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marinegirl405 02-18-2010 02:06 PM

Norway - Clearance for US vessel?
Has anyone actually visited Norway with a US vessel recently and if so - what procedures did you use / were expected? What was your experience with officialdom?

We are struggling to find the correct information on visiting Norway. Most guidebooks suggest that if you are coming from an EU country on an EU vessel then no clearance is required. We are not (We have a US vessel and a US Citizen aboard).

We have this guide The Norwegian Cruising Guide, a sailing guide to the coast of Sweden, Norway and Svalbard

We plan to visit Sognefjord, including the branches Naeroyfjord and Fjaerdlandfjord

The guidebooks imply that as a US vessel we can simply check in with a local police station when we arrive. That sounds good (although I've no idea how to find which areas have police stations.. that would be plan 2)

I could not find anything much on line, but did get a reply from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI); see below. Which we plan to comply with (although it has been several years since we left our "home port", and I have no idea how exact we can be with dates at this time).

According to Norwegian Immigration Regulations nationals of visa waiver countries arriving om pleasure craft must apply for permission to cross our borders in advance. It is the chief of police in the police district in question that grants such permission. (Usually, a permit will be granted, unless there are special reasons not to grant a permit.)

The permit, when issued, will list the name of the vessel and the port that the police requests should be used for passport and customs inspection. Please note that the captain and the crew must all hold valid passports that are not about to expire.

A request for such a permit should be delivered to a Norwegian foreign mission no later than two months before departure from the home port.

A list of all participants and information about the craft and the cruise should follow the application (there is a special questionnaire for this).

The application is to be delivered in triplicate. Two copies will be sent to the chief of police, who will approve the application.

This is the questionnaire that should be delivered:

UDI Regelverk: Søknadsskjema for tillatelse til lystseilas – Questionare re pleasure cruise

Since we at the UDI is concerned with entry and exit issues, and not with formal demands to the captain and crew of a vessel in Norwegian waters, we suggest that you check the web pages of the Norwegian Maritine Directorate as to the question of certificate requirements for captain and crew:

Sjøfartsdirektoratet - Sjøfartsdirektoratet

(You may, of course, also contact them, if something is not clear.)

Hope this information is of assistance!

Best regards
Per Chr. Jrgensen
Executive Officer, The Service Unit

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
P.O. Box 8108 Dep, N-0032 Oslo, Norway Telephone: +47 23 35 15 00

hellosailor 02-18-2010 04:19 PM

I would guess the UDI are having some confusion or translation errors. The actual form seems to indicate only that you need to complete it, in triplicate with photographs, and submit it. That the Norwegian mission will then forward two copies to the harbor police on their own, and that pending permission from those police, they'll approve and return your form.

Two months before leaving your home port would of course be impossible for craft which are not arriving directly FROM their home port, I can't help think that even the Norwegians are more logical and practical than this and would not expect it to be an issue. I think you'd just fill out the triplicate form, make sure they have two months to process it and mail something back to you, and then go.

But to be sure, why not call (or visit) a Norwegian Consulate? Or even a US Consulate and ask them to pick up the phone and do something call a Norwegian counterpart?<G>

If all else fails, just go. Announce on your arrival that you have come Viking (that's a verb) and if they'll just pile up all the women, gold, and cattle at the dock, you'll skip the burning and pillaging part and they can keep their crops. Hey, it puts thing in context, they should be used to that by now.<G>

Careka 03-27-2011 10:46 AM

how did it go ?
this is old, but how did it go,

marinegirl405 04-03-2011 02:02 AM

What a beautiful country, a visit we'll never forget nor regret, and luckily we had nearly all sunny days.
SV Footprint: Norway

As for the official side of things, it all seemed a bit new, and everyone we dealt with seemed uncertain of the requirements, and to treat our presence with a novel air. We applied to our local consulate which happened to be LA as we were on land in AZ at the time. I approached them first via email and was told I'd got the wrong department... after a bit of back and forth we determined I had got the right department, they just had never dealt with such a request before. EVERYONE was helpful, friendly and nice.

We were never returned a copy of the paperwork, but received an email saying all was OK (after I chased it up).

Arriving in Norway we found the local police station, waited for the right guy to finish his coffee and got a few stamps in our passports; again it felt like we were the first to ever do this as the process seemed quite novel to all involved.

Leaving Norway via Bergen was a bit more official; the police station there has a formal immigration area, and we found ourselves queuing for a couple of hours with a machine dispensed number among people presumably trying to live/work in Norway, while all we wanted was passport stamp to leave.

We were never once boarded, or checked for our paperwork. I'm sure the officials only knew we were there since we went out of our way to tell them. But we were there officially and legally and we had a great time.

Careka 04-03-2011 04:18 AM

But you only did a small bit off Norway.
The hole cost is super. plenty off space.
North to Lofoten, or south to Kattegat Arnedal, North cost Danmark, west cost of Sweden.
Its very nice.
One thing, stay clear off the riggs in the North Sea, minimum safe dist. 500M
due to terror, there will be supply ships that will come at you.
So sail 1 nm off and you are OK.

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