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Schengen Visa (Type C)

You must apply for a visitor’s visa to Norway and the other Schengen countries when the purpose with the visit is tourism, family visit, official assignment, business, study visit.

The visa can be valid for maximum 90 days in the course of a period of 180 days. The period is calculated from the date you first crossed the external Schengen border. The visa’s validity period, first possible day of entry and the day you must leave the Schengen area are written on the visa sticker.

A visa is generally granted for a single entry. If you plan to travel outside the Schengen area and return within the period covered by the visa, you must tick the ‘two or multiple entries’ box when you apply for a visa. You must also explain why you require multiple entries.

If you have a special need, you can be issued a visa that is valid for multiple entries during a period for up to five years. Such visas are only available for certain categories of applicants, e.g. business persons, truck drivers, seafarers, family members of persons with a valid residence permit in Norway, family members of Norwegian citizens living abroad, persons residing in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk oblast, etc

If you need an extra entry after you have arrived in Norway, you must apply for this through the police in the same way as for an application for a visa extension. You must document your need for an extra entry, e.g. for a business meeting or to visit family outside the Schengen area.

A visa does not entitle you to work or carry out any business activities during your visit. If you wish to work or stay for an extended period in Norway, you must apply for a specific permit for this.

Some groups are exempt from the residence permit requirement. They can work in Norway if they have a valid visa for Norway and the Schengen area.