Travel and border information for Norway

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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.

Important information:

Please note that due to the Corona outbreak; both the Embassy and VFS Global’s capacity has considerably been reduced, resulting in reduced opening hours. The opening hours could be subject to changes on short notice, we therefore recommend that you check with the respective VFS application centers before you travel to the VFS application center to submit your application.

The current situation has also affected the Embassy’s capacity to conduct interviews and DNA-tests in residence cases. At the moment the possibility to conduct interviews and take DNA tests for citizens of Iraq is severely limited due to current travel restrictions between Iraq and Jordan.

Important information for applicants who are applying for family immigration from VFS in Beirut

Please be aware that in cases that requires an interview or a DNA-sample it currently takes longer to conduct interviews and that the collection of DNA-samples are temporary suspended due to the damages to the Norwegian Embassy in Beirut.

Therefore applicants may have to travel back to Beirut at a later date to complete the process of the interview and collect DNA-samples.  We ask that applicants who are travelling from abroad, such as Syrian and Iraqi nationals, please note this before applying.

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As the situation is evolving rapidly, we will regularly update the information on Embassy’s website.

Restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19

The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19.  As a result, foreigners can be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. We recommend that applicants check the UDI website for any updates or changes to the regulations due to COVID-19.

The application centers (VFS) are open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway.

Certain categories of visitors can apply for a visitor’s visa to Norway now, se below for an overview

A foreign national who can document place of stay for quarantine according to Covid-19-regulation § 5, first paragraph, and who has the following relation to a person residing in Norway. The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.

The below categories under Visa type C can apply for the visa (updated 21 October 2020):

    • Spouse, registered partner or cohabitant
    • Child or stepchild to a person residing in Norway
    • Parent or stepparent to a child residing in Norway
    • Boyfriend/girlfriend who have been in the relationship for a period of at least nine months. Parties are required to have met each other physically. The person who lives in Norway must submit a self-declaration, which the relationship partner must present on arrival in Norway, confirming that the two requirements have been met. A copy of the form shall be submitted together with the application for a visa. The declaration form can be found here
    • grandparents and step-grandparents of a person resident in Norway
    • grandchildren and step-grandchildren of a person resident in Norway
    • children of your girlfriend/boyfriend if you are in an established relationship
    • spouse, registered partner, cohabitant and children of a Norwegian citizen who lives abroad and who travels to visit Norway together with the Norwegian citizen
    • EU/EEA citizens and their family members residing in third countries

Change in Entry rules from 15 July

More family members who live outside the EU/EEA area can travel to 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 Amman will therefore not issue Schengen visas to Denmark, Finland or Iceland.

The embassy will only receive Danish residence permit applications.

The Embassy in Amman has become the Visa and Immigration Hub for the Middle East and North Africa.
This means that we handle visa and residence applications from 11 countries: Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia (only residence cases), Chad, Israel and Palestinian territories.

Applicants shall submit their applications in their country of origin or residence, as before. However, the establishment of the Hub gives the applicants from any of the above-mentioned countries the choice to submit their applications in Amman, or any of the above-mentioned countries. 

We strongly recommend that applications are submitted, as early as possible, ahead of planned departure date. Applicants applying from Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories (from the application offices in Gaza and Ramallah) are kindly requested to apply, at least 25 days ahead of the planned departure date.