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.

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.

Applications for Schengen visas and residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.

All applications are to be submitted at the VFS Global application centre in Kampala.

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

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

Representation agreements:

  • Norway handles Schengen visa applications on behalf of Iceland in Uganda
  • Norway handles Schengen visa applications on behalf of Lithuania in Uganda.  

COVID-19: Entry measures when travelling to Norway

The entry restrictions introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted. All foreigners who have the right to entry according to the rules of the Immigration Act can travel to Norway now. 

For more information, please visit:

Covid-19 and 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' Visa Application Center in Kampala is open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit www.vfsglobal.com for more information and to make an appointment. 

Representation agreements: Norway represents Iceland and Lithuania in Uganda. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Lithuania for handling Schengen visa applications in Uganda has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and to a limited extent in Khartoum. 

DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at our missions in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and to a limited extent, Khartoum, upon appointment. Our missions will contact applicants in cases where DNA-samples are to be collected. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact the missions to make an 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.