Do Norwegian need Visa to Russia?
Yes, they do. A citizen of Norway can get a Russian visa if he/she applies to an embassy or a consulate of the Russian Federation and brings in an invitation to Russia. It is also necessary to fill in a special application form as well as to pay a consulate fee.
The invitation should be issued by a person or an organization located in Russia which is interested in the arrival of a Norwegian citizen. The outward appearance of an invitation and the procedure of its issuing depend on an official purpose of the trip and the type of a visa which can be tourist, private, business or work.
How to Get Russian Visa from Norway?
This requires a certain procedure which may vary depending on the purpose of a trip:
- Tourist visa is intended for those who travel for tourism and wish to see sights.
- Private visa is good for visitors who would like to meet Russian friends (however, it is recommended to apply for the tourist visa instead as it is a more easy and reliable way to take a trip to Russia).
- Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
- Business visa suits the foreign applicants who are concerned in exploring business opportunities of Russia.
- Work visa is necessary for the citizens of foreign countries who seek to endeavour in career and professional development in Russian enterprises.
Where to apply for a Russian visa in Norway?
You can obtain a visa to Russia in any of the Consulates of the Russian Federation located in Norway. See the list of Russian Consulates in Norway, along with their phone numbers and location indicated on this page below.
Russian visas quick comparison
|Type of Visa||Duration||Purpose|
|Tourist visa||1-30 days||Sightseeing, visiting friends in Russia|
|Electronic visa||8 days||Trips for a short period of time|
|Business visa||30-90 days (up to 5 years)||Search of business partners, attending conferences, long trips, long-term visits of friends in Russia|
|Private visa||30-90 days||Official visits to meet with friends in Russia (Not recommended! See why)|
|Work visa||1-3 years||Employment in Russia or permanent residence|
If Norwegian citizens are planning to enter the Russian Federation in order to see some national architectural or cultural monuments, they can apply for tourist visas. An invitation to get a tourist visa is issued by tourist companies. An important condition in this case that a tourist company must have its own reference-number. This type of invitation to visit Russia for Norwegian can be made within 1 working day.
Read more: Russian Tourist Visa
The outward appearance of the invitation can be different (depends on a usual procedure of issuing an invitation in a tourist company) However, any invitation must contain the information on the company as well as the passport data of an invited tourist. The cities such tourist is planning to visit during his trip to Russia and the places he/she will stay at should also be indicated.
A tourist company must indicate in an invitation the scheduled dates of the tourist’s arrival to and the departure from the RF as well as the total number of entries. Maximum period for a tourist visa to Russia for Norwegian citizens is 30 days with maximum 2 entries.
Get a Tourist Invitation to Russia from Norway
Go to Issuing a Tourist Invitation Price $15.00
A citizen of Norway who wants to visit his/her relatives or friends located in Russia can apply for a private visa. In order to do this he/she has to present at the consulate a private invitation. Such invitation can be issued by an inviting party at the appropriate department of the Federal Migration Service (the FMS). An individual should apply for invitation at the department of the Federal Migration Service at the place of his/her residence, while representatives of legal entities should go to the FMS departments at the place of their registration in order to have their invitations issued.
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?
Read more: Russian Private Visa
Wherein a Norwegian citizen will be checked on having any deportations from Russia, any criminal convictions or unpaid penalties. If a foreigner turns out to be unabiding, he/she will be refused in an invitation (with indicating a reason for that).
Having an invitation a private visa to Russia can be obtained for a period of up to 90 days.
Get of a Private (Visitor) Invitation to Russia for Norwegian citizens
Those citizens of Norway who are planning to visit Russia to participate in seminars or auctions, to sign agreements with their Russian partners or to look for new business partners should apply for a business visa.
Read more: Russian Business Visa
It is necessary to provide an invitation at a consulate in order to receive a business visa.
The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:
- Russian Business Invitation Letter from organization (possible to get Online);
- Russian Invitation Letter from FMS;
- Telex Russian Invitation;
An Invitation on the letterhead of an inviting company is a letter where such a company sends a request to a consulate of the RF to give a visa for a certain foreign citizen. The issuing of this invitation takes only one day.
An invitation sent by telex is an requirement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to a consulate of the RF. With such an invitation a foreigner must quote at the embassy the number he/she would be given by an inviting party.
An invitation on a special FMS form is issued by an authorized federal body. It can be received after giving in an application to have it. It will be given only in case the investigation held by the authorized body will prove that the invited foreign citizen didn’t have any criminal convictions in the Russian Federation, does not have any unpaid penalties or deportations from the country.
Maximum validity of a business visa for citizens of Norway is 5 years.
Get a Russian Business Invitation from Norway on the letterhead of an accredited company
Issuing of a Business Invitation to Russia for Norwegian citizens on the FMS form
Get a Business Invitation to Russia for Norwegian citizens by a Telex
In order to receive a work visa to the Russian Federation a citizen of Norway must have an invitation. Such invitation would be issued only in case this foreigner has the right to work in the Russian Federation or has a special card of the employee of the foreign representative office.
Read more: Russian Work Visa
After the arrival to the RF a Norwegian citizen must be registered at the Migration Service. A company which is employing a citizen of Norway to work in the RF should assist him/her with issuing his/her invitation and visa.
To obtain a work visa a citizen a Norway should do the following:
- To receive a work permit (an employer should lend a hand with this);
- To receive an invitation and to obtain a visa for a period of 90 days;
- To come to Russia and register at the Migration Service;
- To extend a work visa (it is extended for a whole term of a work permit);
- To register at the Migration Service for the term of the extended visa.
Get Work Visa to Russia for Norwegian citizens
An electronic visa (hereinafter referred to as "e-visa") is a new type of a visa document. A visa invitation to Russia is not required for obtaining an e-visa. To obtain an e-visa to Russia use our “E-visa to Russia” service.
An e-visa can be only single-entry. The permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period.
The validity period and/ or permitted stay on an e-visa cannot be extended. To obtain an e-visa a foreign citizen needs a digital passport photo and a completed application form containing full and valid data at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Read more: Electronic visa to Russia for foreigners
Apply for e-visa Cost €10.00
Norwegian citizens may obtain Russian visa in these Consular centers of the Russian Federation:
- Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Norway, a Consulate department of the Embassy
- Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kirkenes