If you need a visa for Norway Cup
When should I apply?
If you apply for a visa less than three months before you depart, your application will most likely not be processed in time.
Please remember that you might have to wait some time to get an appointment to submit your application.
The earliest you can hand in your application documents at the Visa Application Centre or embassy, is six months before you are going to travel.
How do I apply?
In order to apply, all the participants must fill out an application form on udi.no and meet in person at a Visa Application Centre or embassy.
You can find more information about the application requirements, how to apply and where to hand in your application from embassies which accept applications for visitor visas.
What documents must I hand in?
When applying for a Schengen visa, you must submit the documents from the checklist on the website of the embassy responsible for your application. You need to hand in these documents to start the application process.
Participants of Norway Cup are required to hand in the following documents in addition:
- A sheet of paper/document showing the name of the football team and listing the names and ages of all players and team leaders.
- A document showing the league/division of your team in your home country or a document which shows which organisation (for example the UN) you are supported by.
- An invitation letter from Norway Cup.
Team members should enclose one of the following documents with their applications:
- Confirmation that they have received NORAD funding.
- Confirmation that they have purchased a Norway Cup package for NOK 3 350.
- Parents’ bank account statements for the past three months (for minors).
- Their own bank statements for the past three months (for participants 18 years old and over).
Additional documentation required for players under the age of 18:
- A birth certificate or other document showing the family relation between you and your parents.
- Consent from both your parents or from a person with parental responsibility for you. If only one of your parents is alive or has sole custody, it must be documented.
- We recommend that you use UDI’s consent form for Norway Cup: UDI’s consent form for Norway Cup (pdf, 518 kB). Please note, this form must be notarised by a notary public. (If it is not possible to get documents notarised by a notary public in your home country, we may make an exception to this requirement).
- You must also hand in copies of the passports of either both parents or of those who have parental responsibility for you.
If you are a team manager or coach:
- Enclose a document showing your role with the team you are traveling with.
Adult participants, managers and coaches must document ties to their home country/country of residency in the best way possible, by documenting for example
- a spouse or family members who you are supporting
Supporters or family members coming with me to Norway
Family members and other supporters who wish to travel to Norway in connection with Norway Cup must apply for a visitor visa as ordinary tourists. These applications will be processed separately from those of the participants.
Visa applications processed by representatives
Norway is represented in some countries by an embassy/consulate of another Schengen country. You must follow their application procedure and documentation requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the status of your case, you must contact the embassy/consulate responsible for handling your application. The Norwegian Foreign Service Mission/UDI will not have access to your application in these cases, nor will we be able to assist with issues such as prioritising your case, finding an available appointment, refunding fees etc.
If my team is also participating in another tournament in the Schengen area
If your team is going to play in another tournament in the Schengen area before Norway Cup, for example Gothia Cup or Dana Cup, you should apply for a visa to the country you are visiting first. Please remember to document your participation in each tournament in your application.
You do not need to apply for a multiple-entry visa if you plan to visit several Schengen countries during your trip. A multiple entry visa is required only if you intend to travel to the Schengen area on more than one occasion.
Norway Cup participants are exempt from paying the application fee.
Please note, you must still pay the fee when you register your application in the Application Portal. Once the application has been registered with the embassy, send an email to the embassy asking for a refund. Kindly provide your reference number in your email request.
Fees for handing in your application at a Visa Application Centre
When you hand in your application at a Visa Application Centre, which receives the application on behalf of the embassy, you must pay an extra service fee in addition to the normal application fee.
If the Visa Application Centre is going to send your application to an embassy in another country, you will also have to pay an additional courier fee. Please contact the Visa Application Centre for information about this fee. Neither the courier fees nor the service fees are refundable.
Fees when handing in your application at the embassy of another country than Norway
Norway has entered into agreements with other Schengen countries (primarily Denmark and Sweden) so that some of their foreign service missions will, on Norway’s behalf, accept applications for visas. In such cases, the fees of the country representing us apply.
If you reside in a country without a Norwegian embassy, you might have to pay for your passport to be sent to the nearest Norwegian embassy, either by you or the embassy/service provider acting on Norway's behalf.
Contact the embassy in the country where you reside for further information.
How long should I expect to wait for an answer?
If your application is processed by the embassy in the country you live in,
you will normally receive an answer within 15 days of handing in your application at the Visa Application Centre, the consulate or the embassy.
If your application is processed by an embassy in another country, it will take a few more days, as your application will be sent by courier to and from the embassy. You will find information about how long this will take on the embassy’s web pages.
Which applications will take longer before I receive a reply?
Most applications are processed by the embassy, but if the embassy is in doubt about whether you can be granted a visa, they will forward your case to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). In these cases, applicants will receive an answer within 45 days of the application being registered at the embassy.
Note that it will take a couple of days to register an application at the embassy after it has been delivered to the application centre, consulate or embassy. The waiting time starts on the day the application is registered at the embassy.
For citizens of Gambia, the following rules apply:
What can I do so that I receive an answer as quickly as possible?
- Make sure that your application is completed correctly and in full.
- Make sure that you enclose all necessary documents.
- Make sure that you apply at least three months before your departure.
Power of Attorney
Should I grant power of attorney?
If your football team leader wants to contact the embassy or the Norwegian Directorate on your behalf or wishes to act on your behalf in connection with your application, you must authorise this person to do so by granting that person power of attorney.
It is easiest to authorise someone at the same time you hand in your application.
- Download the Power of Attorney (pdf, 205 kB), fill it out and bring it with you when you hand in your application.
Rules for the composition of teams:
- All players over the age of 13, or turning 13 the same year that the Norway Cup takes place, can participate. Players younger than this are not allowed to participate in tournaments or competitions in Norway.
- There is a limit of up to 5 team leaders (i.e. manager plus coaches) per team.
- Norad-sponsored teams can have a maximum of 2 team leaders per team.
- There is a limit of 2 overage players on 7-a-side
- There is a limit of 3 overage players on 11-a-side teams.
Up to 24 players are allowed on a team roster. (It is common to have several substitutes per team.)