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 to all applicants applying from Lebanon

Due to the coming lockdown VFS Beirut will not be able to receive applications for a period of 10 days starting from Thursday 14. January.

Please note that no passports nor visas cannot be returned during this period.

The Norwegian Embassy in Beirut will not be able to receive, or hand out, documents during this period.

Important information for all applicants

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.

Please note that all applicants who are travelling from abroad in order to submit their applications are required to follow the local rules and regulations related to quarantine before submitting their applications at the VFS office. Please check the latest travel advice and entry restrictions with the relevant country before travelling as this information is subject to change on short notice.

Important information for applicants who are applying for family immigration

The pandemic has affected the Embassy’s capacity to conduct interviews and DNA-tests in residence cases. Currently the possibility to conduct interviews and collect DNA tests is severely limited due to the current situation.

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

As the situation is evolving rapidly, we will regularly update the information on Embassy’s website. If an interview, or a DNA-test, is required the Embassy will contact the applicant directly at a later stage to arrange an appointment. 

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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. Applicants are responsible for keeping themselves informed of current entry regulations. Information and advice about the coronavirus situation from Norwegian authorities can be found here.

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

Only certain categories of visitors can apply for a visitor’s visa to Norway now, see below for an overview

A foreign national who has the following relation to a person residing in Norway. The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply, as well as current entry regulations related to COVID-19.

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

More information can be found here:

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO VISA HOLDERS

Travel restrictions and quarantine due to the Coronavirus

Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Norway and to other Schengen States, but it does not exempt you from any additional travel restrictions that might be in place within the EU/EEA/Schengen-area. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many countries have applied measures or restrictions, such as a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine regulations, which will apply regardless of a person’s nationality.

It is a requirement to present documentation of a negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway. Approved test methods are PCR or antigen rapid test. The test must have been taken no later than 72 hours prior to arrival in Norway. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Foreign nations who cannot present documentation of such a test can be refused entry. For more information please see the website of the Norwegian Government

All visitors arriving in Norway from countries and regions with a high or very high infection rate ("red" or "grey" countries) must go into quarantine for 10 days.

Please visit the government website for updates information about rules and regulations relating to covid-19. These are subject to change and we therefore recommend that you revisit the website close to your travel date.

For Norway, you will find relevant information regarding quarantine requirements on the following website: https://helsenorge.no/coronavirus

For the EU, you will find essential travel and movement information on this portal: https://reopen.europa.eu/en 

Information about Covid-19 related rules and regulations for Norway can be found here.

The final control of the entry conditions is done when you cross the Schengen-border.

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.