As of Monday, the 2nd of September 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade will no longer receive applications for Schengen visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway from applicants residing in Serbia, Northern Macedonia or Montenegro.
Instead, the applications will have to be submitted either to the Visa Application Centre in Belgrade run by VFS Global (to be opened), the Norway Visa Application Centre in Prishtina, Kosovo, or to one of the VFS Application Centres in Ankara. The Visa Application Centre will forward the applications to the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which is the regional Hub for immigration cases.
This is what you should know when applying for a visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway starting September 2, 2019:
- Where to apply?
All applicants must meet and apply in person at one of the following VFS Global application centres:
Norway Visa Application Centre Belgrade, Serbia (address and other contact details to be announced later)
Norway Visa Application Centre Prishtina, Kosovo:
Norway Visa Application Centres in Turkey:
- Introduction of a service fee and courier fee
As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal. What is new, is that applications submitted in Serbia also will be subject to a service fee and a courier fee charged by VFS to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application centre and Ankara. These fees are payable to VFS Global on your application day.
For information about fees, including refund policies, see the website of VFS Global and .
- Extended waiting time for Schengen visa:
The processing time for Schengen visas to Norway is up 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy in Ankara. Please take note that you should account for additional 10 days for sending the application documents between the VFS application centre and Ankara. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 5 weeks prior to your planned trip.
- Ongoing applications
Applications for Schengen visa submitted prior to the 2nd of September 2019 will be processed and finalized by the Embassy in Belgrade.
If you have applied for a residence permit at the Embassy in Belgrade prior to 2nd of September 2019, you will be notified about the decision either by the VFS application centre or by the Hub Embassy in Ankara. If you have given someone Power of attorney to represent you in your case, the notification will be sent to the person you have authorised.