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USA ESTA Requirements for Norwegian Citizens

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The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (US ESTA) is an online visa waiver for Norwegians to enter the United States on short-term visits. The ESTA is available by completing an online application form, which usually takes 15 minutes to complete.

US ESTA Advantages for Norwegian Nationals

The American visa policy offers various entry authorizations to international visitors, depending on their citizenship. The ESTA was introduced to facilitate travel to the US without requiring a visa. It is part of the American Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The US ESTA has a fast and straightforward application process, which is done entirely online. Travelers from Norway can avoid having to arrange an embassy appointment for a standard visa. This saves time, money, and is a more convenient option to visit the United States.

The ESTA is valid for 2 years and grants multiple entries to the US for Norwegians and a stay of 90 days during each visit. It adds a lot of flexibility for Norwegian citizens planning to enter the US at their convenience and as often as they require.

The ESTA authorizes entry for tourism, business, and transit. It grants admission to visit friends or family, explore tourist attractions, attend business meetings or conferences, or simply transit through the US on to their final destination.

Norwegian passport holders planning to relocate to the US for long-term academic studies or full-time job-seeking should note the US ESTA does not cover these activities and they should therefore schedule a visit at the American embassy in Oslo.

Requirements for the US ESTA Application From Norwegian Citizens

Norwegians must check the requirements for international travel before beginning their application form. They include the following:

  • Valid Norwegian passport
  • Frequently used email address
  • Credit or debit card

The American Department of Homeland Security created the Six-Month Club in 2014. It is a list of countries whose nationals are not obliged to have a passport that will continue to be valid for at least 6 months after the date they plan to arrive. It gives flexibility to international travelers who simply have to ensure their passports will remain valid during their stay in the United States.

Norway is part of this list, and so their nationals can travel to the US so long as their passport remains valid during their visit.

They must ensure the email id they will use is one they frequently use since all communications, including the confirmation of their ESTA, are carried out by email. To finalize, they should confirm the card they plan to use to pay the ESTA processing fee has been previously authorized for international transactions.

How Can Norwegian Citizens Apply for a USA ESTA?

Once Norwegian applicants confirm they meet the previous section’s requirements, they can proceed to the application form.

Applying for the US ESTA from Norway is very simple and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be done from the comfort of their homes. Norwegians will have to submit the following personal information and passport details:

  • Full name
  • Personal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Emergency contact
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Passport number
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport expiration date

Next, they will respond to some standard health and security-related questions. These questions will refer to the following:

  • Profession
  • Security background
  • Medical history
  • Any previous travels to the United States

Once Norwegians have replied to these questions, we recommend they check their answers thoroughly since once submitted, the application form cannot be amended. Any mistakes or typos could lead to delays or even a rejection of the US ESTA.

US ESTA for underage Norweigan travelers

As a side note, Norwegian families planning a holiday or schools organizing an academic trip to the USA with underage travelers must complete an individual application for each visitor.

Parents or legal guardians are authorized to submit the application on behalf of their dependents and use their email address for their children’s requests.

Payment of the US ESTA by Norweigan applicants

After answering the questions on the application form, Norwegians will complete the application process with the US ESTA payment. As mentioned above, we recommend they check that they confirm they have activated their cards for online payments and carry sufficient funds.

How Long Does It Take to Process The US ESTA for Norway?

Once Norwegian nationals have submitted their application form, the US Department of Homeland Security evaluates their request. The scrutiny of their application is fairly swift and usually takes 24 hours.

Upon verifying that the application is in order and that their requirements are met, The US authorities will send an email to the Norwegian applicants to confirm that their ESTA has been granted.

Traveling From Norway to the USA With the ESTA

The ESTA is automatically linked to the Norwegian citizens’ passport, so they are exempt from having to print out a copy before their departure. When booking their transport tickets, they must comply with the allowed dates on their ESTA as well as their passport’s validity.

Those Norwegian visitors who need to extend their stay while in the US must note that renewing the ESTA on American soil is not authorized. They can renew their travel authorization but must temporarily exit the country and apply for a new ESTA before continuing their visit.

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