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.
Applications can 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 on how to apply for a Schengen visa or residence permit, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.
- Sweden represents Norway in Ethiopia, which means that applications for Schengen visas to Norway are handled by the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Abeba. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa.
- Sweden represents Norway in Sudan, which means that applications for Schengen visas to Norway are handled by the Embassy of Sweden in Khartoum. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa.
COVID-19: Entry measures when travelling to Norway
The entry restrictions introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted. All foreigners who have the right to entry according to the rules of the Immigration Act can travel to Norway now.
For more information, please visit:
- Coronavirus in Norway: Advice and rules for entry in and out of Norway - fhi.no
- For the EU, you will find essential travel and movement information on this portal: https://reopen.europa.eu/en
Covid- 19 and 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 somewhat affected.
Please note the following:
VFS Global: VFS' Application Centers in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Dar es Salaam 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 in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, and Dar es Salaam. We will contact applicants in cases where an interview is to be conducted. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact us to make an appointment.
DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, and Addis Ababa. 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.