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.

The Embassy of Norway in New Delhi handles visa and residence applications from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Visitor's visa applicants from Nepal going to Iceland is handled by the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi. Likewise, visa applicants from Sri Lanka going to Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Iceland is also handled by the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi. Please read below for the current rules relating to visa application and entry into Norway.

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 New Delhi will therefore not issue Schengen visas to Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Iceland. Persons that already has been issued a Schengen visa by our Embassy to go to these countries, must contact Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic authorities to know if travel is possible.

The Embassy will however still receive Danish residence permit applications from Sri Lanka.

Strict entry rules to Norway due to the pandemic

Still stringent rules apply for entry into Norway for citizens from all countries. 

Most people cannot travel to Norway now without belonging to one of the exceptions.

For list of persons who can travel to Norway now and further information, please refer to the UDI webpages:

About the coronavirus situation - UDI

Which persons can travel to Norway on a visa now?

It is now possible to visit only the following family members in Norway:

  • Spouse or registered partner
  • Cohabitant with joint children, or cohabitants without children who have lived together for more than two years
  • Children or stepchildren
  • Parents or stepparents
  • Grandparent or step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild.
  • Romantic partner over the age of 18 or the romantic partner’s minor child.

Romantic partners must file an application through the application programme of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (link: Application to visit a romantic partner – UDI).

Please note that no exemptions are to be granted from quarantine duty or from ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act. The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.

The entry requirements are currently changing quite often, you must therefore make sure to update yourself on the latest regulation at Travel to Norway - .Please be aware that all travelers are responsible to keep themselves updated on the current rules for entering Norway.

Is it open for applying for residence permits to Norway now? 

Yes, it is open for applying for residence permits to Norway.

All applications for residence permits must be handed in at one of the VFS applications centers. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment. All applications will be sent to the Embassy in New Delhi, before forwarded to UDI for processing. Please also note that all passports must be forwarded to the Embassy in New Delhi for control of document. 

Please note that since April 2021 it is mandatory to give biometrics when applying for residence permit to Norway.