Applying for a Schengen Visa to Sweden

Visiting Sweden on a Schengen Visa

Sweden is Scandinavia’s most popular tourist destination. Despite its northerly latitude, the nation gets relatively warm in summer - so it can be perfect to visit if you want to see some Nordic scenery but want to avoid the cold. Plus, there’s Stockholm and the ABBA museum. A Schengen Visa for Sweden allows you to travel to any of the Schengen countries with a short-stay visa valid for up to 90 days. If you are planning multiple trips over a period of six months, you are not permitted to spend more than a total of three months in the Schengen Area.

Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Sweden?

Those from outside the Schengen Area or without a visa-free travel arrangement with it will need a Schengen Visa to travel to Sweden. These short-stay visas can be for business or tourism purposes, as well as family and short study visits, or for medical reasons.

Your Schengen Visa application will cost €80 for adults and €40 for minors - although this may be waived in certain special circumstances, such as cultural or charitable trips for young people.

How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Sweden?

You must book a visa appointment at the embassy or visa application center acting on Sweden’s behalf, and gather your supporting documents - two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. Those traveling to Sweden need to prove they have €48 available per day of their trip.

What are the Sweden Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa?

Those applying for a work visa to Sweden will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Sweden Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If planning to be employed long-term in Sweden, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a work visa or for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business.

To qualify for a work permit to work long term, you must have received an official offer of employment from a Swedish employer. The job must also have been advertised in the European Union or Economic Area for at least 10 days, offer terms of employment that match those set by Swedish collective bargaining agreements, and pay a minimum monthly salary of SEK 13,000 (€11,800) before taxes.

Student visas

Student visas require proof of enrolment at a Swedish institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.

Where do I go to apply for a Swedish Schengen Visa?

You will need to apply to the Swedish embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on the nation’s behalf. The preferred visa partner of Sweden’s embassies is VFS Global.

Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?

If you are traveling to Sweden you will need travel and medical insurance to obtain your visa. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €22 ($23.77) per week of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.

Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €328 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.

Other Schengen countries you might be interested in

Austria visa

Belgium visa

Czech Republic visa

Denmark visa

Estonia visa

Finland visa

France visa

Germany visa

Greece visa

Hungary visa

Iceland visa

Italy Visa

Latvia visa

Liechtenstein visa

Lithuania visa

Luxembourg visa

Malta visa

Netherlands visa

Norway visa

Poland visa

Portugal visa

Slovakia visa

Slovenia visa

Spain Visa

Sweden visa

Switzerland visa

Croatia visa

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Frequently asked questions about getting a Sweden Schengen Visa

How long does it take to get a Sweden Schengen Visa?

The processing time for a Swedish Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.

Can I travel to Sweden if I have obtained a Schengen Visa from another country - such as others in Scandinavia - and vice versa?

Yes. Schengen Visas allow you to travel throughout the countries who are signed up to the agreement.

If the Swedish embassy refuses my Schengen Visa - can I appeal?

Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.