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.
Citizens of Eritrea must apply for a visitor's visa if they wish to visit Norway for 90 days or less. Likewise, citizens of Eritrea need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.
Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic entry restrictions to Norway have been introduced. For more information about the entry restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation.
Arriving travelers to Norway are required to register their name, contact details, place of quarantine and employer (if applicable) and any other information requested by completing an online registration form. The general rule is that travellers to Norway must register their information. After completing the digital registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at the border control. You cannot register your journey earlier than 72 hours prior to the time of arrival.
The Norwegian health authorities are responsible for the new rules (external website).
You will find updated information regarding entry and quarantine requirements on the following websites:
Please note that the final control of the entry conditions occurs when you cross the Schengen external border.
Services for applicants
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected.
Please note the following:
VFS Global: VFS' Visa Application Centers in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Dar es Salaam are open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit www.vfsglobal.com for more information and to make an appointment.
Interviews: Interviews may be carried out in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Dar es Salaam and to a limited extent, Khartoum.
DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and to a limited extent, Khartoum, upon appointment. Our missions will contact applicants in cases where DNA-samples are to be collected. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact the missions to make an appointment.
Representation agreements: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Sweden in Addis Ababa has been temporarily suspended until further notice.
As a temporary arrangement since the representation agreement with Sweden has been suspended, applicants in Eritrea who previously would have applied for visas to travel to Norway at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa, can from the 21st September 2020 submit their visa applications at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa.
VFS Global webpage.
Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi webpage.
Norwegian Embassy in Khartoum webpage.