Most people who have been granted a residence permit can travel to Norway now


Published: 26.06.2020 - Last changed: 19.11.2020

Most of you who have been granted a residence permit are allowed to travel to Norway now. This also includes you who received a residence permit before the corona outbreak. However, some people may still experience practical difficulties because the application centers in some countries are closed. There are still some types of permits that do not give you the right to enter Norway.

These groups can travel to Norway now

  • a family immigration permit with a Norwegian citizen or with a foreign citizen residing in Norway
  • a residence card for family immigration with an EEA citizen
  • a residence permit according to the rules on labor immigration, including for example a permit as a skilled worker and as a seasonal worker in all industries
  • a study permit

If you belong to one of these groups, you can enter even though your decision letter states that you are not allowed to travel to Norway now. We have sent a confirmation letter to the representative/family member/employer confirming this. If you have been denied a residence permit when you applied, you cannot go to Norway.

EU/EEA citizens who are going to work or study in Norway can also travel to Norway. Read more about the entry rules for EU / EEA citizens here.

The deadline for entry still applies

In your decision letter and in the information letter that UDI or UNE sent you when you received your residence permit, you will find a deadline for when you must have entered Norway.

If you cannot enter before the deadline, you must contact UDI and request an extended entry deadline.

Some people still cannot travel to Norway

If you were granted a residence permit after 20 April, and are not among the groups mentioned above, you cannot, as a general rule, travel to Norway now. If you have received a decision after 20 April and your decision letter states that you can travel to Norway, you can travel to Norway now.

If you have been granted a residence permit before 20 April 2020

If you were granted a residence permit before 20 April and are visa-free, you can enter Norway if you can enter before the deadline for entry expires. This applies regardless of the type of residence permit you received. If you cannot enter Norway before the entry deadline expires, you can send us a letter or contact us and request that we extend the entry deadline. This also applies if you have a valid residence permit in another Schengen country or if you have a valid Schengen visa.

If you have an entry visa, you can enter Norway if the entry visa is valid. If you are not able to enter Norway before the expiry of the entry deadline, you can send us a letter or contact us and request that we extend the entry deadline. It will be stated in the feedback we send to you and to the embassy you applied from if you can get an extension of the entry deadline and whether you can travel to Norway right away or if you have to wait.

If you have a residence permit but have not yet received an entry visa, you can obtain an entry visa if you belong to one of the groups mentioned in the bullet points at the top of this page. If you are not in one of these groups, you will generally not get an entry visa now.

For those who need a visa to enter Norway

  • You must obtain an entry visa from the embassy. UDI cannot help you with an entry visa.
  • If you already have an entry visa in your passport, you can enter Norway if it is valid.
  • If the application center (VFS office) you submitted your application is closed, you will not get your entry visa from the embassy now. Although entry into Norway is allowed for you, you must wait until the VFS office opens again so you can obtain an entry visa.
  • For information about whether the VFS office is open or not, see information on the VFS website (external website). You can also get information on the website of the embassy which has accepted your application (external website).
  • Although the VFS office is open, it may still take some time before you get your entry visa, because some foreign service stations still have limited capacity.
  • If the embassy does not have your passport, you must contact the VFS office to submit your passport and request an entry visa (when the VFS office opens again).

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