The health authorities are responsible for information regarding quarantine. You will find information about quarantine when you travel to Norway at helsenorge.no (external website).
The health authorities categorize countries by risk of infection. Countries/areas with an increased risk of infection are referred to as «yellow countries». Countries/areas with an unclarified risk of infection are referred to as «striped areas». Countries/areas with a high risk are referred to as «red countries».
Everyone who enters Norway from abroad are obligated to quarantine upon arrival, except for «yellow» countries/areas. Here is an overview of which countries and regions are exempt from the quarantine obligation at the National Institute of Public Health (external website).
If you are among those who must stay in quarantine when you come to Norway, you must document that you have a permanent address during the period you have a quarantine obligation when you enter Norway. For example, this can be a written confirmation from the person who will host you. What is considered a suitable place of residence for the quarantine implementation is up to the health authorities to define (external website).
Persons who cannot document having a place to stay at the same address for the ten days of quarantine can be denied entry to Norway.
UDI cannot answer any questions related to quarantine on entry.
You can travel to Norway now if you are visa-free and fulfill the following requirements:
You must bring documentation from your client in Norway that provides information on:
You can travel to Norway. UDI will send a letter to your representative/employer confirming that you can come to Norway now. Your employer will forward this letter to you, and you have to bring it with you as a confirmation when you travel to Norway. We cannot send this letter directly to you.
You do not need to contact us regarding this letter, we will send it to everyone concerned.
No, you cannot travel to Norway and apply from here now. You can either apply for a residence permit from your home country or your employer can apply for you by power of attorney. If you get a permit you can travel to Norway.
If you have a valid entry visa, you can travel to Norway now.
If you do not have an entry visa and have not yet submitted your passport, you must contact the VFS office to book an appointment to submit your passport so that the embassy can give you an entry visa.
If you have already submitted your passport at the VFS office or embassy, you do not need to do anything. Then you must wait for the VFS office to contact you to obtain your entry visa.
Note that some VFS offices are closed or have reduced service. Here you can check if the embassy in your country is open (external website).
Yes, you can travel to Norway now. When you arrive at the border, you must have documentation that you are a journalist, such as a work contract or press card, in addition to a description of the assignment, you will be doing in Norway.
It is the health authorities that are responsible for the quarantine rules in Norway. If you have questions about the quarantine, please check helsenorge.no (external website). UDI cannot answer any questions about quarantine when entering Norway.
If you have received a decision letter that you have been granted a residence permit as a seasonal worker, you can travel to Norway after 1 July. You cannot go to Norway to submit your application here.
If you have been granted a residence permit as a seasonal worker before 20 April 2020, and your entry window/entry visa has expired, your employer in Norway must contact us by email to email@example.com with a list of all their employees who are in this situation. This email must also state that they will comply with the quarantine rules (external website). Then we will send a new entry notification to your employer or a message to the embassy that you can get a new entry visa.
If your job offer is no longer applicable for this year's season, but is applicable next year, your employer in Norway can contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of all their employees this will include. We will then contact your employer before next year's season.
Yes, we are processing residence permits for seasonal workers from countries outside the EU/EEA. We have many applications to process, so unfortunately we can not guarantee that your application will be processed before the start date you have stated.
The new Interim Act relating to entry restrictions for foreign nationals out of concern for public health (external website) took effect 1 July 2020 and will be repealed on 1 November 2020. The date has been set because a temporary law must have an end date.
We do not know whether the entry restrictions will be continued after 1 November 2020. We will update our website when we have more information.
We understand that many of you would like to know, but unfortunately, we do not know how the situation will evolve. We will update the information here when we know more.
Likely, several of the regulations that have been introduced due to the corona situation will change at some point. However, we do not know when this will happen or whether the rules will go back to being as they were before.
It is the government that decides which changes will happen and when they should take effect, but right now, the government will not be able to tell how the regulations will change. The best advice we can give you is to follow the information posted here, which will be updated as soon as anything changes. This is the advice you will also get if you contact the Ministry or us to ask how the regulations will change.
If you are wondering about the possibility of meeting with the police to submit an application or order a residence card, you can find information on the police website (external website). You cannot contact UDI for an appointment.
If you are wondering about the quarantine rules when entering Norway and any changes to this, you will find information at helsenorge.no (external website).
No. We understand that many would like a confirmation, but nor UDI, the embassies, the police or anyone else can give you such a confirmation in advance. As visa-free or a person with a valid visa, you can not send in an application where we can consider if you can travel in for a visit.
From 15 July, you can also visit close relatives and girlfriend/boyfriend if you are visa-free or have a valid visa issued by a Norwegian embassy, even if it is issued before 15 March 2020.
When you travel to Norway you must bring your passport. In addition, you should document that you belong to one of the exception groups that now can travel to Norway, when traveling in. There are no set requirements to what exact documents this is for the different groups.
It is the border police that decides if you can enter Norway.
If you are visa-free can you can travel to Norway to apply for family immigration with a spouse, cohabitant over two years, or cohabitant with joint children from Norway. Children under the age of 18 can also apply for family immigration with parents living in Norway.
You cannot apply for family immigration to enter into marriage from Norway unless you are a skilled worker. If you get married after entering Norway, you can apply for family immigration with your spouse if the application is submitted while you are still here legally (within 90 days).
We will send a letter to you via your family member in Norway (the reference person), confirming that you can come to Norway. Your family member must send you this letter so that you bring it when you travel to Norway. It would be best if you did not go to Norway before receiving this letter to avoid problems during your trip.
If you are a spouse or cohabitant with a person in Norway, you can not normally apply for family immigration when you are in Norway. It is possible to apply for a D-visa from the embassy to submit an application from Norway or wait for a response in Norway. This can only be granted in exceptional cases.
Yes, you can travel to Norway.
If you are required to have a visa, you must obtain a visa before you enter Norway.
If you already have a valid visa and you belong to the exceptions that can now enter Norway, you can enter with the visa you already have, even if it was issued before 15 March 2020
Please note that you may be subject to quarantine arrangements upon entry into Norway. Read more about quarantine and infection control at helsenorge.no (external website).
If you are going to study in Norway from autumn 2020, you can enter from 1 July. Before you can enter, you must have received a decision letter stating that you have been granted a residence permit as a student in Norway.
No, you cannot travel to Norway and apply for a study permit from here. You must have a decision letter stating that you have been granted a residence permit as a student before you can travel to Norway.
Please note that you may be subject to quarantine when you enter Norway. Read more about quarantine and isolation at helsenorge.no (external website).
If you were granted a residence permit after 20 April 2020, it would be written in your decision letter whether you can travel to Norway or not now. Even if it is written in your decision letter that you cannot travel to Norway now, most people can travel to Norway now, but still not everyone.
If you were granted a residence permit before 20 April 2020 and are from a visa-free country, you can enter Norway. If you are not able to enter Norway before the entry deadline expires, you can send a letter to UDI or contact UDI another way and request an extension of the entry deadline. If you are granted an extended entry deadline by UDI, you can travel to Norway.
Please note that you may be subject to quarantine arrangements upon entry into Norway. Read more about quarantine and isolation at helsenorge.no (external website).
Yes, if you have a valid residence permit and are living in Norway, you may enter Norway.
If you do not have a valid residence card and need an entry visa, you must contact the nearest hub embassy first, and then submit an application for a visa on paper-form to the nearest VFS application center.
If you have a foreign passport or travel document that you cannot travel to Norway with because it is invalid or lost, you can contact the nearest responsible embassy to obtain a travel document for emergencies.
You must have a legal residence in Norway and an entry visa in order for the UDI to provide you with a travel document for emergencies.
If the embassy or VFS you currently need is closed for personal attendance, the UDI will wait to process your entry visa or passport application. You can check the Embassy / VFS website (external website) for updated information if personal attendance is possible. Keep in mind that information can change quickly.
You cannot travel to Norway without legal residence in Norway. As a main rule, you can not apply for renewal of your residency permit from abroad. The main rule is that the application must be handed to the police in Norway. If the reason that you can not travel to Norway because of the Corona-regulations, you must contact your nearest Norwegian embassy and apply for a renewal of your residency permit. You must hand in the application form and check list. It is important that you explain and document the reason that prevented you from traveling to Norway in time, or why you have not applied for a renewal of your residency permit in time.
UDI must consider your application individually.
If you have been granted a permit in Norway after applying for protection, you must use a paper application form. You can not use our application portal online to apply. If this applies to you we ask you to call us.
If you are already abroad and have a valid residence permit, you must follow the travel advice and travel to Norway as soon as possible. You must travel at the first opportunity.
If your residence permit expires before you have the opportunity to travel, you must contact the nearest Norwegian embassy to apply for a renewal of your residence permit (if you have not already applied to the police in Norway).
You must follow the embassy's website (external website) for information on when the embassy is open. You must submit the application form and checklist. It is important that you explain and document the reason why you have not been able to travel to Norway in time. The embassy will send the application to the UDI, and the application has to be evaluated individually.
Have you been granted permission in Norway after applying for protection?
You must use a paper application if you have been granted permission in Norway after applying for protection. You cannot use our application portal to apply. If it concerns you, please call us.
Yes, most people can travel to Norway to attend the funeral of their closest family members now.
The following family members of the deceased may enter to attend the funeral:
The family members' spouse or cohabitant may also attend the funeral.
You have to adhere to the applicable quarantine rules when you enter Norway (external website).
If you are unable to travel during the period specified on your visa sticker, you must apply for a new visa when it is possible to travel. If the visa you have already been granted is not valid for the entire journey, you only need to apply for the time period that is not covered.
You must contact the responsible embassy for information on how to proceed in order to apply for this.
We have the same waiting period as before the corona situation when it comes to applications for lifting a prohibition against an entry ban. The vast majority of applicants will receive an answer within 6 months after the application is received by UDI.
We will not prioritize your application based on the corona situation.
There must be special circumstances in your case for it to be processed before other applications in the queue.
Read about prioritization
In many countries, it is now possible to apply for a residence permit in Norway.
If you are granted a residence permit, it will be written in the decision whether you can travel to Norway now or not. You can find information about waiting time here.
Normally, you must submit your application within 12 months of the date stated in the decision letter to the person in Norway. If the VFS application center is closed so that you can't submit the application by the deadline, UDI can make exceptions to the deadline.
You must explain what is the reason why you did not have the opportunity to submit the application within the deadline. You submit this explanation together with the application when it becomes possible for you to attend in person at the VFS application center. You can use the "Explanation why I cannot hand in one or more documents (pdf, 662 kB)" form to write the explanation.
You must attend in person at the VFS application center as soon as possible. You can follow the embassy/ VFS website (external website, opens in new window) for information on when it is possible to deliver your documents at your nearest application center.
If you are among those who could have applied from Norway, you can also after July 15 travel in and wait for an answer. If you are required to have a visa, it is possible to apply for a D-visa from the embassy to wait for a response in Norway. This can only be granted in exceptional cases.
If you were to submit an application from abroad, you must contact the embassy to which the application should be sent. If you were to submit the application from Norway, you must contact the police office where you were to submit the application. In both cases, you will be able to get a refund.
We do not know the impact this will have on waiting times for applications we are processing, but it will likely lead to longer waiting times for some cases.
We update the waiting times for the different case types regularly.
You can find the opening hours for the VFS offices on their website (external website), and you can follow the websites of the nearest Norwegian embassy (external website) if it is possible for you to go there to deliver your passport and get an entry visa. UDI does not have any further information to give you other than what you find on these websites.
Note that it is only relevant to obtain an entry visa if you have been granted a residence permit and told that you can travel to Norway now, or if you are already resident in Norway with a residence permit and you do not have a valid residence card.
In some countries, it is possible to apply for visitor´s visa, residence permits, and residence cards as a family member of an EU/EEA citizen, but due to the uncertain situation, please check the website of the embassy/VFS before you attend your appointment (external website). Please note that the information might change with short notice.