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.
28.09.2020: Covid-19, Visa And Residence Applications This news article describes the current state of affairs, and answers some frequently asked questions. Last updated 22.10.2020.
15.07.2020: Certain family members can now apply for a visa
Norwegian entry rules have changed, and certain family members of persons living in Norway can now apply for a visa. These groups are spouses and registered partners, cohabitants over two years or with children in common, children and stepchildren under 21 years, parents and stepparents of persons under 21 years, and boyfriends/girlfriends who have been in a relationship for nine months or more, and who have met in person at least once. If you consider that you belong to one of these groups, you can submit an application for a visa at the VFS Global application centre in Dakar, Senegal, without first contacting the Visa Section of the Norwegian Embassy in Accra. Please note that you have to meet all the ordinary criteria for a visa. If you believe that you are in another exempt category and that you are eligible to apply, you should still consult with the Visa Section of the Norwegian Embassy in Accra before applying.
04.04.2020: Norway does not accept new applications for a Schengen visa
For the time being, Norway does not accept new applications for a Schengen visa. Exceptions are only made for extraordinary circumstances. Such applicants must contact the Visa Section of the Norwegian Embassy in Accra, Ghana, before applying. It is still possible to apply for residence permits. However, all VFS Global application centres in West Africa, including the visa application centre in Dakar, Senegal, are temporarily closed. The Visa Section at the Norwegian Embassy in Accra is also closed and has not resumed normal operations. All this means that it is highly difficult or impossible to apply for both visas and residence permits at the moment.
16.03.2020: Please click here for information regarding Restrictions on entry into Norway due to COVID-19.
Enquiries should be directed to the VFS Application Centre in Dakar.