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: 20.05.2019

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 have an application for an immigrant’s passport being processed at the UDI, you will receive a renewed immigration passport for one year, so that you can travel to the nearest embassy to obtain the Somali passport. You cannot travel to Somalia on the Norwegian immigrant’s passport.

If you need a new immigrant's passport, you must apply for it before 1 August 2019. You will then receive an immigrant's passport that is valid for one year. This means that you must 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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