FAQ: Consular matters

Consular services are generally defined as services provided by a country’s authorities to its citizens abroad. Not all assistance provided by the Norwegian authorities to Norwegians abroad is considered consular assistance. Information regarding consular assistance offered to Norwegian citizens abroad is available on the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website: Bistand i utlandet (available in Norwegian only).

 

FAQ 1: Norwegian passports

FAQ 2: National ID-numbers / Personal numbers

FAQ 3: Norwegian citizenship

FAQ 4: Refund of medical expenses

FAQ 5: Financial assistance

 

FAQ 1: Norwegian passports

The Embassy receives applications for regular passports, emergency passports and travel documents for Norwegian citizens. Information regarding Norwegian passports is available here

The Embassy does not receive applications for Norwegian immigrant’s passports or refugee travel documents. For information regarding these, please contact the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

All persons over 12 years have to apply for their regular passport in person at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canberra, due to the requirement to take biometrics.

When renewing your Norwegian passport, your new passport is not automatically linked to any visas or residence permits you hold. It is your responsibility to update the immigration authorities in your country of residence with the new details as required. For more information, please contact the relevant authority.

The Embassy cannot provide information regarding the use of Norwegian passports abroad. For information regarding requirements and validity of Norwegian passports when travelling to another country, you must contact the appropriate country’s immigration authorities or their nearest Embassy.

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FAQ 2: National ID-numbers / Personal numbers

Personal identification numbers are assigned to Norwegian and foreign citizens registered as being residents of Norway. They can also be assigned to Norwegian citizens living abroad in connection with issuance of a Norwegian passport. Personal identification numbers ("personal numbers") consist of 11 digits, where the first six are your date of birth and the last five are your ID number.  

Information regarding applications for personal numbers is available here

If you are a foreign national, and do not reside in Norway, you cannot apply for a personal number. If you require a Norwegian national ID-number for bank purposes, tax, owning property etc., you must instead apply for a D-number. Information regarding D-numbers is available on the Tax Administration’s website.

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FAQ 3: Norwegian citizenship

A child born to a Norwegian mother or father acquires Norwegian citizenship automatically at birth. This applies no matter if the child is born in Norway or abroad, and no matter if the parents were married or not. (Please note that other rules apply for children born before 1 September 2006.) Norwegian citizenship may also be acquired by notification, adoption or application. 

As a general rule, Norway does not allow a person to hold dual citizenship. Norwegian citizens, who obtain citizenship in another country by application, notification or explicit consent, automatically lose their Norwegian citizenship. Persons applying for Norwegian citizenship are generally required to be released from their previous nationality when becoming Norwegian. 

More information regarding citizenship is available here.

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FAQ 4: Refund of medical expenses

As a general rule, Norwegian citizens are not covered by the National Insurance Scheme outside the EEA. Some exemptions apply. For information relating to refund of medical expenses, please see our website.

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FAQ 5: Financial assistance

If financial assistance is required, the Embassy can assist you by establishing contact with family and friends who can help you or by providing information regarding transfer over money etc. In exceptional circumstances, we can also provide you with an emergency loan to enable you to return to Norway.

The Embassy cannot pay your bills, lend you money for further stay abroad or help you get a job etc.

For more information, please contact the Embassy directly.


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