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Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected. As changes can happen fast, we will update this article with relevant information regarding the application process for those who wish to submit their visa or residence permit applications in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia or Sudan.

Updated entry requirements to Norway

The Norwegian government has announced that from the 9th of November 2020 the following entry requirements to Norway apply:

  • Travelers from "red" countries must show a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to.
  • Those who do not reside in Norway, or have an employer or client in Norway who can provide a suitable place to stay when entering Norway, must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first 10 days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and have themselves tested during their quarantine period.

The Norwegian health authorities are responsible for the new rules (external website).

You will find relevant information regarding entry and quarantine requirements on the following websites:

https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/

Please note that the final control of the entry conditions occurs when you cross the Schengen external border.

For more information about the entry restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation.  

The Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi is responsible for handling visa and residence permit applications for Norway for the following countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Djibouti, and South Sudan.

In addition to the above-mentioned countries, the Embassy receives applications for residence permits from Ethiopia, Sudan, the Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on www.norway.no.

Please note the following: 
VFS Global: VFS' Visa Application Centers in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa are open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit www.vfsglobal.com for more information and to make an appointment.

Interviews: To protect our staff and the applicants from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for interviews to be conducted in Khartoum at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for interviews. Interviews may be carried out in Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. 

DNA-tests: To protect our staff and the applicants from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for the mission in Addis Ababa and Khartoum to collect DNA-samples at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for DNA-testing. DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi and Kampala. 

Representation agreements: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreements Norway has with Sweden in Addis Ababa and Khartoum, Belgium in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and France in the Seychelles have been temporarily suspended. As a result, applicants in Sudan, the Democtratic Republic of Congo and the Seychelles who wish to apply for a visa to Norway must now travel to the nearest VFS Visa Application Centre to submit their applications.  

As a temporary arrangement since the representation agreement with Sweden has been suspended until further notice, applicants in Ethiopia who wish to apply for a visa to Norway, may from the 21st September 2020 submit their applications at the VFS Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa.