18 November 2020

Limited possi­bi­li­ties of obtai­ning a visa to Sweden

Due to the coronavirus and the temporary entry ban to Sweden, the decision that the majority of visa applications will be rejected is still valid. This applies if you wish to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside the EU.

To mitigate the effects of the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19, there is a temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden. The temporary entry ban took effect on 19 March and initially applied for 30 days. Since then, it has been extended on several occasions following recommendations from the EU Commission.

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. The people who are exempt are stated in the ordinance on a temporary entry ban to Sweden. Information on this is also available on the Police Authority's and the Government's websites.

Before submitting an application for a visa to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general, it is important to check which local restrictions due to the pandemic apply to the country and area where the embassy or consulate-general is located.

Förordning (2020:127) om tillfälligt inreseförbud till Sverige (Ordinance on a temporary entry ban to Sweden, in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

Information from the Police on how travel to Sweden is affected by the corona pandemicexternal link, opens in new window

Questions and answers about the temporary entry ban on the Police Authority's websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Questions and answers about the temporary entry ban on the Government's websiteexternal link, opens in new window