Facts about entry visas

An entry visa is a permit which may be needed for a non-EU citizen in order to visit Sweden and other countries within the Schengen Area.

Reasons to apply for an entry visa

A visa may be granted for:

  • visiting relatives or friends
  • business or conference visits, seminars or similar arrangements
  • tourism
  • participation in sports events
  • cultural exchanges
  • other specific purposes that is of personal or economic nature
  • transit.

Validity period for entry visa

A visa is temporary and is valid for a maximum 90 days per six month period. If you are visiting Sweden for a period of longer than 90 days, you must instead apply for a visitor's permit. A person who has been in the Schengen Area for 90 days must be outside of the Schengen Area for 90 days before they can receive a new Schengen Visa.

You can apply for a Schengen Visa that is valid for several entries if for example you regularly visit your children or frequently take business trips to Sweden. A visa with several entries can be valid for stays of a maximum 90 days every six months over a maximum period of 5 years.

If a person has special reasons, they may receive a visa for a longer period (D visa). D visas are valid throughout the Schengen Area but are considered in accordance with national rules and can apply for up to 1 year.

You can use the EU Schengen calculator to work out when you can enter the Schengen area again, and how many days you can stay.

If you receive a visa, you can visit other countries within the Schengen Area. If your passport is not accepted by all Schengen countries, your visa may only be valid for entries to Sweden or certain countries within the Schengen Area.

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Visa consideration

Praxis for visas is established by the Migration Court and the Migration Court of Appeal. Where interpretation of the Visa Code is required, praxis is established by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Last updated: 20 March 2015