Information for au pair applicants


Because of the strict entry rules due to the coronavirus situation, many people may not enter Norway now. It affects you if you have applied or want to apply for an au pair permit in Norway.

Published: 12.07.2021

How we process au pair cases during the corona pandemic

The information on this page applies to applications for a residence permit as an au pair. Other kinds of applications have different routines.

Currently, we only process au pair applications from applicants already in Norway, or applicants who are exempt from the entry restrictions. Applicants who earlier have been granted a residence permit as an au pair may get an entry visa to Norway if they are covered by one of the exemptions from the entry restrictions.

There are quite a few exemptions to the entry restrictions. The most relevant exemptions if you are to apply for an au pair permit are, in our experience, the exemptions for people living in green areas or people who are

You will find information about all the exemptions here 

Exemptions for people living in green areas

Green areas are regions in Europe with a low infection rate. You can see an updated overview of the colours of the different areas in Europe on FHI's map (external website).

Those who live in a green area are exempt from the entry restrictions. To be considered a resident of a green area, you must hold a valid residence permit there. You must also have stayed in a green area for the last ten days before travelling to Norway.

If you live in a green area, but do not hold a valid residence permit there, you are not considered a green area resident. Even if you up until recently had a valid residence permit in the green area or if you live elsewhere and are visiting the green area, you are not considered a green area resident.

The area you live in must be green when you travel to Norway for this exemption to apply. If the area you live in changes from green to orange, red or dark red, you may not enter Norway. Please note that even if you have received a decision letter granting you entrance to Norway, you still may not enter Norway if the area you travel from has changed colour from green to orange, red or dark red on FHI’s map before you travel.

Exemption for fully vaccinated people holding a Norwegian, Swedish or Danish corona certificate or the EU digital covid certificate

If you are fully vaccinated and can document this with a Norwegian, Swedish or Danish corona certificate, or the EU's digital corona certificate, you are exempt from the entry restrictions regardless of where you live. Norwegian authorities do not accept corona certificates from countries outside the EU/EEA as documentation of vaccine status.

You are considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus if you:

  • received your second vaccine dose at least one week ago
  • were vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine at least three weeks ago,
  • tested positive for the coronavirus and then received a vaccine dose at least three weeks after the date you got the positive corona test result, and it is at least one week since the vaccination,
  • received the first vaccine dose and have tested positive for the coronavirus at least three weeks after vaccination and you are now out of isolation, or
  • have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and then received a vaccine dose the day after you took the antibody test at the earliest, and at least one week has passed since the vaccination

What should I do if I am exempt from the entry restrictions?

If you have applied for an au pair permit and see that an exemption from the entry restrictions applies to you, you must upload documentation to your case. You can do this here.

You must upload documentation on this both if you are waiting to have your application processed and if you have already received a decision earlier but need an entry visa to travel to Norway.

For example, if you have received the second corona vaccine dose, you must upload a copy of your EU digital covid certificate which shows the QR code and the date you received the vaccine. Please do not upload documentation that you have only received the first dose of a type of vaccine that requires two doses.

We continuously process cases where the applicant has documented exemption from the entry restrictions. Suppose you do not hear anything from UDI within two weeks after uploading your documentation. In that case, you can contact us to make sure that we have received and registered the documentation.

Who can travel to Norway?

Even if you are exempt from the entry restrictions, you must meet the standard entry requirements to travel to Norway.

If you are exempt from the entry restrictions, you can travel to Norway immediately if you:

Suppose you have been granted a residence permit as an au pair in Norway, but do not have a valid permit in another Schengen country. In that case, you must apply for an entry visa at a Norwegian embassy or consulate to travel to Norway. You must also be exempt from the entry restrictions to travel to Norway.

If you are exempt from the entry restrictions, you can travel to Norway while waiting for an answer to your application if you:

  • have applied for a residence permit as an au pair in Norway,
  • are a skilled worker and can travel visa-free to Norway, or
  • have a valid residence permit in another Schengen country

If you travel to Norway before you have received an answer to your application, you must notify UDI. You can do this either by uploading documentation to your case or by contacting UDI's information service. You must also document that you are a skilled worker, either by having already added this documentation to your application or by submitting the documentation later. If you travel to Norway to wait for an answer to your application, you may not start working as an au pair until you have been granted the au pair permit.

If you have an expired residence permit and are waiting to travel to Norway

If you have an expired residence permit in another country, the UDI cannot decide that you may stay in that country while you are waiting to be allowed entry to Norway. As a main rule, you must return to your home country if you no longer have a valid residence permit in another country. You may need to check with the authorities of the country you are in if you may stay there. If you choose to stay in a country without being allowed to do so, it is at your own risk.

If you want to withdraw your application

If you do not wish to have your application processed, you can request to withdraw the case by submitting a written confirmation. You can upload the confirmation on UDI's website. Unfortunately, you will not be refunded the application fee if you withdraw your application.

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