Russian visa for Norwegians

Published by Mike Lomberg March 27, 2020
Norwegian passport holders

Russia has long become a popular travel destination for Norwegian citizens. This country has a lot to offer for any type of travelers. The first question you might have is:

Do Norwegians need a visa to Russia?

Yes, they do!

But don’t worry, we’ll help you overcome this challenge in an easy and efficient way. Follow our step-to-step guide to know which visa you need, which documents to collect, where and how to apply for it, how much it will cost and how long the process will last.

Step 1. Know your travel dates and visa type.

Select the dates for your travel, and think about the duration and purpose of your trip. Read on to know the main Russian visa types and their characteristics. Remember that you don’t need to buy tickets, or make any non-refundable bookings in advance.

Russian Tourist visa for Norwegians

Russian Business and Humanitarian visa for Norwegians

Basis for visa: Invitation from the Russian company, or invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal or Foreign Affairs of Russia upon request of the Russian company

Russian Private visa for Norwegians

Russian Student visa for Norwegians

Russian Work visa for Norwegians

Russian E-Visa for Norwegians

Russian Transit visa for Norwegians

Important: If you make connection by airway you don’t need a visa, providing if you stay in transit zone without the need to go through passport control. Otherwise, you require transit visa.

If you travel to Kazakhstan or Belarus with connection in Russia you need transit visa.

Step 2. Collect the list of documents, and get your travel support

On the first step you have decided on the duration of your trip, and selected the corresponding to your travel purposes visa type. Now it’s time to collect a set of documents for application. This includes:

Step 3. Apply for visa and pay the fees

We’ve finally come to the application itself. By now you should have gathered all the required documents and have them ready. 

So, where should you apply for visa? There are two options to consider:

Visa centers facilitate the processing of visa applications, and if you use their services you will find it much easier and comfortable. 

For more convenience you can even choose to apply by post sending documents directly to the visa center. Address the envelope to one of them:


Include an empty envelope with your return address indicated on it. 

Remember that you have to pay the visa fee, when submitting your documents. If you apply at the consulate it will include only Consular fee, if you apply at the Visa center, you’ll pay extra for service fee, as well as postal application or delivery services. See details below


Type of visa – number of entriesNormal processing (20 business days)Urgent processing (3 business days)
Single entry680 NOK1360 NOK
Double entry1088 NOK2176 NOK
Multiple entry2040 NOK4080 NOK

If you apply at the Consular departments, payment is made at the time of submission of document by credit card or in cash.


Number of passportsIn a single envelopeCost of postalProcessingExpressReturn deliverySending by registered mailTotal urgent/ normal fee
1 passport450 NOK900 NOK200 NOK1350/650 NOK
From 2 to 5 passports650 NOK1200 NOK300 NOK1850/850 NOK

Get the addresses and other contacts by this link: Russian Consulates and Embassies 

Note: E-visa applicants don’t need to pay any visa fees.

Step 4. Receive your passport and check visa

After you apply for the visa, you should wait the stipulated amount of time and collect your passport, unless you have applied by post or ordered courier delivery back.

Please check carefully what’s indicated in your visa, especially visa validity and number of entries.

If everything’s okay, you can pack your bags and get ready to travel. Don’t forget to take your passport, hotel bookings, and invitation with you.

Step 5. Arrive to Russia and get registration

After you have arrived to Russia, you’ll need to obtain two more documents for your stay:

The first is usually distributed by flight attendants on the plane, or handed by the immigration officer at control point. You’ll need to fill it with details of your trip – dates, places of stay etc. in Russian or English in block letters. It will be then stamped by the officer, and you’ll be given one part of the document to save. When you leave Russia, you’ll be asked to submit it back at the control.

Russian Migration card

Registration is another document proving your legal stay in Russia, which is normally made by the hotels where you stay, or by the owner of the apartment. A foreign individual staying over 7 working days in Russia needs to get registered at the post or police office in the district of his accommodation. Your presence isn’t necessary at this procedure. The owner of apartment can do it by himself bringing copies of your visa and migration card to the police or post office. Make sure you contact your Russian host in advance to ask for this service. Registration is not often checked, but it’s still recommended to have it.

Russian registration form

I hope that now you have a very clear idea on how to get your Russian visa and plan your trip.

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