Visa update

Dear all visa applicants, You can now apply for a Schengen visa to Norway six months ahead of date of travel, but it is required to apply at least 15 days before your planned travel date. In this regard, we stress that you should not buy your tickets and pay hotel bookings before you know that a visa has been granted.

The Norwegian Visa Hub in Abu Dhabi is currently processing applications as follows:

Iran: Applications submitted in January

Pakistan: Applications submitted in January

Saudi Arabia: Applications submitted in January

UAE: Applications submitted in December & January

Qatar: Applications submitted in December & January

The processing time for applications is normally up to 15 calendar days after the Embassy has received the application. Courier time when sending documents between VFS Global and the Embassy must be counted in addition.

In some cases where the Embassy needs more information or a further examination of the case, or when the application is sent to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), the processing time may be up to 45 calendar days. During busy periods our target is to provide an answer prior to the stated travel date, provided that all the required documents have been submitted.

Kindly note that you need to book an appointment with VFS in order to submit your application for a visa or residence permit. Information on how to book appointments can be found at the homepage of VFS Global. Booking of appointments with VFS are free of charge, but you need to pay a service fee when submitting your application.

PLEASE NOTE we do not respond to visa inquiries on social media. All telephone inquiries regarding visas should be routed to VFS. Also, note that all visa inquiries are answered by the embassy in Abu Dhabi, not the consulate in Dubai.

For email inquiries check VFS website for details.

We also refer to information on the webpages of VFS Global and VFS Helpline.

Wishing you a very good trip to @visitnorway!

Royal Norwegian Embassy Abu Dhabi.