaps Indian students will need to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are used by countries for security purposes to identify extra.
During the application process, you’ll need to attend a visa interview.
Norway’s Residence Permit for Studies is valid for a duration up to the course. You may need to renew your visa every year to stay throughout your entire degree program.

Suppose you wish to stay in Norway after finishing your degree. You’ll need to apply through the immigration office for a different visa or a visa renewal.

How much do I get to pay for the student visa?

You will also have to pay a fee of €556 to apply for the Norwegian Residence Permit for Studies. The Norwegian authorities will allow you to pay that fee online. Depending on your situation, you can pay the fee at a visa application center in India or by bank transfer.

 The Norwegian visa will not require Indian students to get health insurance.

The processing fee for student visas is 21 EUR.

What documents do I need to get for a student visa?

When applying for a visa, you need to prove that you can support yourself during your study program. They must you to prove you have enough money to live in Norway for Norway. The cost of living is EUR 12211 per year either from an outside source or already in your bank account.

Students in India will not have to prove they speak English well enough. These language skills ensure your classes are thriving.

Indian students will not be required to take a medical test before they arrive in Norway.

Norway business visa for Indians

  • For Indian Business Men

The following critical basic facts are:

(i) English is understandable to most Norwegian businesses.

(ii) Visitors to India must have a valid Schengen visa to enter Norway.

(iii) The Embassy of Norway resides in New Delhi and the Consulate of Mumbai.

iv) For queries and work-outs. Contact Embassy by email: or

In many ways, Norway has the potential to be an excellent partner for Indian businesspeople. The nation has an economy that defies stereotyping. Although the European Union is not a member, it is within the European Economic Area.

This is an industrialized economy, but it relies on exports of commodities:

Norway is one of the largest exporters of both oil and natural gas worldwide. The approx. 5.2 million citizens of Norway enjoy per capita income. $82.711 (nominal) per annum; $74.065 (PPP).


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