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    05 July 2020

    The Norway Visa Application Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will remain closed until further notice due to nationwide internet shutdown.

    More updates will follow in due course.

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    18 March 2020

    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:

    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 any of VFS’ visa application centers. The application centers will still be open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway.

    For any enquiries, please contact VFS Call center.

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    14 March 2020

    COVID-19 – Travel advice

    In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the maintenance of necessary health and care services, the Norwegian Government has enacted a variety of new measures to prevent the transmission of the Coronavirus.

    The travel advice includes the following:

    • All who have been outside the Nordic countries are to stay in their homes for 14 days after arriving home to Norway, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
    • Travellers from countries outside the Nordic region who are not residents of Norway will be asked to return. The alternative for these travellers is quarantine. Travellers with symptoms will be isolated.
    • This means that everyone presently staying in Norway and who has been in a country outside the Nordic region in the past 14 days is to be quarantined.

    This policy has retroactive effect and applies to all arrivals since Thursday 27 February 2020.

    More information about the travel advice can be found here:

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    07 July 2019

    • Where to apply?

      As before, all applicants in Ethiopia must meet and apply in person at the VFS Visa Application Centre in Addis Ababa. VFS will send the applications to Nairobi for further processing. You will also still be able to collect the decision documents at VFS.

    • Introduction of a courier fee

      As before, there were only application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal Norway, and a service fee (30 Euro) charged by VFS Global. What is new is that applications submitted in Ethiopia also will be subject to a courier fee (35.5 Euro) to cover transportation of the application documents between the Visa Application Centre and Nairobi, Kenya. The service fee and courier fee are payable to VFS on your application day.

    • Inquiries

      The main point of contact will be VFS Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe. The Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe will no longer handle inquiries related to visitor’s visa and residence permit. VFS Helpline: + 251 960437204, email: