Travel and border information for Norway in Norwegian / English

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Visitor's visas and residence permits

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.

Citizens from South Sudan must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of South Sudan 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.

All applications must be submitted at one of the VFS Global application centres in either Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala or Dar es Salaam, 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 Friday 29 January, 2021 new entry restrictions to Norway have been introduced. The main rule is that only Norwegian citizens and foreigners residing in Norway can enter Norway. 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

All arriving travelers to Norway are 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. 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. 

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.

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 rapidly change, applicants are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi visa.nairobi@mfa.no to enquire about the current status. 

DNA-tests: To protect our staff and applicants 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. 

For more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa or residence permit, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.