Will I need an ETIAS to visit Norway?
Norway is a member of the Schengen Area but is not a member of the E.U. It is, however, integrated as a full member in most economical, immigration and customs matters. Norway is also a member of the European Economic Area.
For visitors to Norway, this means that entry to Norway at the moment is the same as entry to any other Schengen country. With the onset of ETIAS, entry to the country will change only slightly.
At the moment, visitors from many countries, including America, Canada, and Australia, need only show their passport on arrival and can stay in the Schengen zone for 90 days at a time.
When the ETIAS scheme is rolled out in 2021, visitors from those same countries will still just need their passport, but it will be a requirement that they have an ETIAS electronically attached to their passport to be allowed entry.
To get the ETIAS, potential travelers will need to pay a fee and fill in an online ETIAS form. Personal information, certain travel history, exposure to certain diseases and criminal activity will all need to be declared.
Once the form has been completed, and the applicant approved, the ETIAS will be automatically attached to the applicant’s passport.
On arrival at the named country of entry to Europe, travelers will show their passport as usual.
There has been an increase in terrorist activity in recent years; the ETIAS scheme has been introduced as a means to further secure European borders.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway is a unitary sovereign state in Northern Europe, on the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The islands of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also a part of the Kingdom. Norway also claims part of Antarctica, known as Queen Maud Land.
There are dependent territories of Peter I Island in the Antarctic and Bouvet Island in the subArctic. Norway has a long coastline facing both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
Norway shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Denmark. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia.
Norway covers an area of 385,252 sq. km and has a population of over 5.3 million people. The major language is Norwegian, and the major religion is Christianity. The official currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). The capital and largest city is Oslo.
The cities of Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim are showcases of Scandinavian flair for design.
- Oslo is the capital city and financial center.
- Trondheim has a long history of Christian pilgrimage.
- Bergen is the gateway to the fjords of Norway.
Norway is a top ranking country on the World Happiness Report, the Index of Public Integrity, The Democracy Index and the OECD Better Life Index.
Norway at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian
Area: 324,220 KM2
Currency: Krone (NOK)
Calling Code: +47
Travel in Norway
Norway is home to towering glaciers, crystal clear fjords, and immense natural beauty.
During the long, cold winter nights the Northern Lights brighten the sky in an unforgettable light show. During the summer the sun still shines at midnight giving a new meaning to ‘eternal summer nights.’
The cities of Norway are stunning examples of Scandinavian design. Norwegians are generally an active people, and their love of the outdoors is reflected in even their city life. Most parks and green spaces are utilized as hiking trails and jogging routes.
The real wonders of Norway are to be found in the great outdoors further afield. In the far North, one of the few places where polar bears can be seen in the wild is the glacier-covered peninsula of Svalbard. Here you can also enjoy wonderful skiing by day and the Northern Lights by night.
Norway’s northern fjord area is popular, with ferry trips arranged along Geirangerfjord. The snow-capped, pine-topped cliffs, lush forest land, and stunning waterfalls are strikingly beautiful.
There is a strong festival culture in Norway, with many popular festivals throughout the year:
- Musikkfest Oslo
- Musikkens Dag
The US and Norway
The U.S. and Norway enjoy a long and friendly relationship. They have worked closely on a range of important issues.
Norway is co-founder and strategic ally in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). It participates in and hosts NATO exercises and is a contributor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
Almost 5 million Americans claim Norwegian ancestry, which is almost equal to Norway’s population.
The U.S. and Norway both belong to the following organizations
- African Development Bank
- Arctic Council
- Asian Development Bank
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Inter-American Development Bank
- International Monetary Fund
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- United Nations
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Norway is also an observer to the Organization of American States.
There are direct flights to Oslo with a flight time of about seven and a half hours. There are numerous connecting flights throughout Europe. There are many large conference centers in the big cities, many of the larger hotels around the country have meeting and event facilities.
English is widely spoken, as are Danish and Swedish and to a lesser degree, French and German.
List of US diplomatic offices in Norway
The Embassy of USA in Oslo, Norway
Address: Morgedalsvegen 36 0378 Oslo Norway
Phone: (+47) 21 30 85 40
Facts: Rear Admiral Kenneth J. Braithwaite – Ambassador