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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Citizens of Bulgaria do not need a visitor's visa or a residence permit.                

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit, but must register with the police within three months of arriving in Norway.

Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries can apply for a visa or a residence permit at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest. More information about the process and on what documents to bring can be found on their page.

Applications for a visitor's visa can also be delivered to the Embassy of Finland in Sofia.

As of the 1st of August 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Bucuresti will no longer receive applications for Schengen visitor’s visa to Norway from applicants residing in Romania. The change will not affect the visa applicants residing in Moldova and Bulgaria. In the same time, the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest will no longer receive applications for residence permit to Norway from applicants residing in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. Instead, applications will be handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which is the regional hub for immigration cases.