Travelling abroad? Remember your passport
- Your tickets, passport and visas must all be issued in the same name. If you have changed your name and the journey is booked in your new name, you must get a new passport and visas.
- You can only travel with your passport if it is still valid.
- Some countries require the passport to be valid for a certain period of time after your have arrived or left the country you are visiting. Most countries require your passport to be valid for three months after your return journey. Some countries require six months.
- If your passport is not valid for the length of time a country requires, you may not be allowed to enter that country. Check the passport validity requirements listed by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
We recommend that you take your passport with you whenever you travel abroad. This is because:
- Airlines, ferry companies and hotels may ask you to show a valid ID document when you check in.
- A passport is the only Norwegian ID and travel document that is valid abroad.
- Border controls between countries in the Schengen area may be imposed at short notice. You should therefore also take your passport with you if you are travelling within the Schengen area.
You do not need a passport to travel in the Nordic region, which is made up of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. When you cross from one Nordic country to the next, you may be asked to prove you are a Nordic citizen. We therefore recommend that you take your passport or valid driving licence with you when you travel between Nordic countries.
As long as the parents/guardians can show valid proof of identity, children travelling with them will not need their own identity documents.
Valid identity documents:
- A passport is the only Norwegian identity and travel document that is valid abroad. We recommend that you take your passport with you whenever you travel abroad, including when you travel inside the Schengen area.
- A passport or other proof of identity that has been approved as a travel document is valid proof of identity for citizens of non-Nordic countries that are members of the EU, EEA and EFTA.
- A passport and documents confirming legal residence are valid proof of identity for citizens of third countries.
The following applies if you are travelling to the USA:
- If you are staying in the USA for up to three months, you must have a passport with a microchip for visa-free entry. This is called an e-passport. All ordinary Norwegian passports made on or after 3 October 2005 have a microchip. The chip contains biometric information about the passport holder. In other words, a photograph of the passport holder's face and their fingerprints.
- You cannot use an emergency passport to travel to the USA. An emergency passport is only temporary and does not have a microchip.
- If you are travelling to the USA without a visa, you must register in ESTA first.
- Even if your passport has a microchip, you may still be required to get a visa to travel to the USA. Read more about visas and ESTA registration, or contact the US Embassy.
We recommend that children under the age of 18 who are due to travel by themselves are given a written authorisation signed by their parents/guardians.
If you are travelling with children who are not your own, we recommend that you take a written authorisation signed by the child's parents/guardians with you. You should also take the child's passport with you. You could be stopped at passport control in Norway or other countries. You could then be asked to prove that you are entitled to take the child out of the country.
The authorisation should:
- Show that you are authorised to travel with the child to a specific country for a specific period of time.
- Be signed by the child's parents/guardians.
- Contain contact details for the child's parents/guardians.
We encourage everyone to have valid documentation with them. Any border controls/identity checks will go more smoothly, and waiting times will be shorter.