The Swedish Government have announced that the entry ban ends 31 March 2022, meaning that no corona specific entry restrictions will be in effect from 1 April 2022. Regular rules for entry to Sweden will then be applied. In order to visit Sweden you may need an entry visa. An entry visa is a permit for a maximum of 90 days required for persons wishing to enter Sweden for a temporary visit. If your visa will be refused for any reason or you will be denied entry at the border to the Schengen Area, you will NOT be refunded. You take the risk when applying and have a responsibility to keep yourself updated on the Schengen regulations . It is the Swedish Border Police that has the exclusive power to deny or approve entry at the border. If you are rejected entry into Sweden and deported back to your country of origin, the Embassy cannot give you any support. From March 1st 2021 and onwards the Embassy of Sweden is not only handling visa applications for Kenya but also handles visa applications from Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia and diplomatic passport holders from Somalia. However, online applications are not possible from any of the locations.
Notable, visa cases will be handled within 15 calendar days, or longer if motivated (in accordance with the visa code) . The 15 days of handling time is of course excluding the transportation time, especially, if you apply outside Kenya. When your application has been decided, your passport will be sent back to VFS application center where you submitted your application.
According to article 9 section 1 in the visa code, you should apply not less than 15 days before the planned visit begins. The 15 days is counted from when the application has arrvied to the Embassy in Nairobi. The 15 days is counted from when the Embassy has received the application. Consequently, you need to calculate with the transportation time when planning for your submission.
New visa code and new applications fees
Applying at the Embassy
You have no right to apply directly at the Embassy, but exemptions can be made. Prior appointment is required and booked through email. Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU/EEA citizens who fall under the scope of the Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, will be given appointments for directly submission at the Embassy in Nairobi, regardless if residing in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon or Ethiopia.
No submission for Schengen visa at the Embassies located in any of the mentioned countries, except for Liberia, where som e categories will be accepted.
For all submission at the Embassy in Nairobi, the Embassy has imposed a mandatory health instruction as follows:
Applying at VFS Global
To improve the service available to visa applicants, the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi cooperates with VFS Global. You can present your application to VFS Global in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Abuja, Lagos and Addis Abeba. Some VACs requires prior appointment. The opening hours is limited due to Covid 19 situation and prior appointment may be required, please contact VFS for further information. At present the mentioned VFS centers are open.
When the decision has been made in your case at the embassy you may collect your passport and the decision at the VFS offices or have it sent to your home address for a fee, by VFS.
VFS charges a service fee in addition to the visa fee. Please see the allocated pages for each country or visit the VFS Website, Welcome to VFS Global | For Individuals | Home , for fees, address and opening hours, as well as for detailed information on procedures and requirements for visa applications, including the service fee which is regularly updated depending on the current exchange rate.
Sweden Visa Application Center/Nairobi
5th floor Park Field building, Muthangari Drive off Wayaki Way
P.O.Box 25180 – 00100 Nairobi
Telephone number: ++254 2051479 08
Website: VFS Kenya
Sweden Visa Application Center/Dar es Salaam
VFS Global/FMC, Maktaba Square Business Park,
4th Floor – Wing B, Plot No 75/27, Maktaba Street,
Dar es Salaam
Telephone number: +255 222 221915
Sweden Visa Application Center/Lusaka
VFS Global, M4th Floor, Goldman Insurance House, Plot 58, Stand 2374, Great East Road, Building Opposite Mulungushi Conference Center, next to Puma Filling Station at Arcades Shopping Center, Lusaka
Telephone number: +260 16466858474
Website: Lusaka | vfsglobal
Sweden Visa Application Center/Pretoria
VFS Global/1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng
Telephone number: +27 124253001
Website: Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal
Sweden Visa Application Center/Durban
VFS Global/Unit 409, 4th Floor 91-123 Cowey Road (Problem Mkhize Road) Essenwood, Durban
Sweden Visa Application Center/Cape town
VFS Global/47 Strand Street 5th Floor Office 504
Cape Town Western Cape
Sweden Visa Application Center/Addis Abeba
Sweden Visa Application Center/Abuja
Sweden Visa Application Center/Lagos
The Embassy always aims at processing your visa as quick as possible, but please note that the handling time for a visa application is within 15 calender days. If you apply with shorter notice your application probably will be refused. The application process may be extended to 45 days in individual cases, in accordance with Article 23 1-3 of the Visa Code.
Citizens of Kenya are required to go through a mandatory prior consultation procedure during the assessment of the visa application. This procedure can take 1-7 days, during which a unified Schengen visa cannot be issued. A full list of countries whose citizens are subject to consultations can be found in Annex 16 to the Visa Code.
Please once again note when considering a Schengen visa application the Embassy will not evaluate whether you are exempted from the entry ban or not, that is your responsibility. It is the Swedish Border Police that has the exclusive power to deny or approve entry. If you are rejected entry into Sweden and deported back to your country of origin, the Embassy cannot give you any support. Always check if you may be exempted from the entry ban before applying or travelling.
Warning: Avoid unauthorized agents
The only fee you have to pay when you apply for a visa is the application fee and the VFS service fee. Please note that the embassy only cooperates with the external service provider VFS Global, and has nothing to do with any other agents or persons who offer services for payment. If you have been asked to pay more by VFS staff, embassy staff of external persons/organisations, please contact the embassy via email.