A Schengen visa is required for persons of certain nationalities who wish to visit the Schengen countries. A Schengen visa can be issued for a maximum of 90 days. U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Sweden if the visit is 90 days or less. Visa applications for travel to Sweden can be submitted to one of the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in the USA.
From December 28, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from the US holding a vaccine certificate are exempted from the entry ban to Sweden but need to present a negative covid-19 test which is maximum 48 hours old. The general entry ban to Sweden is in effect until January 31, 2022. More information on travel to Sweden here.
Please note that all travellers are responsible for verifying the travel restriction in place before departure. A Schengen visa is not a guarantee for entry to Sweden or the Schengen area. The Swedish Border Police will determine whether a person meets the entry conditions. The assessments will be made at the border.
The Embassy will not be able to do any assessments or answer any additional questions in regard to the entry ban or its categories of exemption.
All Schengen visa application in the U.S should be submitted to VFS Global in the U.S. For more information about the process and how to schedule an appointment please visit the VFS Global website in the U.S.
Sweden has included Canada on the list of countries exempted of the travel ban from July 12, 2021. All Schengen visa application in Canada should be submitted to VFS Global in Canada. For more information about the process and how to schedule an appointment please visit the VFS Global website in Canada.
To schedule an appointment at any of the below five Visa Application Centers, call (347) 329-2738 or book online at vfsglobal.se/USA.
VFS Global charges an additional service fee of $47.24 USD per application (This is in addition to the normal application fee).
Applications shall be lodged no more than six months before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.
In most cases, once a complete application has been received by the Embassy, a visa can be issued within 15 days. We do not expedite visa applications.
The biometric data is stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), an IT-system that allows Schengen States to exchange data. For more information visit: ec.europa.eu
Applicants that have previously submitted the biometric to the VIS system and received a Schengen visa within 59 months are able to send their application by regular mail to VFS Global Washington, D.C. (not by email). The previous Schengen visa has to be included in the application.
How to know if the biometric has been submitted to the VIS system?
If you applied for a Schengen visa before May 16, 2016, your visa should state VIS on the visa sticker remark field.
All submitted biometrics from May 16, 2016 has been submitted to the VIS system. The biometrics is saved for five years.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination (length of stay).
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination (equal amount of days in each country) you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
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