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.
29.01.2021: Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020.
After 00:01 Friday 29 January, Norway has introduced strict entry restrictions. The main principle is that only citizens and foreign nationals already resident in the country can enter Norway now, but there are a few exceptions. The Government website describes in more detail who can and who cannot enter the country. More information will be available at the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Please note that even some holders of previously issued visitor's or entry visas will be affected by the new restrictions.
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 and amended 29.01.2021.
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. 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 Accra without first contacting the Visa Section of the Norwegian Embassy in Accra. 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. Updated information about which categories that can now apply for a visa, please see the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Applicants should note that in order to obtain a visa, all the regular requirements for a visa must be met. Last updated and amended 29.01.2021.
11.05.2020: VFS Global application centre partially reopened
The VFS Global application centre in Accra will accept residence permit applications on behalf of Norway. The centre will also return passports to applicants whose cases are finished. For the time being Norway does not accept new applications for a Schengen visa. Those applicants that believe that their case is exceptional and that they nevertheless should apply, must contact 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 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 Accra, are currently closed. The Visa Section at the Norwegian Embassy 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.
Please note that the information below describes the situation before Covid-19.
Currently, all representation agreements for Schengen visas are suspended. This means that applicants from the countries where we were represented by the embassies of other countries, must now apply at an application centre that accepts applications on our behalf.
The Norwegian Embassy in Accra is responsible for processing applications for Schengen visas and residence permits for Norway for the following countries:
Benin, Cameroon*, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau*, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe*, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo
* Only residence permits.
Belgium receives applications for visas in Cameroon and Portugal receives applications for visas in Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome and Principe. If applicant's in Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome and Principe wish to apply to the embassy in Accra, they must apply to VFS Global in Accra.
VFS Global will forward the applications to the Norwegian Embassy in Accra who will process the visa applications and forward the applications for residence permits to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in Norway.
The Embassy will only reply to questions regarding open cases. General inquiries should be directed to the VFS Application centre.