I have been granted a skilled worker permit in Norway. I got an entry visa (type D visa) to enter Norway. It is a single entry one. Is it possible for me to travel to other Schengen countries (i.e. Switzerland) before getting the residence permit card?

  • YOur visa is fine for travel to other Schengen countries; the long answer is wrong
    – Crazydre
    Oct 25, 2018 at 3:32

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Yes, as long as the D-visa is valid, you can travel to other Schengen countries.

Since it is a single entry visa, you are however not allowed to leave and reenter the Schengen are, but must stay within.

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    @Sahan To clarify, it means you cannot leave Schengen until getting your residence permit card
    – Crazydre
    Oct 25, 2018 at 3:07

Only if your visa is really a schengen visa ( not national level ) AND it is schengen USV ( Uniform Schengen Visa ) and not LTV ( Limited territorial validity ).

You should be able to check on your visa if there are any restrictions specifically written on it and what type it is .

If the valid for' field says something likeetats schengen(french ) orschengen states(english) orschengenstaten` (german) or any otheer language variant and nothing else then it should be a USV. the

If the field has something like a state name, or state code, or multiple entries ( for example D-EE-P, or -ES or D-P-F-I-LT ) or any other remark / restriction - you should check the individual exception .

  • Thank you very much for the answer. Nothing is specifically written on my visa. How can I know whether it is USV or LTV?
    – Sahan
    Oct 25, 2018 at 2:36
  • If no special restriction or allowance in the valid for field or other remarks ( for example the likes of valid only for Country X or not valid for country Y ). also see my edit. Oct 25, 2018 at 2:58
  • @ObmerkKronen This answer is incorrect. D visas nowadays only list the state it was issued by, but are valid for Schengen-wide travel
    – Crazydre
    Oct 25, 2018 at 3:09
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    D visas are always valid for the entire Schengen area. Only C visas can be issued with a limited territorial validity (LTV). Oct 25, 2018 at 8:59

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