Norway opened a visa application center in Shanghai Tuesday in the Guangdong Development Bank Tower.
Chinese tourists, including those joining ADS (approved destination status) group tours, can apply for visas at the new center, which is open from 8am to 4 pm, instead of going to the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, said Oyvind Lorenzen, a consular official.
No appointments are needed except for ADS group tours and all applicants must register and pay the visa fee online before coming to the visa application center to submit required documents.
ADS group tour operators must call the center to make appointments at least 15 days before departure, said Lorenzen.
The center has five service counters and can receive 30 applicants at a time, whereas the consulate has only three.
The opening of the new center is aimed at offering better service and more efficiency for tourists and group tour operators, Lorenzen added. Previously, visa applicants had to wait for two weeks. With the new center, visa processing will take no more than one week.
The center only serves Chinese applicants from Shanghai and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Zhejiang — all covered by the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai.
Source: China News