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USA ESTA Requirements for Norwegian Citizens

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The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (US ESTA) is an online visa waiver for Norwegians to enter the United States on short-term visits.

The ESTA is available by completing an online application form, which usually takes 15 minutes to complete. This avoids the Norwegian traveler having to go through the longer, more complex process of getting a US visa.

Be sure to apply for a US ESTA before making a trip to the United States from Norway.

Requirements for the US ESTA Application From Norwegian Citizens

Norwegians must check the requirements for international travel before beginning their application form. They include the following:

  • Valid Norwegian passport
  • Frequently used email address
  • Credit or debit card
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Emergency contact (optional)

Although some travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months, Norwegian visitors’ passports must be valid only for the duration of the stay in the US. This is because Norway is part of the “Six-Month Club”.

The American Department of Homeland Security created the Six-Month Club in 2014. It is a list of countries whose nationals are not obliged to have a passport that will continue to be valid for at least 6 months after the date they plan to arrive. It gives flexibility to Norwegian travelers, who simply have to ensure their passports will remain valid during their stay in the United States.

That being said, ESTA approvals will typically be granted for a period of two years or until your passport expires, whichever is sooner. Therefore, you may use your ESTA approval to travel to the U.S. during the validity of your passport. You will need to apply for a new ESTA authorization after your passport expires.

It is advisable to provide an email address that is regularly checked, since all communications, including the confirmation of their ESTA, are carried out by email.

The debit or credit card they plan to use to pay the ESTA processing fee must be authorized for international transactions.

US ESTA Advantages for Norwegian Nationals

The American visa policy allows Norwegian nationals to travel to the US without requiring a visa. To do this, they must first register with ESTA, under the terms of the American Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The US ESTA has a fast and straightforward application process, which is entirely online. Travelers from Norway can avoid having to arrange an embassy appointment for a standard visa. This saves time, money, and is a more convenient option to visit the United States.

The ESTA is valid for 2 years and grants multiple entries to the US for Norwegians and a stay of 90 days during each visit. It adds a lot of flexibility for Norwegian citizens planning to enter the US at their convenience and as often as they require.

The ESTA authorizes entry for tourism, business, and transit. It grants admission to visit friends or family, explore tourist attractions, attend business meetings or conferences, or simply transit through the US on to their final destination.

Norwegian passport holders planning to relocate to the US for long-term academic studies or full-time job-seeking should note the US ESTA does not cover these activities and they should therefore schedule a visit at the American embassy in Oslo.

How Can Norwegian Citizens Apply for a USA ESTA?

Once Norwegian applicants confirm they meet requirements, they can proceed to the application form.

Applying for the US ESTA from Norway is very simple and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be done from the comfort of their homes.

Norwegians will have to submit the following personal information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship

Norwegian visitors must enter the following passport details:

  • Passport number
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport expiration date

Travelers from Norway to the US must also provide their contact information:

  • Personal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Emergency contact

Next, they will respond to some standard health and security-related questions. These questions will refer to the following:

  • Profession
  • Security background
  • Medical history
  • Any previous travels to the United States

Once Norwegians have replied to these questions, we recommend they check their answers thoroughly since once submitted, the application form cannot be amended. Any mistakes or typos could lead to delays or even a rejection of the US ESTA.

US ESTA for underage Norwegian travelers

Norwegian families planning a holiday or schools organizing an academic trip to the USA with underage travelers must complete an individual application for each passenger.

Parents or legal guardians are authorized to submit the application on behalf of their dependents and use their email address for their children’s requests.

Children applying for the ESTA must have their own passports. If children are listed on their parents’ passports, they are not eligible for ESTA.

Payment of the US ESTA by Norwegian applicants

After answering the questions on the application form, Norwegians will complete the application process with the US ESTA payment. The card should be authorized for online payments and carry sufficient funds.

How Long Does It Take to Process The US ESTA for Norway?

Once Norwegian nationals have submitted their application form, the US Department of Homeland Security evaluates their request. Approval is fairly swift and usually takes up to 2 business days, with many ESTAs granted in 24 hours or less.

We recommend applying for your ESTA as soon as you’ve booked your trip, or at least 72 hours before you intend to travel.

Upon verifying that the application is in order and that the requirements are met, an email will be sent to the Norwegian applicant to confirm that their ESTA has been granted.

When do I need to apply for a new ESTA?

There are a few cases that will require you to fill out a new ESTA application when traveling from Norway, such as obtaining a new passport, changing a name (first or last), and your sex or country of citizenship.

Likewise, if you contract a contagious disease, are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or your visa is denied, you may need to get a visa to travel to the United States. Apply one more time for ESTA authorization and then provide answers to the questions concerning the change in circumstances to avoid being denied entry.

Traveling From Norway to the USA With the ESTA

The ESTA is automatically linked to the Norwegian passport, so the holder does not have to print out a copy before their departure. However, it is recommended to take a hard copy in case the airline or border staff ask for confirmation of the travel authorization.

When booking transport tickets, passengers from Norway must ensure that the dates of their visit fall within the terms of their ESTA, as well as their passport’s validity.

Those Norwegian visitors who need to extend their stay while in the US must note that renewing the ESTA on American soil is not authorized. They can renew their travel authorization, but must temporarily exit the country and apply for a new ESTA before continuing their visit.

Similarly, you will need to exit the U.S. if your plans change and you wish to study or work in the U.S. You won’t be able to change your status within the U.S. and will need to apply for an appropriate visa at a U.S. Consulate in Norway.

What is the difference between ESTA authorization and a visa?

Norwegian citizens do not require a visa if they plan to travel to the U.S. for a short period of time not to exceed 90 days for pleasure or temporary business purposes (e.g., attending conferences or consulting with business associates). If a Norwegian citizen is planning to work, study in the U.S., or stay for a longer duration, a visa is required. If you have a valid visa to the U.S., you are not required to apply for ESTA authorization.

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Last update: 14/12/2023

The US lifted all remaining COVID entry requirements on May 12, 2023. Travelers may now enter the US with an approved US ESTA. It is quick and simple to register online for this visa waiver. Chinese nationals must also remember to register with EVUS. For more information, please check the US visa policy.

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Ekaterina Powell

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Ekaterina Powell is a U.S. attorney licensed in the State of California, working in the area of U.S. immigration law for over 12 years. She has been featured as one of the top immigration lawyers in her state and city several times and has contributed to notable industry publications.

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