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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

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.

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


To limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Norwegian Government is imposing far stricter entry rules starting from midnight Friday 29 January. As a main rule only foreigners residing in Norway can enter Norway, as well as all Norwegian citizens (regardless of where they live). There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Groups that can enter Norway now include:

  • foreign nationals who reside in Norway;
  • foreign nationals for whom special reasons indicate they should be granted the right to enter, such as specific care responsibilities for persons in Norway or other compelling welfare considerations;
  • foreign nationals who are to carry out agreed or formalised parent-child contact;
  • close family members of persons residing in Norway, i.e. spouses/registered partners/cohabitants, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren;
  • journalists and other personnel on assignment for a foreign media institution;
  • foreign nationals who plan an airport stopover in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen);
  • seafarers and aviation personnel;
  • foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers;
  • foreign nationals who work in critical public functions;
  • health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care services.


The following groups of people cannot travel to Norway for the time being:

  • girlfriends/boyfriends
  • grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children
  • foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student;
  • a foreign national who is to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement of a residence permit.
  • foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third-country nationals);

You can read more about this on the Government's website and on UDI`s website.

There are still strict rules for negative tests before entry, tests on entry and quarantine hotels.

The changes will take effect at 00:00 on Friday 29 January 2021. Foreign nationals who have begun a journey to Norway before the restrictions take effect will be granted entry.

People arriving in Norway from abroad are required to quarantine and present a certificate of negative Covid-19 test. The test must be taken less than 24 hours before departure to Norway. If you don’t present such a test, you may be refused entry.

Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to:

People who come to Norway must have a permanent residence in the country, or the employer or client must provide a guarantee of a suitable place of residence upon arrival in Norway. Persons, including tourists and visitors, who have neither their own residence, nor employer or client in Norway must stay in quarantine hotels and test for Covid 19 during the quarantine period. This also applies to family members who come to visit relatives in Norway, and for visits to boyfriend/girlfriend.

For more information regarding covid-19 test and quarantine conditions upon entry to Norway, please consult the Norwegian health authorities:

For more information regarding quarantine hotels, plase see information from the Norwegian government:

For detailed information regarding whom can travel to Norway now, please visit: The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's Corona information page:

Information about the corona situation from the Norwegian government can be found here:



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.

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Where and when to apply?

Please note that the visa application must be handed in at one of our VFS Global application centers. It is obligatory to book appointment.

Please note that VFS Norway visa application centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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