Tourist

Overview

Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

Applicants, who intend to travel purely for tourist purposes, i.e. visiting for leisure, recreation or sightseeing, and provide for their own accommodation (hotel, hostel, B&B, camping, …) need to apply as Tourist.

Eligibility

Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

  1. holding a valid passport/travel document
  2. holding a valid UK residence permit.
  3. applying for a short stay visa: Tourist (including Minors), Visitor Family/Friends, Business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family member or Airport Transit

Visa Fees

Visa Category Visa fee (in Euro) VFS Service fee (in GBP)
Tourism/Visitor Family and Friends/Conference 80.00 23.00
Business 80.00 23.00
Airport Transit 80.00 23.00
Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation and Ukraine 35.00 23.00
Children between 6 and 12 years old 40.00 23.00
Children less than 6 years old 0.00 23.00
EXEMPTION VISA FEES - -
Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Norway. 0.00 23.00
(scientific) researchers from third countries 0.00 23.00
Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations. 0.00 23.00

Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

All fees can be paid by cash (except in Edinburgh), Credit/Debit card or Postal Orders in the name of “Norway Visa Application Centre”.

Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

The list of documents below is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/documents, if desired by the Mission.

Both the standard and the supporting documentation have to be recent, i.e. not older than 1 month, and need to be provided for every Schengen visa application.

Applicants always have to bring and present their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted.

Before gathering the required documents mentioned below, applicants are advised to read the requirements under Overview (see here) in order to ensure they are entitled to apply for the chosen visa category.

For Minors, please click here.

  1. STANDARD DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
    1. Printed Visa application form (original) (see here)
    2. Cover letter (printout of PDF document)

      After having paid online the applicable visa fee, an email – with the cover letter as a PDF attachment - confirming the visa application registration is sent.
    3. Payment receipt

      In addition to the cover letter, a payment receipt will be obtained that needs to be printed and submitted as well.
    4. Passport (original and photocopy)

      Signed passport, at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the day of leaving the Schengen Area.

      Extended passport may still be valid, but when older than 10 years the passport is no longer acceptable; in that case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.

      Photocopies of previous Schengen visas endorsed in an old passport and/or issued in the last 3 years, if applicable.
    5. UK Residence permit (original and photocopy)

      UK Residence permit, endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area; If holding a UK biometric card, kindly provide a photocopy of both sides
    6. Photograph (original) (see here)
  2. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
    1. Proof of current occupation
      1. Employer letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed, headed letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s employment)
      2. Student letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed or stamped, UK school/college/university letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s enrolment)
      3. Self- employment letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed, headed letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s self-employment) and obtained from:

        1. applicant’s accountant: when applicant’s company’s accountancy is done by an external/independent accountant
        2. solicitor: when applicant’s company has been registered by a solicitor
        3. Companies House: Certificate of Incorporation received upon registering business: if applicant’s name is not mentioned on certificate, then additional proof demonstrating connection applicant – company should be provided
      4. Unemployed/retired
        1. Receiving Benefits: recent original letter obtained from local Jobcentre or DWP
        2. Not receiving Benefits: cover letter explaining applicant’s financial situation
        3. Housewife/man (only applicable to married couples): applicant’s may be sponsored by their spouse/registered partner; in these cases the following needs to be provided:

          1. marriage certificate (original + copy): when this document was issued outside the EU and is not in English, then it should be translated by a certified translator in the UK
          2. spouse/registered partner’s passport (original + copy)
          3. spouse/registered partner’s proof of occupation (as in B.1.a, b or c)
          4. spouse/registered partner’s proof of funds
          5. spouse/registered partner’s cover letter (signed & dated) confirming sponsorship
    2. Proof of funds
      1. Latest 3 months UK current or savings account bank statements showing applicant’s name, address and an end balance dated within the last month on the visa application submission date; balance needs to show a minimum amount of £ 50.00/day of stay in the Schengen Area + outstanding accommodation and travel fees (alternatively online bank account printouts are also accepted).
      2. Travellers’ cheques covering the same amount as explained under a.
    3. Proof of travel (airplane, train, boat, coach, (hired) car)
      1. Confirmed return travel tickets: mentioning applicant’s name and travel dates to & from the Schengen Area
      2. When travelling by car: car registration, car insurance, return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) mentioning the car’s registration number and driver’s driving licence. If applicant is not the driver, then driver’s cover letter (signed & dated) confirming joint travel with applicant and travel dates need to be provided too.

        When travel tickets have been paid through travel agency, then a receipt, an invoice or a payment confirmation is also required.
    4. Proof of accommodation

      Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, camping,…) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, travel dates and accommodation address details.

      If the applicant’s name is not mentioned on the accommodation reservation, then a joint travel confirmation letter, signed and dated by the person whose name is on the reservation, must also be provided along with a photocopy of that same person’s passport/ID card + passport signature page, if signature is not on passport’s bio page.

      When accommodation is reserved for a group, then a list with the names of the group members will also be required; alternatively the group members their names may also be mentioned on the travel ticket

    5. Travel insurance (all-risk medical travel insurance)

      Travel insurance – showing the applicant’s name - has to be valid throughout the complete territory of the Schengen Area and must cover the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay in the Schengen Area; the minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation expenses must be 30,000 €.

Photo Specifications

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Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:

  • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus
  • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
  • Photograph attached (paper clipped) to the Visa Application Form

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

Apply well in advance of your travel. Applications shall be lodged no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit to Schengen area.

We recommend that you apply at least 4 weeks prior to departure. You may register your application 6 months before your planned trip. Seafarers can apply up to 9 months in advance

The case handling time is counted 15 calendar days from the application is received at the Norwegian Embassy in London, to it is picked up by the courier at the embassy. The decision period may be extended to 45 days when further consideration needed.

Therefore, please take into account that due to courier between the locations, the amount of days until you receive your decision will often be more than 15 calendar days; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.  

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Edinburgh need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Application Form

For Norway every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from a Schengen visa application form (VAF).

Applicants will need to:

  1. Complete step by step the online Application Form (new users first need to register)
  2. Pay the applicable visa fee
  3. Take printouts of the cover letter, visa application form and payment receipt
  4. Sign the printed visa application form
  5. Bring on the appointment day the cover letter, visa application form and payment receipt