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.

Where to apply

The Norwegian Embassy in Accra is responsible for processing applications for Schengen visas and residence permits for Norway for the following countries:

Benin, Burkina Faso*, Cameroon, Cape Verde**, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau**, Liberia, Mali*, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe**, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

* Norway is represented by Denmark in Burkina Faso and Mali. Applications for visas and residence permits are to be submitted to the VFS Global application centres representing a Danish Embassy.

** Portugal has resumed handling applications for Schengen visas on behalf of Norway in Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, and Cape Verde. Residence permit applications are to be submitted to a VFS Global application centre representing the Norwegian Embassy in Accra.

All applications for Schengen visas and residence permits must be registered online, on the Application Portal and the supporting documents be handed in at VFS Global

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