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Important Information

  • Kind Attention: From 30 November 2020 the working days of Shanghai VAC and Hangzhou VAC will be on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday except public holidays.
  • Requirement of negative Covid-19 test and quarantine when entering Norway

    The Norwegian Government has implemented new regulations on entry to Norway due to the spread of COVID-19.

    The regulations are connected to pre-arrival Covid-19 test and quarantine after arrival. The regulations are in force as of 09 November 2020.

    For answers to specific questions relating to travel to Norway during the corona situation for non-citizens, please consult the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s Q&A webpage:
    https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/currently-not-in-norway-questions-and-answers-for-nationals-outside-eueea/

    Also, please be aware that all travelers are responsible to keep themselves updated on the current rules for entering Norway.

  • New requirements for certificates of negative nucleic acid and anti-body blood test results for passengers traveling to China

    Starting from 7 November 2020, all passengers flying to China on connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in Norway within 48 hours before boarding their flight to the transit country, and then take both tests again in the transit country within 48 hours before boarding the flight to China. Passengers must apply at the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in both countries for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with certificates of negative results of both tests. Please note that there are currently no direct flights between Norway and China.

    Please read the information published by the Embassy of China in Oslo before applying for a visa to Norway.

    In English: http://www.chinese-embassy.no/eng/zjsg_2/sgxw/t1828327.htm

    In Chinese: http://www.chinese-embassy.no/chn/zjsg/sgxw/t1828323.htm

  • More family members who live outside the EU/ EEA can now travel to Norway.

    The government has announced that it will be possible for more family members residing outside the EU/ EEA to travel to Norway from 21 October 2020.

    The groups are:

    • children and stepchildren over the age of 21 to a person resident in Norway
    • parents and stepparents of children over the age of 21 residing in Norway
    • grandparents and step-grandparents of a person resident in Norway
    • grandchildren and step-grandchildren of a person resident in Norway
    • children of your girlfriend/boyfriend if you are in an established relationship
    • spouse, registered partner, cohabitant and children of a Norwegian citizen who lives abroad and who travels to visit Norway together with the Norwegian citizen
    • EU/EEA citizens and their family members residing in third countries

    The usual requirements for visa and entry will apply.

    See also press releases from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) https://www.udi.no/en/important-messages/more-family-members-who-live-outside-the-eueea-can-travel-to-norway/

    For more information regarding quarantine conditions please consult the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s webpage https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/travel-advice-COVID19/

  • KIND ATTENTION

    From 15 July 2020 the Norwegian government allows for visits to boyfriends or girlfriends who live in Norway in addition to visits to close family. The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has prepared a form to be filled by the sponsor declaring that the relationship is genuine and has been lasting for more than nine months. This comes in addition to other required documents. The form can be found at www.UDI.no. Visa applicants must bring a copy of the signed form when handing the application and supporting documents. All other requirements for a visa are still in effect. Travellers who are exempted from the visa requirement must bring the form when checking in at the airport.

  • Change in entry rules from 15th of July

    In effect from the 15th of July. Norway is opening for submission of certain categories of short-stay visas (C) and D-entry. The acceptance of residence permits are the same as before.

    The Norway VACs shall from the 15th accept applications categories as listed below:

    • D-entry visa cases for family members, who can travel to Norway while their residence case is still pending (D-entry visa for spouses).
    • Applicant intending to visit spouse, co-habitant/partner who resides in Norway.
    • Applicant under the age of 21 intending to visit parents(step-parents) who resides in Norway.
    • Applicant intending to visit children(step-children) who resides in Norway.
    • Applicant intending to visit girl/boyfriend who resides in Norway.

    For girlfriend/boyfriend applicants, there’s an additional form to fill in, a declaration on the relationship. The form can be found here:

    https://www.udi.no/globalassets/global/aktuelt/korona/solemn-declaration-on-relationship.pdf

    Married applicants need to document their relationship by submitting a marriage certificate or a similar document.

    For more information, please visit https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/

  • KIND ATTENTION: 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.

  • KIND ATTENTION: PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES BY BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN SHANGHAI

    According to the latest notice by Shanghai Leading Group Office for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, to further prevent and control the risk of imported COVID-19, from now on, the company will adjust the list of key countries and regions in a timely and dynamic way in accordance with the development trend of the global epidemic. The acceptance rules for applicants from different regions will be updated as follows:

    1. All people entering Shanghai from overseas shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days for health observation. After they meet the health requirements for epidemic prevention and control, their applications can be accepted;
    2. All those who come to Shanghai from/by way of areas at high risk of epidemic disease in China shall be subject to a 14-day quarantine for health observation and shall have novel Coronavirus nucleic acid test twice. After they meet the health requirements for epidemic prevention and control, their applications can be accepted. (See table)
    3. All those who come to Shanghai from/by way of areas at medium risk of epidemic in China will be subject to a 14-day strict community health management and will have novel coronavirus nucleic acid test twice. After they meet the health requirements for epidemic prevention and control, their applications can be accepted. (See table)
    High-risk areas:
    Huaxiang (District) Town, Fengtai District, Beijing
    Medium-risk areas:
    The following areas are all in Beijing:
    Tiantan street, Dongcheng District
    Yongding Road Street, Haidian District
    Qinglongqiao Subdistrict
    Shibalidian, Chaoyang District
    Panggezhuang Town, Daxing District
    Huangcun Town, Daxing District
    Tiangongyuan street, Daxing District
    Guanyinsi Street
    Nanyuan street, Lugouqiao Town, Fengtai District
    Dahongmen Street
    Babaoshan street, Shijingshan District
    Yuetan Street, Xicheng District
    Financial Street Street
    Xiluoyuan street, Fengtai District
    Xincun Street
    Taipingqiao Street
    Lugouqiao Street
    Linxiao road street, Daxing District
    Gaomidian Street
    Xihongmen District
    Changyang Town, Fangshan District

    Thank you for your understanding and stay safe

  • Increased fees for visa applications

    Please note: As of 2 February 2020 the Schengen visa fee per person (Short Stay Visa) will increase from 60 to 80 euros or the equivalent amount in your local currency. For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros or equivalent.
  • Wuhan Visa Application Centre closure from 23 January 2020 - Information for customers planning to visit our Wuhan Visa Application Centre

    Customers are advised that the Norway Visa Application Centre in Wuhan have been closed since 23 January 2020, on account of official notice from the Pneumonia Epidemic Control Headquarters of Wuhan to limit inflow and outflow of people and reduce the spread of the virus.

    Customers who come to collect their passports on 23 January will need to come when the VAC reopens.

    The reopening will be scheduled for after Chinese New Year, and will be announced separately according to the official notice from the Pneumonia Epidemic Control Headquarters of Wuhan. Please contact nordic.eastcn@vfshelpline.com for any inquiry.

    We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

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