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.

NB: The deadline for submitting visa applications this year is 20 December 2018. The Visa Application Center will open again on 2 January 2019.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe receives applications for visitor's visas from Malawian citizens and others legally residing in Malawi. We also receive applications for residence permits from Malawian and Zambian citizens and others legally residing in the two countries. If the applicant is not a resident of Malawi or Zambia, a justification for lodging the application here must be provided.

Processing time

The processing time for a visitor's visa is 15 calendar days from the day the Norwegian Embassy receives a complete application. 

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. 


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.

Honorable Ministers of the Malawi Cabinet and their accompanying family members; Heads of Diplomatic Missions and their accompanying family members, may still apply at the Royal Norwegian Embassy (ARWA House, City Centre). Please send an e-mail to to book an appointment.