Norway Digital Nomad Visa

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Working remotely has many benefits, from having no work commute to having a more flexible work-life balance. With the option to work from anywhere that you can log on, it is becoming increasingly popular for people to take 'workations', where they travel to different places and work remotely.
Norway has been ranked as one of the best 7 countries to take a workation by travel magazine Wanderlust and it is easy to see why so many people enjoy living in Norway. The stunning scenery and the many options for snow sports adventures are among the top benefits of living in Norway.
As of 2023, visitors to Norway will require either a Schengen visa or an ETIAS visa to enter Norway. However, due to the introduction of the Norway digital nomad visa, it is now easier for non-EU remote workers to live in Norway.
Remote workers from the UK, Australia, and the US can apply for a Norway digital nomad visa, in addition to citizens from a list of other countries that are eligible to apply.
With the majority of people in Norway being fluent in English, this is one of the reasons why English-speaking remote workers choose Norway over other EU countries. Being able to easily communicate with people makes the move to a new country a smoother transition and helps for socialising and building new connections, so foreigners can soon feel at home.
The high standard of living in Norway also ensures that it is a great place to live and Norway was voted the happiest place in the world in 2017. It also ranked 11th most peaceful country out of 162 in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2013.

Understanding Norway Digital Nomad Visa Program

The Norway digital nomad visa enables foreign nationals who meet the required criteria to live in Norway while working remotely. In line with many other EU countries, Norway has introduced a more straightforward visa program for remote workers.
It is important to note that remote workers will be liable to pay local taxes in Norway and apply for a VAT number. However, the new Norway digital nomad visa is a much simpler application process than the majority of other visa types.


The D Visa is a national visa for foreigners wishing to study, work or live in a Schengen country for longer than 90 days. It is a long-stay visa that applies for travel purposes such as:
  • Tourism
  • Professional activities
  • Study, training programme, or internship
  • Family reasons

The D visa is issued by the consulate authorities of the country that the applicant is looking to stay in for over 90 days.

Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa is easier to apply for than the D visa, provided all the relevant documents are available.
The digital nomad visa can be issued for up to two years and it can be renewed while living in Norway at a local police station.

Self-Employed Visa or the Independent Contractor Visa

To work as a self-employed person in Norway you will need to apply for a residence permit. The applicant must be a skilled worker with vocational training or education of at least three years, be a graduate, or hold another acceptable qualification.
With a self-employed visa, the applicant must have the intention of setting up a permanent business in Norway, so this is not a relevant type of visa for temporary work in Norway.

Independent Contractor vs Digital Nomad Visa: What's the Difference?

The main difference between an independent contractor visa and a digital nomad visa is that the independent contractor is for a work project based in Norway. In contrast, a digital nomad has freelance projects that can be based anywhere, as long as they have at least one Norwegian-based client.

Svalbard Digital Nomad Visa

Svalbard is described as the true Arctic and is popular with tourists who want to see the Northern Lights or experience expeditions and other types of cold adventures. Svalbard is visa-free but there are requirements such as obtaining work and accommodation, which can be difficult. This is why more people choose to live in mainland Norway and visit Svalbard instead of residing there.

Norway Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

There are a number of key requirements that must be met for a digital nomad visa to be approved, including:
  • Applicant must have a valid passport (a 6-months validity period is usually required)
  • Proof of being self-employed or working for a non-Norwegian company
  • Proof of a minimum gross annual income of €35,719 (bank statement)
  • Health insurance
  • A contract with a Norwegian client must state the minimum salary for a skilled employee which is set at 189,39 NOK per hour (approx. 40 euros per hour)
  • Proof of accommodation in Norway
  • Completed and signed application form and two passport photos

Norway's Independent Contractor Visa: Additional Documents

To apply for the Norway independent contractor visa, you will also require:
  • Proof of relevant qualifications in your profession
  • Visa application fee (€600)

Who Can Apply for Digital Nomad Visa for Norway

There are many different types of professionals that can apply for a digital nomad visa, with freelancers such as graphic designers, web developers, and marketing specialists being examples of the types of jobs that are suitable.

How to Apply: Step-by-Step Guide

The application process is fairly straightforward and quick to complete once you have gathered all of the required documents. The application can be started online using the UDI website. If the applicant is in Norway, they can take their documents to their local police station but for applicants outside of Norway, an appointment at the Norwegian embassy will be required.

1. Prepare and Gather the Documents Required for Applying

You will need to provide the following documents for your Norway digital nomad visa:
  • Passport & Copy of Passport
  • Two Passport Photos
  • Address of Accommodation in Norway
  • Contract with Norwegian Client
  • Documentation of Business Established Abroad
  • Proof of Education
  • CV & Work History
  • Completed Application Form
  • Printed and Signed UDI Checklist
  • 600€ Application Fee
The documents must be either in English or Norwegian and you should take all the original documents to the visa appointment.

2. Print and Sign the UDI Checklist

The checklist is a comprehensive list of all the documents that you are required to take with you to the visa appointment. You must print and sign this to confirm that you have all the original documents required.

3. Submit Your Application

Arrange the visa appointment at your nearest Norwegian embassy and take all of the required documents to the appointment to submit your application.

4. Wait for the Approval

The waiting period for the application can vary depending on whether you have applied through an embassy. It usually takes around 15 days to process the visa application but document verification can take a while at the embassy so it will depend on their workload. It will usually take around 30 days when applying through the embassy.

Visa's Validity: How Long Does It Last?

The Norway digital nomad visa is initially valid for two years and after that time there is an option to apply for renewal to extend by further years or even to a lifetime visa.

How Much Does the Norway Digital Nomad Visa Cost?

The application fee for the Norway digital nomad visa is €600.

Do Digital Nomads Have to Pay the Taxes in Norway?

Yes, digital nomads are required to pay taxes in Norway if they spend more than 183 days in the country. The tax-to-income ratio is currently 22% for Norwegian residents and remote workers who must register for VAT.
Employees working for Norwegian employers are entitled to many benefits but as a remote worker, you would not qualify for most of the benefits. However, if you have Norwegian clients, you may benefit from higher-than-average pay rates compared to other European countries.

Norway Digital Nomad Visa Summary

Norway's digital nomad visa is the ideal gateway for people who want to experience a rich culture and live in a prosperous and beautiful country while remote working. There are lots of different types of occupations that can apply for a Norway digital nomad visa and for people who enjoy adventures, there are few better destinations than Norway.
The application process is fairly easy and it can give non-EU nationals the opportunity to see whether they want to live in Norway for a longer period and renew their visa or apply for a different type of visa.
Written by: Fikayomi Abisola
Abisola is an ETIAS Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience in the industry. Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling.

FAQs About Digital Nomad Visa for Norway

  • Does Norway Have a Digital Nomad Visa?

    Yes, Norway has a digital nomad visa that non-EU nationals can apply for to work remotely in Norway.
  • Is Svalbard Visa-Free?

    Svalbard is visa-free but there are requirements such as obtaining accommodation and work and if the requirements are not met, The Governor of Svalbard may reject the person.

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