Welcome to the web-site for Norwegian Visa Application Center in Thailand
|Please note -
All applicants need a prior appointment before submitting an application for Schengen Visa or Residence Permit to Norway. Appointments can only be made online, as part of the registration on Application Portal Norway. This also includes group tours. (…read more)
The Embassy of Norway in Bangkok is pleased to announce the opening of
their Visa Application Centre operated by VFS (Thailand) Ltd. in Bangkok. This
site provides information on procedures applicable to all Thai residents who
wish to apply for Schengen visas to travel to Norway,
and also for Thai residents who wish to apply for permits to reside and work in
The applications are to be submitted at the Norwegian Visa Application Centre
in Bangkok according to the jurisdiction specified. Applications for Schengen
visas and 7-day entry visas for spouses will be assessed by the Embassy of
Norway in Bangkok, while applications for work and residence permits will be
forwarded by the Embassy to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in
Norway for consideration.
All applicants should submit their applications
in person at the Visa Application Centre.
For Prospective Applicants
If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway, or a permit to work and/or
reside in Norway, kindly read the information on this site carefully. If you
follow the guidelines listed on this site, you will be able to submit your
documents accurately. This will reduce the chances of your application being
rejected due to inadequate or faulty submission of documents.
Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ –
do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa
application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a
visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no
say on whether you will be granted a visa and how much time it will take to
process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of Norway to decide
that you may be required to appear before a Visa
Officer for a personal interview at the Embassy of Norway in Bangkok prior to
the final processing of the application. If an interview is required the staff
at the Visa Application Centre will assist you in making an appointment at the
Case processing times:
The processing time for Schengen visas depends on each individual case.
However, applicants should always apply several weeks
the intended journey.
If the case is considered uncomplicated, it can be handled by the Embassy in Bangkok, in which case the average processing time is within15 working days
counting from the day the Embassy receives all the required documents (excluding the day of submission and return to VFS).
If the case is considered somewhat complicated, the case will be handled by the
Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). For current processing times at the
Directorate of Immigration, please click here
7-day entry visa for spouse
The processing time for 7-day entry visas is twelve (16) weeks counting from the day the Embassy receives all the required documents (excluding the day of submission and return to VFS).
Applications for work and residence permit
It is the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration in Norway (UDI) who handles
applications for permits for work and residence in Norway. Once an application
has been sent to UDI in Norway, the Embassy has no further bearing on the case.
The processing time depends on the work load at UDI at any time, but you can
find an average expected processing time for the various types of permits on
UDI’s Web site: please click here
For applicants who prefer to apply for a visa at the Embassy of Norway :
Please be advised that the Embassy has a limited number of time slots per week,
and that the case processing time for visa applications submitted directly at
the Embassy will be two (2) weeks
counting from when the
Embassy receives all the required documents.
All applicants who wish to apply for a visa at the Embassy must book a prior
appointment through VFS. Please contact VFS for more information on how to book
VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM - NEW
As of 14 November, the Schengen countries are introducing a new visa information system, including biometric data like fingerprints and digital photography.
The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.
The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. A phased rollout is underway, connecting more of these states’ visa sections to the VIS at each stage.
The VIS works by linking Schengen States’ consulates and external border crossing points to the central VIS database. The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application process:
||People applying for a visa for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
|| Finger scans stored in the VIS can be re used for further visa applications within the following five years.
||When travelers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.
For more information please contact the European Commission click here