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.

Turkish and Ukrainian Covid 19-certificates (in accordance with the EUs digital Covid-certificate) approved by Norway.

Following EUs decision to approve Turkish and Ukrainian Covid-19 certificates, these certificates are now also approved for entry to Norway.

Holders of Turkish and Ukrainian EU-approved digital Covid-certificated with QR-code, if considered fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in Norway (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson), are exempted the Covid-19 entry restrictions to Norway.

If you apply for a visa or residence permit to Norway and you are fully vaccinated with one of these four vaccines or have had SARS-CoV-2 the last 6 months, you must enclose in the application a print-out of the vaccine-certificate with QR-code (EU compliant health pass). The Embassy will verify the document before processing the application. Please note that if you cannot document the above with a print-out of the certificate with a QR-code, you will not be exempted entry restrictions.

If you have already been granted a residence permit by UDI, but have not been able to enter yet, please send a print-out of the vaccine-certificate with QR-code to the Embassy and we will verify the certificate and print D-visa. Send the certificate to this e-mail:

The updated regulation is available here, however only in Norwegian at present. Translation of the main regulations provided here:

Visa can be granted to foreigner who, according to attachment D to the Covid 19 regulations vedlegg D til covid-19-forskriften (ekstern lenke) can document the following:

(innreiserestriksjonsforskriften § 3 bokstav w (ekstern lenke))

Attachment D to the Covid 19 regulations states how to document the above:

  • Present a Norwegian, Swedish or Danish Covid-sertificate with QR-code that can be verified by Norwegian authorities.
  • Present a Covid-certificate in accordance with the EUs digital Covid-certificate, jcf. regulation (EU) 2021/953 article 3.

All EU- og EEA-countries are now connected to EUs solution for digital Covid-certificates. Additionally, Covid-19-certificates from the following countries are equal to certificates  issued in accordance with article 3 in forordning (EU) 2021/953 (ekstern lenke til EUR-lex, engelsk versjon av forordningen): Turkey, Ukraine and North-Macedonia.


If you cannot present a document referred to above, you are not exempted entry restrictions and the following will still apply:


Strict entry rules to Norway due to the pandemic

Still 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.

From 12th september new entry regulations have been implemented allowing some more family members and boyfriend/girlfriends entry to Norway. Please find updated information here:Who can enter Norway now.

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 for most travellers:

  • 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.


  • 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 Helsedirektoratet


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. 

Please note that since March 2021 it is obligatory to give biometrics when applying for residence permit to Norway. 


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.


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:

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 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.

Phone numbers 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)                                     

For Serbia:+381117357366

E-mails VFS Global:
For Turkey:
For Azerbaijan:
For Ukraine:
For Kosovo:                                                       

For Serbia:

Webpage VFS Global:
For Turkey:
For Azerbaijan:
For Ukraine:
For Kosovo:                                                 For 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:

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:

Processing of personal data

Processing of personal data in relation to your visa application (information will follow in English)

Vize başvurunuzla ilgili kişisel verilerin işlenmesi (bilgiler İngilizce olarak takip edilecektir)

Обробка персональних даних, що стосуються вашої візової заявки (інформація за посиланням англійською мовою)