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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 obtaining a travel permit without the necessity of going to a US embassy or consulate.

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

Citizens from Norway should complete their application before making any plans to the United States of America. With the mentioned document (ESTA), nationals from 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:

  • The validity of the Norwegian passport should be of at least 6 months after the estimated date of arrival
  • All passengers should be free of any communicable disease
  • All applicants should be clean of any criminal record
  • Length of stay is of a maximum period of 90 days

Another prerequisite of high importance is also related to the passport: Norwegians must 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 in 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 several times for entry to the US territory 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 is of great support in facing any potential terrorist threats and strengthen 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 from Norway are recommended to complete it 72 hours in advance before their trip to the United States in order to avoid any inconveniences and guarantee proficient processing.

The ESTA application form is composed of a number of questions that need a candid response. Additionally, safety and security questions are followed along with the Norwegian applicant’s basic personal data.

Here are some tips that Norwegian applicants could follow to ensure a successful process:

  • All information should be filled exactly as the passport’s data
  • All questions should be answered with full honesty
  • Applicants should check their application before submitting it
  • Applicants should have an active and operative 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 an active and up-to-date credit or debit card.

Even though many of the visa waiver petitions are approved at a high rate, some could be rejected. However, a new visa waiver application is available if the travel conditions of the Norwegian visitor have changed substantially or there are existing mistakes that need correction and amendment. Therefore, it is essential that Norwegian travelers review them before submission.

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 going to be used. 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.

An ESTA would require renewal when the passport goes out of date or when an ESTA visa waiver expires or whichever runs out first. Citizens of Norway should be informed of the implications that could take place if the Norwegian applicant extends the stay over the permitted period.

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