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.
Information to applicants residing in Pakistan and Afghanistan:
Applications for visitor’s visa and residence permit for Norway are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. All applications are to be submitted through VFS Global in Pakistan.
Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):
Norway has implemented entry restrictions to Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. Foreign nationals without a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and no visas for visitors to Norway are currently being granted by Norwegian missions abroad.
- More information on the entry restrictions to Norway. (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
Update regarding the temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway.
Iran: Starting from 26 May, our Norway Visa Application Centre in Tehran will resume partial operations accepting applications for residence permit on every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from 08:00 to 14:00hrs. Due to the spread of Covid-19 we do not until further notice receive Schengen visa applications.
Pakistan: Due to the entry restrictions to Norway it is until further notice not possible to submit applications for Schengen visas. However, starting from 15th of June VFS Global/Gerry´s will again receive applications for residence permits.
Saudi Arabia: Due to the entry restrictions to Norway it is until further notice not possible to submit applications for Schengen visas. However, starting from 15th of June VFS Global will again receive applications for residence permits.
UAE: Starting from 31st May, our Norway Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will resume partial operations accepting applications for residence permit. Due to the spread of Covid-19 we do not until further notice receive Schengen visa applications.
For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.
The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is responsible for processing applications for visas and residence permits from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition, the Embassy receives applications for residence permits from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside the UAE, kindly select your country from the list on www.norway.no
You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, visa section, at [email protected]
Royal Norwegian Embassy Abu Dhabi.