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    22 October 2020

    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:

    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 info.norwaytz@vfshelpline.com 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.

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    25 June 2020

    The Norway Visa Application Centre will resume operations on 22 June 2020.

    The Centre will however only accept Residence applications and re-submissions to obtain D-visa (entry visa to Norway) and this shall be via appointment. The office shall be open only on Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs until further notice.

    More updates will follow in due course.

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    19 December 2019

    New visa rules from February 2020: Please take note of the following changes in the Visa Regulation (Visa Code) which will enter into force 02 February 2020:

    • Increased fees: The visa fees will be increased from EUR 60 to EUR 80. For children between 6 and 12 years old, the visa fee will be increased from EUR 35 to EUR 40.
    • Flexible submission: As of 02 February 2020 travellers will be able to submit their visa applications up to 6 months ahead of the scheduled departure date. Seafarers can apply up to 9 months in advance. As a rule, applications shall be lodged no later than 15 calender days before the start of the intended visit to the Schengen area.
    • Processing time: Visa applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. The decision period may be extended to 45 days when further consideration is needed.
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    19 December 2019

    We wish to inform you that from Friday 20 December 2019 to Wednesday 01 January 2020 has been declared a Public Holiday to mark preparations for Christmas and New Year and therefore the Norway Visa Application Center will be closed.

    The Center will resume normal operations on Thursday 02 January 2020

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    31 July 2019

    • Are you applying for a Schengen visa or a residence permit to Norway? From 01 August 2019 applications will be sent to Nairobi.

    • New regional hub system for immigration cases:

      As of the 01 August 2019, the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam will no longer receive applications for visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway submitted at the VFS Norway Visa Application Center in Dar es Salaam. Instead, your application will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

    • What is new?

      Although your application will be sent to another embassy, you will still be able to submit the application and collect your passport and decision documents from the VFS application center located in Dar es Salaam. Whereas the application procedures remain the same, please be informed that a courier fee of 92,500 TZS will be introduced as of 01 August 2019 to cover transportation of your application documents between VFS Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Kenya.

      The application fee and service fee will remain unchanged. See our ‘Application fees at a glance’-section for further information.

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    30 July 2019

    Extended processing time:

    The processing time for a Schengen visa to Norway is up 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy. Please take note that you should allow for an additional 3-5 days for the transportation of your documents between the visa application center and The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nairobi. It is highly recommended that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.