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.

Somali citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Somalia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

Applications for Schengen visas and residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

All applications must be submitted at a VFS Global application centre which works in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on

Restrictions on entry into Norway (Covid-19)
Kindly be informed that the Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of Covid-19. As a result, most foreign nationals who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway out of concern for public health.

Please note that for the time being, and until further notice, most applicants will not be granted a Schengen visa to travel to Norway. 

For more information, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation.  

Services for applicants 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected. 

Please note the following: 
VFS Global: VFS Global's Visa Application Centers in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa are open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out at the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Dar es Salaam at this time. However, as the situation may change rapidly, applicants are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi [email protected] to enquire about the current status. 

DNA-tests: To protect applicants and our staff from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for the missions in Addis Ababa and Khartoum to collect DNA-samples at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for DNA-testing. DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi and Kampala. 

Representation agreements: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Sweden in Addis Ababa has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

As a temporary arrangement since the representation agreement with Sweden has been suspended, applicants in Somalia who previously would have applied for visas to travel to Norway at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa, can from the 21st September 2020 submit their visa applications at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa.