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Single- or multiple-entry visa

A visa is generally granted for a single entry into the Schengen area. If you have a special need for multiple entries into the Schengen area, you can be issued a visa that is valid for multiple entries during a period for up to five years. The need for multiple entries has to be documented.

If you plan to travel outside the Schengen area and return within the period of the visa, make sure to tick the box ‘Two entries’ or ‘Multiple entries’ in the visa application form. The Embassy will then assess whether there is a genuine need for a visa with multiple entries.

In order to be issued a visa with multiple entries, you must fulfill all the general requirements for a regular Schengen visa. In addition, you must:

  1. Document previous trips to the Schengen area.
  2. Have previously travelled in accordance with the issued visa, in particular by leaving the Schengen area within the dates set by your visa.
  3. Document a genuine need for multiple entries.

Categories of applicants who may be granted visas for multiple entries for one year are typically (the list is not exlusive):

  1. Business travelers who need to travel frequently
  2. Close family members of either Norwegian citizens or foreign citizens with a permanent residence permit in Norway. The same applies when visiting close family members in the represented countries.
  3. Seafarers 
  4. Persons who are to attend official meetings
  5. Frequent travelers who have travelled to the Schengen area more than once over the last year, and have plans to make several visits the coming year.

Applicants who have been granted a multiple entry visa with a validity of up to 12 months and has travelled in accordance with the issued visa, may then apply for a visa valid for two or three years providing there is a continued need for frequent travels. When this visa expires, the applicant may apply for a visa valid for five years, providing there is a continued need for frequent travels.

Period of grace

If you are granted a single-entry visa, an extra 15 days will normally be added to the period you can make your travel - a "period of grace". Still, you can not stay longer than the number of days you are granted.

For example, if you are granted a visa for 90 days from 01.01.2017, an extra 15 days are added, so that the period you can travel is from 01.01.2017 - 16.04.2017 (105 days). This does not imply that you can enter 01.01.2017 and stay until 16.04.2017, as this involve an overstay of 15 days.

Biometric enrollment

From 25 September 2014, it is no longer possible to make exceptions for the personal attendance requirement when submitting the application. This is due to the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) in Turkey. When submitting the application the Visa Application Centre will take a biometric photograph of all applicants, and in addition fingerprints from applicants over 12 years.