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Sweden & Liberia

Basic facts

The Swedish Embassy in Monrovia do not handle visa application for visits other than Business and Conference visits.

If you want to visit Sweden and you are not a citizen of the EU/EEA, you may need a visa. A visa gives you permission to enter and stay in Sweden for a short period. It is valid throughout the Schengen area, but you apply to the country that is the main destination for the journey.

If you are a citizen of Liberia and you apply for a visa other than the purposes mentioned below you should submit your application at VFS Global in Nigeria.

You can submit your application at the earliest six months before your planned visit. Apply as far in advance as possible, especially during the peak season. Usually, you get a decision within two weeks.

A visa can be granted for between 1 and 90 days. You have to make use of these days within a given time frame of six months at the most (period of validity).

How many days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area, and for how long altogether, is stated on the permit sticker attached to your travel document.

If you need to travel to Sweden often, you can ask to be given several entries. Such visas are valid for five years at the most. If the visa is for more than six months, you can stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days per six-month period.

A visa does not automatically mean you can enter the Schengen area. Entry checks are always made at external border points. So it is a good idea to bring along copies of the documents you submitted when applying for a visa. Border controls may result in your being denied entry.

It is the embassy or consulate that decides whether you are to be granted a visa. In certain cases, the matter is referred to the Swedish Migration Board for a decision.

Following groups of Liberian citizens travelling to Sweden may apply for Schengen visa in Monrovia:

  • Representatives of the Liberian government / public administration as well as the country's parliament for travel on official mission to Sweden, holders of diplomatic passport or official passport.
  • Persons who are invited by Sida, Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Swedish Institute, another Swedish partner or organization of civil society within the framework of Swedish development cooperation with Liberia to participate in activities linked to Sweden's development cooperation.
  • Persons who visit Sweden for contacts with Swedish political representatives.
  • Business Delegation or company representative with an invitation from the Government Offices, alternatively, from a Swedish company with a presence in Liberia for visits to the head office in Sweden and other industry representatives with great importance for Swedish-Liberian trade.

Read more about visa applications for a business or conference visit in the menu below. For all other visits, please see the Swedish Migration Agency's website.