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.
COVID-19 – virus
Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas or residence permits to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. This measure is temporary. Any changes will be published on the Embassy’s website.
Important: Because of the current situation the Embassy will temporarily not be able to return passports to applicants that already have submitted applications.
Temporary suspension of visa representation agreements
In order to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Norwegian government has decided to suspend all agreements of representation. The Norwegian Embassy in Ankara will therefore not issue Schengen visas to Denmark, Finland or Iceland. Persons that already has been issued a Schengen visa by our Embassy to go to these countries, must contact Danish, Finnish and Icelandic authorities to know if travel is possible.
Danish residence cases that has already been received by the Embassy will be processed as normal.
Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):
The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
- Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20)
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A
- Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor
For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.
Regulation relating to rejection of foreign nationals without a residence permit out of concern for public health
Covid 19: Instruction on the processing of visa cases to Norway. All visa applications must be rejected, no visas must be issued, except in extraordinary situations
Due to the developing Covid-19-quarantine-regulations in Kosovo, Norway stops receiving applications at VFS Prishtina with immediate effect.
Please also note that restrictions on entry into Norway has been implemented. The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway. For the time being, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.
Për shkak të rregulloreve në zhvillim të Karantinës-Covid-19 në Kosovë, Norvegjia ndalon pranimin e aplikimeve në VFS Prishtina me efekt të menjëhershëm.
Ju lutemi, gjithashtu vini re se kufizimet për hyrjen në Norvegji janë zbatuar. Qeveria Norvegjeze ka zbatuar kufizime të gjera për hyrje në Norvegji për shkak të përhapjes së COVID-19. Si rezultat, të huajt që nuk kanë një leje qëndrimi të vlefshme në Norvegji do të ndalohen në kufi dhe do ju refuzohet hyrja në Norvegji. Për momentin, vizat për vizitorët në Norvegji nuk do të aprovohen/lëshohen.
Where to hand in my application
Please note that both visa and residence cases must be handed in at one of the visa applications centers of VFS Global in either VFS Global Turkey, VFS Global Ukraine, VFS Global Azerbaijan,VFS Global Kosovo or VFS Global Serbia.
For detailed information on the applications procedure, please refer to the webpages of the different VFS visa application centers provided below.
We would like to bring the attention to the importance of the following:
- Please note that from March 6th 2020 it is obligatory to book appointment for handing in your visa application at VFS Prishtina. Please refer to the webpage of VFS Kosovo for detailed information on how to book appointment.
- You should make sure to hand in your visa application at least 25 days before your planned date of travel. This is important because it will take several days sending your application back and forth to Ankara for processing. Normal caseprocessing time when the Embassy in Ankara has received your visa application, is 15 days (except 10 days for visas from citizens of Ukraine and Azerbaijan due to Visafacilitation Agreement between these countries and Norway)
- If you apply for a residence permit, please note that the Embassy must have your passport together with the application in order to perform ID-control according to instructions from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. This means that if you are applying from VFS Prishtina or from VFS Baku it will take at least one week before your passport is back in Prishtina or Baku.
For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants, kindly select your country from the list on www.norway.no.
New visa rules from February 2020: Please take note of the following changes in the Visa Regulation (Visa Code) which will enter into force 2nd February 2020:
• Increased fees: The visa fees will be increased from EUR 60 to EUR 80. For children between 6 and 12 years old, the visa fee will be increased from EUR 35 to EUR 40.
• Flexible submission: As of 2nd February 2020 travellers will be able to submit their visa applications up to 6 months ahead of the scheduled departure date. Seafarers can apply up to 9 months in advance. As a rule, applications shall be lodged no later than 15 calender days before the start of the intended visit to the Schengen area.
• Processing time: Visa applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. The decision period may be extended to 45 days when further consideration is needed.
Do you have any questions regarding visa and residence applications to Norway?
Please note that The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has made a global agreement with VFS Global regarding receiving applications for visa and residence permits, answering phonecalls and answering e-mails on behalf of Norwegian Embassies. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding your visa or residence permit to Norway, you must contact VFS Global. The main webpage of VFS Global is www.vfsglobal.com. From here you can find contact details to the VFS applications centers in the country you want to hand in your application or you want to contact for questions. Below, you can also find the phonenumbers, e-mailadress and webpageadress directly to VFS Turkey, VFS Ukraine, VFS Azerbaijan,VFS Kosovo and VFS Serbia.
Your contactpoint is VFS.
Phonenumbers VFS Global:
For Turkey: +90 0212 373 5816
For Azerbaijan: +994 12 404 76 38 or +994 12 404 76 56
For Ukraine: + 38 044 5945 495 or + 38 050 3238 599
For Kosovo: +383 38 412 712 or +383 38 412 812
For Serbia: [email protected]
Webpage VFS Global:
For Turkey: www.vfsglobal.com/norway/turkey
For Azerbaijan: www.vfsglobal.com/norway/azerbaijan
For Ukraine: www.norwayvisa-ukraine.com/english
For Kosovo: www.vfsglobal.com/Norway/Kosovo/
For Serbia: www.vfsglobal.com/Norway/Serbia
If VFS is not able to assist you, you may contact the Visa Team at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ankara by e-mail: [email protected]
Please note that it is not possible to hand in your application at the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara or show up at the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara to hand in appeal or talk to the Visasection, unless the Embassy has spesifically asked you to appear in person at the Embassy and you have a confirmed appointment.
For all other information on rules and regulations on visas and residence permits to Norway, please go to our webpage: www.norway.no/en/turkey
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