Somali citizens who do not have refugee status must obtain a Somali passport


The Government has decided that Norwegian authorities recognise some Somali passports as travel documents from 1 August 2018.

Published: 05.09.2018 - Last changed: 03.09.2019

The passports that are recognised are ordinary Somali passports issued either at Somali embassies or in the Benadir region after 1 January 2014.

If you have such a passport, you can use it for entry to Norway from 1 August if you have also received a visa valid for entry into the Schengen area.

If you are in Norway and have a Norwegian immigrant's passport (blue passport)

If you currently have a Norwegian immigrant’s passport, you must use this passport to travel to the nearest Somali embassy that can give you a Somali passport. The closest embassies to Norway are in Rome, Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Children must also have their own Somali passport.

If you need a new immigrant's passport, you had to have applied for it before 1 August 2019. This means that you had to have registered the application in our application portal and paid the fee before 1 August 2019. Your appointment with the police can be after this date.

This is what you need to know

  • If you are in Norway and have a Norwegian refugee travel document (green passport)

  • If you have applied for family immigration from abroad

  • If you are going to apply for Norwegian citizenship

  • Who do not need to get a Somalian passport?

  • You must hand in your immigrant's passport

  • Do you need help to apply for a Somali passport?

  • I cannot make it to the embassy to apply for a Somali passport before my Norwegian immigration passport expires. What do I do?

  • I can't pay for my family to travel to the embassy. What do I do?

  • I need to apply for a new immigrant's passport - when can I travel to the Somali Embassy?

  • I have no travel documents. How do I solve that?

  • Which countries can I travel to with a Somali passport?

  • What happens if I get a passport with other information than the Norwegian authorities have about me?

  • The letter the UDI has sent to Somali citizens with a Norwegian immigrant's passport

  • Why has some members of my family received a letter saying that they must have Somali passports, but not all of them?

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