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Sweden & South Africa

Apply for a Visa

If you want to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside the EU, you may need a visa.

Countries whose citizens require a visa

The Embassy of Sweden also processes visa applications for Estonia. The requirements are the same as for visas to Sweden.


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 in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban and they can also provide you with information and other kinds of service. When the decision has been made you collect your passport and the decision at the VFS Global office in Pretoria Cape Town or Durban or have it sent to your home adress for an additional fee.

The Embassy always aim at processing your visa as quickly as possible but please note that it can take up to 15 calendar days to handle your application.

VFS Global charge a service fee of 28 EUR per application in addition to the visa fee.

Check the VFS Global website for the application centre’s address and opening hours and for other practical information.

VFS Global website


Be wary of other agents selling services


Please note that VFS Global is the only authorized external service provider collaborating with the Swedish authorities on applications for visas to Schengen.


It is not necessary to hire an agency/agent to help out with the visa application. It is perfectly acceptable, preferable even, to fill in the application and arranging the supporting documents by yourself.  


You can also book an appointment to hand in your application at Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria. You can book an appointment by email:

Visa applicants from Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland

Visa applicants from Botswana should apply for visa through the Embassy of Germany in Gaborone.

Visa applicants from Namibia should apply for visa at the Embassy of Finland in Windhoek.

Visa applicants from Lesotho and Swaziland can apply for visa at VFS Global in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban.