Travel to USA with Ease: A Guide to Family Visa Applications for Norwegians

For Norwegian families planning an exciting journey to the United States, the adventure begins with obtaining the proper travel authorizations. Whether you’re seeking to explore the vibrant cityscapes, soak in the diverse cultural tapestries, or experience the natural wonders the US has to offer, it’s essential to prepare for your trip responsibly. As part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Norwegian citizens have the convenience of applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) instead of a conventional visa. This process is streamlined, user-friendly, and, importantly, family-friendly, making your travel preparations less of a headache and more of a breeze.

With noteworthy destinations from coast to coast, the US beckons families with activities and experiences suited for every age. From the enchanting allure of Disney theme parks to the educational powerhouses of Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian museums, there’s a world of discovery awaiting. But before packing your bags and setting dreams into motion, understanding the ins and outs of the ESTA is your ticket to a worry-free entry into America’s vast landscapes.

What Is an ESTA?

An ESTA is a travel authorization required for travelers from VWP Countries, including Norway, to enter the United States for tourism, short-term business, transit or medical reasons without a visa. It is a convenient alternative to traditional visas, but it is important to note that it does not serve the same comprehensive purposes as a visa. An ESTA is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first, and allows for stays of up to 90 days per visit.

Applying for an ESTA as a Norwegian Family

When venturing to the US with family, each individual, regardless of age, must have their own ESTA approval. Fortunately, the application process is straightforward:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

Benefits of ESTA for Norwegian Families

  • Convenience: Apply from the comfort of your home, without the need to visit an embassy or consulate.
  • Speed: Fast processing times mean that you can receive your travel authorization quickly, usually within 72 hours.
  • Multiple Entries: With an approved ESTA, you can enjoy multiple trips to the United States during its validity period without needing to reapply.

Traveling to the US: What Norwegian Families Should Know

While an ESTA simplifies the visa process, Norwegian families should be mindful of certain entry requirements and travel tips to ensure a smooth experience:

  • Passport Validity: Ensure all family members’ passports are valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the US.
  • Biometric Passports: ESTA applicants must have biometric passports. Those for children included, as these are required for entry into the United States under the VWP.
  • Updated Information: Any changes in your circumstances, such as new passports or changes in health or criminal history, may require a new ESTA application.

FAQs for Norwegian Families Applying for an ESTA

Do babies and children need an ESTA?

Yes, every member of the family needs their own ESTA, regardless of age. This includes infants and children traveling on a parent’s passport.

Can I apply for ESTA for my whole family at once?

No, each family member needs a separate application. However, as a parent or guardian, you can complete applications on behalf of your children or other family members.

What if my ESTA application is denied?

If an ESTA application is denied, the individual will need to apply for a visitor visa, such as a B-2 visa, through the US Embassy or Consulate.

How long can we stay in the US with an ESTA?

An ESTA allows for a stay of up to 90 days per visit within its two-year validity, helpful for both short trips and summer family vacations.


Embarking on a trip to the United States is an adventure that Norwegian families will cherish for a lifetime. By taking advantage of the ESTA system’s simplicity, you can set aside the complexities of visa applications and focus on creating unforgettable memories. Prepare ahead, apply early, and dive into the welcoming embrace of American culture with confidence and peace of mind.

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