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General information on border crossing?

If your purpose for travelling to Norway is to apply for protection, you can apply for protection when you reach the Norwegian border.

If you do not have a passport, biometric passport, visa or other ID documents, you can still apply for protection in Norway if you are already in Norway or have reached the Norwegian border. Without a biometric passport, you can only enter Norway by land or sea. Air travel will not be possible.

Norwegian authorities no longer consider Ukraine a safe country. Due to the situation in Ukraine, Norway may grant people fleeing the war in Ukraine temporary collective protection.

If you are not planning to apply for protection in Norway, the usual entry rules apply to you.

What documents do I need to enter?

If you have a biometric passport, you can travel to Norway visa-free.

If your purpose for travelling to Norway is to apply for protection, you can apply for protection when you reach the Norwegian border.

If you do not have a passport, biometric passport, visa or other ID documents, you can still apply for protection in Norway if you are already in Norway or have reached the Norwegian border. Without a biometric passport, you can only enter Norway by land or sea. Air travel will not be possible.

What happens after a border crossing?

In Norway the process for temporary settlement will be as followed:

  • Arriving in Norway
  • Registration
  • You can stay in a reception centre or with family or friends
  • After a few weeks you will get temporary shelter

People who have fled Ukraine may be granted temporary collective protection for one year. Your protection permit may be extended.

Collective protection means that UDI does not assess the need for protection individually but gives Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine and their family members collective protection. This ensures that Ukrainians fleeing the war will get the help they need faster.

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At the immigration office, they will take your fingerprints and help you fill out the form (the whole process will take 3-4 hours). The application review period may take several weeks.

How can I get from the border to the capital (a certain town)?

You can get to your desired city by train or bus. Previously, there was a free train ride, but now it has already been canceled.

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How can I travel to another (specific) country?

Ukrainians planning to travel to Norway are entitled to free travel. However, the service is only available on VY mceclip0.png trains and express buses. The rule applies only to arrival in Norway - there is no free passage further across the country.

Public transport in Norway is very modern and comfortable. Represented by buses, trams and metro. A monthly pass costs โ‚ฌ75-80 (750-800 crowns), a one-time ticket costs โ‚ฌ4.5 (44 crowns). To save money, you can buy a bicycle, Norway has all the necessary infrastructure for moving around the city by bicycle.

How long can I stay?

Displaced people from Ukraine who apply for protection in Norway will receive temporary collective protection for one year. The protection permit may be extended for up to three years. Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has decided that Ukrainian citizens who are in Norway on permits or visa-free visits that expire can continue to be here if they apply for collective protection. This is a temporary scheme due to the situation in Ukraine. The scheme will be terminated if the situation changes in a positive direction and the general need for protection disappears.

Where can an unaccompanied minor get help?

If you are under 18 and come to Norway without parents and apply for protection (asylum), you are called unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. Anyone who registers as a sole minor will receive a representative.

You can contact the local police where you are. The police will tell you if you can register there or if you have to register at a police station somewhere else.

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will offer you a place in a separate reception centre for unaccompanied minors. If you are under 15, you will be provided with the right to live in a care centre mceclip0.png.

Are there any Covid-related requirements and if yes, what are they?

There are no longer special requirements for entry into Norway in connection with the COVID-19 situation.

Where do I register for temporary protection?

The EU Temporary Protection Directive does not apply in Norway. However, temporary collective protection for one year can be offered to people displaced from Ukraine. Collective protection means that UDI does not assess the need for protection individually but gives Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine and their family members collective protection. This ensures that Ukrainians fleeing the war will get the help they need faster.

To get temporary collective protection, it is necessary to submit an application. There are three ways to register your application for protection:

  • inform the border police that you want to apply for protection
  • show up at the National Arrivals Centre located at Mosseveien 58, 1640 Rรฅde
  • contact the police where you are to schedulde an appointment for registration.

For you to be granted collective protection, the Norwegian authorities must know who you are. To prove your identity, you can provide, for example, one of the following documents:

  • Your passport (both biometric and non-biometric passport)
  • National ID card from Ukraine
  • Other documents, such as a birth certificate or expired passport.

If you do not have any identity documents, the police must conduct additional investigations to establish your identity.

If you have protection in Ukraine, you must show documentation confirming that you have residency for protection there, in addition to identifying yourself.

At the immigration office, they will take your fingerprints and help you fill out the form (the whole process will take 3-4 hours). The application review period may take several weeks.

Temporary protection is limited in time: it is granted for one year and can be extended up to three years. It entitles you to health care, employment, education, social support and Norwegian language courses.

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What are my rights while I wait to get temporary protection?

Upon arrival, you will need to go to the closest police station or border control office or contact the police via email sou.sorvest@police.no. You will be provided accommodation in a reception centre and any necessary first aid assistance.

When you have received collective protection, you will have access to the following for a year (up to 3 years):

  • The permit for collective protection is limited and is granted for one year at a time, for up to three years.
  • You are entitled to healthcare through public health services.
  • You have the right to work in Norway.
  • Your children have the right to attend school and kindergarten.
  • If you are between 18 and 55, you have the right and obligation to follow an introduction program, including training in Norwegian and social studies. If you are over the age of 55, you may still have the right to participate in an introduction program. The municipality in which you reside may answer questions about this.
  • Your family members who are not covered by the scheme for collective protection may apply for family immigration to Norway according to the usual rules.
  • For the first three years, collective protection does not form the basis for permanent residence. However, you may obtain a temporary residence permit that forms the basis for permanent residency after those three years.
  • You are obliged to tell the truth. If your application contains false information, your protection status may be revoked.
  • You have the right to travel in and out of Norway, as long as you are equipped with all necessary travel documents. You may also travel to and from Ukraine.

If you have a valid residence permit in another safe country, where it is possible to return, we will not accept your application for a residence permit from Norway now.

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What documents will I receive once I get temporary protection?

If your application for collective protection is granted, you will receive a decision letter in the mail with information about the residence permit you have received. You will also receive a letter in Ukrainian explaining your rights and obligations. In the letter, there will be a QR code that links to a film in your language explaining your rights and obligations.

If you do not live in an asylum reception centre or emergency accommodation, you must give your address toโ€ฏthe police where you live.

Your name must be on the mailbox for you to receive the letters we send you. It is very important that you update the authorities if you change your home address.

May I temporarily return to Ukraine? What will happen to my protection status?

When you have received collective protection, you have the right to travel in and out of Norway, as long as you are equipped with all necessary travel documents. You may also travel to and from Ukraine.

Can I move around the country and the European Union freely while under temporary protection?

Yes. If you have a passport or other travel documents, you may travel out of Norway while under collective protection. You may even travel to and from Ukraine. It is important that you are able to identify yourself once back at the Norwegian border. Also note that you must reside in Norway for at least half the time you have a permit.

Please note that itโ€™s important that the UDI and the police know where you live while your application is being processed. If you move, you must tell the police. If you donโ€™t tell the police, you may lose your possibility to get protection in Norway.

You may apply for assisted return to your home country, or another country where you have a residence permit, at any time.

Can I apply for asylum while under temporary protection? What is the difference?

You do not need to apply for individual protection (asylum) to benefit from collective protection.

Temporary collective protection

Collective protection means that UDI does not assess the need for protection individually but gives Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine and their family members collective protection. This ensures that Ukrainians fleeing the war will get the help they need faster.

The permit is limited and is granted for one year at a time, for up to three years. The permit does not form the basis for a permanent residence permit during these three years. After three years, it is possible to obtain a new temporary permit forming the basis for a permanent residence permit. UDI must make an individual assessment of who this applies to.

Ukrainians who receive collective protection do not receive refugee status and refugee travel documents.

Individual protection (asylum)

Usually, all applications for protection (asylum) are processed individually. This means, among other things, that everyone must have an asylum interview for UDI to process their application for protection. If the application is granted, the permit will usually form the basis for a permanent residence permit.

It is also common to obtain refugee status and travel documents with individual protection.

How and where can I apply for the residency?

UDI has an application scheme for Ukrainians who want to live in a temporary alternative to an asylum reception centre or emergency accommodation. You can apply if you:

  • are a Ukrainian national who can receive, or has received temporary collective protection;
  • their families and persons who have protection (asylum) in Ukraine, and have already been registered by the immigration authorities in Norway, and have found a place to live, and have not been settled as a resident yet.
How long I need to wait to get the residency?

If you have applied for private housing (alternative to reception centre), you will receive an answer when your application has been processed. Unfortunately, UDI cannot predict the waiting time until you receive a response.

What if I don't have the international passport?

If you do not have a passport, biometric passport, visa or other ID documents, you can still apply for protection in Norway if you are already in Norway or have reached the Norwegian border.

If you do not have any identity documents, the police will conduct additional investigations to establish your identity at the registration point.

Without a biometric passport, you can only enter Norway by land or sea. Air travel will not be possible.

Where can I take a photo for my documents?

Photos can be taken at a photo boothof a service officeof the police or you gan go to a photographer.

Where can I translate my documents?

You can translate your documents at any translation agency in your city. Search for ยซoversettelse av dokumenterยป on Google.

How do I get Mobile phone/internet services?

Telenor provides free calls to Ukraine and free roaming in Ukraine to customers of all its Nordic operations (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland). More informtion mceclip0.png.

Telia provides free calls and SMS to and from Ukraine and free roaming in Ukraine for Telia customers. More information mceclip0.png.

Sub-brand Mycall provides free SIM cards to Ukrainian refugeeswith free calls to Ukraine and 100 GB of data. More information mceclip0.png.

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