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.


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 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 -

Stricter visa practice for Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

Applications from these countries will, temporarily, be processed according to the UDI`s guidelines for the red group (UDI 2012-008). This means that applications will only be granted in extraordinary situations. 

Where and when to apply?

Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications must be handed in at our VFS Global application center in Bangkok. It is mandatory to book an appointment.

Please note that VFS Norway is temporarily located at the following address:

10/104-106, The Trendy Building, 8th Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, 10110.

Please also note that from 20 September 2021 VFS Norway application centre and call centre are open three days a week (Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays). For more information on opening hours, please see VFS´s website.

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

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 as a main rule not issue Schengen visas to Iceland. Applicants from the Philippines who wish to travel to Iceland must contact the Icelandic authorities.

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