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 Lilongwe receives applications for visas and residency permits from Malawian citizens and others legally residing in Malawi.

Processing time

The processing time for a visitor’s visa is 15 calendar days from the day the Norwegian Embassy receives a complete application. You will receive notification when the application has been processed. 


All applicants submit their visa application at Norway Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe. From 18 June 2018, diplomatic passport holders must also apply at the Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe.

Members of the Cabinet of Malawi (ministers) may still apply at the Royal Norwegian Embassy (ARWA House, City Centre). Please send an e-mail to to book an appointment.