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ESTA for Norwegian Citizens

In January 2009, the government of the United States created the US ESTA, which stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization for the United States. It consists of a document that permits entry to nationals of the 39 eligible countries of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which includes Norwegian citizens.

Among other benefits, the US ESTA allows visitors from Norway to obtain a travel permit without the necessity of going to a US embassy or consulate.

The country of Norway became a member of the VWP in 1991 and the benefit of the program is that it enables any Norwegian national to apply through the online authorization system anytime, anywhere.

Citizens from Norway should complete their application before making any plans to go to the United States of America. With the aforementioned document (ESTA), nationals of Norway can stay in the US for up to 90 days.

ESTA Requirements for Norwegian Citizens

There is a list of visa waiver requirements for the US that Norwegian nationals should meet before embarking on a trip to the US. The most common are the following:

Norwegians must also have a biometric passport with an electronic chip. This guarantees a faster application process and efficient passport check at border control.

Moreover, keeping a printed or a soft copy of the approved ESTA is highly advised in order to avoid any potential inconveniences on arrival.

Why Do I Need an ESTA as Norwegian?

The ESTA is an electronic travel document that grants entry to citizens of Norway for a short-term trip to the United States of America. It consists of a multiple-entry document that is valid for a period of up to 2 years.

Alternatively stated, the Norwegian ESTA bearer can use the same document to enter the US on several occasions for a maximum period of 90 days each time.

The ESTA can be used for the following purposes:

  • Business
  • Health and medical endeavors
  • Tourism and leisure

The ESTA was also launched for security reasons. The pre-screening of international passengers provides great support in facing any potential terrorist threats and strengthens border security and safety for both Norwegian and American citizens.

How Can I Apply for an ESTA From Norway

The application form for the ESTA to US is simple and straightforward, taking no more than 20 minutes to be completed, while the processing times are usually 24 hours.

However, nationals of Norway are recommended to complete it 72 hours in advance of their trip to the United States in order to avoid any inconveniences and guarantee timely processing.

The ESTA application form is composed of a number of questions that ask for the Norwegian applicant’s basic personal data, passport information, and contact details, as well as a number of safety and security questions.

Here are some tips that Norwegian applicants could follow to ensure that their application is successfully processed:

  • All information should be entered accurately and honestly
  • Passport details should be entered exactly as they appear on the passport
  • Applicants should check their application before submitting it
  • Applicants should have an active email address in order to receive the ESTA

As previously mentioned, the payment is taken after the completion of the questionnaire. The US visa waiver fee can be paid by means of a credit or debit card.

Even though many of the visa waiver petitions are approved at a high rate, some are rejected, usually due to small errors or inconsistencies in the data provided. However, it is possible to start a new visa waiver application if the Norwegian visitor’s travel conditions have changed substantially or if mistakes were made on the original application.

Therefore, it is essential that Norwegian travelers review their responses before submission to avoid issues with processing their travel authorization for the US.

If my Norwegian passport expires, should I get a new ESTA?

The correct answer is yes. The ESTA visa waiver is linked to the Norwegian passport that is registered in the online application form. This is the main motive why personal and passport details are requested in the application process.

Once an ESTA is received successfully (approved), the Norwegian ESTA holders cannot transfer their personal information to another ESTA account because both travel documents are electronically connected.

When either the passport or the ESTA itself expires, it is necessary to re-register with the online system. Citizens of Norway should be aware of the possible consequences of overstaying the period permitted with the ESTA.

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