Travel and border information for Norway

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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.

Citizens of Uganda must apply for a visitor's visa if they wish to visit Norway for 90 days or less. Likewise, citizens of Uganda need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

The Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi handles Schengen visas and residence permit applications for nationals going to Norway, from Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.

Norway also handles Schengen visa applications for citizens of Uganda on behalf of Lithuania and Iceland.

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Iceland and Lithuania in Uganda has been temporarily suspended until further notice. 

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on www.norway.no 

For more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa or residence permit, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.

Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway
Effective Monday December 21, 2020, all arriving travelers to Norway will be required to register their name, contact details, place of quarantine and employer (if applicable) and any other information requested by completing the attached registration form. The general rule is that all people, including Norwegian citizens, must register their information.

Pending the implementation of a digital solution, the scheme is paper-based. Until the digital solution is in operation, the registration form must be filled in and printed out on paper and submitted at the border. The digital solution is expected to be up and running by early 2021. For more information, please visit this site

The following entry requirements to Norway also apply:

  • Travelers from "red" countries must show a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to.
  • Those who do not reside in Norway, or have an employer or client in Norway who can provide a suitable place to stay when entering Norway, must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first 10 days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and have themselves tested during their quarantine period.

The Norwegian health authorities are responsible for the new rules (external website).

You will find relevant information regarding entry and quarantine requirements on the following websites:

https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/

Please note that the final control of the entry conditions occurs when you cross the Schengen external border.

For more information about the entry restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation.

Services for applicants 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected. 

Please note the following: 
VFS Global: VFS Global's Visa Application Center in Kampala is open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit www.vfsglobal.com for more information and to make an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Kampala at this time. However, as the situation may rapidly change, applicants are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi visa.nairobi@mfa.no to enquire about the current status. 

DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at the Norwegian Embassy in Kampala upon appointment. 

Important information notice from Schengen Member States

According to Article 12 (a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, commonly known as “Visa Code”, the validity of a travel document shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.

According to an official notification from the Kenyan authorities issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports – except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport – will be rendered invalid from 1 September 2019.

The Schengen Member States therefore wish to inform the Kenyan public that from 1 June 2019 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.