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News and Events

Ambassador Solbakken's First Message

On 8 September 2022, Ambassador Hilde Solbakken presented her credentials to the President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and officially becomes Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam.

Goodbye Message from Ambassador Løchen

Ambassador Grete Løchen shares her goodbye message (in English and Vietnamese) as she has completed her 4-year term in Hanoi, Vietnam

Strengere kriterier for å få midlertidig pass (nødpass)

Utfordringene med passproduksjon gjelder også produksjonen av midlertidige pass.

Norway-Vietnam Co-Chair's Statement

To conclude an International Conference on Sustainable Ocean Economy and Climate Change Adaptation: Solutions for a Resilient Blue Economy, Norway and Vietnam issued a Co-Chairs' Statement: Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Blue Economy.

Equinor opens country office in Hanoi

On 5 May 2022, Equinor - Norwegian largest energy company officially opens its representative office in Hanoi, marking an important milestone in Norway-Vietnam business cooperation portfolio.

Har du planer om å søke om nytt pass?

Thales, leverandøren av norske pass, melder om råvaremangel og redusert produksjonskapasitet.

Coronavirus situation – update and information

Vietnamesiske myndigheter har opphevet innreiserestriksjonene for norske statsborgere.

Smitteverntiltakene oppheves lørdag 12. februar

The Norwegian Government has removed the infection control measures since Saturday 12 February.

Ordningen med automatisk forlengelse av visum avsluttes pr. 15. januar 2022

Ending automatic visa extension for foreign nationals in Vietnam from 15 January 2022.

COVID-19: New entry measures to apply when travelling to Norway

As of 26 November 2021, entry restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted, and foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act may travel to Norway. You must apply for a visa if this is required.

Ambassador Grete Lochen addresses to Lao PDR

Ambassador Grete Lochen had an address to the friends in Lao on the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between Norway and Lao PDR (12 Nov 1991 - 12 Nov 2021).

Norway supports Vietnam's green energy transition

Ambassador Grete Løchen had a courtesy meeting with the Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Hồng Diên, and handed over to him a Vietnam Supply Chain Study Report for offshore wind as a gift ahead COP26.

New Government in Norway

On October 14, there was a change of government in Norway. The new government is a coalition between the Labor Party and the Center Party.

Vietnam godkjenner norsk EU/EØS digitalt koronasertifikat

Vietnam har overfor ambassaden i Hanoi meddelt at de midlertidig godkjenner norsk EU/EØS digitalt koronasetifikat.

22 of July

This year we mark that 10 years have passed since the terrorist attacks on the government offices and Utøya.

Government to establish new climate fund

The Norwegian Government has decided to allocate NOK 10 billion over a period of five years for a new fund that will invest in renewable energy in developing countries with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

New strategy for promoting freedom of expression in foreign and development policy

‘Freedom of expression is one of the most important rights we have in open and democratic societies. Defending freedom of expression means defending the right of all individuals to express their opinions and participate in society on an equal footing. Freedom of expression is also a prerequisite for the realisation of other human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Stortings – og sametingsvalget 2021

Denne høsten er det stortings – og sametingsvalg i Norge. Hvis du oppholder deg i utlandet må du stemme fra 1. juli og senest fredag 3. september.

Norway to share more Covid-19 vaccine doses

The funding Norway is contributing to Covax will provide an additional one million vaccine doses to the global Covax AMC (Covid-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment).

Valg 2021 - Vietnam og Laos

Valgdagen for Stortings- og sametingsvalget 2021 er mandag 13. september, fra Vietnam og Laos vil det i år være mulig å forhåndsstemme fra følgende steder og tidsrom:

Agreement on action plan to combat marine litter and new strategic plan for the Arctic region

The eight Arctic states adopted a regional action plan to promote cleaner oceans at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Reykjavik on Thursday.

Norway continues support for UXO survey and clearance in Lao PDR

The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Norway announced on May 7 that UXO survey and clearance operators The HALO Trust and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare represented by the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA).

Kick-off ASEANO in Vietnam

Ambassador Grete Løchen's address at the Local Stakeholder Workshop: Reducing Plastic Pollution in Đà Nẵng City to kick-off ASEAN-Norwegian Cooperation Project on Local Capacity Building for Reducing Plastic Pollution in the ASEAN Region (ASEANO) in Vietnam.

Lovász and Wigderson to share the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2021 to László Lovász of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA,

UNSC Meeting on Climate and Security

Statement by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the UN Security Council debate on the theme of “Maintenance of international peace and security: Climate and security”, 23 February 2021.

Norway assumes key leadership tasks in UN Security Council

As a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will chair the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee,  the Isil (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, and the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

International Conference on Women, Peace and Security

Norway is among the UN Member States that provide financial support to an International Conference on WPS organised in Hanoi by the Government of Vietnam and the United Nations from 7 to 9 December 2020.

Enhancing the Roles of ASEAN Women in Sustainable Peace and Security

Within the ASEAN framework, on 24 November 2020, Norwegian Mission to ASEAN and the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi, in coordination with the ASEAN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, held a workshop on Enhancing the Roles of ASEAN Women in Sustainable Peace and Security.

Ny forskrift om pass og nasjonalt ID-kort

Fra 19. oktober gjelder en ny forskrift om pass og nasjonalt ID-kort. Fra denne datoen ble det dyrere å søke om pass i utlandet enn i Norge.

Foreign Minister's Speech

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Ine Eriksen Søreide delivered a virtual Special Public Speech on “Multilateralism in a Global Context of Increased Geopolitical Tension and a Multilateral System under Pressure”.

Stronger focus on global health

The Government has proposed an increase in funding for global health efforts of NOK 500 million in the budget for 2021. The total allocation for global health will be close to NOK 4 billion.

Logo Design Contest

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Norway and Vietnam, the Norwegian Embassy launches a logo contest from 10 September to 15 October 2020.

Ambassador Grete Løchen's address

A Webinar on Opportunities in the Vietnamese Offshore Wind Market is held online today by Norwegian Energy Partners, in collaboration with Innovation Norway. Ambassador Grete Løchen participated and gave an opening address virtually. Below is the full text of her speech.

Avoiding trade frauds

The Norwegian Police have advised foreign companies to use video conferencing and record their communications to ensure secured transactions.

Visaforlengelse i Laos

Som følge av nasjonale restriksjoner har Immigration Department stanset mottak og behandling av visum. Ordningen gjelder inntil videre.

Visaforlengelse i Vietnam

Forlengelse av visum for turister håndteres av Vietnam Immigration Department i Hanoi og Ho Chi Minh City. Opphold og arbeidsvisum håndteres av Provincial/City Immigration Offices.

Changes in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 15 July

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing new exceptions to the travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries. The new exceptions apply to individual countries in the Schengen area/EEA from 15 July.

Norway supporting international promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of the press

Norway is maintaining its international support for freedom of expression and freedom of the press by extending its cooperation with International Media Support for four years. According to the agreement, funding provided by Norway will be used to improve access to reliable information, particularly during crises, promote high-quality journalism, and counter hate speech. It will also be used in efforts to protect journalists and media workers in 40 countries.

Norway elected to the UN Security Council

Today, Norway was elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021–2022. ‘We would like to thank the UN member states for the confidence they have shown in us. The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and security. We will make use of our seat on the Security Council to strengthen this work,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Norway to participate in international cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines

Norway is strongly committed to the effort to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. It is now clear that Norway will take part in two international initiatives to secure access to a vaccine for Norwegians and for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Information Session on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

The Session was co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where Ambassador Grete Løchen was invited to attend and talk about the Convention from the perspective of international cooperation and assistance.

Norway, Vietnam and UNDP join forces to tackle waste and plastic pollution

Two Norway-funded projects launched on the World Oceans Day in Vietnam to tackle waste and plastic pollution.

Informasjon om Covid-19

Viktig informasjon fra regjeringen, departementene og øvrige norske myndigheter om tiltak og råd til befolkningen.

Norway allocates a further NOK 38.2 million to humanitarian efforts

Press Release | 12 May 2020

Record Norwegian support for humanitarian efforts and protection

Press Release | Dated 24 April 2020

Norwegian aid to developing countries hits record high

Press Release | 16 April 2020

Norway seeking increased international cooperation to deal with the coronavirus crisis

Press Release | 16 April 2020

New programme aims to support Viet Nam on addressing Gender Biased Sex Selection and related harmful practices

Press Release | 10 April 2020

The Government enters new partnership agreements with humanitarian organisations

Press Release | 6 April 2020

Largest ever agreement with Norwegian Church Aid to fight poverty

Press Release | Date 2 April 2020

Norway stepping up support for international research on coronavirus disease

Press Release | Date 2 April 2020

Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains travel advice of 14 March

Press Release | Date 3 April 2020

Norway to contribute to new UN Fund to Fight Coronavirus

Press Release | Date 31/03/2020

Order of Laos Prime Minister on reinforced measures against Covid-19

Date: 29 March 2020

Norway to increase support for vaccine development by NOK 2.2 billion

Press release | Date 27/03/2020

Covid-19 pandemic: Government strengthens humanitarian efforts

Press Release | Date 25/03/2020

Norway takes initiative for new coronavirus fund at UN

Press Release | 23/03/2020

Regjeringen samarbeider med flyselskapene om å bistå nordmenn på reise med å komme hjem | Government cooperating with airlines to assist Norwegians in travelling home

Pressemelding | Dato: 17.03.2020

Fraråder reiser som ikke er strengt nødvendige til alle land | Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries

Pressemedling | 14/03/2020

Notice to Norwegian Travelers

Norwegian citizens may face new measures when entering other countries.

2020 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Laureates Named

The 2020 Holberg Prize is awarded to British-Canadian scholar Griselda Pollock for her contributions to feminist art history and cultural studies. The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to Danish theologian Frederik Poulsen for his research on The Old Testament.

Oppdatert helseinformasjon for reisende i Vietnam og Laos

Koronavirus (covid-19): Vietnamesiske myndigheter bekrefter at viruset er i Vietnam. Så langt er det et begrenset antall smittede.

Ambassador address

On 13-14 January 2020, Ambassador Grete Løchen took part in the Vietnam Onshore & Offshore Wind Summit 2020 in Hanoi and delivered an address as a Guest Speaker. Below is the full text of her address at the Summit

Religion and Environment

On 14 October, Ambassador Grete Løchen attended the National Interfaith Conference in Vietnam to promote the role of faith-based organisations in environmental protection and climate change responses together with political leaders, and leaders from faith-based organizations of 16 religions in Vietnam. Below is the full text of Ambassador's address at the Conference.

Regional OPTOCE Project launched in Vietnam

Ambassador Grete Løchen's speech at the launch of the Regional OPTOCE Project on October the 4th 2019, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Are you planning to travel to Norway and need a visa or residence permit?

As of the 6th of August 2019, applications for a visitor’s visa/residence permit to Norway submitted in Vietnam will be handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Vietnam - Norway Joint Statement

Full text of the Vietnam - Norway joint statement.

The Mine Ban Convention - 20 years of protection

Full text of the Ambassador's Speech on behalf of Norway as Presidency of the Mine Ban Convention at the dinner reception of the Regional Seminar on Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Explosive Remnants of War. Vientiane, Lao PDR, 29 – 30 April

Amendments to the Children Act and the Citizenship Act on parentage and citizenship for children born outside Norway came into force

On 1 April, amendments to the Children Act and the Citizenship Act on parentage and citizenship for children born outside Norway came into force.

Norway increases contribution to Green Climate Fund

Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein is giving priority to the Green Climate Fund as a channel for funding Norway’s climate-related efforts in developing countries in the coming years. Norway is hosting a replenishment meeting for the Fund in Oslo on 4-5 April.

Den 1. april ikraftsettes endringer i barnelova og statsborgerloven om foreldreskap og statsborgerskap for barn født i utlandet.

First woman to win the Abel Prize

Karen Uhlenbeck, an US mathematician becomes the first woman who wins the Abel Prize for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape

The Ibsen Scholarships 2019-2020

Looking for funding for your performing arts projects?

2019 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Laureates Named

Travelling to Norway as a group?

Then you may apply all together and save time!

Norway's New Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2019 - 2022)

Today, 11 January, the Norwegian Government's new Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2019 - 2022) is launched. With the new Plan, Norway commits to continue to strengthen women's participation in peace and security efforts and women's rights in conflict settings. We will increase our efforts in strategic phases of peacemaking.

The Norwegian Parliament votes in favour of dual citizenship

Dual citizenship could be allowed by 2020.

Norway to take over presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty

The Mine Ban Treaty is perhaps the most successful multilateral arms-related treaty in recent times. It was adopted in Oslo on 18 September 1997 and signed by more than 100 countries in Ottawa on 3 December the same year.

Ambassador Grete Løchen presenting her credentials to President H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong

On 17 November 2018, Norway’s Ambassador to Vietnam Grete Løchen presented her credentials to the President of Vietnam, H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, officially starting her 4-year posting in Vietnam

Ambassador Message

On the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of Norway-Vietnam diplomatic relation, Ambassador Grete Løchen delivered her first message on the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Norway-Vietnam Business Summit on Marine Rest Raw Materials Processing

Rest Raw Material Processing - Potential for Norway-Vietnam Cooperation

The United Nations Day 2018. Let’s celebrate cooperation!

On this UN Day, let’s celebrate cooperation! If we are to solve the greatest challenges of our time, we need more – not less – international cooperation.

Solar Seminar with EVN PECC1 on 15 October

Ambassador Designate Grete Løchen attended and delivered the speech at the Seminar "Norwegian solutions for solar power". The event was arranged by the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi, Innovation Norway, and the Power Engineering Consulting JSC 1 under the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN PECC1).

Norwegian Fisheries Seminar on 1-2 October

The Seminar was co-organised by the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi, Innovation Norway and the Vietnamese Department of Fisheries. Speakers from Norway’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Fisheries; Directorate of Fisheries; and Norwegian companies discuss how Norway effectively combats illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, and uses satellite and other technologies for this. Below is Ambassador Designate Grete Løchen's opening remarks at the Seminar.