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26 March 2020

Limited possibilities of obtaining a visa to Sweden

Due to the coronavirus and the temporary entry ban to Sweden, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that the majority of visa applications will be rejected. This applies if you wish to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside the EU.

On 17 March 2020, the Swedish Government introduced a temporary entry ban to Sweden. This was done in light of the decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to categorise the coronavirus as a pandemic and following the recommendation from the European Council for all EU Member States to introduce temporary entry bans.

Against this background, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that visa applications to Sweden should, as a rule, be rejected. This means that the possibilities of obtaining a visa for travel to Sweden have been limited. The decision applies to people who are citizens of a country outside the EU.

The decision will remain in effect as long as the Government’s decision on a temporary entry ban remains in effect or until further notice.

People not affected

Certain people are not affected by the Government’s temporary entry ban and are therefore exempt and can be granted visas to Sweden. This includes people working in health and medical care, staff of international organisations, military personnel, aid workers or people with imperative family reasons.

Visa applications from people who have particularly urgent needs or humanitarian grounds or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden may also be exempt and granted a visa to Sweden.

Nor are people in need of international protection affected by the decision.

People not affected by the temporary entry ban

You are not affected by the Government’s temporary entry ban to Sweden if the purpose of your journey is to return to your home and you

  • are an EEA* or Swiss citizen, or a family member of such a citizen
  • have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State
  • have a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA State or Switzerland
  • have a national visa for Sweden.

Nor are you affected by the Government’s temporary entry ban to Sweden if you have particularly urgent needs or are to carry out essential functions in Sweden, for example if you are

  • a healthcare professional
  • border personnel
  • a worker in the transportation of goods or other essential staff in the transport sector
  • a person covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716)
  • a person working in an international organisation, military personnel or an aid worker
  • a passenger in transit
  • a person with imperative family reasons
  • a person in need of international protection or who has other humanitarian reasons.

*EEA citizens include people who are citizens of an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. British nationals are covered by the provisions of the EEA Agreement until 31 December 2020.