This does not affect where and how you apply, but there are some changes you should be aware of:
- Where to apply?
As before, all applicants in the Philippines must meet and apply in person at one of VFS Global application center in Jakarta VFS Global will ensure that the applications are sent to Bangkok for further processing. You will also still be able to collect the decision documents at VFS Global.
- Introduction of a courier fee
As before, there will be an application fee payable online when you register your application in the Application Portal Norway, and a service fee charged by VFS Global. What is new, is that applications submitted in Indonesia also will be subject to a courier fee to cover transportation of the application documents between the visa application center and Bangkok, Thailand. These fees are payable to VFS Global on your application day.
For information about fees, including refund policies, see the website of VFS Global and .
- Extended waiting time for Schengen visa to Norway
The processing time for Schengen visas to Norway is normally up to 15 days from the date the application is received at the Embassy in Bangkok. Please take note that you should account for an additional 2-4 days for sending the application documents between the VFS application center in Jakarta and Bangkok. We highly recommend that you apply well in advance, at least 4 weeks prior to your planned trip.
- Ongoing applications
Applications for Schengen visa submitted prior to 5th of August 2019 will be processed and finalized by the Embassy in Jakarta.
If you have applied for a residence permit prior to 5th of August 2019, you will be notified about the decision either by the VFS application center or by the Hub Embassy in Bangkok. If you have given someone Power of attorney to represent you in your case, the notification will be sent to the person you have authorized.