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Visit Sweden for more than 90 days

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

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

If you want to visit Sweden for less than 90 days, you should not apply for a visitor’s permit, but you may need to apply for a visa.

Before you apply for a visi­tor’s permit

If you already have an on-going application for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency, you cannot be granted two permits at the same time. You will only receive a decision in the application considered to be most advantageous for you, which most often is an application for a residence and work permit as it gives you the right to settle in Sweden. If the application for a visitor’s permit is made while you are in Sweden, you are at risk of having your application for a residence and work permit rejected. If you are outside Sweden, you must wait until a decision is made in the application that is most advantageous for you. This may mean that the dates that you apply for a visitor’s permit may have passed when the decision is made. The Swedish Migration Agency therefore recommends that you do not apply for a visitor’s permit in these cases.

If your visit or extended stay in Sweden cannot wait, you can request that your application for a residence and work permit be withdrawn. You will then need to file a completely new application for a residence and work permit after you have returned home from your visit to Sweden.

You can still apply for a visa to travel to Sweden for a shorter period of time than 90 days. If you have a visa exemption and are waiting on a decision for a residence permit, you can visit Sweden temporarily.

Requirements to receive a visitor’s permit for Sweden

To be eligible for a visitor’s permit, you must

  • be able to support yourself during the time you will be in Sweden
  • have a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least three months after the end date of the visit)
  • have a return ticket or money to buy a ticket.

Applying for a visi­tor’s permit

Complete the form Application for a visitor’s permit and the form Family details.

Application for a visitor's permit, form number 165011PDF

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

In the application, you enter information about yourself and the person or organisation that you will visit.

If you have children under the age of 18 who will accompany you to Sweden, you must use the form Application for a visitor’s permit for a child under the age of 18, form number 166011. Complete one form for each child.

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

Together with the application forms, you must submit

  • the form Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, including a copy of the passport, ID card or the like of the person or organisation you will visitors
  • an account statement or other document that shows that you have money for the time you will visit Sweden
  • copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data, photo, signature, passport number, issuing country, period of validity and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country
  • a return ticket or document that shows that you have money to buy a ticket.

Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, form number 249011PDF

Depending on the reason for your visit, there may be additional requirements.

Additional requirements for visitor’s permits depending on the reason for the visit

Visiting friends and relatives in Sweden

In order to get a visitor’s permit to visit friends and relatives, you must also

  • have received an invitation from the person you will visit.

The person you will visit in Sweden must complete the form Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, form number 248011, and send it to you. He or she must also send a copy of his or or passport, ID card or the like that shows his or her identity.

Invitation for visiting longer than 90 days, form number 249011PDF

Visiting Sweden for religious purposes

In order to get a visitor’s permit to visit Sweden for religious purposes, you must also

  • have a certificate from the organisation in Sweden.

If you are a monk or nun and belong to a religious organisation, you can apply for a visitor’s permit if the purpose of your visit to Sweden is, for example, to work practically in the convent or monastery household.

If you are a missionary and belong to a religious organisation, you can apply for a visitor’s permit if the purpose of your visit to Sweden is to serve as a missionary in Sweden for a brief period of time.

Keep in mind that the organisation in Sweden may not give you any compensation.

If you are an imam and are invited to Sweden to participate in activities covered by your regular duties, such as providing visiting sermons and lectures, you must have a work permit to be permitted to conduct the activities in Sweden.

Read more about how to apply for a work permit

Visiting Sweden as an exchange doctoral student

In order to get a visitor’s permit to visit Sweden as an exchange doctoral student, you must also

  • have a certificate from the university in Sweden and a certificate from the university in your home country.

Keep in mind that you can support yourself through stipends or scholarships from your home university, but the university in Sweden may not give you any compensation.

Visiting Sweden as a volunteer or trainee

In order to get a visitor’s permit to work as a volunteer or a trainee, you must also

  • have a certificate from the organisation or the company in Sweden
  • have a certificate from a potential organisation in your home country.

You can support yourself through compensation from an organisation or association in your home country, but the organisation or company in Sweden may not give you any compensation.

Volunteers who work within the scope of the European Voluntary Service must apply for a residence permit for volunteer work.

Residence permit for volunteers who work within the scope of the European Voluntary Service

If you are paid for your trainee work, different rules apply.

Traineeship through international exchange

Traineeship with ties to higher education

Submit your appli­ca­tion

You must submit your application at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.

Most people must pay a fee in connection with the application being submitted.

Application fees for visitor's permit

Swedish embassies and consulates-generalexternal link, opens in new window

Interview

You will need to attend an interview in connection with turning in your application. Contact the embassy or consulate-general for more information as to whether you need to book an appointment for the interview. During the interview, you will answer questions about your visit to Sweden. Children for whom applications are submitted must also attend.

Processing by the Swedish Migration Agency

After your interview, your application is sent to the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden, which processes it and makes a decision in the matter. The wait time is around two months from when you turned in your application to embassy.

You will be contacted and receive information when the decision is ready.

If you are granted a permit

A visitor’s permit applies for up to one year at most, but most often for six months. The visitor’s permit is only valid for a visit and not for you to work or settle in Sweden. You are not registered as a resident in Sweden and are not entitled to social welfare benefits. This is why it is important that you have insurance that covers costs that may arise, for example, in the event of an illness or accident.

Permit card

If you are granted a permit, you receive a permit card as evidence that you have the right to be in Sweden. The permit card contains your fingerprints and a photograph of you, among other information.

If you come from a country where you need a visa to travel to Sweden, you need the permit card to travel to Sweden. You will therefore be photographed and submit your fingerprints in connection with your interview. When the permit card is ready, the embassy or consulate-general will hand out or send it to you. Note that it can take up to four weeks after you have received your decision to manufacture the card and deliver it to the embassy or consulate-general. When you travel into Sweden, you must present the card together with a valid passport.

If you come from a country where you can travel to Sweden without a visa, you must present a copy of your permit decision when you travel. Once you have arrived in Sweden, you must book an appointment to submit fingerprints and be photographed at the Swedish Migration Agency. When the residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

Book an appointment at the Swedish Migration Agency to submit fingerprints and be photographed

Read more about residence permit cards

If you receive a rejection

If the Swedish Migration Agency denies your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date you received the decision. Information on how to appeal is provided in your decision.

Information on how to appeal is provided in your decision. If you have given somebody authorisation to represent you, that person can appeal on your behalf.

Read more about how to appeal

If you are in Sweden when your application is denied, you must leave the country within the period of time stated in the decision.

Read more about what applies for those whose application has been denied and are in Sweden

Information on powers of attorney

A power of attorney can be a signed letter in which the person applying for a permit allows another person to represent him or her. A power of attorney can, for example, give someone the right to apply, be informed of the reasons for a decision, or lodge an appeal for someone else. The power of attorney must be signed by the person who gives their power of attorney to another person, and must be presented in the original if required by the Swedish Migration Agency.

In order to give another person power of attorney, you will need to send a letter to the Swedish Migration Agency stating

  • that it is a power of attorney
  • the name, date of birth and address of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • what the person who has the power of attorney has to do
  • the name, personal identity number and address of the person who is given the power of attorney
  • the signature of the person giving someone else the power of attorney
  • the date and place where the power of attorney is signed.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

Do you want to visit Sweden for less than 90 days?

If you want to visit Sweden for less than 90 days, you should not apply for a visitor’s permit, but you may need to apply for a visa. Whether or not you need a visa depends on what country you come from or if you have a permit in another Schengen country or are a long-term resident of an EU country.

Read more about visits shorter than 90 days on the following pages:

Last updated: 2020-03-12

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