Schengen Visa

Visa applicants who wish to apply for a visa at the Embassy in London must lodge and pay for their applications on the Internet before submitting their supporting documents at the Embassy. Please read the information below carefully before filling in your application. Please also note that we currently have 4-5 weeks waiting time for appointments. No tickets should be booked until you have been informed that the visa has been granted.  

The information on this site is only applicable to applicants residing in the United Kingdom. If you do not reside in the United Kingdom, please click here to find your local Norway Portal.

The information below only applies to short-term visas for up to 90 days over a period of up to 5 years). If you intend to work or stay more than 90 days (in any six months' period), please click here or contact the Embassy, as you may need a Work / Residence Permit.

Application procedure

Visa applications to the Embassy in London must be lodged and paid for on the Internet using the secure Visa Portal.  Appointments to submit supporting documents at the Embassy can also be booked on the portal. The new procedure will result in shorter processing time as well as making it easier for applicants to re-apply for subsequent visas. Applicants can also check the status of their applications online.

All first time applicants must book an appointment on the Portal.

Applicants who have had a visa from the Norwegian Embassy in London or the Consulate General in Edinburgh before may either apply in person or send their supporting documents by post / courier (after filling in the application form and paying the visa fee online).

Instead of booking an appointment, applicants who are eligible to send their supporting documents must tick off the box in the Visa Portal confirming that they have an agreement with the Embassy. However, applicants who have received a visa from a Norwegian Foreign Service Mission in the UK before, but intend to submit their supporting documents in person, must book an appointment.

An appointment can be changed or cancelled from 'Previous individual application(s)' / 'Previous group application(s)' (on the Visa Portal). It is not possible to book an appointment without a visa application.

How to apply
The first time you use the Visa Portal, you must register as a user with a username and a password. When you have registered, you can make an application and pay for the visa. If you need a Schengen Visa to Norway again, you can simply log on, use your last application as a template and only change details such as travel dates, new visas, etc (providing the country you live in has started using the Visa Portal).

When you have submitted your application and paid the appropriate fee on the Visa Portal, you must either submit the supporting documents in person at the Embassy when you have an appointment (if you have not had a visa from the Embassy in London before) or send the supporting documents to the Embassy (if you have previously had a visa from the Embassy in London). There is no need to send supporting documents in the post if you have an appointment.

Group registration
Applications can be registered individually or in groups on the Portal. A group may consist of 1 - 16 applicants. Registering many applications as a group saves time, however, only individual applications may be copied for subsequent applications in the future. Families or people who always travel together to Norway may therefore want to register all applications individually. 

Supporting documents
A number of documents are required in order to process a visa application. Please see the links below regarding documentation for the various categories of visa applicants:

Supporting documents

Supporting documents for family members of EEA nationals

Supporting documents for Specialists

Health insurance
Applicants who have been granted a visa must produce valid travel health insurance

Processing time
The processing time of a visa depends on each individual case. However, applicants should always apply several weeks before the intended journey.

If the case is considered uncomplicated, it can be handled by the Embassy in London, in which case the processing time is 3-10 days (counting from the day the Embassy receives all the requested documents). 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.

How do I get my passport back?
If you have received a visa from the Norwegian Embassy in London before, you may send the application by post. If you submit a pre-paid, but not date-stamped, 'Special Delivery' envelope with the application, the Embassy can return the passport to you. 

First-time applicants must apply in person at the Embassy in London, but providing you submit a self-addressed,  pre-paid, but not date stamped, 'Special Delivery' Envelope, the Embassy can send the passport back to you.

Application fee
The application fee must be paid electronically on the secure Visa Portal after filling in your application. The application will not be sent to the Embassy before the payment has been successfully processed (usuallly within a few seconds).

Applicants who are exempt from paying the visa fee will have their fee immediately refunded (electronically) once the relevant documentation has been produced.

The application fee for short-stay visas to all Schengen states, including Norway, is EUR 60 with effect from 1 January 2007. If a fee is paid in person (in emergency cases) the fee is equivalent to EUR 60 in pounds.

The visa fee for nationals of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine is EUR 35.

The fee is waived for visa applicants in the following categories:

• Children under 6 years

• School pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training

• Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research, as per specific rules

• Applicants related to (spouse, descendant or dependent ascendant of) EEA citizen on production of relevant certificates (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc)

• People applying for D visas

In certain cases, the fee may be waived or reduced in accordance with national legislation, when this would serve to promote cultural, foreign policy or development policy interests, other areas of vital public interest, or for humanitarian reasons.

Visiting more than one Schengen country and unsure where to apply?
If you want to visit one Schengen country, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of that country. If you want to visit several Schengen countries, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country of your main destination (i.e. where you intend to spend the most days).

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, but do not have a main destination (i.e. you intend to spend an equal amount of days in each country), you should apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country which is your first port of entry. 

No Internet access?
If you don't have Internet access, there are a number of Internet cafes near the Embassy.

General Information regarding the Schengen Agreement
On 25 March 2001, Norway became part of the Schengen co-operation. This had an impact on applications for visas. Generally, a visa for one of the countries in the Schengen area will be valid for a stay in all the other Schengen countries during the period for which the visa is valid. Over a period of six months, you are not permitted to spend more than a total of three months in the Schengen area. A visitor's visa may be granted for a tourist visit, family visit, official business, business trip, study visit or other purpose.

The Schengen member states are  Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

If you are not sure whether you require a visa to visit a particular Schengen country, please contact the Embassy / Consulate of that particular Schengen country.

The issue of Schengen visas is discretionary and depends on examination of each individual case, including purpose of visit and intention to return. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for personal / private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa. This enables you to visit any of, and move freely within, all of the above mentioned countries during one trip within the validity of the visa.                                                                      

Countries whose citizens do not require visa:

A visa is not required, among others, for:

  • Nordic citizens
  • Persons with a valid Norwegian immigrant's passport
  • Persons with a valid Norwegian travel document for refugees
  • Persons with a residence permit in Norway
  • Persons with a residence permit in an other Schengen country (max 90 days in any six months period)
  • Foreign nationals with a valid passport from countries with which Norway has entered into a agreement waiving the visa requirement

To see a complete list of citizens who are exempt from the visa requirement, please click here.

Embassy contact details:

Royal Norwegian Embassy
Consular Section
25 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QD

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7591 5500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7591 5547


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