Schengen Visa - New application procedure

Visa applicants who wish to apply for a visa at the Consulate General in Edinburgh must lodge and pay for their applications on the Internet using the secure Visa Portal. Please read the information below carefully before filling in your application.

The information on this site is only applicable to applicants residing in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applicants who reside in England or Wales must apply to the Embassy in London. To be redirected to the Embassy's web site, please click here.  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 1 year). If you intend to work or stay more than 90 days, please click here or contact the Consulate General, as you may need a Work / Residence Permit.

New application procedure in Edinburgh

Visa applications to the Consulate General in Edinburgh must be lodged and paid for on the Internet using the secure Visa 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.

Application fee
The application fee for short-stay visas to all Schengen states, including Norway, is EUR 60 with effect from 1 January 2007. The fee is to be paid in a convertible currency or in the national currency on the basis of the official exchange rate at the time.

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.
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, and
• researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research, as per specific rules.
• applicants related to EEA-member on production of relevant certificates.

For these applicants the fee will be refunded once the relevant documentation has been produced.

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

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. 

The Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh also issue Schengen visas for Iceland.

No Internet access?
There is a large Internet Cafe (EasyInternetcafe) in Rose Street, 5 minutes walk away from the Consulate General (Easyinternetcafe fee incurs). If you are travelling to the Consulate General by train and have a laptop, you may want to use GNER's WIFI access (GNER fee incurs) and apply while you travel. Your local Council can also advise you of where you can get Internet access near your home.

How to apply
The first time you use the Visa Portal, you must register as a user. The system will give you 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 (or Iceland) again, you can log on and 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 Consulate General between 10am - 12 noon, Mon-Wed (if you have not had a visa from the Consulate General in Edinburgh before) or send the supporting documents to the Consulate General (if you have previously had a visa from the Consulate General in Edinburgh).

Supporting documents
Once you have applied online, you have to submit a number of required documents to support your application. Please note that the Consulate General cannot start processing your application before all documents have been received.

Supporting documents

Supporting documents for family member of EEA nationals

Supporting documents for Specialists

When the application has been processed:
When the application has been processed, you will receive a text message or an e-mail from the Consulate General requesting that you log on to the Visa Portal and check the status of your application.

If the visa has been granted you must produce health insurance (normal travel insurance will suffice providing that it has medical cover for at least EUR 30,000 and is valid in all Schengen countries, not just Norway) before the visa can be issued. Please note that NHS cards and European Health Insurance cards (previously 'E111') is NOT sufficient. Spouses, descendants and dependent ascendants of EU or EEA nationals and specialists / highly skilled workers (applying for a job seeker visa as explained above) do not have to submit health insurance.

The insurance must be valid for the entire stay for single entry visas and the first trip for multiple entry visas. However, if you have been granted a double or multiple entry visa, it is your own responsibility to make sure that you have a valid health insurance (as stated above) on every subsequent trip. Failure to do so may result in rejection when attempting to cross the border.

If your employer has health insurance for you, the employer in the UK should confirm this in the 'employer letter'. If you have already got health insurance, you can submit this when you apply. However, we recommend you do not pay for anything before you know your application has been sucessful.

Applicants may also be required to produce a return ticket.

Applicants who fail to produce the required documentation before and after a visa has been granted, will be refused a visa. Norway's Schengen-partners will be informed of any visa rejections.

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, the case can be handled by the Consulate General in Edinburgh, in which case the processing time is 3-10 days (counting from the day the Consulate General receives all the requested documents). If the case is considered somewhat complicated, the case will be handled by the Directorate of Immigration. 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 Consulate General in Edinburgh before, you may send the application by post. If you submit a pre-paid, but not date-stamped, 'Special Delivery' envelope (Royal Mail) with the application, the Consulate General can return the passport to your nearest Honorary Consulate where you must go in person to pick it up. 

First-time applicants must apply in person at the Consulate General in Edinburgh, but providing you submit a self-addressed,  Pre-paid, but not date stamped, 'Special Delivery' Envelope, the Consulate General can send the passport back to your home / office / nearest Honorary Consulate.

General Information regarding the Schengen Agreement

On the 25th 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, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

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
  • Foreign nationals with a valid passport from countries with which Norway has entered into a agreement waiving the visa requirement
  • Persons with a valid Norwegian immigrant's passport
  • Persons with a valid Norwegian travel document for refugees
  • Persons with a residence permit in Norway

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

Consulate General contact details:

Royal Norwegian Consulate General
Visa Section
86 George Street

Tel: +44 (0) 131 226 5701
Fax: +44 (0) 131 220 4976


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