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 Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, is responsible for applications for visitor's visas from Malawian citizens and others legally residing in Malawi. It is also responsible for applications for residence permits from Malawian and Zambian citizens and other legally residing in the two countries. If the applicant is not a resident of Malawi or Zambia, a reason for applying here must be provided.


All applicants submit their application for a visitor's visa or residence permit at the Norway Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe located in Corporate Mall in Paul Kagame Road (next to Road Traffic). Diplomatic passport holders must also apply at the Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe.

To book an appointment with the Norway VISA Application Centre in Lilongwe, go to

Processing time

The processing time for a visitor's visa is normally 15 calendar days from the day the Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria receives a complete application. In some cases it may take longer.

Residence permits are processed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). You can find information about processing times for different permits here.

You will receive notification when the application has been processed.

Continue to visa/residence process