We are gonna be four people travelling from Norway to the Philippines in December. Two of us are filipino citizens with valid Norwegian resident permits. Do we need a transit visa if we want to go landside? I am not sure if a Norwegian resident permit is considered "common format". All help is much appreciated.
A common-format residence card is one issued by an EEA or EU country whose design matches the one shown here. The most important features to look for is the red-blue-red background pattern, and stars and a bull symbol on the left-hand side above the photo. (The background pattern on the right is a national design that differs between member countries).
If you have such a card and satisfy certain other conditions (leaving by air before two midnights have passed etc.) then you should qualify for the landside Transit Without Visa scheme.