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.
Opening for applications for residence permits to Norway
The Norwegian Embassy in Ankara will open for applications for residence permits to Norway from July 1st from Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo and Serbia. Please note that it has not been opened for applications for c-visa yet.
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.
Opening dates for different application centers:
VFS Ankara: July 1st
VFS Istanbul: July 8th
VFS Antalya: July 1st
VFS Izmir: July 1st
VFS Kyiv: July 1st
VFS Lviv: July 1st
VFS Kharkiv: July 1st
VFS Prishtina: July 1st
VFS Belgrade: July 1st
VFS Baku: remains closed due to the COVID-19 national restrictions
COVID-19 – virus
Seasonal workers in agriculture in Norway – permit granted but need a new entry deadline
The Government of Norway has decided that seasonal workers from countries outside the EU / EEA who will be working in agriculture should be able to travel to Norway. Press release from the Government in Norwegian (external website).
I am visa-free. If you are visa-free and have been granted a residence permit before 20 April 2020, but are not able to enter Norway because the entry deadline has expired, your employer in Norway must contact UDI, either by telephone or e-mail, with an overview of all his employees who are in this situation. Then UDI will send a new entry notice to your employer.
I need a visa. If you need a visa to travel to Norway for seasonal work, the details for how we will handle these cases during the corona situation is not yet decided. We do not have any further information now, and we will not be able to give you any additional information if you try to contact us. Please check the UDI website for updates.
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:
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: e[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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