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UDI circulars

RS 2010-191
Document-ID : RS 2010-191
Case-ID : 09/2442-18
Last modified : 10.06.2014
Documentdate : 25.03.2010
Receiver :

Chiefs of Police
The foreign service missions
The Governor of Svalbard

Travel medical insurance for visa applicants, cf. the Immigration Regulations section 3-4a second paragraph

1. Introduction

This circular replaces circular RS 2010-130 and concerns travel medical insurance for visa applicants, cf. the Immigration Regulations section 3-4a second paragraph.

The purpose of this circular is to adjust the guidelines that the foreign service missions, the police and the Governor of Svalbard must comply with in their handling of travel medical insurance for visa applicants.

The guidelines in circular RS 2010-130 have mainly been replaced by the guidelines in Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) with annexes and pertaining handbooks. The visa handbooks are called ‘Handbook for the processing of visa applications and the modification of issued visas’, hereinafter called Visa Handbook 1, and ‘Handbook for consular organisation and local Schengen cooperation’, hereinafter called Visa Handbook 2.

The Visa Code entered into force on 5 April 2010. A link to the Visa Code is available here.

Visa Handbook 1 with annexes is available here.

Visa Handbook 2 is available here.

The circular also applies to foreign nationals travelling to or from Svalbard, cf. the Immigration Regulations section 1-15.

2. Visa categories covered by the travel medical insurance scheme

Article 15 ‘Travel medical insurance’ and 35 ‘Visas issued at the external border’ of the Visa Code provides an overview of the categories that are covered by the scheme. For a further specification, see Visa Handbook 1, Part II, section 6.3 ‘Travel Medical Insurance’, and Part V, section 1.7 ‘What should be verified when assessing a request for extension of a visa?’

3. Exemptions from the travel medical insurance requirement

Pursuant to the Visa Code Article 15 ‘Travel medical insurance’ (2) and (3) and the Visa Code Article 35(2), the requirement for travel medical insurance can be waived: ‘Where a visa is applied for at the external border, the requirement that the applicant be in possession of travel medical insurance may be waived when such travel medical insurance is not available at that border crossing point or for humanitarian reasons.’ See also Visa Handbook 1, Part II, section 6.3.1: ‘Who is exempt from presenting proof of travel medical insurance?’

In all cases where the foreign service mission, the police or the Governor of Svalbard grant the visa applicant an exemption from the requirement for travel medical insurance, this shall be noted in the visa sticker using the case processing tools Norvis or DUF.

The note shall be worded as follows: ‘EXEMPT FROM THE TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENT’

4. When must travel medical insurance be taken out/submitted

For provisions regarding taking out/submitting travel medical insurance, reference is made to Visa Handbook 1, Part II, section 6.3 first paragraph ‘Travel Medical Insurance’.

The foreign service missions, the police and the Governor of Svalbard must clarify that the insurance company used is entitled to offer the type of travel medical insurance required. See Visa Handbook 2, Part II, section 2.3: ‘Exchange of information on insurance companies and assessment of the travel medical insurance products offered’.

In cases where the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) has reversed the UDI’s rejection decision, the following passage shall be included in the UDI’s instructions to the foreign service mission regarding the issuing of a visa: ‘It is a precondition for issuing a visa that the applicant has submitted proof of travel medical insurance.’

The foreign service missions, the police and the Governor of Svalbard must expressly inform the person who is subject to a visa requirement that he/she must always carry documentation of travel medical insurance when entering the Schengen area.

5. Briefing

We request that Chiefs of Police make the circular known to senior officials and civil servants working on cases concerning foreign nationals and to civil servants carrying out border controls.

 

Karl Erik Sjøholt
Head of department

Contact: Department of Managed Migration, Section for Visa, Work and Study Permits

 

Latest changes
  • Changed: RS 2010-191 Travel medical insurance for visa applicants, cf. the Immigration Regulations section 3-4a second paragraph (6/10/2014)

    The reference to the Immigration Regulations section 20-19 in the last paragraph of chapter 1 is changed to section 1-15, since the Immigration Regulations section 20-19 was repealed on 1 February 2011.

  • Changed: RS 2010-191 Travel medical insurance for visa applicants, cf. the Immigration Regulations section 3-4a second paragraph (2/4/2013)

    The circular has been changed due to the repeal of sections 3-20 and 4-9 of the Immigration Regulations (foreign nationals on a pleasure yacht). Chapter 2 second paragraph is removed.

  • Endret: RS 2010-191 Reise- eller sykeforsikring for visumsøkere, jf. utlendingsforskriften § 3-4a annet ledd (2/4/2013)

    Endring som følge av at utlendingsforskriften §§ 3-20 og 4-2 (utlendinger på lystseilas i norsk territorialfarvann) oppheves. Punkt 2 andre avsnitt tas ut av rundskrivet fordi det ikke lenger er relevant.

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

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