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Frequently asked questions about visas

Do citizens of Kosovo require a visa to visit Sweden?

No, as of January 1, 2024, citizens of Kosovo (with a biometric passport) can travel without a visa to Sweden and the Schengen area (excl. Spain) for short- term stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.

Who needs a visa?

Citizens of North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo can travel to Sweden without a visa for short- term stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.

The Embassy receives applications for citizens from countries that needs a visa to enter Sweden (foreign citizens who require Visa) who are presently living in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. The Embassy also receives applications for residents in North Macedonia planning to travel to Norway.

What documentation do I need when I hand in my visa? 

Find information about what documentation you need here. 

Who makes the decision regarding my application for visa?

In most cases, the Embassy of Sweden in Skopje decides whether to grant a visa or not. If the Embassy for some reason is unable to make a decision in a visa case, the Embassy may transfer the case to the Swedish Migration Agency.

When will there be a decision in my case?

The Embassy usually takes a decision within 15 days, counting from the day the visa application was submitted. If the application is incomplete or the Embassy needs to make further investigations, the waiting times can be up to 30 days. 

Why was my visa application rejected?

Due to the secrecy regulations of Sweden, the Embassy cannot discuss why an application has been rejected via phone or email. Negative decisions are sent by mail. You have three weeks to appeal starting from the day you receive your decision. For information on how to appeal a decision please click here

Can I travel to another Schengen state except Sweden with my Schengen visa?

An entry visa is normally valid in all the Schengen states. In exceptional cases a visa may be granted solely for entry into the country that issued it. A visa is not a guarantee that you will be allowed entry to the Schengen area. It is the border police that decide whether you will be allowed entry. The border police might require information on the purpose of your visit, ask for a medical insurance and/or proof that you have the means to support yourself during your stay.

Last updated 20 Dec 2023, 11.01 AM