Exercise normal precautions in Norway.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Norway:
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Norway for information on U.S. – Norway relations.
Visit the Royal Norwegian Embassy website for the most current visa information.
Norway is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Norway for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Norway.
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Crime: Norway has a relatively low level of crime.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(47) 2130-8540.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Victims may also contact:
Police (non-emergency) 02 800
Oslo Emergency Room 116 117
Helpline for Children and Youth 116 111
Hotline for Victims of Sexual Assault 800 57 000
DIXI Center for Victims of Rape 22 44 40 50
Oslo Crisis Center 22 48 03 80
National Association for Victims of Crime 22 16 40 00
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Norway.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Norway, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that in the United States.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical facilities are widely available and of high quality, but may be limited outside larger urban areas. The remote and sparse populations in northern Norway and the dependence on ferries to cross fjords of western Norway may affect transportation and ready access to medical facilities. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo maintains a list of emergency medical and dental clinics in major cities.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Norway to ensure the medication is legal in Norway. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: The maintenance and condition of urban roads is generally good. Rural road conditions are fair, and the availability of roadside assistance is limited.
Traffic Laws: Norwegian law requires that drivers always use headlights when driving. Norwegian law also requires drivers to yield to vehicles coming from the right, except in a traffic circle, when drivers are required to yield to vehicles already in the circle.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Norways’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Norway should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
Norway is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. Complete information on the operation of the Convention, including an interactive online request form are available on the Hague Conference website. Requests should be completed in duplicate and submitted with two sets of the documents to be served, and translations, directly to Norway’s Central Authority for the Hague Service Convention. The person in the United States executing the request form should be either an attorney or clerk of court. The applicant should include the titles attorney at law or clerk of court on the identity and address of applicant and signature/stamp fields. In its Declarations and Reservations on the Hague Service Convention, Norway formally objected to service under Article 10, and does not permit service via postal channels. For additional information see the Hague Conference Service Convention web page and the Hague Conference Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention. See also Norway’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Service Convention.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Service of Documents from Norway in the United States: See information about service in the United States on the U.S. Central Authority for the Service Convention page of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Service Convention site.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Norway is a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Central Authority for Norway for the Hague Evidence Convention designated to receive letters of request for the taking of evidence is the Royal Ministry of Justice and the Police. See the Hague Evidence Convention Model Letters of Request for guidance on how to prepare a letter of request. Letters of Request should be prepared in duplicate. Requests must be translated into Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. Requests for compulsion of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention are transmitted directly from the requesting court or person in the United States to the Norwegian Central Authority and do not require transmittal via diplomatic channels. See the Norwegian Declarations and Reservations on the Hague Evidence Convention. See also Norway’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Evidence Convention.
Requests from Norway to Obtain Evidence in the United States: The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is the Office of International Judicial Assistance, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1100 L Street N.W., Room 8102, Washington, D.C. 20530.
Voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in civil and commercial matters is permitted regardless of the nationality of the witness. However, prior permission from the Norwegian Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is required. This is obtained by the U.S. Embassy. It is advisable to ask the embassy to request permission of the Norwegian Central Authority three or four weeks prior to the desired deposition date. Oral depositions or depositions on written questions may be taken by U.S. consular officers or by private attorneys at the U.S. Embassy or at another location such as a hotel or office, either on notice or pursuant to a commission. If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, such arrangements must be made in advance with the U.S. embassy directly.
Norway is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Norway’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Convention will authenticate Norwegian public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for use in Norway, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.
Norway and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since April 1, 1989.
For information concerning travel to Norway, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Norway.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on Internation Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Norway. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Norwegian Central Authority (NCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Justice and Police (MOJ). Immediately upon receiving an application from the central authority of another contracting state, the MOJ will review the application to ensure that it meets the conditions of the Hague Abduction Convention and that the required documents are enclosed. Being an administrative authority, the MOJ cannot make a decision on whether the child should be returned or not. This jurisdiction belongs entirely to the courts. The NCA can be reached at:
Norway's Adoption Authority
The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs
Ministry of Children and Equality
Barne- ungdoms- og familiedirektoratet
Postboks 8113 Dep
Universitetsgata 7, 0032 Oslo
Web sites: www.bufdir.no and
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Norway, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State's website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the NCA. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the NCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Norwegian central authorities. Norway offers legal assistance for eligible applicant parents covering the costs of legal fees, court costs, translations and interpreters, and service of documents. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Norway. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Norway. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
Retaining a private attorney is not required for filing a Hague case in Norway. If a parent or legal guardian elects to hire a private attorney in Norway, the attorney should contact the NCA as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
Mediation services can be provided by the courts under the supervision of the judge. Mediation can also be sought outside of the court through the Family Counseling Service of the Directorate of Children, Youth, and Family Affairs. There are no costs associated with these services, though the cost for outside legal counsel must be paid by the party employing them.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. A birth certificate, fødselsattest, is available for those born after January 1, 1916. Copies can be obtained from the parish where the parents resided at the time of birth (if born between 1916 and 1946) or from the Public Census Office, Folkeregisteret, in the city or town of birth if born after 1946. Baptismal certificates, dåpsattest, are no longer considered official documents, but may be obtained. If the parents were members of the State (Lutheran) Church or residing temporarily in Norway, the baptismal certificates are issued by the Norwegian State Church (Den Norske Kirke) through the parish where the parents resided at the time of the applicant's birth. The parish also issues certificates for those whose parents were not members of any church. Members of other faiths may write to their ministers. Both birth certificates and baptismal certificates list the child's name, sex, date and place of birth, and parents' names at a minimum and are signed and sealed with a rubber seal.
Available. A death certificate, dødsattest, can be obtained from the parish where the death occurred, from the sheriff, Lensmann, the police or the probate court, Skifterett. Death Certificates from the probate court are preferred.
Available. If the marriage occurred before October 1, 2004, the marriage certificate, Vielsesattest or Vigselsattest, can be obtained from the church or civil authority where the marriage was solemnized. If the marriage took place after October 1, 2004, the marriage certificate can be obtained from the Public Census Office, Folkeregisteret.
Available. Divorce decree certificates, skillsmissesattest, rendered prior to 1954 can be obtained from the State Archives, Statesarkivet. The County Governor, Fylkesmann, furnishes certificates for divorces obtained after 1954.
Available. Adoption decrees, adopsjonsbevilling, are issued by the County Governor, Fylkesmann, in the County, Fylke, where the adoption took place. The decree includes the names of adoptive parents and the place and date of birth of child.
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Available. Applications can be made in person at the police station in the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant no longer lives in Norway, an application may be made by mail. The application must include a photo, ID card with personal number, and a reason for the request. Addresses and phone numbers for Norwegian police stations can be found at www.politi.no. Select the appropriate county (fylke) from the list "Hvor vil du?" Alternatively, applicants may send their information to the Police Directorate at Politidirektoratet, Postbox 8051 Dep. 0031, Oslo. The record is valid for the entire country. Processing time is about 14 days.
Available. Court records, retts og domsdokumenter, can be obtained from the court before which the case was tried. It consists of a judicial summation of the case and the judgment and sentence handed down. Older records may be held at the State Archives.
Available. A prison record, fengselsattest, may be obtained from the prison where the sentence was served.
Available. A service record, tjenesteattest, may be obtained from Vernepliktsverket by phone: 815 55 580; by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by writing to Vernepliktsverket, Postmottak, 2617 Lillehammer, Norway. Active duty military personnel accused of crimes (other than petty offenses) are usually tried by the civil authorities who register the trial and findings in the civil penal certificates.
There are three types of Norwegian machine-readable passports and travel documents. Norwegian citizens receive passports with a dark-red cover. Foreigners granted status as "refugees" under the UN Convention are issued travel documents, reisebevis, with two gold stripes across a dark green cover. Applicants for political asylum who have not been granted status as convention refugees, but have been allowed to stay on humanitarian grounds, are currently issued dark-blue immigrants' passports, utlendingspass, which replaces the earlier light-blue "foreigners' passports."
Available. Legal change of name. Navnebevilling/navnemelding is issued by the Public Census Office, Folkeregisteret, or, in some cases, by the County Governor, Fylkesmann.
Oslo, Norway (Embassy)
PSC 69 - Box 1000
APO AE 09707-5460
All nonimmigrant visa categories for Norway, including Svalbard and the island of Jan Mayen are processed in Oslo. Immigrant visas are processed by the embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.