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Sweden & Mali

Apply for a Visa

If you want to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a non-EU country, you may need a visa. A visa is a permit to travel to and stay in a country for a maximum of 90 days. If you intend to stay in Sweden for longer than 90 days you will need a visitors’ residence permit.

Malian citizens need a visa and citizens from the following countries/territories also require a visa when entering Sweden, check the list.

Within the framework of the Schengen cooperation regarding visas, Sweden is represented by the Embassy of Denmark in Bamako. Similarly, Sweden represents other Schengen states in a number of places. Here is a list of the countries and places where there are representations.

13 October 2022 – Important information from the Danish Embassy regarding processing time for visa applications:

“Due to an unusually high volume of visa applications, the processing time is currently longer than usual. The processing time is therefore 25 days from the day of deposit at VFS Global. We strive to reduce processing time and regret any inconvenience caused by the longer processing time. There may be less appointment availability at VFS Global.

Right now the time schedule slot is complete, and we only take visa applications in from 31/10.”


To apply for a visa to Sweden, if you are a Malian citizen, please do the following:

Go to the online visa application system ApplyVisa https://applyvisa.um.dk/NVP.App/frontpage

Here you will have to:

1) Register as a user,

2) Fill in the application - you will have to choose location 'Bamako' on the website. However, kindly indicate in your application, that you wish to travel to Sweden.

3) Pay the visa fee

4) Print the cover letter and the receipt and send a copy to the Embassy at bkoambvisa@um.dk  

5) Book an appointment with the Embassy at bkoambvisa@um.dk in order to submit your visa application and receipt of online payment together with all necessary document as indicated on the website of the Embassy of Denmark; https://mali.um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/practical-information/visa/document-checklists/ for the type of application in question.


Please note that :

- The Danish Embassy in Bamako only handle applications from Malian citizens.
- Your Travel Medical Insurance must explicitly state that it covers COVID-19 related illnesses. 
- Due to different entry restrictions in the transit countries, you are advised to contact the relevant airline regarding transit possibilities.
- Submit copies of all pages of your passport, including front and back cover.
- You must come to Bamako.


More information on how to apply for a visa or a residence permit  is found on Swedish Migration Agency.