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.

New entry-requirements before and upon arrival in Norway

  • Registration requirement for all people entering Norway

All people entering Norway must register themselves as part of infection control. The amendment enters into force Monday 21 December 2020. Please read more about this, and how to register here.

  • Negativ Covid-test and 10-days quarantine-requirement (for several categories of travellers the quarantine will be in a hotel)

As of Monday 9th of November 2020 there are new requirements in the entry regulations to Norway for travellers. Negative Covid 19 -test must be presented upon arrival and new hotel-quarantine requirements are implemented. Please read more about requirement for negativ Covid 19-test upon arrival here, and detailed information on hotel-quarantine regulations here

Please also read updated infosheet on the new regulation here

  • Mandatory Covid-19-testing for travellers to Norway upon arrival

From January 19th 2021, the government has imposed mandatory testing for Covid-19 for all travellers to Norway. The test must be done upon arrival in Norway. Travellers must enter Norway through border stations with testing facilities or through border stations with police control. Several smaller border stations will be closed. For m ore information, read here:

This new requirement of testing upon arrival in Norway comes in addition to the requirement to have a negative Covid-19-pcr-test before travelling to Norway.

Family members and boyfriend/girlfriend of Norwegians may now come to Norway to visit. Norway opening for some visa categories from July 15th

Starting 15th of July, the Government allows 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.

Who can apply for a visa to Norway now:

Foreign national who can document place of stay for quarantine according to Covid-19-regulation § 5, first paragraph, and who has the following relation to a person residing in Norway:  

  • Spouse, registred partner or cohabitant
  • Child or stepchild under 21 to a person residing in Norway
  • Parent or stepparent to a child under 21 residing in Norway
  • Boyfriend/girlfriend who have been in the relationship for a period of at least nine months. Parties are required to have met each other physically. 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. A copy of the form shall be submitted together with the application for a visa. Form can be found here: 

For more detailed information on the new regulation, see here

Where and how to apply

From Monday 20th of July it is possible to apply for a visa at VFS Global for the category of applicants mentioned above. Please note that the visa application must be handed in at one of our VFS Global application centers. It is obligatory to book appointment. Due to the Covid 19-pandemic not all VFS application centers are open (Baku) and not all application centers are open all days. (VFS Ankara and Istanbul are open Wednesdays and Fridays, VFS Izmir and Antalya open Wednesdays). Please find link to all VFS applications centers at our webpage:

Importance of documentation:

Please note that all normal application requirements for visa are valid. The lists of documentation requirements are available on VFS’ webpages. In addition, when handing in your application at VFS, you must prove that you are in one of the categories mentioned above. If not, VFS are instructed to refuse to receive your application.

For updated regulations and instructions from UDI, please see here (only in Norwegian):


Opening for applications for residence permits to Norway

The Norwegian Embassy in Ankara will open for applications for residence permits to Norway from July 1st from Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo and Serbia. Please note that it has not been opened for applications for c-visa yet.

All applications for residence permits must be handed in at one of the VFS applications centers. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment.

COVID-19 – virus

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:

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

In Norwegian:

In English:

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

In Norwegian: