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.
Requirement to give biometrics when applying for a residence permit in Norway
Starting on March 18th 2021 persons applying for a residence permit in Norway will be requested to submit biometrics in the form of a live photograph.
As of 16th of April a requirement to also give fingerprints when applying for a residence permit will be added.
The fingerprint requirement applies to persons above the age of 6.
Persons over the age of 10 have to provide their signature.
The matrix below gives a full overview of the biometric requirements for the different groups of applicants:
Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020
From midnight on Friday 29 January, stringent rules apply for entry into Norway for citizens from all countries.
Most people cannot travel to Norway now without belonging to one of the exceptions.
This applies to citizens of all countries, including citizens from the EU/EEA and Nordic citizens.
These categories cannot travel to Norway now:
- family members not listed under the Exceptions: close family members section
- boyfriend/girlfriend or fiancé
- EU/EEA citizens (including Nordic citizens) who are going to work or study in Norway, and who do not belong to any of the exceptions listed below
- business travelers
- foreigners who have been granted a Schengen visa, but who do not belong to any of the exceptions below
- persons who have leisure property in Norway, but are not resident here
For list of persons who can travel to Norway now and further information, please refer to the UDI webpages:
Which persons can travel to Norway on a visa now?
It is now possible to visit ONLY the following family members in Norway:
- spouse or registered partner
- cohabitant with joint children, or cohabitants without children who have lived together for more than two years
- children or stepchildren (under 18)
- parents or stepparents (to children under 18)
Please note that no exemptions are to be granted from quarantine duty or from ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act. The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.
New entry-requirements before and upon arrival in Norway
Please note that there are very strict entry requirements to Norway now due to the pandemic. Here are the main requirements before, upon and after arrival:
- Registration requirement for all people entering Norway
All people entering Norway must register themselves as part of infection control. The amendment enters into force Monday 21 December 2020. Please read more about this, and how to register here.
- Negative Covid-test taken maximum 24 hours before travelling to Norway
- Mandatory Covid-19-testing for travellers to Norway upon arrival
This new requirement of testing after arrival in Norway comes in addition to the requirement to have a negative Covid-19-pcr-test before travelling to Norway.
- 10-days quarantine-requirement (for several categories of travellers the quarantine will be in a hotel)
The rules and regulations are currently changing quite often, you must therefore make sure to update yourself on the latest regulation at HelseNorge
Is it open for applying for residence permits to Norway now?
Yes, it is open for applying for residence permits to Norway.
All applications for residence permits must be handed in at one of the VFS applications centers. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment. All applications will be sent to the Embassy in Ankara, before sent further to UDI for processing. Please also note that all passports must be forwarded to the Embassy in Ankara for control of document.
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.
Temporary suspension of DNA-testing in family immigration cases
To protect applicants and our staff from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for the Embassy in Ankara to collect DNA-samples at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for DNA-testing.
Where and how to hand in my application?
All applications for both visas and residence permits must be handed in at one of our VFS Global application centers in either VFS Global Turkey, VFS Global Ukraine, VFS Global Azerbaijan,VFS Global Kosovo or VFS Global Serbia. Please note that currently it is obligatory to book appointment. Due to the Covid 19-pandemic VFS application centers are not all open all days: (VFS Ankara and Istanbul are open Wednesdays and Fridays, VFS Izmir and Antalya open Wednesdays, VFS Prishtina are open 5 days a week). Please find link to all VFS applications centers at our webpage: https://www.norway.no/en/turkey/services-info/visitors-visa-res-permit/
Please note that for citizens of Syria applying for residence permit to Norway at Ankara VFS must book an appointment.
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: 0900 11122 or +383 38 606 604 (international)
E-mails VFS Global:
For Turkey: email@example.com
For Azerbaijan: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Ukraine: email@example.com
For Kosovo: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Serbia: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Information to Syrians معلومات للسوريين
This page gives useful information to Syrian applicants about submitting applications, giving a DNA-sample and about the procedure for achieving an exit permit from Turkey.