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.
STRICTER RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY INTO NORWAY (COVID-19) – IMPORTANT CHANGES EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 29TH 2021!
To limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Norwegian Government is imposing far stricter entry rules starting from midnight Friday 29 January. As a main rule only foreigners residing in Norway can enter Norway, as well as all Norwegian citizens (regardless of where they live). There are some exceptions to this general rule.
Groups that can enter Norway now include:
- foreign nationals who reside in Norway;
- foreign nationals for whom special reasons indicate they should be granted the right to enter, such as specific care responsibilities for persons in Norway or other compelling welfare considerations;
- foreign nationals who are to carry out agreed or formalised parent-child contact;
- close family members of persons residing in Norway, i.e. spouses/registered partners/cohabitants, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren;
- journalists and other personnel on assignment for a foreign media institution;
- foreign nationals who plan an airport stopover in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen);
- seafarers and aviation personnel;
- foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers;
- foreign nationals who work in critical public functions;
- health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care services.
The following groups of people cannot travel to Norway for the time being:
- grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children
- foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student;
- a foreign national who is to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement of a residence permit.
- foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third-country nationals);
There are still strict rules for negative tests before entry, tests on entry and quarantine hotels.
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.
Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to: https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/currently-not-in-norway-questions-and-answers-for-nationals-outside-eueea/
Most visitors must stay in quarantine hotels and test for Covid 19 during the quarantine period. This also applies to family members who come to visit relatives in Norway, and for visits to boyfriend/girlfriend.
For more information, please see: Coronavirus in Norway: Travel advice - helsenorge.no
For detailed information regarding whom can travel to Norway now, please visit: The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's Corona information page: https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/
Information about the corona situation from the Norwegian government can be found here: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/id2692388/
Restrictions on entry into Thailand (COVID-19):
Thailand has extensive entry restrictions. However, it is now possible to travel to Thailand with semi-commercial flights as long as the traveler fulfills certain requirements for entry. For more detailed information and procedures regarding these entry requirements, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Oslo.
Residence permit applications
- The VFS visa application center in Bangkok is open for submissions of applications for residence permits to Norway. Please note that it is mandatory to book appointment.
Where and when to apply?
Please note that Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications must be handed in at our VFS Global application center in Bangkok. It is obligatory to book an appointment.
Please note that VFS Norway visa application centre in Bangkok currently is open on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Please note that VFS in Bangkok has a new address since 20th July 2020:
Unit 404 and 405, The Plaza 4th Floor,
Chamchuri Square Building Phayathai Road,
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
For more information please visit https://visa.vfsglobal.com/tha/en/nor/news/norway-vac-relocation-notice
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 Thailand, kindly select your country from the list on www.norway.no.
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 who have already been issued a Schengen visa by our Embassy to go to Iceland, must contact Icelandic authorities to know if travel is possible.
You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, visa section, at email@example.com