Visitor's visa

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days.

Before you start the application process, check the lists at the bottom of the page whether you need a visa to travel to Schengen

If you plan to visit more than one Schengen country in the course of one trip, or if you plan several separate trips within a period of two months, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your main destination based on the length of your stay, or the purpose of stay.

If you plan to visit several Schengen countries and the main destination cannot be determined, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your first point of entry to the Schengen area.

Main destination

As stated above, you should apply for a Schengen visa to the country that is your main destination. 

If several separate visits are to be carried out within a period of two months, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length of stay, counted in days, or the purpose of stay is the main destination. 

Business trips and visits to family or friends are considered a more important purpose of stay than a tourist visit, so the country where the business trip or visit to family or friends take place is considered the main destination. 

Norway is only responsible for processing visa applications from applicants going mainly to Norway or a country that Norway is representing in the country where you reside. 

Multiple entries

Many applicants ask for a visa with multiple entries. 

After legally using 3 visas with a validity shorter than 6 months during the last 2 years, applicants qualify for a 1 year multiple visa.

Applicants who had a one year multiple visa during the previous 2 years, qualify for a 2 year multiple visa etc, up to a maximum validitiy of 5 years, but visas are not issued for longer validity than the passport.

If you qualify for a multiple visa, you will be issued a multiple visa even without asking for it. 

If you do not document to fulfil these conditions in order to be granted multiple entries, but otherwise fulfils the criteria to be granted a visa, it will be issued according to the documentation provided.

Remember to document clearly your itinerary so that we can see whether you are leaving Schengen and reentering during your trip and therefore need several entries. 

Applicants should not request multiple visas without documenting these criteria. 

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