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    22 July 2020

    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):

    https://www.udiregelverk.no/rettskilder/udi-retningslinjer/udi-2020-009/

    https://www.udiregelverk.no/rettskilder/udi-retningslinjer/udi-2020-008/

    https://www.udiregelverk.no/rettskilder/udi-retningslinjer/udi-2020-011/

     

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    22nd June 2020

    The Norway Visa Application Centre will resume operations on 22nd 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 AM to 01:00 PM until further notice.

    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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    05 February 2020

    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 calendar 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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    20 December 2019

    We wish to inform you that from Tuesday 24 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.

    On 23 December 2019, we will be accepting applications only between 08:00 hrs to 12.00 hrs.

    We will resume our normal operations on Thursday 02 January 2020.

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    29 May 2019

    Important information notice from Schengen Member States

    According to Article 12 (a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, commonly known as “Visa Code”, the validity of a travel document shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.

    According to an official notification from the Kenyan authorities issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports – except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport – will be rendered invalid from 1 September 2019.

    The Schengen Member States therefore wish to inform the Kenyan public that from 1 June 2019 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.

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    25 July 2016

    M-PESA payment service commencing 1 August 2016 – VFS SERVICE FEES

    VFS (KENYA) LTD. is proud to introduce M-Pesa, the mobile online fee payment service for applicants. M-Pesa is a globally recognised mode of payment and convenient to all.

    As of 01 August 2016, VFS Service fee and value added services payments will shift entirely to M-Pesa. Applicants will be required to load their service fees and value added services fees onto M-Pesa beforehand (upon confirmation from the Norwegian Visa Application Centre or website) and upon completion of document checks, the transfer will be made.

    Note that the Norwegian Visa application fees will continue to be remitted through the portal during application form filling and the process of visa application at the Visa Application Centre will remain the same.

    Please feel free to make enquiries via email or phone for further information on how to make payment.

    If you have not subscribed for the M-Pesa service, the service will be available at the Internet Kiosk.

    Thank you for your kind co-operation.