Re-entry ban

If you do not leave Sweden within the period specified in your decision, you may be issued a re-entry ban. In that case, you cannot return to any of the countries the Schengen Area, or Romania, Bulgari and Croatia within a certain period of time. If the Swedish Migration Agency does not believe that you will leave Sweden voluntarily, you may be issued a re-entry ban.

If you have received a decision on refusal of entry with immediate effect, you will always be issued a re-entry ban.

Re-entry ban for other reasons

If the Swedish Migration Agency does not believe that you will leave Sweden voluntarily, you may be issued a re-entry ban covering the Schengen area, which is valid for up to five years. For example, you may receive a re-entry ban if you have:

  • previously gone into hiding;
  • said that you do not intend to leave Sweden;
  • used a false identity or not assisted the Migration Agency in establishing your real identity;
  • deliberately provided incorrect information or withheld important information; or
  • been convicted of a crime that may be punishable by imprisonment.

If you are issued a re-entry ban for one of the above reasons, you will forfeit the period of voluntary return and must leave the country immediately.

Forfeiting the period of voluntary return also means that you forfeit your right to accommodation and financial support from the Migration Agency. (Families with children may keep their daily allowance and may stay in the Migration Agency’s accommodations until they leave Sweden.)

Respect the period of voluntary return

Once your decision has taken effect (entered into force), you must leave Sweden within two to four weeks. How much time you have is stated in your decision.

You can be given more time to leave the country if you have exceptional reasons. If you need more time, you must inform the Migration Agency as soon as possible.

Before you leave the country, the Migration Agency will give you a certificate called a proof of departure. Hand over the certificate when you pass Swedish border control to notify the Migration Agency that you have left the country. If you do not turn in the certificate for some reason, you can still prove that you left Sweden on time, for example by showing tickets or stamps in your passport. Present the evidence that you have crossed the border to the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate-general, or make a copy of it and post it to the Swedish Migration Agency. It is your responsibility to submit proof that you have left Sweden on time if you don’t wish to be issued a re-entry ban.

The Migration Agency can revoke a re-entry ban if you are able to prove that you left Sweden during the period specified in your decision.

Exemption from re-entry ban

The Swedish Migration Agency may decide not to issue a re-entry ban in consideration of your personal circumstances. This may happen, for example, if you have children with residence permits in a Schengen country.

The following countries are covered by the Schengen Agreement

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The re-entry ban also includes Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia.

Last updated: 22 September 2016

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