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.

FROM 1 MARCH 2018 IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO REGISTER APPLICATIONS FOR VISA OR ANY TYPE OF RESIDENCE PERMIT AT THE EMBASSY IN REYKJAVIK.

NB!  Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):
The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.


For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
• Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20)
• The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A 
Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor 


Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. The application centers will still be open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway.

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The Embassy in Reykjavik does no longer handle applications for visa and residence permits. Please contact one of the following embassies regarding such applications: Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), The Hague (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) or Athens (Greece). You will find contact details on the following website:  https://www.norway.no/

Certain applicants may apply for permits after arrival in Norway. You will find further details on who this may concern in the circular from UDI: https://udiregelverk.no/en/documents/udi-circulars/rs-2010-001/
Please note: Applying after arrival in Norway requires that the applicant is holding a valid Schengen visa/valid residence permit for the Schengen area, or that the applicant does not need a visa for Norway.