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Applying for Schengen visa

From 1st of February 2022 Schengen visa applications from residents in Nigeria, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone must be submitted at VFS Global’s Application Center in; Abuja: Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, or Lagos: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I . The Embassy of Sweden in Abuja will not be able to receive applications as of 1st of February. The Swedish Embassy in Abuja will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas. The handling of visa applications and the decision making will then be done by the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi.

 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. The Embassy cannot give any support if the border Police has rejected entry and will deport you back to your country of origin.

Read more about this under "Crucial Information" and on the Swedish Police Website, Travel to and from Sweden | The Swedish Police Authority (polisen.se)

To apply for a Schengen visa in Nigeria, you need to be legally resident there. If you want to submit a Schengen visa application, you should do so by submitting the application at the external service providers office operated by VFS in

Abuja: Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District,

Or

Lagos: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I .

The requirements and how to book an appointment etcetera will be found on VFS Global´s website, Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal. Only holders of diplomatic passport and holders of service passports with Note Verbale issued by the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone, will be allowed to apply directly at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi after you have received a booked appointment (ambassaden.nairobi-visum@gov.se).

Sweden in Nigeria is representing Latvia and Slovakia (suspended until further notice) in Schengen visa matters.

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 between Nigeria (covering Liberia, Benin and Sierra Leone) and Kenya (normally 4-5 days each way). Since all Schengen visa applications will be received by VFS in Nigeria and distributed to the Embassy in Nairobi twice a week, it is more important than ever that you apply in time! 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 Embassy in Nairobi has received the application. Consequently, you need to calculate with the transportation time when planning for your submission.

VFS Global´s service charge is 54 Euro which includes the distribution to and from Nairobi. This is in addition to the application fee of 80 Euros for adults and 40 Euros for minors, 6-12 years of age. The application fee will be charged in USD and the Embassy will provide VFS Global with an exchange rate regularly.  Please visit VFS website in order to find out how to pay the different fees. Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal

If you need more information about requirements etcetera, please see below information.

Once again, the Swedish Embassy in Abuja will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas

 

Last updated 22 Apr 2022, 4.16 PM