Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Information to applicants in Malaysia: Applications for visitor’s visas and residence permits for Norway are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. All applications are to be submitted through VFS Global in Kuala Lumpur.

Important notice:

VFS Norway in Kuala Lumpur will resume its services on 28 September 2021. Please see the VFS website, for more information on opening hours.


As a main rule only foreigners residing in Norway can enter Norway, as well as all Norwegian citizens (regardless of where they live).

Most foreigners can still not travel to Norway. However, Norway has started to ease the entry restrictions and consequently more groups are exempted from the strict entry rules that has previously been imposed to limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus.

Who can travel to Norway now?

You can travel to Norway now if you are going to visit one of the family members listed below. The family member must reside in Norway.

You can visit:

  • spouse
  • cohabitant you have lived with for at least two years, or with whom you have or are expecting children
  • minor and adult children or stepchildren 
  • parents or stepparents to minor or adult children
  • grandparents or stepgrandparents
  • minor and adult grandchildren or step-grandchildren

If you are a spouse, cohabitant, child or stepchild of a Norwegian citizen who lives abroad, you can travel to Norway with your family member. If your Norwegian family member already is in Norway, you can also travel to join them now, even if you do not travel together when you cross the border.

Girlfriends/boyfriends in an established relationship can also travel to Norway. Please note that before applying for a visitor´s visa your girlfriend/boyfriend residing in Norway has to apply for and be granted a permission to visit from UDI. The approval letter from UDI needs to be submitted with the visa application. More information regarding the UDI application process can be found here: Application for romantic partner visits - UDI.

For more and detailed information about who can travel to Norway now, please follow these links: About the coronavirus situation - UDI and Travel to Norway -

There are still strict rules for negative test before entry, test on entry and quarantine.

People arriving in Norway from abroad are required to quarantine and present a certificate of negative Covid-19 test. The test must be taken less than 24 hours before departure to Norway. If you don’t present such a test, you may be refused entry.

For more information, please see: Coronavirus in Norway: Travel advice -

Where and when to apply?

Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications must be submitted through VFS Global in Kuala Lumpur. It is mandatory to book an appointment.

The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok is responsible for processing applications for visas and residence permits from Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei and The Philippines.

In addition, the Embassy receives applications for residence permits from East-Timor.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside Thailand, kindly select your country from the list on

You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, visa section, at