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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.

Information to applicants in Vietnam and Laos: Applications for visitor’s visas and residence permits for Norway are handeled by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. All applications are to be submitted through VFS Global in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City

Please note that VFS Norway visa application centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 situation.

Important information to students from Vietnam and Laos

As a result of the temporary closure of the VFS offices, the Norwegian embassy in Bangkok will not be able to return applicants´passports to Vietnam. For those who have been granted a study permit in Norway, this means that for the time being and until further notice, the passports will be kept at the embassy in Bangkok.

The embassy is looking into alternative solutions. Any updates or changes to the situation will be posted here and on the respective VFS´s websites. In the meantime, please note that it is possible to authorize someone to collect your passport in person at the embassy in Bangkok (by appointment only). In order to authorize someone to act on your behalf, you will have to fill out the required “Power of Attorney” form, which can be found here: Power of attorney / Authorisation - UDI. The authorized person can then send the passport to your address in Vietnam.

Important information to seasonal workers from Vietnam and Laos

Before applying for the seasonal worker permit, please read the following information on UDIs webpage: Important information to seasonal workers


Following the strict entry restrictions into Vietnam and Laos due to the corona situation, there are no regular commercial flights to Vietnam and Laos now. Because it is so difficult to return, a visitor visa to Norway will only be granted in extraordinary cases.

These temporary changes in the visa practice will last until commercial flights resume to Vietnam and Laos.

For information on your possibilities for getting a visitors visa now, please visit The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) webpage: and


Som følge av strenge innreiserestriksjoner i Vietnam og Laos grunnet koronasituasjonen, går det ikke ordinære flyvninger til Vietnam og Laos nå. Fordi det er så vanskelig å reise tilbake vil det nå kun innvilges besøksvisum i spesielle tilfeller. Disse endringene vil vare frem til kommersielle flyvninger til Vietnam og Laos gjenopptas.

Dersom du ønsker å lese mer om dine muligheter til å få visum nå , vennligst se og

You can contact the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, visa section, at