How to apply for a visa in order to visit relatives or friends

Visit Sweden for more than 90 days

The information on this page is for visits that is a maximum of 90 days.

Read more if you will be visiting Sweden for more than 90 days

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Obtaining an invitation

The person whom you plan to visit (your reference person) must fill out a special form – Invitation before application for Schengen visa, number 241011 in English (or number 240011 in Swedish).

Your reference person must send the form to you and enclose their civic registration certificate (personbevis) and a copy of passport, ID card or equivalent, which proves their identity.

They can order the certificate from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). There are civic registration certificates for different purposes. Tell your reference person to order the certificate under the heading of “Inbjudan" (Invitation).

Inbjudan inför ansökan om Schengenvisering, form number 240011 (in Swedish)PDF

Invitation before application for Schengen visa, form number 241011 (in English)PDF

The website of the Swedish Tax Agencyexternal link, opens in new window

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Contacting the embassy or consulate where you plan to turn in your application

In order to obtain a visa to visit Sweden and the other Schengen countries, you need to meet certain requirements.

Read more about the requirements you need to meet in order to obtain a visa

Some requirements differ from country to country. It is therefore important that you check with the embassy or consulate what applies in your country, and what documents you need to hand in with your application. You will find more information on the website of the relevant embassy.

To find the appropriate embassy, visit www.swedenabroad.comexternal link

If Sweden does not have an embassy or consulate in your country, you might be able to turn in the application at the foreign mission of another country. In that case, check with them about their requirements.

List of countries in which Sweden is represented by another Schengen countryexternal link, opens in new window

If you live in one of certain countries, you can apply for a visa online

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Filling out your application form

Fill out the form Application for Schengen Visa. Make sure to clearly indicate:

  • why you want to visit Sweden
  • how long you plan to stay in Sweden
  • how you plan to support yourself while you are in Sweden
  • what kind of passport you have and how long it is valid for (it must be valid for a minimum of three months after your visa has expired and it must have been issued in the last ten-year period)
  • where you plan to travel after your visit to Sweden
  • whether you have a permit to enter the country where you plan to travel after your stay in Sweden

Read more about the requirements for obtaining a visa

Application for Schengen Visa, form number 118031 (in Swedish)PDF

Application for Schengen Visa, form number 119031 (in English)PDF

Power of attorney to represent you

If you want someone else to represent you in your case with the Migration Agency, you can grant someone a power of attorney. A power of attorney may, for example, give someone else the right to make an application, be advised of the reasons for a decision or appeal against a decision on your behalf. The power of attorney must be written and signed by you as the person granting the power of attorney to someone else, and must be presented, in the original, if requested by the Migration Agency. If you are over 18 and want a member of your family to represent you, you will also need to submit a power of attorney.

To grant a power of attorney to another person, you may use the form Power of Attorney. The form applies to you if you have applied for a residence permit on the grounds of work, study, connections or visit.

Power of Attorney, form number 107011PDF

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Turning in your application

Submit your application and the documents required to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general, or to the company which is handling visa applications on behalf of the embassy or consulate.

If Sweden does not have an embassy or consulate in your country, you might be able to turn in the application at the foreign mission of another country.

Pay the fee when you turn in your application.

Fees for visas

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List of countries in which Sweden is represented by another Schengen countryexternal link, opens in new window

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Receiving a decision about your application

The Swedish embassy or consulate will notify you about whether you have been issued a visa or not. If you have handed in your application to an external company cooperating with the embassy or consulate-general, the company will notify you about the decision.

If you have been issued a visa, you will get a sticker in your passport. The sticker will say when and how long your visa is valid for.

If you are not issued a visa you have the right to appeal the decision to the Migration Court. How to appeal is described in the decision. If the decision is made by another Schengen country representing Sweden, you then appeal to that country's authorities.

Last updated: 2019-01-21

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