Status update regarding passport applications 24/11/23
Appointments for Devember are now fully booked. Appointments for January will be released at a later date.
The Norwegian Embassy in London continuously strive to increase the capacity for passport applications and other consular services for Norwegian citizens in the UK.
The embassy in London is the largest passport office outside of Norway. However, the demand for appointments continues to be higher than our capacity, which leads to long waiting times.
Why is there waiting times in London, and not at many other Norwegian embassies?
During the pandemic, the embassy was largely unable to open to the public and receive passport applications due to the strict local restrictions.
Brexit has increased the interest in having a valid Norwegian passport for dual citizens.
Changes in the Norwegian Citizenship Act implemented from 1 January 2020.
Changes in regulations have reduced some of the services previously available for the public at the Norwegian Honorary Consulates in the UK.
Norwegians cannot travel to or from the UK on the Norwegian National ID card, opposed to travel to and from the EU/EEA.
Many Norwegian citizens live or visit the UK yearly.
Releasing more appointments will help us to reduce the backlog. However, we expect the demand for appointments and services to permanently be higher than the embassy’s capacity going forward. We therefore encourage Norwegians living in the UK to plan and start the renewal process in good time, or when travelling to Norway.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family.
- Apply and pay less in Norway. Please note that if you have a valid passport, you can apply for passport renewal at any Norwegian embassy, as well as at the police in Norway. The application fee is significantly lower when you apply in Norway, and you may also apply for an ID-card at the same time, more information about the application process can be found the website of the Norwegian Police. When you submit your application in Norway you can request the new passport to be sent directly to the embassy in London for passport collection upon your return to the UK. Make sure to have the Police register your email adress, and if you don't hear back from us within 3 weeks of applying in Norway please send us an email.
- Be considerate and cancel appointments you won’t attend. If you have an appointment that you cannot attend, we strongly urge you to cancel your appointment so that others might take advantage of the free slot. We are currently facing an increase in no-shows which is very unfortunate considering that many applicants are trying to book appointments.
- First-time passport applicants. Please note that if you have already submitted an application for first time passports and personal number with the embassy, you do not need to book a second appointment for submitting biometrics and picture taking. We will be in touch with you to set up an appointment. This only applies to applications that have already been lodged in person at the Embassy.
- Emergency passports (nødpass). If you have an urgent need for travel related to strong welfare reasons, please write to the embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us about your situation and document your need for an emergency passport. Please include the name and date of birth of the applicant.
Opening times for consular services other than passports
Consent for passports/national ID-cards for children under 18, Citizenship applications, and Notarial Acts: Wednesday 13.30-15.00
Please note that passport applications are by appointment only
How to apply for a Norwegian passport
Step 1: Book an appointment via our booking portal:
Book an appointment
Step 2: After booking an appointment you will need to submit your application in person at the Norwegian Embassy in London.
If there are no available appointments in the booking system, you have to wait until new appointments are made available. We are unable to make booking requests via email or telephone.
If you need a passport urgently due to a threat to health or an imminent emergency, see more information below under ‘Emergency passports’.
There are new rules regarding consent for applications for children under 18. See more information from the Norwegian Police Directorate: Samtykke for pass og ID-kort til barn og unge – Politiet.no
Please note that you can only apply for National ID-cards (Politiet.no) in Norway.