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: SÃ¸knadsskjema for tillatelse til lystseilas â€“ 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:
SjÃ¸fartsdirektoratet - Sjøfartsdirektoratet
(You may, of course, also contact them, if something is not clear.)
Hope this information is of assistance!
Per Chr. Jørgensen
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