A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days.
Citizens of Thailand must apply for a visitor’s visa.
For nationals of other countries:
- Nationals of EU/EEA countries and of countries that have a visa exemption agreement with Norway do not need a visa to visit Norway.
- Nationals of all other countries need a visitor’s visa.
Before you apply
- You should apply well in advance and at the latest 15 days before you plan to travel. You can submit your application up to three months before your planned departure.
- We recommend that you do not buy your ticket until a visa has been granted.
- Before you can hand in the required documentation, you must register your application online. When you come to hand in your documentation, you will be asked to provide fingerprints.
- You may be asked to provide additional documentation or to come for an interview.
In Thailand, you get the result of your application within 15 days, and in many cases sooner, after the embassy has received the application.
In order to apply for a visa from Thailand you must either be a citizen of Thailand or legally reside (on a tourist visa or a residence permit) here.
NB: Groups: If two or more people of the same nationality are travelling together, for any kind of purpose, they should register as a group application, not individual application. This will guarantee that the applications will be handled in time, and save considerable amount of time at the Embassy. If groups are larger than 15 people, they should be divided into smaller subgroups.
If there are no more available appointment slots for groups on the Application Portal, please contact VFS directly to submit groups early in the morning. Do not change to individual appointments.
Gather the necessary documentation
The checklist gives an overview of the documents you need to hand in to start the application process.
The following forms must be filled out in English or Norwegian
Guarantee forms for visits
Invitasjon fra referansen i Norge (for digital utfylling)
Questionnaire - Visit Friend/Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Questionnaire - Tourist
Questionnaire - Business
Questionnaire - Family
Checklist - Visit Friend/Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Checklist - Tourist
Checklist - Business
Checklist - Visit Family
Checklist - Visit Family of EU/EEA National
Checklist - Visit Spouse/Cohabitant
Checklist - Seaman/Seafarer
Checklist - Svalbard
Information regarding supplementary questionnaire
The questionnaires are for all types of visas. The questionnaire must be submitted prior to each new application, regardless of how many previous visits to Norway the applicant has had (and possibly to the same reference). Filling out the form is a separate task on the various checklists.
The questionnaire is in English, and applicants must fill it out in English (not in Thai). A computer should be used to fill in the questionnaire to make it easier to read. If it is not possible to use a computer, the questionnaire can be filled out by hand, using CAPITAL LETTERS. If the applicant has trouble answering in English they should seek the assistance of family, friends, the reference or one of the many companies that helps with visa applications, but the form must be submitted fully completed in English.
Information regarding insurance policy
Applicants are asked to show the original policy of their travel medical insurance and submit a copy of the policy with their application. Medical insurance is compulsory when travelling to the Schengen area on a tourist visa, and the Embassy is not able to issue a visa sticker until the insurance policy has been checked and registered in our data system.
Please note that the Thai insurance companies that are accepted by the Schengen embassies in Bangkok, have signed an agreement guaranteeing that they will refund the premium if a visa application is rejected, by showing the refusal letter. Applicants will therefore not risk having any undue costs when buying an insurance policy, even if a visa is not granted. If applicants are experiencing any problems concerning this, please contact the Embassy.
The insurance must be valid for the whole period of the visa’s validity, be valid for all countries in the Schengen area, and cover medical expenses of at least 1.5 million Bath or 30,000 Euro, as well as repatriation.
Where to buy medical travel insurance for tourist visa
All the Schengen countries represented in Bangkok have agreed to only accept health insurance issued by Thai companies that have signed the Schengen Area Code of Conduct. If insurance is bought outside of Thailand, it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentation to prove that the policy is in compliance with the Schengen requirements. Some insurance policies bought outside of Thailand have insufficient validity.
The following Thai companies have signed the Code of Conduct. The choice of a particular insurance provider is up to the applicant. Most travel agencies that issue plane tickets, are also agents for some of these insurance companies.
Online registration and payment
Before you can hand in your passport and other documentation, you must register your application in the Application Portal. If this is the first time that you are registering an application in the portal, you will first need to create a user account.
Once you have registered, you will receive confirmation by email, with a cover letter attached. The cover letter will confirm that you have filled in the application form and paid the fee. You need to print this letter and submit it together with the other required documentation.
The application fee is to be paid electronically, as a task of the registration.
You will find information about the different fees at UDI's webpage.
Additional application fee
In Thailand, applications are received by the external service provider VFS Global in Bangkok, which charges an additional service fee. This fee is paid in cash at the VFS. You can find more information about the fee at VFS' webpage.
Online applications (with prior appointment): THB 800
Online applications registered by the applicant at the Centre: THB 800
Hand in your documents
You must bring with you:
- A printout of the confirmation of registration from the Application Portal
- The checklist and the documents listed on it
- Your passport (must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure from the Schengen area)
- Photograph (must comply with international standards)
- Your travel health insurance policy
- You should be covered for at least EUR 30 000, including expenses in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, treatment in medical emergencies and/or emergency hospital treatment, and death
- Your insurance should be valid in all Schengen countries
- It should cover the whole of your planned stay in the Schengen area
- It should as a rule be purchased in your home country. If this is not possible it may be purchased in another country.
We will contact you if we need more information. The application process will start once all the required documents have been submitted.
You can hand in your application and the required documents here:
Norway Visa Application Centre
Trendy Office Building 8th Floor
Sukhumvit Soi 13
Phone: +66 (0) 21187004
Please keep in mind that lacking documentation in the application may lead to longer processing time and in some cases a rejection of the application.
Small files: Remove all unnecessary documents. We do not want any extra copies or duplicates, or documents that are NOT on the checklists. A one-page confirmation summary issued by your bank is best, if not just the most recent 2-3 pages of a bank statement. Pictures are normally not required, but if you choose to submit, make black-and-white copies only. Do not print out a paper copy of the application form. The only document you need to print out from the Application Portal is the Cover Letter (and for groups also the receipt with group name and name of group members).
Language: The supplementary questionnaire for Schengen Visa application must be filled out in English before submitting all the documents at VFS.
All supporting documents must be in Norwegian or translated into English. This includes itineraries and Internet printouts. Make them as short and to the point as possible.
A number of documents are required in order to process a visa application. Please be informed that a joint electronic archive for the entire immigration administration will gradually replace the current paper archive. This means that all documents which are listed in the checklists below will be electronically scanned at the Embassy. It is therefore very important that all original documents must be submitted with a perfect copy in A4 format.
Please do not staple any documents together as this will delay the scanning process.
Handing in the application at the Embassy
The Embassy will only receive applications with a prior appointment made through the Norway Visa Application Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 09.00 - 11.00. Please be advised that the Embassy has a limited number of time slots per week, and that the case processing time for visa applications submitted directly at the embassy will be fourteen (14) days counting from when the Embassy receives all the required documents.
WARNING: False Visa Agents
There are a number of visa agents in operation throughout Thailand, and also within the vicinity of the Embassy and the VFS Norway Visa Application Centre at Trendy Building. Please note that the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok and VFS Norway Visa Application Centre do not co-operate with any visa agents in Thailand. All staff work within the Embassy or the VFS Norway Visa Application Centre. If you are approached by someone outside these locations offering their assistance, they are not representatives from the Embassy or the VFS Norway Visa Application Centre.
Applicants are strongly advised not to deal with any agents. Visa agents are in no way whatsoever connected to the Embassy and VFS Norway Visa Application Centre, and they have absolutely no influence over the outcome of an application. Many agents also charge unreasonably high fees for services which are deemed unneccesary. We advise all applicants to contact the VFS Norway Visa Application Centre or the Norwegian Embassy for any assistance.
Please be informed that the use of visa agents may compromise the overall credibility of an application as certain visa agents help applicants fabricate information and documentation in order to increase the chance of being granted a visa. If any visa agents say that they can influence your application we urge you to immediately inform the Norwegian Embassy, tel: +66 2204 6500.
The processing time for applications is normally up to 15 calendar days. In some cases, applications are sent to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI), and the processing time for these may be up to 30 days. In exceptional cases UDI may take up to 60 days to make a decision.
In Thailand, you will in most cases get the result of your application within 15 days, and in many cases sooner, after the embassy has received the application and all supporting documents through the Norwegian Visa Application Center.
Result of your application
You will be notified by SMS by VFS Global when your application has been processed.
The result can be collected at Norway Visa Application Center where the application was submitted, or the decision can be delivered by courier service.
If you have been granted a visa, a sticker will be placed in your passport. Please check the duration of stay specified on the sticker. The duration of stay indicates how many days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.
If your application has been rejected, you will receive a written explanation as to why it was rejected. You can appeal the decision.
When you cross the border into the Schengen area, you will have to present:
- your passport with the visa sticker
- proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay (e.g. cash or a credit card). If you have a guarantee form, you should also bring a copy of this with you.
- documentation showing the purpose of your visit, such as an invitation, hotel reservation, etc.
- a return or round trip ticket if you are visiting the Schengen area for tourist purposes or private reasons
You may be asked to provide fingerprints by the border control officer, in which case these will be compared with the fingerprints provided when you applied for your visa.
As long as your visa is valid, you can travel around freely in the Schengen area, or in the specific Schengen countries covered by the visa. If you leave the Schengen area, for example to visit the UK or Svalbard, you will need a multiple entry visa.
Extension of visa
A visa for Norway and the Schengen area may be granted for up to 90 days. However, you may not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in the course of the past six months. an extension of a visa can only be given in exceptional cases, and only in those cases where the applicant has been granted a visa for less than 90 days. In order to be granted an extension of the validity period of a visa, new and unforseen circumstances must have arisen after the original visa was issued.
“New and unforseen circumstances” may be that the applicant has suffered an illness, that an event which the applicant was to take part in has been postponed/extended, or any other external circumstance which means that the applicant must change his/her original plans. Under the current guidelines, an application for a visa extension cannot be granted unless force majeure, humanitarian grounds or substantial professional or personal grounds exist. An extension will also not be granted if the purpose of the visit to Norway has changed. Norway is bound by the guidelines for visa extensions as set out in the Schengen regulatory framework.
An application for a visa extension must be submitted at the police in Norway. The police will provide you with the appropriate application form. You must take your passport with you when submitting the application. Along with the application, you must explain in writing the grounds for your application, and any documentation of the new circumstances which have arisen. In certain cases, the police may issue a visa extension. However, where there is any doubt that the conditions have been met or where there is cause for rejection, the application will be forwarded to the UDI for processing. It is a condition of a visa extension that the applicant has a travel/medical insurance valid for the entire period of the visa extension being applied for.