Travel and border information for Norway

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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.

Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):

Starting 15 July, the Government of Norway plans to allow the entry of foreign nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA (referred to as third-country nationals) who have family or an established romantic relationship in Norway. However, no exemptions are to be granted from quarantine duty or from ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act.

The changes are as follows:

Foreign nationals planning to move to or visit Norway:

  • The right of entry for foreign nationals who plan to move to Norway as a result of family immigration is to be fully reintroduced. Accordingly, visa-free family members who had been entitled to enter Norway to apply for a residence permit before the entry restrictions were imposed will once again have the opportunity to do so.
  • Family members requiring a visa may be granted an entry visa to stay in Norway pending their application review, according to ordinary rules in the Immigration Act and applicable guidelines of the Directorate of Immigration dating from before the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Family visits by close family members are also to be accommodated by the repeal of entry restrictions on visiting third-country nationals who have family members in Norway.
  • Family members” in this context refers to
  • spouse, registered partner or cohabitant
  • children or stepchildren under the age of 21 to a person resident in Norway
  • parents or stepparents of children under the age of 21 residing in Norway
  • established boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with a minimum duration of nine months where the parties have met each other physically

  • In addition to family members, the Government plans to allow the entry of romantic partners. Parties are required to have met each other physically, and to have been in the relationship for a period of at least nine months. The person who lives in Norway must submit a self-declaration which the relationship partner must present on arrival in Norway, confirming that the two requirements have been met.

  • These updates takes effect on July 15th 2020.

For an overview of those who now are permitted to travel, please visit the homepage of the Directorate of Immigration – https://www.udi.no/en/important-messages/endring-i-innreiseregler-fra-15.-juli/

Furthermore we refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the Directorate of Immigration´s website - https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/

Update VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway.

Iran: Since 26th of May, our Norway Visa Application Centre in Tehran have been partially open, and accepts applications for residence permit on every Sunday and Thursday from 08:00 to 14:00hrs. Starting from July 19th VFS will start to receive Schengen visa applications from immediate family members. “Family members” in this context refers to spouses/partners/cohabitants, parents and children under the age of 21, as well as stepfamily.   

Pakistan: Since 15th of June VFS Global/Gerry´s have been receiving applications for residence permits. Starting from July 19th VFS will start to receive Schengen visa applications from immediate family members. Family members” in this context refers to spouses/partners/cohabitants, parents and children under the age of 21, as well as stepfamily.   

Saudi Arabia: Since 15th of June VFS Global have been receiving applications for residence permits. Starting from July 19th VFS will start to receive Schengen visa applications from immediate family members. Family members” in this context refers to spouses/partners/cohabitants, parents and children under the age of 21, as well as stepfamily.   

UAESince 31st of May VFS Global/Gerry´s have been receiving applications for residence permits. Starting from July 19th VFS will start to receive Schengen visa applications from immediate family members. Family members” in this context refers to spouses/partners/cohabitants, parents and children under the age of 21, as well as stepfamily.   

Kindly note that all applicants are required to book an appointment with VFS Global directly. Due to the spread of Covid-19 the available number of appointments are reduced. 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.

Kindly note that until further notice our representation agreements with Germany and the Netherlands are suspended. In the United Arab Emirates, we have until further notice suspended our representation agreement with Iceland. Subsequently, currently we do not receive applications for Iceland.

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