Travel and border information for Norway

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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.

Please note that due to COVID-19, the capacity of the Embassy and VFS Global is significantly reduced. The opening hours could be subjected to change on short notice. We therefor recommend to contact the respective VFS application center before.

Restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19

The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners can be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. We recommend that applicants check the UDI website for any updates or changes to the regulations due to COVID-19.

Certain categories of visitors can apply for a visitor’s visa to Norway now, see below for an overview.

A foreign national who can document place of stay for quarantine according to Covid-19-regulation § 5, first paragraph, and who has the following relation to a person residing in Norway. The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.
The below categories under Visa type C can apply for the visa (updated 21 October 2020):

  • Spouse, registered partner or cohabitant;
  • Child or stepchild to a person residing in Norway;
  • Parent or stepparent to a child residing in Norway;
  • Boyfriend/girlfriend who have been in a relationship for a period of at least nine months. Parties are required to have met each other physically. The person who lives in Norway must submit a self-declaration, which the relationship partner must present on arrival in Norway, confirming that the two requirements have been met. A copy of the form shall be submitted together with the application for a visa.The declaration form can be found here
  • Grandparents and step-grandparents of a person resident in Norway;
  • Grandchildren and step-grandchildren of a person resident in Norway;
  • Children of your girlfriend/boyfriend if you are in an established relationship;
  • Spouse, registered partner, cohabitant and children of a Norwegian citizen who lives abroad and who travels to visit Norway together with the Norwegian citizen;
  • EU/EEA citizens and their family members residing in third countries.

Temporary suspension of visa representation agreements:

In order to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Norwegian government has decided to suspend all agreements of representation. The Norwegian Embassy in Cairo will therefore not issue Schengen visas to Denmark, Finland or Iceland.
The embassy will only receive Danish residence permit applications.

Travel restrictions and quarantine due to the Coronavirus

Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Norway and to other Schengen States, but it does not exempt you from any additional travel restrictions that might be in place within the EU/EEA/Schengen-area. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many countries have applied measures or restrictions, such as a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine regulations, which will apply regardless of a person’s nationality.
It is a requirement to present documentation of a negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway. Approved test methods are PCR or antigen rapid test. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Foreign nations who cannot present documentation of such a test can be refused entry. For more information, please see the website of the Norwegian Government
All visitors arriving in Norway from countries and regions with a high or very high infection rate ("red" or "grey" countries) must go into quarantine for 10 days.
Anyone arriving in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel during the quarantine period. Information about quarantine hotels is distributed by the police at border crossings and other arrival points in Norway.
The following visitors must not stay at a quarantine hotel:

 - Persons who are resident in or own a residential property in Norway;
 - Business travellers whose employer or client arranges suitable accommodation in a single room, asylum-seekers and resettled refugees.
Persons arriving in Norway must travel directly to their place of quarantine, and put on a mask immediately prior to arrival at their quarantine accommodation.
You must complete the full 10-day quarantine period, even if you test negative. COVID-19 tests will be available free of charge at your quarantine hotel. More information can be found here.

For Norway, you will find relevant information regarding quarantine requirements on the following website: Norwegian Institute of Public Health

For the EU, you will find essential travel and movement information on this portal:
The final control of the entry conditions is done when you cross the Schengen-border.

The Norwegian Embassy in Amman has become the Visa and Immigration Hub for the Middle East and North Africa.

This means that we handle visa and residence applications from 11 countries: Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia (only residence cases), Chad, Israel and Palestinian territories.
Applicants shall submit their applications in their country of origin or residence, as before. However, the establishment of the Hub gives the applicants from any of the above-mentioned countries the choice to submit their applications in Amman, or any of the above-mentioned countries.
We strongly recommend that applications are submitted, as early as possible, ahead of planned departure date. Applicants applying from Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories (from the application offices in Gaza and Ramallah) are kindly requested to apply, at least 25 days ahead of the planned departure date.