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Sweden & Saudi Arabia

How to apply for a Visa

The fastest and easiest way to submit your Visa application is to apply at one of the VFS offices in Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam. 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 15 days, you collect your passport and your visa at the VFS Global offices.

PLEASE NOTE that no documents should be sent to the Embassy. 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 the accompanying persons must be present at the time of the submition of the application. This applies even though you had a Schengen visa before. Sweden Visa Application Centres run by VFS Global in:


Joint Visa Application Centre,                                                                      Visa Application Centre, 2591, Makkah Road, Al Hada,                        Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Joint Visa Application Centre,                                                              Tasheel Commercial Plaza, Ground Floor, Al Mohammadiya District,      Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Joint Visa Application Center
Lulu Mall, 1st floor, King Fahd Road, 18th Street,                          Dammam,  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Contact information:
Call Centre Number: 9200 05938
Website address: Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal
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 15 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 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 might be longer. How to proceed:

1. Prepare the documentation

Check which documents and personal information you need, depending on which visa you are applying for.

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 and all other required documents 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. Biometric information will be taken (ten fingerprints and a photograph). You pay the applicatoin fee at the Embassy via card.

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

You will be contacted when you can pick up your passport and decision at the Embassy. The processing time is 15 days.

Visa from Oman and Yemen

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

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 

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