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Bilateral agreements

2011-09-14
Document-ID : 2011-09-14
Entry info force : 01.12.2011
Documentdate : 14.09.2011

Agreement between Norway and Moldova on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the Republic of Moldova

on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

The GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY,
and
The GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA;

hereinafter referred to as the Parties;

Bearing in mind that, as from 1 January 2007, the citizens of the Kingdom of Norway are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Republic of Moldova for a period of time not exceeding 90 days per period of 180 days or transiting through the territory of the Republic of Moldova;

Bearing in mind the provisions of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Moldova on the facilitation of the issuance of visa of 10 October 2007;

Having regard to the Agreement of 18 May 1999 between the Council of the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland concerning the latters' Association with the Implementation, Application and Development of the Schengen Acquis;

Bearing in mind the Joint Declaration concerning Iceland and Norway to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Moldova on facilitation of the issuance of visa, which states that is it desirable that Norway, Iceland and the Republic of Moldova conclude bilateral agreements on the facilitation of the issuance of short-stay visas;

With a view to further developing friendly relations between the Parties and desiring to facilitate people-to-people contacts as an important condition for a steady development of economic, humanitarian, cultural, scientific and other ties, by facilitating the issuance of visas to Moldovan citizens;

Recognizing the introduction of a visa-free travel regime for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova as a long term perspective;

Recognizing that visa facilitation should not lead to illegal migration and paying special attention to security and readmission;

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1
Purpose and scope of application

The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate the issuance of visas to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days.

Article 2
General clause 

1. The visa facilitations provided in this Agreement shall apply to citizens of the Republic of Moldova only insofar as they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Norway, this Agreement or other international agreements.

2. The national law of the Republic of Moldova or of the Kingdom of Norway shall apply to issues not covered by the provisions of this Agreement, such as the refusal to issue a visa, recognition of travel documents, proof of sufficient means of subsistence and the refusal of entry and expulsion measures.

Article 3
Definitions 

For the purpose of this Agreement:

a) «Citizen of the Republic of Moldova» shall mean a person who holds the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova; 

b) «Citizen of the Kingdom of Norway» shall mean a person who holds the citizenship of the Kingdom of Norway; 

c) « Visa » shall mean an authorization issued by the Kingdom of Norway or a decision taken by the Kingdom of Norway which is required with a view to:
 

- entry for an intended stay in the Kingdom of Norway of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days,

- entry for transit through the territory of the Kingdom of Norway,

    For the purpose of determining the period of stay for citizens of the Republic of Moldova, any period of stay in any other state applying the Schengen acquis in full shall be taken into account. 

d) «legally residing person» shall mean a citizen of the Republic of Moldova authorized or entitled to stay for more than 90 days in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, on the basis of national legislation.

Article 4
Documentary evidence regarding the purpose of the journey

1. For the following categories of citizens of the Republic of Moldova, the following documents shall suffice for justifying the purpose of the journey to the other Party: 

a) for members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Moldova, shall participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organizations:

- a letter issued by a Moldovan authority confirming that the applicant is a member of its delegation travelling to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway to participate at the aforementioned events, accompanied by a copy of the official invitation;

b) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway: 

- a written request from the host organization confirming that the person concerned is participating in the event; 

c)  for business people and representatives of business organizations:

- a written request from a host legal person or company, or an office or a branch of such legal person or company, state or local authorities of the Kingdom of Norway or organizing committees of trade and industrial exhibitions, conferences and symposia held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, and

- a document confirming the existence of the Moldovan business organization issued by the State Chamber of Registration of the Republic of Moldova; 

d) for drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway in vehicles registered in the Republic of Moldova: 

- a written request from the national association of carriers of the Republic of Moldova providing for international road transportation, stating the purpose, duration and frequency of the trips;
 

e) for members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains travelling to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway:

- a written request from the competent railway company of the Republic of Moldova stating the purpose, duration and frequency of the trips; 

f) for journalists:

- a certificate or other document issued by a professional organization proving that the person concerned is a qualified journalist and a document issued by his/her employer stating that the purpose of the journey is to carry out journalistic work;

g) for persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programs:

- a written request from the host organization to participate in those activities;

h) for pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programs as well as other school-related activities:

- a written request or a certificate of enrolment from the host university, college or school or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended;

i) for participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity:

- a written request from the host organization, competent authorities, the National Sport Federation or the National Olympic Committee of the Kingdom of Norway; 

j) for participants in official exchange programs organized by twin cities and other localities:

- a written request of the Head of Administration/Mayor of these cities or other localities; 

k) for close relatives – spouse, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren – visiting citizens of the Republic of Moldova, legally residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway:

- a written request from the host person; 

l) for representatives of civil society organizations when undertaking trips for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programs:

- a written request issued by the host organization, a confirmation that the person is representing the civil society organization and the certificate on establishment of such organization from the relevant Register issued by a state authority in accordance with the national legislation;

m) for persons visiting for burial ceremonies:

- an official document confirming the fact of death as well as confirmation of the family or other relationship between the applicant and the deceased;

n) for visiting military and civil burial grounds:

- an official document confirming the existence and preservation of the grave as well as family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried;

o) for persons visiting for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons:

- an official document of the medical institution confirming necessity of medical care in this institution, the necessity of being accompanied, and proof of sufficient financial means to pay for the medical treatment.

2. The written request mentioned in paragraph 1 of this Article shall contain the following items:

a) for the invited person: name and surname, date of birth, sex, citizenship, number of the passport, time and purpose of the journey, number of entries and where relevant the name of the spouse and children accompanying the invited person;

b) for the inviting person: name, surname and address;

c) for the inviting legal person, company or organization: full name and address and

- if the request is issued by an organization or authority, the name and position the person who signs the request;

- if the inviting person is a legal person or company or an office or a branch of such legal person or company established in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, the registration number as required by the national law of the Kingdom of Norway.

3. For the categories of persons mentioned in paragraph 1 of this Article, all categories of visas shall be issued according to the simplified procedure without requiring any other justification, invitation or validation concerning the purpose of the journey, provided for by the legislation of the Kingdom of Norway.

Article 5
Issuance of multiple-entry visas

1. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with a term of validity of up to five years to the following categories of persons:

a) members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Court and Supreme Court if they are not exempted from the visa requirement by this Agreement, in the exercise of their duties, with a term of validity limited to their term of office if this is less than 5 years;

b) permanent members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Moldova, are to participate regularly in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organizations;

c) spouses and children (including adopted), who are under the age of 21 or are dependant, and parents (including custodians) visiting citizens of the Republic of Moldova legally residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway with the term of validity limited to the duration of the validity of their authorization for legal residence;

d) business people and representatives of business organizations who regularly travel the Kingdom of Norway;

e) journalists.

2. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with a term of validity of up to one year to the following categories of persons, provided that during the previous year they have obtained at least one visa, have made use of it in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the Kingdom of Norway and that there are reasons for requesting a multiple-entry visa:

a) members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Moldova, are to participate regularly in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organizations;

b) representatives of civil society organizations travelling regularly to the Kingdom of Norway for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programs;

c) members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events who regularly travel to the Kingdom of Norway;

d) drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway in vehicles registered in the Republic of Moldova;

e) members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains travelling to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway;

f) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programs, who regularly travel to the Kingdom of Norway;

g) students and post-graduate students who regularly travel for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programs;

h) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;

i) participants in official exchange programs organized by twin cities or other localities.

3. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with a term of validity of a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years to the categories of persons referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article, provided that during the previous two years they have made use of the one year multiple-entry visas in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the Kingdom of Norway and that the reasons for requesting a multiple-entry visa are still valid.

4.The total period of stay of persons referred to in paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Article shall not exceed 90 days per period of 180 days in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway. For the purpose of determining the period of stay for nationals of the Republic of Moldova, any period of stay in any other state applying the Schengen acquis in full shall be taken into account.

Article 6
Fees for processing visa applications

1. The fee for processing visa applications from citizens of the Republic of Moldova shall amount to EUR 35.

The aforementioned amount may be reviewed in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 14(3).

2. Fees for processing the visa application shall be waived for the following categories of persons:

a) close relatives – spouse, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren of citizens of the Republic of Moldova legally residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway;

b) members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Court and Supreme Court if they are not exempted from the visa requirement by this Agreement;

c) members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Moldova, are to participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organizations;

d) pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programs as well as other school related activities;

e) disabled persons and the person accompanying them, if necessary;

f) persons who have presented documents proving the necessity of their travel on humanitarian grounds, including to receive urgent medical treatment and the person accompanying such person, or to attend a funeral of a close relative, or to visit a seriously ill close relative;

g) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;

h) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities including university and other exchange programs;

i) participants in official exchange programs organized by twin cities or other localities;

j) journalists;

k) children under the age of 18 and dependent children under the age of 21;

l) pensioners;

m) drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway in vehicles registered in the Republic of Moldova;

n) members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews travelling to the territory of the Kingdom of Norway;

o) members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway. 

Article 7
Length of procedures for processing visa applications

1. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Kingdom of Norway shall take a decision on the request to issue a visa within 10 calendar days of the date of the receipt of the application and documents required for issuing the visa.

2. The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be extended to up to 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

3. The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be reduced to 2 working days or less in urgent cases.

Article 8
Departure in case of lost or stolen documents

    Citizens of the Kingdom of Norway and of the Republic of Moldova who have lost their identity documents, or from whom these documents have been stolen while staying in the territory of the Republic of Moldova or the Kingdom of Norway, may leave that territory on the basis of valid identity documents entitling them to cross the border issued by diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Kingdom of Norway or of the Republic of Moldova without any visa or other authorization.

Article 9
Extension of visa in exceptional circumstances

    Citizens of the Republic of Moldova who are not able to leave the territory of the Kingdom of Norway by the time stated in their visas for reasons of force majeure shall have the term of their visas extended free of charge in accordance with the legislation applied by the Kingdom of Norway for the period required for their return to the State of their residence.

Article 10
Diplomatic passports

1.Citizens of the Republic of Moldova who are holders of valid diplomatic passports may enter, leave and transit through the territory of the Kingdom of Norway without visas.

2. The total period of stay of persons referred to in paragraphs 1 of this Article shall not exceed 90 days per period of 180 days in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway. For the purpose of determining the period of stay for citizens of the Republic of Moldova, any period of stay in any other state applying the Schengen acquis in full shall be taken into account.

Article 11
Territorial validity of visas

    Subject to the national rules and regulations concerning national security of the Kingdom of Norway, citizens of the Republic of Moldova shall be entitled to travel within the territory of the Kingdom of Norway on equal basis with Norwegian citizens.

Article 12
Monitoring of the Agreement

    Representatives of the Parties shall meet whenever necessary at the request of one of the Parties to discuss the implementation of this Agreement, and if deemed necessary, propose amendments to this Agreement, in particular in the light of changes to the Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Community on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

Article 13
Reciprocity clause

    If the Republic of Moldova were to reintroduce the visa requirement for the citizens of the Kingdom of Norway, the same facilitations granted under this Agreement to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova would automatically, on the basis of reciprocity, apply to citizens of the Kingdom of Norway.

Article 14
Final clauses

1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the first month following the written notification where the Republic of Moldova informs the Kingdom of Norway about the completion of the internal procedure necessary for the entering into force of this Agreement.

2. This Agreement is concluded for an indefinite period of time, unless terminated in accordance with paragraph 5 of this Article.

3. This Agreement may be amended by written agreement of the Parties. Amendments shall enter into force after the Parties have notified each other of the completion of their internal procedures necessary for this purpose.

4. Each Party may suspend in whole or in part this Agreement for reasons of public order, protection of national security or protection of public health. The decision on suspension shall be notified to the other Party not later than 48 hours before its entry into force. The Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Party once the reasons for the suspension no longer apply.

5. Each Party may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other Party. This Agreement shall cease to be in force 90 days after the date of such notification.


Done at Oslo on the 14th day of September in the year 2011 in duplicate in the Norwegian, Moldovan and English languages, each of these texts being equally authentic. In case of divergences, the English text shall prevail.

Norwegian Directorate
of Immigration
Utlendingsdirektoratet
P.O. box 2098 Vika
NO-0125 Oslo
Norway

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