Norwegian passport

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Norwegian passport
Norwegian passport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Norwegian ePassport
Date first issued April 1, 2011 (current version)
Issued by Norwegian Police Service
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Norwegian citizenship
Expiration 2 years for children up to the age of 5; 3 years for children up to the age of 10; 5 years for individuals aged 10–16; and 10 years for individuals aged 16 and older [1]

Norwegian Passports are issued to nationals of Norway for the purpose of international travel. The passport may also serve as proof of Norwegian citizenship and is valid for ten years. The passport shares the standardized layout of most EU countries, as Norway has implemented the EU passport regulation. The colour is burgundy-red and similar, but not identical to the design of most EU countries. Despite the fact Norway is not part of the EU, the country is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement and a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA). Consequently, Norwegian citizens generally have the same rights as EU citizens in EEA countries and are treated as EU citizens for the purposes of travel and entry into EEA countries.

Physical appearance and data contained[edit]

Regular Norwegian passports are burgundy in colour, with the Norway Coat of arms emblazoned in the top of the front cover. The words "NORGE", "NOREG" and "NORWAY" ("Norway" in Bokmål Norwegian (one of the two forms of Norwegian), Nynorsk Norwegian (another form of Norwegian) and English, respectively) is inscribed below the coat of arms and the word "PASS" and "PASSPORT" emblazoned below the name of the country. The new biometric passport has the standard biometric symbol at the bottom.

Identity information page[edit]

The Norwegian passport includes the following data:

  • Photo of passport holder
  • Type (one of several two-letter type codes beginning with "P", e.g. "PV" for an ordinary passport)
  • Code of Issuing State (NOR)
  • Passport No.
  • Surname
  • Given Names
  • Nationality (Norsk Norwegian)
  • Height
  • Date of birth
  • Personal No.
  • Sex
  • Place of birth
  • Authority
  • Date of issue
  • Holder's signature
  • Date of expiry

The information page ends with the machine-readable zone starting with "PxNOR, where x indicates the type of passport. For example, ordinary passports contain "PVNOR", where the "V" presumably means "vanlig" ("ordinary" in Norwegian.)

Biometric data[edit]

The biometric passports contain an RFID chip containing the passport's printed data in a digital format along with the photograph in a JPEG format along with a digital key to verify that the data contained is authentic and hasn't been tampered with. The European Union requires fingerprint data to be stored on the member state's passports at latest in June 2009. As an EEA member state, Norway started storing fingerprint data when applying for a new passport on 6 April 2010. [2]


The data page/information page is printed in Norwegian and English.

Until the 1990s,[citation needed] the data and information pages were printed in Norwegian, French, English and German. French and German were dropped when the data was moved to just one page.

New passport design[edit]

The Norwegian Police Directorate and Kripos (the national unit for combating organized and other serious crime) launched a design competition for new passports, ID-cards and travel documents. It was later announced that the winner of the competition was “The Norwegian Landscape” by Neue Design Studio, an Oslo-based graphic design company.

The new passports are set to be issued in 2016. But first Neue will have to work closely with the National Police Directorate in order to combine the winning design with the necessary security measures that are required of passports. The purpose of the competition was to redesign the document with a high quality of design whilst still serving its purpose and functionality. Further, the new design will increase the security of Norwegian passports, ID-cards and travel documents. [3]

In 2016 it was announced that the introduction of new passports were postponed to the middle of 2018. [4]

National ID card[edit]

National ID cards are scheduled to be released at the same time as the new series of passports.[5] Citizens holding a national identity card, which states EEA or Swiss citizenship, can not only use it as an identity document within their home country, but also as a travel document to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland.[6] Identity cards that do not state EEA or Swiss citizenship, including national identity cards issued to residents who are not citizens, are not valid as a travel document within the EEA and Switzerland.

Identification requirements[edit]

Application is done at special passport offices or embassies. When doing the application identification of the applicant is needed. This is done by:[7]

A person not possessing any of these identity documents must bring a person who vouches for the identity, is at least 18 years old, and has a valid Norwegian passport.

Different spellings of the same name[edit]

Names containing special letters (æ, ø, å) are spelled the correct way in the non-machine-readable zone, but are mapped in the machine-readable zone, æ becoming AE, ø becoming OE, and å becoming AA. This follows the standard for machine-readable passports, which must not contain letters other than A–Z.

Manufacturing defect[edit]

Machine-readable Norwegian passports issued between 1999 and 2005 suffered from a manufacturing defect that could result in the identity page coming loose, thus invalidating the passport. The Norwegian passport authorities replace such passports free of charge.[8]

Visa requirements[edit]

Visa requirements for Norwegian citizens

In 2015, Norwegian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 171 countries and territories, ranking the Norwegian passport 3rd in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

See also[edit]


General references
Specific citations
  1. ^
  2. ^ "Pass med biometri (e-pass)". Norwegian Police . 
  3. ^ "New passports are receiving worldwide attention". 
  4. ^ "ID-kortene blir forsinket - igjen". 
  5. ^ "ID-kortene blir forsinket - igjen". 
  6. ^ ECB08: What are acceptable travel documents for entry clearance, UK Visas and Immigration. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ Søknad om pass (Norwegian text)
  8. ^

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