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Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area.

If you are visiting Sweden and are a citizen of a non-EU country, you may need a visa. A visa is a permit to travel to and stay in a country for a maximum of 90 days. If you intend to stay in Sweden for longer than 90 days you will need a visitors’ residence permit.


Depending on the purpose of your travel to Sweden, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.

Tourist visa 

This visa is for those travellers looking to visit Sweden for purpose of tourism.

Business visa

A business visa is given to those who are planning to visit Sweden for engaging in temporary work or business.

Visa for medical treatment

This visa is for people seek better medical treatment or specialized treatment for a disease that cannot be treated in their own country.

Visa for cultural activities, sports or film crew 

This is a special visa given to applicants who want to travel to Sweden to participate in cultural, film or sporting events.

Student visa

Applicants who are intending to undertaking a recognised course of study in Sweden should apply for Student visa.

Transit visa 

A transit visa is required if there is a scheduled layover of a few hours in Sweden before heading to your destination.

Official visit visa

If your travel is related to attending intergovernmental meetings, consultations, negotiations or events, you will need to apply for a special official visit visa.


These are Sweden visa requirements you will need to furnish while applying for the visa.

  • Completely-filled application form: A completely filled application form, which is duly signed, is the most important document among all the Sweden visa requirements.
  • Original passport: You need to submit your original passport, valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of departure from the Schengen area.
  • Two recently taken passport-sized photographs. The photos must be of passport size and have maximum coverage of your face with a light background. You may also be asked to provide the fingerprints of all your fingers. However, you have the option to do that at the Embassy itself.
  • Travel Health Insurance: As with any other Schengen visa, you need to have a Travel medical insurance policy that covers at least 30,000EUR.
  • Hotel Booking Reservation: It is also compulsory that you make arrangements for your stay in Sweden before obtaining a visa.
  • Flight reservation: To make sure that you’ll return after the visa duration, booking your flight tickets for the return is very important.
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence: You need to prove that you have enough funds for your trip, a proof of your financial subsistence is one of the important Sweden visa requirements that you need to submit without fail. A foreigner who seeks to enter the territory of Sweden must be able to attest possessing 450 SEK or 26€/day of stay in Sweden
  • Personal Covering letter: While applying for the visa, you have to furnish all the details regarding your journey, including the important dates, itinerary, places you plan to visit, the hotels you intend to stay, and even the mode of transportation you choose.

For different purpose of stay, you may be asked to provide additional documents:


Swedish Tourist/Visitor Visa:

Invitation letter from your family or friends in Sweden with the address and phone number  – if applicable

Bank statement of the last 6 months

Passport copies

Sweden Visa for Business Purposes:

Invitation letter from the Swedish company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit

A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel

If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided

Business bank statement of the latest 6 months

Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents

Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.

Sweden Visa for Medical Purposes:

A local medical report

A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Sweden, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation

Payment receipt of medical fees

Sweden Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:

Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit , expense coverage

Names of the applicants (crew members)

Duration of stay

Travel itinerary

Sweden Visa for Members of Official Delegations:

The official invitation copy

Identity of applicant

Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)

Duration of stay

Place of accommodation 

Sweden Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:

An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses

Certificate of completion or courses attended

Financial sustenance

Swedish Airport Transit Visa:

Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country

Copy of your valid visa for your final destination


The way to apply for Sweden visa is the same as other schengen visa country, to apply for Sweden visa just follow these steps:

Step 1: Make an appointment

Find the nearest VFS centre in you country. Schedule your appointment for VFS

Step 2: Gather documents

Prepare the required documents for your application

Step 3: Submit visa application

Submit your application at VFS on your appointment date: The process usually goes like this: Arrival and waiting period, Submission of documents, Biometrics, Visa payment

Step 4: Wait for visa decision

Wait for the results of your Schengen Visa application


The application fee is tied to the euro and is revised in the event of any major shift in the exchange rate. 

Adults: EUR 60 or INR 5 100 (Revised on 24-09-2018)

Children aged 6 – 12: EUR 35 or INR 2 975 (Revised on 24-09-2018)

VFS Global charges a service fee EUR 12.75 (inclusive of Service tax) per application over and above the visa application fee.

Visits longer than 90 days

National (D) Visa Adults and children: EUR 60 (Revised on 24-09-2018)

Residence permit for a visit

Adults: SEK 1 000 or INR 7 900

Children under 18: SEK 500 or INR 3 900


The time it takes to process an application at the Embassy varies but decisions are generally reached within 15 days from the time you visit the Embassy. This period may be extended up to a maximum 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of application is needed.


All applicants must download the visa application form, fill in the required details and submit it with mandatory documents to start the process for a Sweden visa.

You can download Sweden visa application form from internet or get directly from the embassy or consulate. It is recommended to contact nearest Sweden embassy or consulate before starting prepare all required documents for application process.


1. How can I get an appointment to apply for a visa?

You can make an appointment online or it might be possible to get an appointment directly from the Embassy and hand in a paper application.

2. Should I translate the documents to English or Swedish?

It is recommended to present your documents in English or Swedish, but if your documents are originally in any other languages than Swedish or English, you should translate them into Swedish or English.

3. Who decides my visa case?

In most cases, the Embassy decides whether to grant a visa. If the Embassy is not sure what position to take on an application, it passes the case on to the Migration Agency in Sweden for a decision.

4. What can I do if my visa application is turned down?

It’s possible to appeal a decision on an entry visa. The decision to reject an application for an entry visa always has justification. This means that you get information in the decision as to why your application was rejected.

If you received a decision you are not satisfied with, you can submit a written appeal no later than 3 weeks from the day you received the decision.

5. How long is Schengen visa valid ?

A visa is valid in the Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.