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. You must submit your application at a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.
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visit or extended stay in Sweden cannot wait, you can request that your application for a residence and work permit be withdrawn.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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 most often for six month. You can receive a visitor’s permit for up to one year at most.
You are not allowed to work
The visitor’s permit is only valid for a visit and not for you to work or settle in Sweden.
If you are exempt from the work permit requirements but your employment will last for longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit for visits.
You are not registered as a resident
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.
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.
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.
If you are in Sweden when your application is denied, you must leave the country within the period of time stated in the decision.
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.
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: