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.
Requirement to give biometrics when applying for a residence permit in Norway
Starting on March 18th 2021 persons applying for a residence permit in Norway will be requested to submit biometrics in the form of a live photograph.
As of 16th of April a requirement to also give fingerprints when applying for a residence permit will be added.
The fingerprint requirement applies to persons above the age of 6.
Persons over the age of 10 have to provide their signature.
The matrix below gives a full overview of the biometric requirements for the different groups of applicants:
Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020
From midnight on Friday 29 January, stringent rules apply for entry into Norway for citizens from all countries.
Most people cannot travel to Norway now without belonging to one of the exceptions.
This applies to citizens of all countries, including citizens from the EU/EEA and Nordic citizens.
These categories cannot travel to Norway now:
- family members not listed under the Exceptions: close family members section
- boyfriend/girlfriend or fiancé
- EU/EEA citizens (including Nordic citizens) who are going to work or study in Norway, and who do not belong to any of the exceptions listed below
- business travelers
- foreigners who have been granted a Schengen visa, but who do not belong to any of the exceptions below
- persons who have leisure property in Norway, but are not resident here
For list of persons who can travel to Norway now and further information, please refer to the UDI webpages:
New entry-requirements before and upon arrival in Norway
Please note that there are very strict entry requirements to Norway now due to the pandemic. Here are the main requirements before, upon and after arrival:
- 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.
- Negative Covid-test taken maximum 24 hours before travelling to Norway
- Mandatory Covid-19-testing for travellers to Norway upon arrival
This new requirement of testing after arrival in Norway comes in addition to the requirement to have a negative Covid-19-pcr-test before travelling to Norway.
- 10-days quarantine-requirement (for several categories of travellers the quarantine will be in a hotel)
The rules and regulations are currently changing quite often, you must therefore make sure to update yourself on the latest regulation at HelseNorge
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:
It is now possible to visit ONLY the following family members in Norway:
- spouse or registered partner
- cohabitant with joint children, or cohabitants without children who have lived together for more than two years
- children or stepchildren (under 18)
- parents or stepparents (to children under 18)
Where and how to apply
It is possible to apply for a visa at VFS Global Belgrade for the category of applicants mentioned above. Please note that It is obligatory to book appointment. Please find link to all VFS applications centers at our webpage: https://www.norway.no/en/turkey/services-info/visitors-visa-res-permit/
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
It is possible to apply for residence permits to Norway.
All applications for residence permits must be handed in at VFS Belgrade. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment.
For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.