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Visa und Einreise

Norwegian nationals, as well as EU-nationals, nationals of member states of the EEA and citizens of Switzerland, do not require a visa or residence permit to enter Germany. Also, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days (short term stay) for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

Overview of visa requirements for entry by country

Norway signed the Schengen Agreement on the 25th of March 2001. From this date on holders of a valid Norwegian residence permit and a valid passport or travel document may in principle stay as tourists / visitors without taking up work for up to three months in Germany without a visa. For further information on whether your residence permit is sufficient for travelling to Germany, please contact UDI.


All stays for more than 90 days or with the purpose of taking up work are considered long term stays. For more information on long term stays, please read the following Information.

As a rule, all foreigners require a visa for stays of more than three months or stays leading to gainful employment in Germany. Exemptions apply to EU and EEA (European Economic Area) citizens and Swiss nationals. Furthermore, citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America may obtain any residence permit that may be required after entering Germany.

All persons wishing to apply for a visa for a long term stay in Germany must apply in person at the German Embassy in Oslo. Only applications with complete supporting documents will be accepted. Unless otherwise mentioned, all documents have to be submitted in original plus 2 copies.

Applications are accepted by appointment only. Each person applying for a visa (even children) has to book an appointment. Please be advised that the processing of your application usually takes up to 3 months. Please make sure, that your Norwegian residence permit does not expire in the meantime. Once you obtained the necessary documentation for your visa application, please send an email to info@oslo.diplo.de, requesting an appointment.  We will then make out find an appointment per e-mail. Please also mention the purpose for your planned stay to Germany.

Whilst processing a visa application, the Embassy conducts a thorough examination of each individual application in relation to the German laws and the applicant's reason to travel to Germany. In addition, in most cases the Embassy will consult other German authorities. Therefore the Embassy is not in a position to predict the outcome of a visa application.