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Holder of diplomatic passport

Sweden is recognizing Somali diplomatic passports, if biometric e-passport issued 2014 or later, since January 2020. No other Somali passports have been recognized. The Swedish Embassy in Nairobi is responsible for Schengen visa application from Somalia, but only for diplomatic passport holders and will handle and make decision. If your visa will be refused for any reason or you will be denied entry at the border to Schengen you will NOT be refunded of any travel expenses. The Embassy cannot give any support if the border Police has rejected entry and will deport you back to your country of origin. When you apply for a Schengen visa you normally need to pay a visa fee, submit a photo, fingerprints and submit supporting documents to your application. On this page you can read more about these requirements and if you may be exempted from them. The Swedish Embassy in Ethiopia will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas.

Under "Requirements" you will find a checklist for holders of Somali Diplomatic passports . The documents on the list should be submitted at the same time as the application. You need to book an appointment at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi in order to submit your application for Schengen visa - contact the Embassy.

You have to submit your application in person, unless your biometric information has been taken for another Schengen visa application previously, for the last 59 months - see Visa Code EU/2019/1155, article 13 item 3. If your biometrics has been taken you may send a person with a written Power of attorney (that can identity him - or herself) to submit your application. Submission in Somalia is not possible, neither by post or by courier company to Nairobi. Your passport may also be collected by an auhorized person.

High level delegations, invited by the Swedish Government, might be excused from biometrics in accordance to Visa Code EU/2019/1155, article 13 item 7 . Exemptions of biometrics will only be decided by the Embassy.

Somali nationals are subject to a mandatory consultation in accordance to Visa Code EU/2019/1155, article 22. This means that a technical consulation procedure will be initiated after submission of application for Schengen visa and may take up to 7 calendar days.

Notable, visa cases will be handled within 15 working days, or longer if motivated (in accordance with the visa code).  



Last updated 22 Apr 2022, 4.16 PM