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 order to apply for a visa from Thailand you must either be a citizen of Thailand, or Cambodia, or legally reside in Thailand.
If you want someone to act on your behalf in connection with your application, you must authorize this person to do so. Please visit the UDI website for more information and the relevant form.
Group registration: If two or more people of the same nationality are travelling together, for any kind of purpose, they should register using the group application, not individual applications. This ensures quicker processing time. Groups of more than 15 people should be divided into smaller subgroups.
If there are no available appointment slots for groups on the Application Portal, please contact VFS directly to arrange an appointment. Do not use individual appointments for groups as this will increase the processing time for the visa applications.
Gather the necessary documentation
The checklist gives an overview of the documents you need to hand in to start the application process.
All supporting documents must be translated into English or Norwegian by a certified translator. Documents in other languages will not be given weight.
We kindly ask that all documents are submitted in A4 format/paper size. Please do not staple the documents together.
Please refer to the checklists below:
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
Please note that the supplementary letters are not mandatory. However, information given in the relevant supplementary letter could reduce the processing time, and avoid delays due to the Embassy having to request additional information. Please complete the document in English using a computer or capital letters if writing by hand. Supplementary letters used in previous visa applications cannot be reused.
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.
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 minimum 30,000 Euro (or the equivalent in THB or other currencies), as well as repatriation.
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 if a visa is not granted. If applicants are experiencing any problems concerning this, please contact the Embassy.
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.
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 online during registration.
The visa fee is EUR 60. Children under six years do not pay a fee. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR 35. Please visit the UDI website for more information about which groups are exempted from paying the fee or entitled to paying a reduced fee.
Except for children, please note that you pay the fee when registering the application in the portal. Applicants exempted from the visa fee requirement will have the fee refunded.
Service fee at the Norway Visa Application Centre (VFS)
Please note that the Norway Visa Application Centre (VFS) charges a service fee. The fee is paid directly to VFS Global in cash when submitting the application. For more information see the VFS website.
Booking an appointment to hand in your application and supporting documents
After paying the applicable fee in the online portal you will be directed to VFS’s online booking system. Please note that you will be required to create a separate username and password for the VFS booking system. If you encounter any difficulties with the online booking system please contact VFS Visa Call Center on +66 (0) 211 87 004
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 at VFS
Trendy Office Building 8th Floor
Sukhumvit Soi 13
Phone: +66 (0) 21187004
Small files: Remove all unnecessary documents. The Embassy do not need any extra copies or duplicates, or documents that are NOT on the checklists. Photos (other than your passport size photo) 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. Group applications must also print out and present the receipt stating the group name and list of group members.
All supporting documents must be in Norwegian or translated into English. This includes itineraries and web printouts. Make them as short, and to the point as possible.
It is very important that all documents must be submitted with a perfect copy in A4 format.
Please do not staple any documents together.
Handing in the application at the Embassy, only for applicants who can document urgency or special need for this service
The Embassy will only receive applications with a prior appointment made through the Norway Visa Application Centre (VFS) by telephone. Please be advised that the Embassy has a limited number of time slots, 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.
Please note that the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok and VFS Norway Visa Application Centre do not co-operate with any visa agents in Thailand.
Applicants are strongly advised not to deal with visa agents. They often charge high fees, offer false information, and in some cases have been found to compromise the overall credibility of an application by encouraging applicants to falsify information and documentation
Please report any attempts at visa fraud from visa agents directly to the Embassy.
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, or sooner, after the embassy has received the application and all supporting documents through the Norwegian Visa Application Center.
For non-Thai and Cambodian applicants, the processing time might take longer, but a decision will still be made within 15 days from submitting the application. The reason for the extended processing time is that we cannot issue visas to citizens of certain countries before we have consulted other Schengen member states. This process takes up to seven days. For information on which countries such prior consultation applies to, please click here.
Apply well in advance of your travel
We recommend that you apply at least 4 weeks prior to departure. You may register and submit your application 3 months before your planned trip.
The processing time is counted from the day the application is received at the Embassy, to it is picked up by the VFS courier. Therefore, please take the courier/transport time between VFS Global and the Embassy into account when calculating your estimated processing time.
The 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 opted for this alternative.
If you have been granted a visa, it will be affixed to your passport.
We kindly ask that you check the following information on the visa sticker:
- Name and surname with correct spelling
- Period of validity
- Number of entries
- Duration of stay
- Passport number
If there is a mistake on your visa sticker, please contact the Embassy as soon as possible.
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.