Restrictions on entry into Norway
The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. In order to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Norwegian Government has decided that visa applications, as a general rule, shall be refused until further notice.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page
- The Norwegian Directorate of Health: Information about quarantine in Norway: link: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/foreign-travellers-to-norway/
- Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor
Reduced Opening Hours at the VFS’ Visa Application Centre for Norway
The Application Centre is open for the submission of visa and residence permit applications on Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:00 to 13:00 hrs. until further notice. For any enquiries, please write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +255 222 126 355.
Please note that the processing time for a Schengen visa to Norway is up 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic please a take note that you should allow for an additional 10-15 days for the transportation of your documents between the visa application center and Embassy in Kenya. It is highly recommended that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.
More family members who live outside the EU/ EEA can now travel to Norway.
The government has announced that it will be possible for more family members residing outside the EU/ EEA to travel to Norway from 21 October 2020.
The groups are:
- children and stepchildren over the age of 21 to a person resident in Norway
- parents and stepparents of children over the age of 21 residing in Norway
- grandparents and step-grandparents of a person resident in Norway
- grandchildren and step-grandchildren of a person resident in Norway
- children of your girlfriend/boyfriend if you are in an established relationship
- spouse, registered partner, cohabitant and children of a Norwegian citizen who lives abroad and who travels to visit Norway together with the Norwegian citizen
- EU/EEA citizens and their family members residing in third countries
The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.
See also press releases from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) https://www.udi.no/en/important-messages/more-family-members-who-live-outside-the-eueea-can-travel-to-norway/
For more information regarding quarantine conditions please consult the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s webpage https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/travel-advice-COVID19/
- The processing time for a Schengen visa to Norway is up 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy. Due to the pandemic please take note that you should allow for an additional 10-15 days for the transportation of your documents between the visa application center and Embassy in Kenya. It is highly recommended that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.
The office shall be open only on Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs until further notice.
Family members and boyfriend/girlfriend of Norwegians may now come to Norway to visit.
Norway opening for some visa categories from 15 July 2020
Starting 15 July 2020, the Government allows the entry of foreign nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA (referred to as third-country nationals) who have family or an established romantic relationship in Norway. You may still be required to quarantine after your arrival to Norway. Please see [here] for more information.
Who can apply for a visa to Norway now: Foreign national who can document place of stay for quarantine according to Covid-19-regulation § 5, first paragraph, and who has the following relation to a person residing in Norway:
- Spouse, registered partner or cohabitant
- Child or stepchild under 21 to a person residing in Norway
- Parent or stepparent to a child under 21 residing in Norway
- Boyfriend/girlfriend who have been in the relationship for a period of at least nine months.
Parties are required to have met each other physically. The person who lives in Norway must submit a self-declaration which the relationship partner must present on arrival in Norway, confirming that the two requirements have been met. A copy of the form shall be submitted together with the application for a visa.
Form can be found here: https://www.udi.no/globalassets/global/aktuelt/korona/solemn-declaration-on-relationship.pdf
For more detailed information on the new regulation, see here https://www.udi.no/en/important-messages/endring-i-innreiseregler-fra-15.-juli/
Where and how to apply Please check the web-page of your local visa application center to find information about where and how to apply
Importance of documentation: Please note that all normal requirements for Schengen-visas still apply. The lists of documentation requirements are available on VFS’ webpages. In addition, when handing in your application at VFS, you must prove that you are in one of the categories mentioned above. If not, VFS are instructed to refuse to receive your application.
For updated regulations and instructions from UDI, please see here (only in Norwegian):
More updates will follow in due course.
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