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How to apply for a Visa

The fastest and easiest way to submitt your Visa application is to apply at one of the VFS offices in Riyadh, Jeddah or Al-Khobar. Below you will find the procedure.

Applying via VFS Global in Saudi Arabia
To improve the service available to those applying for a visa, the embassy cooperates with VFS Global. You present your application in person to VFS Global and they can also provide you with information and other kinds of service.

When the decision has come through, after about 14 days, you collect your passport and your visa at the VFS Global.

PLEASE NOTE that no documents should be sent to the embassy. A basic rule is that all documents should be submitted in original. Note that the documents submitted are a basis for the examination of the application to be started. It does not mean that the visa application must be granted.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a visa is to visit VFS Global.

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal information you need. If you do not bring all the documents, there is a risk that your application will be rejected. Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Visit VFS Global
You and all your accompanying persons must be present at the time of the submitting the application even though you had a Schengen visa before. Sweden and Finland Visa Application Centres run by VFS Global in:

Riyadh
Sweden Visa Application Centre, 1st Floor,
Makkah Road, Al Hada, 8380, Riyadh 12913 8380,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia –KSA

Jeddah
Sweden Visa Application Center
TasHeel Commercial Center, Ground Floor,
Suwaid Bin Sakher Street,
Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street (Off Prince Sultan Street),
Al Mohammadiya District 1, Jeddah. 

Al Khobar
Sweden Visa Application Center
2nd Floor, Al Katheery Centre,
Opposite SABB Bank, Al Rakaa, Al Khobar, KSA

Contact information:
Call Centre Number: 9200 11955
Website address: https://www.vfsglobal.se/saudiarabia/Index.html
E-mail: info.swedensaudi@vfshelpline.com
For information on working days, submission timings and passport collection, please visit the website of VFS Global.

3. Wait for the decision
When you present your application, you are told when you can collect the decision and your passport. It usually takes 14 days.  Please observe that all visa applications are handled and decided by the Embassy of Sweden in Riyadh.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not wish to apply via the VFS Global (Swedish Visa Application Centre), you present your application forms and other documents in person at the Swedish embassy. You have to make an appointment, and the processing period will be longer. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation

Check which documents and personal information you need. You must for instance have arranged for a passport and medical travel insurance and have booked an air ticket (although we advise you to delay payment until your visa has been granted), and you must also have an invitation from the person you will be visiting in Sweden.

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Make an appointment

To make an appointment at the Embassy of Sweden, you send an e-mail to visa.riyadh@gov.se. You need to mention name of all applicants, planned entry date in Schengen and the purpose of the visit. The embassy have a limited number of appointments on Tuesdays only.

3. Pay the application fee

Read more about ‘Fees’ under Contact.

4. Visit the embassy

Bring the completed application form, all the required documents and a receipt of payment to the embassy at the appointed time. If you do not have all the documents with you, there is a risk that your application will be rejected. During the visit, you may be required to answer some additional questions. Furthermore, applicants (from 12 years of age) must have his or her biometric information taken (ten fingerprints and a photograph). The application fee should be at the bank before you visit the embassy.

All family members who apply at the same time – including children – must visit the embassy.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’.

5. Wait for the decision

When you present your application, you are told when you can collect the decision and your passport. It usually takes 14 days.

Visa from Oman and Yemen

Applications for a visa to Sweden from Oman and Yemen should be submitted to the following embassies:

Oman
If you are legally residing in Oman, contact the Embassy of the Netherlands to apply for a Schengen-visa.
Embassy of the Netherlands in Oman 

Yemen
Since the Embassy of France in Sana´a is closed, visa applications can be submitted at the Embassy of France in Djibouti or at the Embassy of Sweden in Cairo. This is a provisional arrangement and applies only during the period when the French Embassy is closed.
Embassy of France in Yemen