From 28th June 2021 Schengen visa applications from residents in Zambia must be submitted at VFS Global’s Application Center in Lusaka. The Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka will not be able to receive applications as of 28th June. The handling of visa applications and the decision making will then be done by the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi. Please note that the Embassy of Sweden is no longer represent France in Schengen visas. Please contact the French Embassy for more information. The Swedish Embassy in Lusaka will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas. Since the end of April the Embassy has noted a huge increase of Schengen visa applications. The increase has been unpredictable and the handling time for Schengen visa application is longer than usual and also the response time for emails has been affected. The Embassy is sorry for the inconvenience caused.
To apply for a Shengen visa in Zambia, 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 Lusaka, 4th Floor, Goldman Insurance Building at arcades, Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia. The requirements and how to book an appointment etcetera will be found on VFS Global´s website, Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal
Please read the rules regarding the temporary entry ban to Sweden under "Going to Sweden" and make sure, or at least likely, that you are exempted from the ban, before submitting your application.
Sweden in Lusaka is representing 12 countries; Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain.
Notable, visa cases will be handled within 15 calendar days, or longer if motivated, in accordance with the visa code. However, since the end of April the Embassy has noted a huge increase of Schengen visa applications. The increase has been unpredictable and the handling time for Schengen visa application is longer than usual and also the response time for emails has been affected. The Embassy is sorry for the inconvenience caused.
The 15 days of handling time is of course excluding the transportation time between Zambia and Kenya (normally 3-4 days each way). Since all Schengen visa applications will be received by VFS in Lusaka 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 application has arrvied the Embassy in Nairobi. Consequently, you have to calculate with the transportation time when planning your submission.
VFS Global´s service charge is 80 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. Lusaka | vfsglobal
If you need more information about requirements etcetera please see below information.
The Swedish Embassy in Lusaka will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas
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. The Embassy cannot give any support if the border Police has rejected entry and will deport you back to your country of origin.