Travel and border information for Norway

Information in Norwegian / 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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From 1st of August 2019 Embassy will no longer receive applications for Schengen visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway. Instead, 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.

New visa rules from February 2020: Please take note of the following changes in the Visa Regulation (Visa Code) which will enter into force 2nd February 2020:

• Increased fees: The visa fees will be increased from EUR 60 to EUR 80. For children between 6 and 12 years old, the visa fee will be increased from EUR 35 to EUR 40.

• Flexible submission: As of 2nd February 2020 travellers will be able to submit their visa applications up to 6 months ahead of the scheduled departure date. Seafarers can apply up to 9 months in advance. As a rule, applications shall be lodged no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit to the Schengen area. Please note that 15 calendar days are counted from the day the Embassy in Ankara receives your application.

• Processing time: Visa applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. The decision period may be extended to 45 days when further consideration is needed.