How to apply for a visa in order to visit relatives or friends
Obtaining an invitation
The person whom you plan to visit (your reference person) must fill out a special form – Inbjudan, number 240011 in Swedish, or Invitation, number 241011 in English.
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).
Contacting the embassy or consulate where you plan to turn in your application
The embassy or consulate may require more documents than those listed on this page. So make sure to check with them about what is needed for your country.
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.
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
Enclosing the documents that are required
This is what you need to hand in together with your application:
- one passport photo that is not more than six months old and that is full-face (taken when you are facing the camera directly with your eyes looking straight at the camera)
- the form Invitation, number 241011 (Please note: This is the form in step 1)
- civic registration certificate for your reference person (Please note: This is the certificate in step 1)
- copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin.
- documents proving that you have enough money for your living expenses and your journey back home. Sweden requires that you have SEK 450 per day for your visit to Sweden
- documents proving that you have an individual medical travel insurance policy
- any other documents that the embassy or consulate requires (see step 2).
Turning in your application
Submit your application 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.
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 been issued a visa, the Swedish embassy or consulate will put a sticker in your passport. The sticker will say where and how long your visa is valid for.