In 2021, Norway will implement the ETIAS visa waiver program. Travellers from a select group of countries will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver in order to travel to the Schengen area.
Using the ETIAS visa waiver program, travellers can be pre-screened for any security risks before their arrival in the Schengen area. This measure has been introduced to ensure that the security of the Schengen borderless zone is preserved and to speed up the immigration process of entering the region’s borders.
Applying for an ETIAS is not a complicated process, in fact, it is quite simple and only takes about 15 minutes to complete. Travellers need to submit the information required, answer a few basic questions, pay the processing fee.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Norway
Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver in order to travel to Norway. In order to do so, they will be required to fill out an online ETIAS Visa Waiver Application. Canadian applicants will be required to provide some basic information such as their name, date of birth, country of citizenship, passport number, travel plans, health information etc.
Travelling to Norway from Canada with the ETIAS authorization
Canadian travellers that have received their ETIAS visa waivers via email are ready to travel to Norway. The document is electronically linked with the applicant’s passport although travellers are advised to carry a printed or digital copy of the ETIAS visa waiver with them when they travel in the Schengen area.
The ETIAS visa waiver will also grant them entry into the 25 other countries in the Schengen area other than the initial country they applied to visit within the region. The maximum length of stay for Canadian travelers visiting the Schengen area on an ETIAS visa waiver is 90 days within a 180-day period. The waiver itself is valid for 3 years.
Passport and Document Requirements
In order to travel to Norway, Canadian travellers will need to fulfill some basic requirements such as having a valid Canadian passport. Travellers will also need to have a valid email address in order to apply as well as a debit/credit card in order to pay the processing fee.
The information provided on the ETIAS visa waiver application will be checked against International Security Databases to identify any security risks associated with the individual travelling to the Schengen area. Generally, a mismatch of information on the form and that shown on the applicant’s travel documents can delay the processing of the application. Travellers are advised to be consistent with the information they provide on the form in order to maximize their chances of receiving an ETIAS visa waiver.
Basic information about Norway
Norway is a Nordic country bordered by Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Russia. It is officially known as the Kingdom of Norway. It was originally called “Nordweg” which means Northern way. “Norway” is the English language name for the country.
In Norwegian, it is called Norge. Norway suffers from something called a coastline paradox as no one knows exactly how long its coastline is along the North Atlantic sea. It has one of the longest coastlines in the world. The Rjukan valley in Northern Norway has mountains that block the sun’s light for up to 6 months out of the year. The residents of this valley use giant mirrors to reflect sunlight into the valley.
Norway is one of 3 Scandinavian countries. The other two are Denmark and Sweden. All three countries have the highest income equality in the world. Norway is known for its fjords which are narrow inlets of the sea between cliffs. The country has over 1000 fjords alone. Norwegians are very good at winter sports winning the most medals of any country in Winter Olympics.
Essential tourist information for Norway
- The tourist emergency number is 112: To call an ambulance, dial 113. Most operators can speak English
- Tap water is safe to drink: Drinking from fjords, streams and rivers is not recommended as it may contain parasites
- Travellers should take care when purchasing food from roadside stalls/unlicensed vendors
Health information for travellers to Norway
Health care is of a high standard in Norway although quite expensive.
Canadian travellers visiting Norway should consider applying for a Travel Health Insurance Policy that will cover any emergency medical costs that may arise during their travel to the country and within the Schengen area.
Pharmacies called ‘Apotek’ can usually be found everywhere in the cities and in case of an emergency, you can get treated at a local hospital free of charge.
Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Norway
Consulate of Canada in Bergen, Norway
Address: P.O. Box 2439, Solheimsviken, Bergen, Norway 5824
Phone: (011 47) 55 29 71 30
Embassy of Canada in Oslo, Norway
Address: Wergelandsveien, 7 Oslo, Norway 0244
Phone: (011 47) 22 99 53 00
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