Changes in travel advice and border controls due to the corona virus

- Information in Norwegian

- Information in English

Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

COVID-19 – virus

Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:

Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas or residence permits to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. This measure is temporary. Any changes will be published on the Embassy’s website.

Important: Because of the current situation the Embassy will temporarily not be able to return passports to applicants that already have submitted applications.

 

Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):

The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.

For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:

For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.

 

Regulation relating to rejection of foreign nationals without a residence permit out of concern for public health

In Norwegian: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/forskrift-om-bortvisning-mv.-av-utlendinger-uten-oppholdstillatelse-i-riket-av-hensyn-til-folkehelsen/id2693697/

In English: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dokumenter/regulations-relating-to-rejection-etc.-of-foreign-nationals-without-a-residence-permit-in-the-realm-out-of-concern-for-public-health/id2693697/

Covid 19: Instruction on the processing of visa cases to Norway. All visa applications must be rejected, no visas must be issued, except in extraordinary situations

In Norwegian: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/gi-072020--instruks-om-behandling-av-visumsoknader-i-forbindelse-med-utbruddet-av-sykdommen-covid-19/id2693661/

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Citizens of Albania do not need a visitor's visa.

Certain rules apply to visa free travel. Details can be found on the UDI’s website: Visit Norway without a visa on UDIs webpage (external page).

Information to applicants residing in Albania:

Applications for visitor’s visa and residence permit for Norway are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. You may submit your application at one of the VFS Global application centers in Kosovo, Serbia or Turkey which collaborate with the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara.