Norway opens eight visa centres throughout China to facilitate application processes

    Norway opened eight visa centres throughout China with the intent of reducing travel times and facilitating the visa application processes (hegnar.no, 03-Dec-2018). Chinese travellers previously had to travel to Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou to apply for a visa to Norway. Norwegian residents were also the only Schengen citizens not permitted to travel without a visa to Shanghai and Beijing from Oct-2017. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs communications manager Frode Overland Andersen said there are hopes that Norway will “soon be included” in the visa-free transit programme applying to other parts of China.