Suspension of work
The Russian Visa Center in Oslo suspends the acceptance of documents for visa processing from April 19, 2022.
The issuance of documents after consideration will be carried out until April 29, 2022.
Temporary Changes in the rules for issuing visas for close family members
Due to irregularities in the work of international postal services from Russia , it is possible to obtain a visa for close family members of Russian citizens on the basis of notarised copies of documents.
The Embassy of Russia in Norway has temporarily allowed the issuance of visas for close relatives of Russian citizens on the basis of high-quality colour electronic copies of documents: an invitation certified by a notary service in Russia and notarized copies of documents of kinship.
If a Russian citizen lives in Russia and issues a visa invitation for their close relatives who are foreign citizens at a Russian notary and cannot send this invitation and notarized copies of documents of kinship to their relatives in Norway by international mail, then, as an temporary exception, issuing a visa to close relatives is allowed based on high-quality colour electronic copies of these documents.
At the same time, the applicant (that is, a foreign citizen applying for a visa to Russia) must additionally write a statement addressed to the Embassy of Russia in Norway stating that, upon returning from Russia, they undertake to hand over the original notarized invitation to the Embassy.
In case of violation of this obligation, a foreign citizen may be denied the issuance of the next visa to Russia in future.
An example of statement can be downloaded here.
On March 15, the mandatory use of masks in public places was canceled in Moscow. This decision is due to the steady improvement of the epidemiological situation. Thus, masks are not required to travel on public transport, visit museums, shops and cafes. Other anti-COVID measures are also canceled for organizations: measuring temperature of employees, installing dividing partitions at workplaces, etc.
QR codes cancelled
From March 3, the QR code system is canceled in Moscow, this also applies to foreign guests. Therefore, all restrictions on visiting theaters, museums, and restaurants are lifted. This list also includes cultural and entertainment events. In St. Petersburg, the QR code system will be canceled from March 4.
Regarding resumption for processing of all types of visas
In accordance with the guidelines of the Russian Federation of 23 October 2021, No. 3003-r,
Norwegian citizens, third-country nationals, as well as stateless persons who have a residence permit in Norway or possess a document confirming their right to permanent residence in Norway, can contact the Visa Center for all types of visas in a regular way.
The visa center in Kirkenes is still closed until further notice.