People who are granted a residence permit cannot travel to Norway now


Most people who receive a residence permit from 20 April 2020 and onwards cannot travel to Norway now because of the corona situation. A few exceptions are given below.

Published: 22.04.2020

The UDI are processing applications for residence permits from persons who are abroad after these cases have been delayed for a few weeks due to the corona situation. 

Most people cannot travel to Norway

However, most people who receive a residence permit from 20 April onwards cannot travel to Norway yet. If you are from a visa-obliged country, you will generally not get an entry visa even if you have been granted a residence permit. If you travel to Norway now you may be expelled on the border. This also applies if you come from a visa-free country, or are from a visa-required country with a valid Schengen visa or EU residence permit

We do not know now when it will be possible for those who are granted a residence permit to travel to Norway. We will post information on udi.no as soon as changes occur and we know more.

Some people will be able to travel to Norway

In some cases, entry permits can be granted for those who are granted a residence permit. Such cases include:

  • If you are under 18 and will be without necessary care if you are not allowed to travel to Norway.
  • If you are a spouse or cohabitant of a Norwegian citizen, and any children, if the family has lived together in an established family life abroad.

It will be stated in the decision letter for the residence permit whether you can travel to Norway right away or if you have to wait.

If you have been told that you cannot travel to Norway and your situation changes so that you are now in the group that can still travel to Norway, then you must send a letter to the UDI to get permission to enter.

Persons who have been granted a residence permit before 20 April 2020

If you are visa-free, you can enter if the entry deadline is still valid. 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. This also applies if you have a valid residence permit in another Schengen country or you have a valid Schengen visa.

If you are required to have a visa and have an entry visa, you can enter Norway if your entry visa is still valid. If you have been issued an entry visa but are not able to travel to Norway before the entry deadline expires, you can send a letter to UDI or contact UDI another way to request an extension. It will be stated in the feedback to you and the embassy 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 to enter. Most cases will be granted an extended entry deadline, but still not an entry visa to travel to Norway immediately.

If you were granted a residence permit before April 20, 2020, but have not yet received an entry visa, you will generally not get an entry visa now. If you are in one of the exception groups mentioned in the two bullet points above and want to enter now, then you must send a letter to UDI to request entry now.

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