Sweden & Serbia

Visit for longer than 90 days

If you wish to visit Sweden for more than 90 days, you need to apply for residence permit for a visit.

An application for a visitor's permit is always sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden, where the decision is made. If the application is granted, a residence permit is usually issued for more than three months and up to twelve months.

In order to be granted a residence permit to visit Sweden, the purpose of the trip must be to visit Sweden and not to settle there. You must have the means to support yourself throughout your stay, and you must possess either a return ticket or enough money to buy one. A medical travel insurance is compulsory.

Apply online

Applications for visitor's permits are handed in digitally. This applies only to persons that are outside Sweden and will make your application at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade (applicants residing in Serbia or Montenegro). Apply and pay the application fee by using this e-service.

When you conclude your application in the e-service, you will be directed to a page where you book an appointment for a physical visit at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade. During this visit you will show your passport and conclude your application with an interview. You will also give your fingerprints and have your photo taken.

You can still choose to submit your application in person, but have in mind that the handling time will be longer. If you want to apply in person, read the information below.

Apply in person

  • Everyone, including children, must apply in person.
  • The forms have to be signed by the applicant personally, while the      forms for minors have to be signed by their parent/custodian.
  • All the attached forms and documents have to be presented in the      original form.

You need:

  • The form Application for a visitor’s permit.
  • A passport or some other valid travel document.
  • A copy of the first page in your passport, and of any extensions and/or name changes in the passport.
  • One recently taken colour photograph in passport format that is no older than six months and is 45 mm x 35 mm in size. The photo must be taken against a light background and show you looking straight ahead.
  • A copy of your ticket for the return journey.
  • Documents proving the kinship between you and your host in Sweden (e.g. birth certificates)
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Proof of 450 SEK/day available as means of subsistence, on applicant/reference person´s bank account

If the applicant is a minor child traveling without one or both parents/guardians, you representing the applicant must attach:

  • the child's birth certificate in which the parents' names are listed,
  • a power of attorney given to you by at least one of the child's guardians, signed on the linked page: Power of attorney (migrationsverket.se),
  • a copy of the parent's/guardian's passport.

The individual/organization you intend to visit in Sweden should attach:

  • Form no. 248011 Inbjudan, which should be in original, in case it is a visit to friends or family, OR an invitation letter from the organization stating the period and purpose of your visit
  • Documentation proving that you are financially secured during your stay in Sweden, unless you cover the costs yourself.

If you are outside Sweden, you can submit your application at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade after making the appointment by phone.

In case you want to submit your application at the Embassy, but you don't actually live in Serbia or in Montenegro, please read the information on this page: Information for third-country nationals staying in Serbia or in Montenegro - Sweden Abroad.

Wherever you choose to submit your application, it is the Migration Agency that will take the decision in your case. 

More about planned long visits or about the extension of the ongoing stay in Sweden you can read on the Migration Agency's homepages.