Are you planning to travel to Norway and need a visa or residence permit?

As of 11 of March 2024, the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou will no longer be the responsible mission for applications for Schengen visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway submitted at VFS’ Application Center in Guangzhou. Instead, VFS will send the submitted applications to the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing for processing.

This does not affect where and how you apply, but there are some changes you should be aware of:

Where to apply?

As before, applicants can meet and apply in person at VFS’ application centre in Guangzhou. VFS will ensure that the applications are sent to Beijing for further processing. You will also still be able to collect the decision documents at VFS application center in Guangzhou. As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal Norway, and a service fee charged by VFS Global.

Waiting time for Schengen visa to Norway

The processing time for Schengen visas to Norway is normally up to 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy in Beijing.

Please take note that you should allow additional days for sending the application documents between the VFS application center and the embassy in Beijing. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.

Ongoing applications

Applications for Schengen visa submitted prior to 11 March 2024 will be processed and finalized by the Consulate General in Guangzhou.

If you have applied for a residence permit prior to 8 March 2024, you will be notified when your application has been processed and you can pick up your passport and the decision at VFS’ application centre in Guangzhou.

Travelling to a different Schengen country?

Please note that Norway is no longer representing Sweden in Guangzhou as of 8 February 2024. The last day for handing in a visa application at VFS’ application center for applicants applying for a visa to Sweden was 7 February. Please see: Contact - Sweden Abroad for more information.

More information, please visit: Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal