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.

Regional handling of applications

All applications are handled by our regional hub in Nairobi. Please follow the process as described in the "visitor's visa" and "residence permit" section below.

Where and how to hand in my application
Applications must be submitted in person at the VFS Global application center in Kampala, which works in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi. All applications will be sent to the Embassy in Nairobi for further handling. Kindly note that all passports must be forwarded to the Embassy in Nairobi for document control. 

EU/EEA family members can apply directly at the Embassy in Nairobi and pay no visa fee. Please check the UDI website to see if you fall under these specific rules.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside of Uganda, please select your country of residence from the list on

General enquiries about applications
If you have general questions regarding Schengen visas, family immigration, work or study permits, you will find information about the application procedure, documentation requirements and case processing times on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) website.

If you have applied for a residence permit and your application has been forwarded to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), kindly contact UDI if you have questions about the status of your case.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has entered into a global agreement with VFS Global regarding receiving applications for visa and residence permits, answering phone calls and e-mails on behalf of Norwegian Embassies. Therefore, if you have any visa or immigration related questions, you can contact VFS Global via email or telephone. 

VFS Global in Kampala
Telephone: +256 (0) 205 000 617

If you have further queries that VFS is unable to answer, you can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi by sending an email to Kindly note that the Embassy in Nairobi does not answer visa and immigration related queries by telephone.

In your request, you must mention your full name, date of birth, and passport number. If you have already applied, please also submit your reference number (DUF number), or application receipt number from UDI's application portal. Kindly note that if this information is not included in your request, you will not receive an answer from us.

Emails will be replied to within 1-3 working days.