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 the Philippines:
Applications for visitor’s visas and residence permits for Norway are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. All applications can be submitted through VFS Global in Manila or Cebu.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok also represents Iceland in visa matters. If you are applying for a visa to travel to Iceland, you are to follow the same process as if you were applying for a visa to Norway.
Restrictions on entry into Norway (COVID-19):
The Norwegian Government has implemented extensive restrictions on entry into Norway due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, foreigners who do not hold a valid residence permit in Norway will be rejected at the border and refused entry into Norway under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. For the time being and until further notice, visas for visitors to Norway will not be granted.
For more information on the entry restrictions to Norway, please visit:
- Press release from The Norwegian Government: Stricter border controls (15.03.20) (link: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/stricter-border-controls-being-introduced/id2693624/)
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: Corona information page, Q&A (link: https://www.udi.no/en/important-messages/about-the-corona-situation/)
- Norway airports and air traffic information from Avinor (link: https://avinor.no/en/information-in-connection-with-the-coronavirus-covid-19/)
Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Norway:
Due to the extensive restrictions on entry into Norway, it will no longer be possible to submit applications for Schengen visas to Norway at VFS’ visa application centers. The application centers will still be open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway. However, due to local regulations, VFS' application centers in Manila and Cebu will be temporary closed for all applicants until April 14th 2020.
Temporary suspension of visa representation agreements
In order to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Norwegian government has decided to suspend all agreements of representation. The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok will therefore not issue Schengen visas to Iceland. Persons that already has been issued a Schengen visa by our Embassy to go to these countries, must contact Icelandic authorities to know if travel is possible.
The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok is responsible for processing applications for visas and residence permits from Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei and The Philippines.
In addition, the Embassy receives applications for residence permits from Myanmar and East-Timor.
For information about the application procedures and requirements for applicants outside the Philippines, kindly select your country from the list on www.norway.no.
You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, visa section, at [email protected]
Applications for a visitor’s visa or residence permit to Norway submitted in the Philippines are now sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, which has become a regional hub for immigration cases from Southeast Asia.