ESTA for Norwegian Citizens

ESTA for Norwegian Citizens

ESTA Eligibility

Valid Norwegian citizens can apply for an ESTA
Valid Norway joined the Visa Waiver Program in 1991
Valid Norway is an active member of the Visa Waiver Program

Other ESTA Requirements

➤ ESTA is for visits of less than 90 days
➤ Travelers arriving by land, air or sea require an ESTA
Valid electronic and machine readable passport is required
➤ ESTA is for tourism, business, transit, medical, or transit purposes
➤ A separate ESTA application is required per infant, child, teen or adult traveler


Last Updated 1st February 2023

Can Norwegian citizens apply for an ESTA?

Norwegian citizens can apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visa waiver to travel to the United States. The ESTA allows citizens of Norway to visit the U.S. for tourism, business, transit, medical and short study purposes without a visa for up to 90 days per visit. Norway was added to the Visa Waiver Program in 1996. However, security measures, intended to address terrorism threats, have necessitated the pre-screening of travelers prior their arrival to the United States.

The ESTA was established in 2009 for the purposes of streamlining the processing of visa waiver applicants and to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the capability to pre-screen travelers against numerous no-fly, criminal, and terrorist list databases. Thus, since 2009 Norwegian citizens have been required to obtain an approved ESTA application to enter the United States.

Can A Norwegian Citizen Stay Longer Than 90 Days?

Any Norwegian citizen that wishes to enter the United States for over 90 days, or for other purposes than those allowed under the ESTA program will need to apply for a different visa. Further details can be found by visiting the US Department of State website and using the free "Visa Wizard tool".

Can A Norwegian Citizen Extend Their ESTA Beyond 90 Days?

Once you have been admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you are not entitled to extend your stay beyond the initial 90 day period. You must therefore depart the United States within that 90 day period. To find out more information about extending your stay you can visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

Can A Norwegian Citizen Change Their Status After Entering The US?

After you have entered the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you are not permitted to change your status in the United States. To find out more information please visit the Change My Nonimmigrant Status page on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

When Should A Norwegian Citizen Apply For An ESTA?

It is advised that Norwegian citizens complete their ESTA application 72 hours prior to their departure date. Full details can be found by visiting ESTA requirements or the ESTA FAQ's page. It is advised to review these pages prior to starting an ESTA application to avoid any delays or the risk of an ESTA being refused.

It is a requirement to be a full Norwegian citizen before applying for a United States ESTA, so travellers holding a passport or travel document with a different status will be required to apply for a full US visitor visa, and not an ESTA.

How Long Does It Take To Receive An ESTA?

Norwegian citizens can expect their ESTA application to normally be processed and approved within 30 minutes, and the authorization is sent by email in the form of a PDF document. There is no need to print or present any documents at the airport, as the ESTA is stored electronically against the passport in the US Immigration system.

What if I am denied an ESTA?

In the event a Norwegian citizen is denied or ineligible for ESTA, or wishes to visit the United States for more than 90 days or for other travel purposes than those allowed under ESTA, then the Norwegian passport holder would need to apply for the relevant U.S. visa.

Norwegian citizens must apply online for ESTA. An ESTA is required prior to boarding the land, air or sea vessel to the United States, and should be applied for at least 72 hours before departure. A valid, un-expired electronic passport must be used for the ESTA application. Applicants can review the detailed ESTA requirements as well as visit the ESTA FAQ for more information before starting on their ESTA application.

An approved ESTA application does not provide a Norwegian citizen the same level of rights as a U.S. visa holder. A U.S. visa applicant will need to file a more comprehensive application form, called the DS-160 and attend an interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy. Furthermore, depending on the type of visa, applicants may need to prepare additional documents to prove the genuineness of their U.S. travel plans and purposes before entering the country.

Will I need to take a printed version of my travel authorization to show at the airport?

There is no need to print out your travel authorization, as the system is fully electronic and your land, sea or air carrier will be able to obtain your ESTA status information from the DHS. It might be a good idea to print out the paper so as to have confirmation on hand and keep a record of your application number.

How private is the ESTA website?

The ESTA website abides by the regulations set out by the United States Privacy Act. It’s also hosted and operated by the U.S. government and they have implemented technology to ensure the security of data and other vital information on the website. You can review the current DHS's data privacy measures here.

What should my computer have in order to successfully submit an application on the ESTA platform?

The minimum requirements are an internet browser with 128-bit encryption support. The browser should be updated to the latest version with JavaScript enabled and set to accept cookies. All major browsers are supported, however if you are experiencing problems, do be sure to check the minimum requirements above. If you still continue to experience problems, try using a different browser.

Under what circumstances would I need to re-apply for an ESTA?

Here are the possible scenarios which could require a new travel authorization:

  • You undergo a name change
  • You have been issued a new passport, for whatever reason.
  • You undergo a gender change
  • Your country of citizenship changes
  • If your circumstances have changed and it directly affects the validity of some of the questions you have answered on your previous application.
  • Your current travel authorization has expired due to the two-year term being fulfilled or your passport expiring. (Note that although there is a two-year period on every approved application, if your passport expires within these two years, your travel authorization will automatically expire also.)

I am the holder of a valid, approved travel authorization. However, it expires during my stay and before I leave the U.S. Will I have to apply for a new one before leaving for the U.S.?

It’s not necessary to re-apply, as an approved ESTA is only required upon arrival into the United States.

I am a dual-citizen and my non-VWP passport has expired. Which passport should I use?

You will need to enter the most current information for all your passports and citizenships. However, use whichever VWP eligible passport you wish for your ESTA application.

Can I leave a mandatory field blank and will my application be denied if I do so?

Applicants are advised to complete each mandatory field on the form. Inaccurate information won’t necessarily result in a denial of an application, but may result in additional processing time before a decision can be reached.

Why is my employer information relevant?

Your employment info helps to establish that you are not planning on entering the United States as an immigrant. Your status for travel authorization is still, only within a non-immigrant capacity and as an individual you need to exhibit your intention of returning to your country of origin.

ESTA Application Advisory
  • Applications should be submitted at least 72 hours prior to departure to the U.S.
  • Denied ESTA applicants can still apply for a B2 Tourist Visa or B1 Business Visa
  • An approved ESTA can be revoked at any time and does not guarantee admission to the U.S.

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ESTA Benefits
  • Can be used for multiple entries
  • Online desktop or mobile application 
  • Two years' validity or date of passport expiry, whichever is sooner
  • Decisions on ESTA applications are usually provided instantaneously

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