It is important tocheck the visa rules and regulations in good time before leaving your home country. Some countries will not let you in unless you possess a valid visa and others do not require one at all. Everywhere on the web you will find pages listing visa rules and requirements, but be careful: not all of these pages have the most updated or accurate info.
Visa regulations for Norwegian Citizens
For Norwegians I would advise following the steps listed underneath to make sure to get the visas that you need:
1. Check Wikipedia for a list of visa free countries for Norwegians (link)
Wikipedia is known for being a page that can not be trusted to be hundred percent accurate, but their list of countries can be visited without obtaining a visa on beforehand will be able to give you an impression of which countries probably will be the hardest to deal with. It is important to check the visa rules of every single country you are visiting, so once you have checked your countries on this list it will be time to move to the next step in the process of mapping out the visas that you need.
2. Check the Norwegian Foreign Affairs to find the most accurate and updated rules and regulations (www.landsider.no/land)
This is a page I use almost daily, and it is the first page that will be updated if there are any changes to visa rules for Norwegians. By clicking on each country and choosing “innreise og helse” you will have the most updated information about the visa requirements for Norwegian passport holders. The page is also useful for obtaining information regarding safety and the current political situations of the countries.
|On a visit to the Norwegian Embassy in Saudi Arabia|
Embassies can often be slow to respond to emails, so I will recommend calling if you have questions you need answered. The consular sections of these embassies can also help you with obtaining a visa to the countries they are representing. For the countries not listed in the above link you should consider moving on to the next step.
4. Use a visa service agency (Visumservice.no)
Some countries can be quite bureaucratic and hard to deal with, and by sending you passport to the embassies they often end up in un-prioritized pile on their desks. Are you short on time or need someone to help you deal with all applications and documentation necessary to get a visa then it is better to be on the safe side and contact a visa service agency. Visumservice.no is my preferred visa agency in Norway and with a Kilroy Studentcard (ISIC card) you will also get 10 percent on their administration fees!
5. Ask your travel agent to check TIMATIC (timaticweb.com)
Travel Agents have access to the TIMATIC database which is the system being used by the airlines to determine if you will be eligible for a visa on arrival or not. This can be time consuming work and all relevant information like passport type, date of entry, previous visited countries etc needs to be in place to get an answer. I would advise using the above links first to get an answer, and keep this as the last option.
Should you have other useful pages for visa related information, feel free to share on the comment field below.
|Vietnam requires visa for most nationals, but Norwegians are entitled to 15 day visa free travel for letting in so many refugees in the 70’s. But make sure to have your return/onward ticket booked upon entry, as this is one of the requirements for visa free entry.|