Returning voluntarily

Returning voluntarily means you are cooperating in your return. When you have received a rejection of your application for asylum, you must make plans to leave Sweden.

When you have received a decision on refusal of entry or expulsion, you will be invited to an interview with an officer of the Swedish Migration Agency. You will be given information on what the options are in your case, and you may also ask questions.

If you are unable to arrange the journey yourself, the officer will help you to draw up a plan for what should be done. You may also be entitled to cash support or other support to make it easier for you to resettle in your country of origin.

Read more about who can receive support with their return

Arrange a passport or temporary travel document

You are responsible for arranging a passport and other things that are needed in order for you to return to your country of origin, or another country where you have the right to reside.

If you need help with a travel document, the Swedish Migration Agency can contact the authorities in your country of origin, to apply for a temporary travel document for you. The Swedish Migration Agency will then have to disclose your personal data to the authorities in your country, but we will not tell them you have applied for asylum in Sweden.

If a temporary travel document cannot be arranged, you may, in exception cases, be given an emergency alien's passport by the Swedish Migration Agency. The emergency alien's passport will then only be valid for your return journey to your country of origin.

Travel ticket

You must book travel to the country that is specified in the decision on refusal of entry or expulsion.

You must primarily pay your return travel home yourself. If you do not have any fund of your own or other resources, the Swedish Migration Agency can help you to reserve and pay for the ticket. If you pay for the journey yourself, bear in mind that you must have valid documents for travel when booking your journey.

If you buy a ticket with a stopover in a country in which you do not have a permit to remain, you risk paying a fine or being required by that country’s authorities to travel back to Sweden. Therefore, book a journey without a stopover in another Schengen country. The Swedish Migration Agency accepts no liability for travel you have booked yourself. If you choose to book a journey with a stopover in another Schengen country, you must ensure that you have the right to remain in the country by obtaining an entry visa for the country.

Accommodation, bank cards and Asylum Seeker cards

You must hand back your Asylum Seeker card to the Swedish Migration Agency before leaving Sweden. If you have been given a bank card from the Swedish Migration Agency, you must withdraw the money from your account and hand the card back. If you have been staying in accommodation provided by the Swedish Migration Agency, you must vacate the accommodation and hand back the keys.

Healthcare and schooling

You have the same right to healthcare up until the day you leave the country as previously, but you will not receive any financial assistance for medicines and care after your decision has acquired legal force and your entitlement to financial support has ceased.

Children have the right to go to school as long as they remain in Sweden.

Read more about children in the asylum process

Departure

It is always your responsibility to demonstrate to the Swedish Migration Agency that you have left Sweden. If the Swedish Migration Agency is not informed that you have left Sweden, we may make the decision to impose a re-entry ban. This means you may not enter the Schengen area. Your case may also be forwarded to the Border Police.

In order for the Swedish Migration Agency to be informed that you have left Sweden, you should submit a proof of departure to passport control when you depart. The proof of departure will be sent to you in a letter, or you can request one from your nearest Reception Unit. You can also demonstrate that you have left the country by submitting a passport copy containing the first page of your passport with your personal data, and the page with the exit stamp (marked with a reference number), to the Swedish Migration Agency. A flight ticket or boarding pass alone cannot be used to confirm departure.

Please note that you may not purchase a trip that involves a stopover in another Schengen country, and that the proof of departure can only be submitted at Swedish airports. If you fly from Kastrup, for example, you must confirm your outward journey by sending copies of your passport with the exit stamp.

Find contact information for the Swedish Migration Agency

Travel to a country other than the country of origin

Another country within the European Union

The Swedish Migration Agency may decide that you should travel back to another EU country and that your application for asylum should be considered there. This may depend, for example, on whether you were in another EU country before you came to Sweden, or whether you have a visa for, or have applied for asylum in, another EU country. These rules are contained in the Dublin Regulation.

If you would rather return to your country of origin, this is fine, provided that your return does not take longer or is not more expensive.

Read more about the Dublin Regulation

Another country than that specified in the decision

You may return to another country than the one specified in the decision if you can show that you will be received there. You must have a valid passport and a permit to reside in the country concerned. The fact that you have a tourist visa, for example, or can travel without a visa is not sufficient. Nor must your return take longer or be significantly more expensive.

Last updated: 8 October 2019

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