Visit Sweden for less than 90 days – apply for a visa

If you are a citizen in a country outside the EU and want to visit Sweden for a maximum of 90 days, you may need to apply for a visa.

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and you want to visit Sweden (and the other Schengen countries), you may need to apply for a visa. A visa is a permit to enter a country and stay there for less than 90 days. Whether you need a visa depends on what country you are from or if you have a residence permit in another Schengen country or if you are permanently living in an EU country.

Countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Sweden External link, opens in new window.

Read more about what applies if you are permanently living in another EU country

The visa is most often valid for entry into all Schengen countries. In exceptional cases the visa may only be valid for entering Sweden and/or some Schengen countries.

On the government’s website you can read about what countries are members of the Schengen agreement External link, opens in new window.

Read more about what applies if you do not need a visa to travel to Sweden

If you want to visit Sweden for more than 90 days you need to apply for a visitor’s residence permit.

Apply for a visitor’s residence permit

Before you apply for a visa

In order to be granted a visa to visit relatives and friends you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have received an invitation from the person you want to visit (the form Invitation before application for Schengen visa, 241011 Pdf, 2.2 MB, opens in new window.)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden, which can also be paid for by the person who has invited you)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months (only if you do not appear in person to apply for a visa)
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to be receive a visa for business or a conference you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have an invitation from the company or the person that is arranging the conference
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden, which can also be paid for by the company that has invited you)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to receive a tourist visa you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden, which can also be paid for by the person who has invited you)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to receive a visa for medical treatment you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit by showing a medical certificate from Sweden that shows when you will receive your treatment and what it entails
  • show a medical certificate from the country you are living in that shows that you are not able to receive the treatment there
  • show proof that you have deposited money in Sweden for the planned treatment and any medical care that might follow from it
  • enclose a completed questionnaire (Questionnaire for visa because of medical treatment, 219011 Pdf, 650.6 kB, opens in new window.)
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden, if you are not hospitalised/living where you are receiving your treatment)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to receive a visa for visiting Sweden for religious purposes you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have an invitation from a religious organisation/assembly
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden, which can also be paid for by the person who has invited you)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

Swedish embassies and consulates-general External link, opens in new window.

If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to receive a visa for studies, research or as a doctoral exchange student you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have an invitation or proof of acceptance from a university in Sweden
  • have a certificate from your university abroad if you are already registered at a university
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

In order to receive a visa for volunteer work or an intern ship you must

  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months after the visa has expired, was issued in the last ten years and has at least two empty pages
  • be able to describe the purpose of your visit
  • have an invitation from the internship/volunteer organisation
  • have money to support yourself and for the return trip home (Sweden also requires you to have 450 SEK for each day you stay in Sweden)
  • have an individual medical travel insurance that covers all costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care or transportation to your home country for medical reasons (the insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries)
  • show that you intend to leave Sweden and the Schengen area on the last day before the visa expires
  • a photograph that is in passport format and taken with you facing the camera and which is not older than six months
  • other documents that the embassy may require.

Remember that it is important that you verify what applies in your particular case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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If you are going to submit your application to another Schengen country's embassy or consulate-general, you should contact them in advance. It is that country’s embassy or consulate-general that assesses and makes a decision on your application.

Remember

  • you must apply for a visa before you travel to the Schengen area
  • that you must apply no earlier than six months before you travel
  • submit your application early
  • it is the final destination of your trip that determines at which Schengen embassy you should apply (if another Schengen country other than Sweden is your final destination you must apply for a visa at that country’s embassy)
  • a visa is valid for a visit and it is only in exceptional cases that you can work while you have a visa (Read more on the page Exceptions from the work permit requirement).

In certain countries, another Schengen country might represent Sweden. There are countries where Sweden has no representation, in other words has no embassy or consulate-general and is not represented by another country. If that is the case, you must check what applies to your area when it comes to visa applications.

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If you are submitting your application to another Schengen country authority abroad, you need to contact them in advance. The reason for that is because that country’s requirements for documents apply. The documents should also be translated into that country’s language.

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This is how you apply for a visa

Most people who are applying for a visa need to do it through an external service provider. You can visit your embassy’s website to find out if your embassy has an agreement with an external service provider.

If your embassy does not have an agreement with an external service provider and you are applying for a visa through the Swedish embassies in Seoul (South Korea), Teheran (Iran) or Tokyo (Japan), you can apply through our e-service.

If you are unable to apply through an external service provider or through our e-services, you can apply by handing in a form directly to your embassy.

Apply for a visa through an external service provider

Find out if you need to apply for a visa through an external service provider by visiting your embassy’s website. There you can find more information about to apply.

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When you apply through an external service provider you will be asked to give your fingerprint and application at the same time

Apply for a visa through e-service – applies to three embas­sies

If you are applying at any of these embassies you can submit your application online:

Please note that the possibilities to apply via Teheran are very limited during the pandemic. Read more on Swedenabroad External link, opens in new window.

You can attach appendices in the e-service. A complete application with attached appendices will make the processing of your application easier. Before you begin the e-service you should remember to prepare the appendices in digital format (scanned) so that you can attach them to your application.

Please notice that if you have not been active in your application (added or edited information) for 72 hours, your application will be removed. Every time you edit your application you start a new 72-hour span, but in total you can only save your application for 14 days. If you have not submitted your application within 14 days, it will be removed.

Apply for a visa through an embassy

If your embassy does not have an agreement with an external service provider or if it does not offer an e-service, you must apply directly at the embassy. Keep in mind that it is important that you check to make sure what applies in your case. You can find more information on the embassy’s website.

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Application for Schengen Visa, form 119031 Pdf, 5 MB, opens in new window.

Follow your visa case

If you applied online and you want to see what information you have submitted or if a decision has been made, you can follow your visa case. You can in some cases also reschedule or cancel your appointment at the Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

Waiting time for the deci­sion

You will usually receive an answer within two weeks, however the processing times at the embassies or consulates-general vary.

After the deci­sion

The embassy or consulate-general will make the decision in your case and will notify you if you have been granted a visa or not. If you have submitted your application at the company that collects applications for the embassy or consulate-general you will receive a decision from that company.

If you are granted a visa, a permit sticker will be glued into your passport. The permit sticker says when and for how long the visa applies.

If you are not granted a visa, you can appeal the decision to the Migration Court. If the decision has been made by another member state that represents Sweden, the decision can be appealed to that member state’s authorities.

If you want to appeal

If your application has been rejected you can submit a written appeal no later than three weeks from the day when you received the decision. Instructions on how to submit the appeal can be found in the decision.

If the embassy or consu­late-general changes the deci­sion

The decision might be changed if new information is submitted. In that case, you will be notified and your visa is glued into your passport.

If the embassy or consu­late-general does not change the deci­sion it is forwarded

If the appeal was submitted on time and the authority that made the decision does not feel that there is any reason to change the decision, they will forward the case as soon as possible. Your application, decision and all other documents that have been submitted in the case will be forwarded to the Migration Court in Gothenburg. The Migration Court will then make the decision.

A visa is only valid for your stay in the Schengen countries for up to 90 days during a period of 180 days.

It says on the visa sticker that is glued into your passport how many days you may stay in the Schengen countries. The days can be used during the time period that is indicated on the sticker. The period is often 15 days longer than the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the Schengen countries. The reason for this is so that you will have a chance to change your travel date if something unforeseen happens.

The visa can be valid for multiple entries or exits

On the visa sticker it says how many times you are allowed to enter and exit the Schengen countries during the period of validity.

You may apply for a Schengen visa that is valid for multiple entries if you visit Sweden on a regular basis. A visa with multiple entries can be valid for stays of up to 90 days during a 180 day period for up to five years.

The visa may only apply to certain countries

If you receive a visa you can often visit the other Schengen countries as well.

Your visa may in certain cases only be valid for entry and stay in Sweden or in certain Schengen countries, for example if your passport is not accepted by all Schengen countries.

Calculate your visa time

With the help of EU’s visa calculator you can calculate when you can travel into the Schengen area again, and how many days you can stay.

Calculate your visa time with the help of EU’s visa calculator External link, opens in new window.

Controls at the border

Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Sweden and usually to other Schengen States. It does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area therefore you may have to provide certain information at border or other controls. You may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay in Sweden and why you are visiting Sweden. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Sweden or the Schengen area.

You should therefore carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

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

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, form 118031 Pdf, 5 MB, opens in new window.

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.

Summary

You are given the following text for information at this stage concerning the rights and obligations that apply in conjunction with a visa application. Then you have to accept the text in conjunction with your visa application.

The text set out below has been taken from the visa application form adopted by the European Commission.

Extract from the visa appli­ca­tion form adopted by the Euro­pean Commis­sion

I declare that the particulars given by me in this visa application are correct. Any false statements will lead to my application being rejected or to the annulment of a visa already granted. I am aware of and consent to the particulars and any photograph and, where applicable, fingerprints given by me in my visa application being supplied to the relevant authorities in member states for the purposes of a decision on my visa application.

Decisions about my application will be registered and stored in the Visa Information System (VIS). I have the right to be told what information is registered about me in VIS. To be told what information is registered about me in VIS, I contact forvaltningsenheten@migrationsverket.se.

Legal basis

The Swedish Migration Agency processes personal data in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Swedish Migration Agency also handles personal data pursuant to the Aliens Data Act (2016:27) and the Aliens Data Ordinance (2016:30). These register statutes also contain provisions stating that the data may be processed without the data subject giving their consent. The Swedish Migration Agency also processes certain personal data under provisions in the Data Protection Act (2018:218). The Swedish Migration Agency sometimes processes personal data pursuant to other EU regulations and directives.

I am aware of and consent to the following.

Compulsory collection of data

The collection of the data required according to the visa application form, photography and, where applicable, the taking of fingerprints are compulsory in the examination of a visa application. All personal data about me stated in the visa application form will, as will my fingerprints and photograph, be sent to the relevant authorities of member states. These authorities process them to enable a decision to be made on my visa application.

Storage of data

These data and data concerning the decision on my application or a decision to annul, revoke or extend a visa issued will be registered in the Visa Information System (VIS) and be stored there for a period of at most five years. During that period the data will be accessible by the visa authorities and the authorities that are competent to check visas at the external borders and in member states and also to the immigration and asylum authorities of member states. The data are accessible in order check that the conditions for legal entry to and stay and residence on the territory of the member states have been met; to identify persons who do not, or who no longer, meet these conditions; to examine an asylum application; and to determine who is responsible for such an examination. In certain circumstances the data will also be accessible to designated authorities of member states and to Europol to prevent, detect and investigate terrorist offences and other serious offences. The following authority in Sweden is responsible for processing the data: Swedish Migration Agency, SE-601 70 Norrköping, www.migrationsverket.se.

You can also contact the Swedish Migration Agency’s Data Protection Officer dataskyddsombud@migrationsverket.se

The right to check personal data

I am aware that I have the right to be notified in any member state at all about the data concerning me that are registered in VIS and about which member state has registered the data. I also have the right to request that data about me that are inaccurate are rectified and that those that have been processed unlawfully are erased. At my express request the authority examining my application will inform me as to how I can go about exercising my right to check my personal data and have them rectified or erased, including what legal remedies are available to me under the national legislation of the relevant state. The Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection External link, opens in new window. (the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection, Box 8114, 104 20 Stockholm) accepts complaints concerning the protection of personal data.

You can use the document Request for register extract, rectification, erasure or restriction of personal data in central systems. Pdf, 85.8 kB, opens in new window. Submit the request to the Swedish authority abroad or the external service provider (VFS) where you submitted your application.

Declaration

I declare that to the best of my knowledge all particulars supplied by me are correct and complete. I am aware that any false statements will lead to my application being rejected or to the annulment of a visa already granted and may also render me liable to prosecution under the law of the member state that deals with my application.

I undertake to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa, if granted. I have been informed that possession of a visa is only one of the prerequisites for entry into the European territory of the member states. The mere fact that a visa has been granted to me does not mean that I will be entitled to request compensation if I fail to comply with the relevant provisions of Article 6.1 of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 (the Schengen Borders Code) and am thus refused entry. The prerequisites for entry will be checked again on entry into the European territory of the member states.

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