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.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on 

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

Restrictions on entry into Norway (Covid-19)
Kindly be informed that the Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of Covid-19. As a result, most foreign nationals who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway out of concern for public health.

Please note that for the time being, and until further notice, most applicants will not be granted a Schengen visa to travel to Norway. 

For more information, 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 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 [email protected] 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.