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Apply to extend your visit to Sweden

If you need to stay longer than your visa is valid, you can apply to extend your visa if the combined period of stay is less than 90 days from when you entered the Schengen area. If your visit to Sweden and the Schengen area is longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a visitor’s permit. If you are visa exempt and wish to stay longer than 90 days, you must apply for a visitor’s permit.

Visits lasting longer than 90 days, and extending visits in connection with the coronavirus

Apply for a visitor’s residence permit if you are unable to travel home as a consequence of the coronavirus

The spread of the coronavirus has resulted in many countries closing their borders, and airlines and travel companies have shut down or reduced the number of journeys. This means that people who are paying a temporary visit to Sweden are unable to travel home as planned and therefore need to extend their visit to Sweden.

If you are unable to travel home due to borders being closed or flight cancellations, you can apply to extend your entry visa. You can apply for an extended entry visa if your combined stay in the Schengen countries will not last any longer than 90 days during a 180-day period.

Because of the uncertain travel situation, however, the Swedish Migration Agency recommends that you first apply for a visitor’s residence permit instead of extending your entry visa. This means you do not have to first extend your entry visa and then possibly also have to apply later for a visitor’s residence permit.

If you apply for a visitor’s residence permit before your entry visa, your entry visa-free time or your current visitor’s residence permit has expired, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision.

If you have another permit that is about to expire, do not intend to extend this and have planned to leave Sweden, but cannot leave due to travel restrictions, you can apply for a visitor’s residence permit.

If all the conditions for the application are fulfilled, the Swedish Migration Agency can grant a visitor’s residence permit that is valid for 90 days.

If there are still travel restrictions in place a short time before your visitor’s residence permit visits expires, you can apply for a new visitor’s residence permit.

How to apply for a visi­tor's resi­dence permit

An application for a visitor's residence permit is sent by post to

Migrationsverket
601 70 Norrköping

You can also leave your application in a mailbox at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s Service Centres.

The Migration Agency's visiting addresses

Applications must be placed in an envelope on which you write “Application for visitor’s residence permit”.

See also the instructions in the application forms for any additional documents that you may need to attach.

You must attach

  • the form Application for visitor's permit, number 165011. For children under 18, you must use the form Application for visitor's permit for a child under the age of 18, number 167011
  • the form Family details – Appendix to your application, number 239011
  • copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data and all entry stamps. The passport must be valid for the time that your stay in Sweden is expected to last
  • copy of ID document from the person who invited you to Sweden (does not apply for business, study or tourist visits)
  • an account statement or other document showing that you have money for your subsistence during the time you plan to stay in Sweden. If someone else is paying for your support, that person's income information/assets must be verified
  • if you are unable to travel home as planned due to flight cancellations or travel restrictions as a consequence of the coronavirus, please state this reason in your application (on the form). In these instances you do not need to attach a copy of a return ticket
  • acknowledgement of your payment of the application fee (e.g. printed receipt from online bank)
    – Adult: SEK 1,500
    – Child: SEK 750.

You pay the fee to bankgiro number 5223-7005. The IBAN for the account is SE6912000000012810106908 and the BIC/SWIFT code is DABASESX (Danske Bank).

In the box for messages to the recipient, you write

  • application for a visi­tor's resi­dence permit
  • the name and surname of the person the application fee is for
  • the personal identity number and/or case number for each individual if you are paying the fees of several people at the same time.

If you apply for a visitor's permit and specify that you have the corona pandemic as the grounds for your application and that you intend to go home as soon as possible, you do not need to pay the application fee since 15 May.

Application for visitor's permit, form number 165011PDF

Application for visitor's permit for a child under the age of 18, form number 167011PDF

Family details – Appendix to your application, form number 239011PDF

After the deci­sion has been made – book an appoint­ment for photo and fing­er­prints

The decision will be sent to the address in Sweden that you stated in your application.

If your application is granted you will also be given a residence permit card. The card proves that you have permission to be in Sweden and contains information such as your fingerprints and photograph. You must make an appointment with the Swedish Migration Agency in order to have your photograph taken and to provide your fingerprints. As soon as you have received your decision and been granted a residence permit, you must make an appointment at the Service Centre closest to you.

Please note that you will need to have your photograph and fingerprints taken even if you have previously had a residence permit card as your photo and fingerprints are not stored.

Read more about residence permit cards

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted

In connection with the visit, you must be able to present a national passport or other approved travel document in its original form.

When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to you within about one week.

Important information about insurance

As a visitor you will not be registered in Sweden, which means that you will not be eligible for social benefits. Make sure to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness, injury, etc.

Visits lasting a maximum of 90 days

Exten­ding a visa because of the uncer­tain travel situ­a­tion as a conse­quence of the coro­na­virus

If you are unable to travel home before your visa expires you can apply to extend your visa. If, for example, your flight is cancelled, you can state force majeure (unforeseen events). Please note that you need to have a travel insurance policy that is valid during a pandemic in order to extend your entry visa. If you do not have such an insurance you can instead apply for a visitor’s residence permit.

A visitor’s visa can, however, only be extended for a maximum stay of 90 days. In view of the uncertain travel situation, the Swedish Migration Agency therefore recommends that you apply in the first instance for a visitor’s residence permit. If you are granted a visitor’s residence permit this will be valid for 90 days if all the conditions for the application are fulfilled. You also have the right to remain in Sweden until the Swedish Migration Agency has made a decision.

A visitor's visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days. If you have already stayed in a Schengen country for 90 days during the last 180-day period, you cannot extend your visa. Instead you can apply for a visitor’s residence permit.

Read more about a visitor's permit under the heading Visits lasting longer than 90 days, and extending visits in connection with the coronavirus

To reduce the number of visits to our Service Centres due to the coronavirus we ask you to send your application by post to the Swedish Migration Agency. You can also leave your application in a mailbox at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s Service Centres.

Send your application to
Migrationsverket
601 70 Norrköping

Exten­ding a visa

You can apply for an extension to your visa if your combined period of stay in the Schengen countries will not exceed 90 days in a 180-day period.

This is possible in the following cases:

  • force majeure – unforeseen events that prevent you from leaving Sweden or the Schengen countries, e.g. extreme weather
  • humanitarian reasons – if you or a close relative who lives in Sweden has been taken seriously ill, for example.

You can be granted a visa extension

  • if you have compelling personal reasons – this includes health care or a business trip.

The reason behind your need to extend the visa must have occurred after your entry into Sweden. You need to apply to extend your visa before it expires. Submit your application for an extension well in advance so that the Migration Agency has enough time to process your application before your current visa expires. 

When you submit an application to extend your visa, you do not need to pay any fee. However, if the Migration Agency estimates that the application is based on strong personal reasons, you must pay a fee of 30 euros when we make a decision on your application. You will receive information on how to pay the fee before we make a decision.

An application to extend a visa because of force majeure or humanitarian reasons is free of charge.

How to apply for a visa exten­sion

An application for a visa extension must be submitted before your visa expires. The application is sent by post to

Migrationsverket
601 70 Norrköping

You can also leave your application in a mailbox at one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s Service Centres.

The Migration Agency's visiting addresses

Applications must be placed in an envelope on which you write “Application for a visa extension”.

See also the instructions in the application forms for any additional documents that you may need to attach.

You should enclose

  • the application form Application for Schengen Visa, form 118031. It is available at all Swedish Migration Agency’s permit units and here at our website
  • copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data and all entry stamps. The passport must be valid for the time that your stay in Sweden is expected to last
  • an explanation why you think you should be granted a visa extension
  • documentation which shows the reason why you need to prolong your stay (including certificates from companies, doctor’s certificate or similar)
  • individual medical travel insurance which covers the costs which could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalisation or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid in all the Schengen countries.

Appli­ca­tions

Application for Schengen Visa, application number 118031PDF

Deci­sions regar­ding visas

The Swedish Migration Agency will send you its decision regarding your visa application. If the Migration Agency has decided to grant you the right to an extended visa you will receive a permit sticker in your passport as proof of your extended visa. You or a representative (someone acting on your behalf) should go to the Swedish Migration Agency to have the sticker glued into your passport. Your representative needs to be authorised by you.

If the Swedish Migration Agency decides not to grant you an extended visa, your application will be rejected. A rejection of a matter which is reviewed according to the Visa Code cannot be appealed.

You have the right to stay in Sweden for as long as you have a valid visa. If your visa has expired you lose the right to stay in any of the Schengen countries. If you have applied to extend your stay after your visa has expired, you do not have the right to stay in Sweden and wait for the decision.

If you have applied for an extension to stay in Sweden for more than 90 days during the last 180-day period, other rules apply. Read more under the heading Visits lasting longer than 90 days.

Last updated: 2020-05-29

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