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.
COVID-19 – virus
Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas or residence permits to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. This measure is temporary. Any changes will be published on the Embassy’s website.
Important: Because of the current situation the Embassy will temporarily not be able to return passports to applicants that already have submitted applications.
Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):
The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
- Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20)
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A
- Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor
For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.
Regulation relating to rejection of foreign nationals without a residence permit out of concern for public health
Covid 19: Instruction on the processing of visa cases to Norway. All visa applications must be rejected, no visas must be issued, except in extraordinary situations
Citizens of Moldova holding a biometric passport do not need a visitor's visa, but they do need a residence permit for longer stays in Norway.
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit, but must register with the police within three months of arriving in Norway.
Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries and Moldovan citizens who do not have a biometric passport will need a visa for traveling. They may choose whether to apply for visas at the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, at the Norwegian Embassy in Kiev or at the Common Application Centre at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Chisinau.
For applying in Bucharest:
- More information may be obtained from the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest.
For applying in Kiev:
- More information may be obtained from the Norwegian Embassy in Kiev.
For applying in Chisinau at the Common Application Centre at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Chisinau:
- More information may be obtained from the Common Application Centre at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Chisinau
Note that it is only possible to apply for Schengen visas at the Common Application Centre. Other visas must be submitted to the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest or other embassies/relevant authorities.
Applications for residence permits must be handed in at the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest. See their page for more information about the process and on what documents to bring both regarding visas and residence permits.
As of the 1st of August 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Bucuresti will no longer receive applications for Schengen visitor’s visa to Norway from applicants residing in Romania. The change will not affect the visa applicants residing in Moldova and Bulgaria. In the same time, the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest will no longer receive applications for residence permit to Norway from applicants residing in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. Instead, applications will be handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which is the regional hub for immigration cases.