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 www.norway.no

Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway
Effective Monday December 21, 2020, all arriving travelers to Norway will be required to register their name, contact details, place of quarantine and employer (if applicable) and any other information requested by completing the attached registration form. The general rule is that all people, including Norwegian citizens, must register their information.

Pending the implementation of a digital solution, the scheme is paper-based. Until the digital solution is in operation, the registration form must be filled in and printed out on paper and submitted at the border. The digital solution is expected to be up and running by early 2021. For more information, please visit this site

The following entry requirements to Norway also apply:

  • Travelers from "red" countries must show a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to.
  • Those who do not reside in Norway, or have an employer or client in Norway who can provide a suitable place to stay when entering Norway, must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first 10 days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and have themselves tested during their quarantine period.

The Norwegian health authorities are responsible for the new rules (external website).

You will find relevant information regarding entry and quarantine requirements on the following websites:

https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/

Please note that the final control of the entry conditions occurs when you cross the Schengen external border.

For more information about the entry restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, 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 www.vfsglobal.com 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 visa.nairobi@mfa.no 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 mission in 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, Kampala, and Addis Ababa. 

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.