Welcome to the website of the Joint Visa Application Centre in Australia. VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd is a trusted partner to “Royal Norwegian Embassy” in Australia and manages the administrative function of the visa application process. Applications for Sweden and Iceland are also accepted at Joint Visa Application Centres as both these missions are represented by Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canberra, Australia. Please be advised that VFS Services Australia Pty Ltd does not have any influence on the visa approval process.
Step 2 Before you decide to apply for a visa please make sure you familiarize yourself with the information on the visa subclass you are applying for. Quick links to information on visa categories and other helpful information including Visa Fee, VFS Service Charge and Processing Time can be found on the Visa Wizard page on this website.
Step 3 Applicants should fill the Visa Application Form corresponding to the visa subclass under which they wish to lodge their application. Applicants can get the visa application form by visiting the nearest Australia Visa Application Centre or by downloading the forms from Applications and Forms.
Welcome to the website of the Joint Visa Application Centre in Australia. VFS Services Australia Pty Ltd is a trusted partner to “Royal Norwegian Embassy” in Australia and manages the administrative function of the visa application process. All links and information on this website has been endorsed by the respective Missions.
Norway - Mandatory capture of biometrics in residence cases
Starting on 11 March 2021 persons applying for a residence permit in Norway will be requested to submit biometrics in the form of a live photograph and ten fingerprints. The fingerprint requirement applies to persons above the age of 6. Persons over the age of 10 have to provide their signature.
Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020
To limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Government is imposing far stricter rules on foreign nationals who seek entry to Norway. In general, only foreign nationals who reside in Norway will be permitted to enter.
“We have continually tightened and eased restrictions as warranted by the changing infection situation. With the more contagious variant of the coronavirus now spreading, we find it necessary to introduce the most severe entry restrictions we have had since March of last year. We must limit the number of visitors to Norway as much as possible for a limited period. I understand that the consequences will be significant for many people, but curtailing the risk of importing the infection makes this action necessary,” said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The enhanced restrictions are the result of recommendations issued by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health. The changes will take effect at 12 a.m., the morning of Friday 29 January 2021.
“We have seen other countries go from low infection rates to uncontrolled spread in just a few weeks, as in Ireland. For children and young people and for workplaces and society in general, the ramifications of having to shut down again for a long period are considerable. Thanks to our shared efforts after Christmas, the degree of contagion in Norway has generally decreased, giving us an edge as we take on this new variant of the virus. Having borders that are practically closed will help us to maintain this advantage,” said Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.
Norway is already among the countries in Europe with the strictest entry rules, and access for foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) is already strictly limited. A large proportion of people now travelling into Norway come from other EEA countries. To achieve the desired effect, it is necessary to limit travel within the EEA by placing restrictions on the free movement of persons.
The new entry rules are in addition to an extensive border control system that includes requirements of a negative coronavirus test result prior to arrival in Norway, registration of each traveller’s purpose for entering and intended place of quarantine, mandatory testing at the border and legally mandated quarantine.
“The new restrictions are quite exacting, and the Government will reassess them in two weeks. We want to cooperate productively with the employer and employee organisations to find workable solutions within the bounds of a strict regime, and to be able to adjust measures if necessary,” Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland said.
The following groups of people no longer have access to the country:
a foreign national who is to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement of a residence permit.
Exemptions are still provided for some groups. Groups with permission to enter include:
The following list prepared by the Directorate for Civil Protection may be used as a starting point in determining which public functions are considered critical:
For more information, please see: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/samfunnssikkerhet-og-beredskap/innsikt/listeover-kritiske-samfunnsfunksjoner/id2695609/.
The testing, travel registration, quarantine and quarantine hotel requirements will remain in force for travellers who are exempt from the entry restrictions.
To be clear, all Norwegian nationals may continue to travel into Norway.
The changes will take effect at 12 a.m., the morning of Friday 29 January 2021. Foreign nationals who have begun a journey to Norway before the restrictions take effect will be granted entry.
Requirement of negative Covid-19 test and quarantine when entering Norway
The Norwegian Government has implemented new regulations on entry to Norway due to the spread of COVID-19.
The regulations are connected to pre-arrival Covid-19 test and quarantine after arrival. The regulations are in force as of 09 November 2020.
Please read the complete information here.
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. Before applying for your visa, please read the complete information here.
Family members and boyfriend/girlfriend of Norwegians may now come to Norway to visit. Norway opening for some visa categories from July 15th
Starting 15th of July, 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:
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 (link to relevant web-site with links to the local pages)
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):
Restrictions on entry into Norway
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. For the time being, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
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