Many armed forces personnel are exempt from passport and visa requirements if they are:

  • Attached to NATO Allied Headquarters in the United States and are traveling on official business; or
  • entering the United States under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. When traveling in visa exempt status, such personnel generally enter the United States by military aircraft or naval vessel. Personnel traveling in visa exempt status must present their official military identification cards and NATO travel orders. We recommend that personnel traveling on a non-military aircraft or naval vessel apply for a visa.

The U.S. Embassy Oslo Visa Unit will assist in the visa process. Active-duty military members will apply for the NATO-2 visa, and civilians working directly for the military will apply for the NATO-4 visa.  An interview at the Embassy is not required and the visa application fee will be waived.

Family members that are traveling with or will join the principal applicant later must have a valid NATO visa to enter the U.S.

How to apply:

A NATO visa application accompanied by all necessary supporting documentation can be sent by mail:

United States Embassy
Att: Visa Unit v/Oslo Official
PO Box 4075 AMB
0244 OSLO

All NATO visa applications must include:

  • Confirmation page of the electronic application form DS-160 (containing a barcode);
  • A valid passport;
  • If available, any old passports containing visas to the United States (valid or expired);
  • One approx. 5 x 5 cm color photograph;
    – Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
    – Photo must be taken with a plain white background
    – Photo cannot be older than 6 months
    – Photo must be printed on photo quality paper
    – Eye glasses are not allowed in visa photos
    – For full photo requirements, please visit this website
  • NATO travel orders
  • Purpose of travel:
    • Official training requiring an invitational travel order (ITO), or;
    • Meetings, conferences, workgroups, etc.

If you wish to schedule an appointment to deliver a NATO visa application in person at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, please send an email to