A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days.
Citizens of Tanzania must apply for a visitor's visa to Norway. The Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi is responsible for processing applications from Tanzania.
If you plan to visit more than one Schengen country in the course of one trip, or if you plan several separate trips within a period of two months, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your main destination based on the length of your stay, or the purpose of stay.
If you plan to visit several Schengen countries and the main destination cannot be determined, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the country that is your first point of entry to the Schengen area.SCHENGEN AREA
Before you apply
- You should apply well in advance and as a rule no later than 15 days before you plan to travel. Due to the courier sending of documents in some countries, we recommend that you apply at least 4 weeks prior to your planned departure.
- You may submit your application up to six months before your planned departure, or up to nine months for seafarers.
- We recommend that you do not buy your ticket until a visa has been granted.
- You must register your application online before you can hand in the required documentation.
- When you hand in your application, you will be asked to provide fingerprints, unless your fingerprints have been collected within the last 59 months.
Family members of EU/EEA nationals
You may be entitled to an accelerated visa procedure free of charge if you meet the following criteria:
- you are a family member of an European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen; and
- that EU/EEA citizen is travelling to or is residing in a member state other than that of which he/she is a citizen; and
- you are accompanying the EU/EEA citizen or planning to join him/her in the Schengen State of destination.
If you think you are entitled to an accelerated visa procedure you will need to show proof that you meet these criteria when you submit your visa application.
Admissibility of a Schengen visa application
In order for your application to be deemed admissible, you must:
- lodge your application no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. In justified individual cases of urgency, the embassy may allow the lodging of applications later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.
- present an application form in accordance with Article 11 of the Visa code;
- present a travel document in accordance with Article 12 of the Visa code;
- present a photograph in accordance with the standards set out in Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 or, where the VIS is operational pursuant to Article 48 of the VIS Regulation, in accordance with the standards set out in Article 13 of the Visa Code;
- provide your biometric data (fingerprints and digital photo);
- pay the visa fee, (if applicable)
If the above-mentioned conditions have not been fulfilled, the application shall be inadmissible, and the Embassy will without delay:
- return the application form and any documents submitted by the applicant,
- destroy the collected biometric data,
- reimburse the visa fee, and
- not examine the application.
Some Schengen States require that they be consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to seven calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here.
The Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi cannot guarantee that applications submitted at short notice will be processed on time (i.e. less than 15 days).
The Embassy will assess and make the decision on the visa application. The VFS is not involved in the decision making process.
Multiple entry visas
A Schengen visa is generally issued for a single entry. If the applicant plans to travel outside the Schengen area and return within the period of the visa, the box for “Two entries” or “Multiple entries” must be ticked off in the visa application form. The applicant should also document why two or more entries are required. The Embassy will then assess if there is a genuine need for a multiple entry visa.
If only one entry is required, and this is your first trip to Norway and/or the Schengen area, we encourage you to apply for a "single entry" visa.
Multiple entry visas with a validity from 1 to 5 years
Frequent travellers with a positive visa history can to be granted multiple-entry visa with a gradually increasing validity period from 1 year to a maximum of 5 years.
Travellers' fulfilment of entry conditions will be thoroughly and repeatedly verified in all cases, and only persons with a positive visa track record will be issued multiple-entry visas with a long validity.
Provided that the applicant fulfils the entry conditions, multiple-entry visas with a long validity shall be issued for the following validity periods, unless the validity of the visa would exceed that of the travel document:
- for a validity period of one year, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used three visas within the previous two years;
- for a validity period of two years, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for one year within the previous two years;
- for a validity period of five years, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for two years within the previous three years.
Multiple-entry visas allow the holder to travel repeatedly to the Schengen area during the period of validity of the visa. Please be informed that even with a multiple-entry visa with a validity from 1 to 5 years, the applicant cannot stay in the Schengen area more than 90 days within any 180 day period.
Gather the necessary documentation
The checklist gives an overview of the documents you need to hand in to start the application process.
For an overview of the documents that are to be handed in with your visa application please see the checklists below. Please choose the correct checklist according to the purpose of your trip, print it out, and sign it, and make sure that you have all the necessary documents before submitting your application at the VFS Global Application Centre.
If you want someone to act on your behalf in connection with your application, you must authorise this person to do so. Please visit the UDI website for more information and the relevant form: Power of Attorney
If you give a person Power of Attorney, all communication regarding your application will go to him/her and not to you, the applicant.
Online registration and payment
Before you can hand in your passport and other documentation, you must register your application online and pay the fee. If this is the first time you are registering an application in the portal, you will need to create a user account first.
Once you have completed the application form online and paid the fee, you will receive confirmation by email with a copy of your application form (schengen.pdf), application summary and payment receipt attached. You need to print the application form (schengen.pdf) and submit it together with the other required documentation
The visa fee is EUR 80. Children under six years do not pay a fee. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR 40. Please visit the UDI website for information about other groups exempted from the visa fee.
Please note that you pay the fee when registering the application in the portal. Applicants exempted from the visa fee requirement will have the fee refunded.
If you are a applying for a visa as a family member to an EU/EEA citizen you are not required to pay the application fee.
You will pay the visa fee using a debit/credit card when you register the application online in the Application Portal.
VFS Service Fee
Applications are received by an external service provider, VFS Global, which charges a service fee for each application submitted. The service fee is EUR 30, payable in local currency at the counter at VFS Global. The service fee is levied per application over and above the visa fee. The fee mentioned is per applicant. There is no exemption from the VFS Global service fee.
Please note that all VFS service fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Optional services provided at the Visa Application Centre
Certain additional services offered by VFS are not included in the service fee. Please note that these services are optional. Please visit the VFS Global website more for information on the optional services that they provide.
Hand in your documents
You must bring with you:
- a printout of the application form (schengen.pdf) received by email;
- the checklist and the documents listed.
- Your passport (must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure from the Schengen area)
- Photograph (must comply with international standards)
- Your travel health insurance policy
- You should be covered for at least EUR 30 000, including expenses in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, treatment in medical emergencies and/or emergency hospital treatment, and death
- Your insurance should be valid in all Schengen countries
- It should cover the whole of your planned stay in the Schengen area
- It should as a rule be purchased in your home country. If this is not possible it may be purchased in another country.
We will contact you if we need more information. The application process will start once all the required documents have been submitted.
VFS Global Norway Visa Application Centre
Maktaba Square Business Park
4th Floor – Wing B
Plot No 75/27
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
You must book an appointment through VFS' website: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/tza/en/nor
Application submission timings: 08:00 - 15:00, Monday to Thursday (except public holidays)
Passport collection timings: 10:00 - 15:00, Monday to Thursday (except public holidays)
For any queries, kindly contact VFS Global on their helpline number: +255 222 221913 (08:00 - 15:00, Monday to Thursday - except public holidays)
Web: VFS Global Tanzania
The processing time for applications is normally up to 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. In some cases, applications are sent to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI), and the processing time in these cases may be up to 45 calendar days.
In Tanzania, you will in most cases get the result of your application within 15 days after the embassy in Nairobi has received the application. If we have to ask you for additional documents or information, it will take more time to process your application.
The result of your application
You will be notified by VFS Global in the manner agreed on at the time of your application when your application has been processed.
The result can be picked up at VFS Global’s visa application centre where the application was submitted, or it can be delivered by courier service (extra charge) from VFS.
If you have been granted a visa
A sticker will be placed in your passport. Please check the duration of stay specified on the sticker. The duration of stay indicates how many days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.
Applicants are requested to check the following:
- Period of validity
- Number of entries
- Duration of stay
- Passport Number
- Name and Surname
- Please notify VFS if you find a mistake on your sticker
Entry and stay in the Schengen area
Your short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At border or during other controls you may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay in the Schengen State, and why you are visiting the Schengen State.
In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter the Schengen State or the Schengen area.
It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.
The definition of short stay of non-EU citizens in the Schengen area is "90 days in any 180 days period" The short-stay calculator can be used for calculating the period of allowed stay. The user's guide contains information on these rules, the use of the calculator and practical examples.
If your visa was rejected by the Embassy
If your application for a visa in Norway has been denied, you have the right to appeal, see the Public Administration Act section 28 first paragraph.
The deadline for filing an appeal is 3 weeks from when you were informed about the decision, see the Public Administration Act section 29 first paragraph, first sentence.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi will review the case. If we do not find grounds to reverse the decision, the case will be sent to The Directorate of Immigration (UDI). You will find more information about the appeal process, and case processing times at UDI here.
How to appeal:
- Write a letter where you explain which decision you are appealing and why you believe the decision you have received is incorrect. Please make sure to mark the appeal with full name and reference number (can be found on the decision letter). If you have any new information or documentation, you must enclose it. Please do not submit any original documents or passports with the appeal.
- The letter must be written in Norwegian or English. The appeal must be signed (handwritten signature) by the applicant or the person who holds Power of Attorney. Appeals without a signature will be formally rejected.
- If you want someone to act on your behalf in connection with your appeal, you must first authorise this person by granting them Power of Attorney. The signed Power of Attorney must be submitted with the appeal.
- You may either send the letter of appeal to the embassy by post or courier, or you may upload the appeal to us via the online Application Portal.
- If you choose to upload your appeal letter; please log on to your Application Portal account with the same username and password as when you filed your application. You’ll find the correct link and more information here.
- Filing an appeal through the Application Portal is a secure way of transferring information. Remember to enter the Application Portal reference number of your case. You will find the Application Portal reference number in the cover letter you received when submitting your application in the Application Portal.
If the application was rejected by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI):
The appeal must be forwarded to the UDI by uploading the documents on their website.
Click here for more information about the appeal process and processing times.
When you cross the border into the Schengen area, you will have to present:
- your passport with the visa sticker
- proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay (e.g. cash or a credit card). If you have a guarantee form, you should also bring a copy of this with you.
- documentation showing the purpose of your visit, such as an invitation, hotel reservation, etc.
- a return or round trip ticket if you are visiting the Schengen area for tourist purposes or private reasons
You may be asked to provide fingerprints by the border control officer, in which case these will be compared with the fingerprints provided when you applied for your visa.
As long as your visa is valid, you can travel around freely in the Schengen area, or in the specific Schengen countries covered by the visa. If you leave the Schengen area, for example to visit the UK or Svalbard, you will need a multiple entry visa.