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

Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic entry restrictions to Norway have been introduced. 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

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 an online registration form. The general rule is that travellers to Norway must register their information. After completing the digital registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at the border control. You cannot register your journey earlier than 72 hours prior to the time of arrival. 

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

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

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

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and to a limited extent, Khartoum. 

DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and to a limited extent, Khartoum, upon appointment. Our missions will contact applicants in cases where DNA-samples are to be collected. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact the missions to make an appointment.

Representation agreements: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreements Norway has with Sweden in Addis Ababa and Khartoum, Belgium in the Democratic Republic of Congo and France in the Seychelles have been temporarily suspended. As a result, applicants in Sudan, the Democtratic Republic of Congo and the Seychelles who wish to apply for a visa to Norway must now travel to the nearest VFS Visa Application Centre to submit their applications.  

As a temporary arrangement since the representation agreement with Sweden has been suspended until further notice, applicants in Ethiopia who wish to apply for a visa to Norway, may from the 21st September 2020 submit their applications at the VFS Visa Application Center in 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.