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Travel to UK from Norway

Norwegians travelling to the UK are able to take advantage of either visa-free travel or a range of dedicated visas, depending on the purpose and length of visit.

For more information about travelling to the UK from Norway, including if you need bespoke advice for your own immigration situation, reach out to one of our legal advisers today. Call us on (+44) 333 4149244, or contact us online.

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    Overview of Travelling to UK from Norway

    The UK and Norway have long enjoyed a cordial diplomatic relationship, covering shared cultural, economic and political ties.

    One of the most prominent examples of Norwegian presence in the UK comes in the form of the Norwegian Christmas tree that stands in Trafalgar Square, London every year. It is given in remembrance of the UK’s support of Norwegian forces during the Second World War, and stands as a significant symbol of the two countries’ lasting ties.

    Meanwhile, Norwegian immigration to the UK might not be as prolific as other countries in Europe, but select parts of the UK, such as Shetland and Orkney, boast a large population of people with Norwegian heritage, and strong links to Scandinavian culture.

    Norwegian nationals looking to travel to the UK may often do so without a visa for short periods of time. Norwegians are also eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, or one of the UK’s many visas that allow for long-term residency or the right to work or conduct business in the UK.

    Visa-Free Travel to the UK for Norwegians

    Norwegian nationals are able to travel to the UK without a visa to do any of the following:

    • Engage in tourism
    • See family or friends
    • Volunteer for up to 30 days with a registered charity
    • Pass through the UK to another country
    • Do certain business activities, such as attending a meeting or interview
    • Take part in a school exchange programme
    • Do a recreational course of up to 30 days
    • Study, do a placement or take an exam
    • Visit as an academic, senior doctor or dentist
    • Visit for medical reasons

    Note that you will normally only be allowed to visit the UK for up to 6 months at a time in order to carry out the above activities.

    Additionally, you will not be able to do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person, access public funds, or live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits.

    Visa-Required Travel to the UK for Norwegians

    If you’re a Norwegian intending to travel to the UK for a reason other than ones already listed, or you wish to stay in the UK long-term, you may have to apply for a visa.

    Visas are available for a variety of purposes and to suit many different types of travellers. For instance, there are a range of work visas available, such as the Skilled Worker visa for general skilled work, the Health and Care Worker visa for foreign workers looking to work in the health sector, or the Sportsperson visa, for professionals in the sports industry.

    The UK also has its own Student visa for those looking to study courses in the UK long-term. Graduates who have studied in the UK may also apply for a Graduate visa to continue to stay and work in the UK.

    Some Norwegians may also already have family from the UK, such as children, partners or parents. If this is the case, then you may be eligible for a Family visa if you plan to settle in the UK long-term.

    Most UK visas have a finite window of validity, which means that you will either have to apply to extend them or leave the UK when they expire. Some will additionally allow you to apply for permanent settlement in the UK, also known as indefinite leave to remain.

    Get in touch with our immigration experts for help with your move to the UK from Norway.

    UK Entry Requirements

    When travelling to the UK, you will need to ensure that you have the right documents with you and that you adhere to UK government guidance on entry requirements for foreign visitors.

    All Norwegian citizens must have either of the following when travelling to the UK:

    • A valid passport
    • A Norwegian national identity card, if you’re eligible to use one

    Your document should be valid for the entirety of your stay in the UK.

    Note that you will not be able to use a Norwegian national identity card to enter the UK unless you:

    • Have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes
    • Have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit, or the equivalent from Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
    • Have a Frontier Worker permit
    • Are an S2 Healthcare Visitor

    You must also ensure that you have a valid visa if you need one, such as if you intend to work in the UK or stay in the UK long-term.

    Also note that you and your baggage may be checked at the border for any restricted items, or for items that must be declared. You must always ensure that you’re up to date with border and luggage restrictions when travelling to the UK.

    How Can IAS Help?

    The UK remains one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, even after its departure from the EU.

    If you are a Norwegian looking to travel to the UK and need additional advice and assistance for your situation, IAS can help.

    We offer full, bespoke and comprehensive immigration advice for individuals from both inside and outside the EU/EEA. Our range of services and packages are carefully curated to ensure that we can help all of our clients with their immigration issues, regardless of the complexity or nature of the case.

    Whether you’re a Norwegian national in need of assistance when applying for a UK visa, need help liaising with your local embassy or consulate, or just need extra advice on the latest UK travel advice and entry requirements, we can help.

    For more information about and what we can do for you, reach out to one of our immigration experts today. Call us on (+44) 333 4149244, or contact us online through our website, where more information about our services can be found.

    We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you need to apply for a UK visa, you can do so online through the Gov.uk website in Norway before you travel.

    As part of the application process, you will have to provide your personal information and upload a range of supporting documents.

    You may also have to attend a local visa application centre in order to give additional information, such as your biometrics.

    There is one UK visa application centre located in Oslo.

    In most cases, you will be able to travel to Norway from the UK at any time while in the UK.

    The only exceptions to this are when you’re waiting for a new visa decision while in the UK. In this instance, travelling to Norway will result in your application being withdrawn.

    If your current visa will be invalidated due to you leaving the UK, you will be informed of this when you receive your visa and details of its terms.

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