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Sweden & Sudan

General information

The Schengen Cooperation

Sweden and Norway are members of the Schengen Cooperation. The Schengen Cooperation allows those who have a visa to travel to Sweden also to travel to the other member countries. The countries that form part of the Schengen Cooperation are often referred to as Schengen countries.

Citizens from the following countries/territories require a visa when entering Sweden, check the list (Swedish).

Reasons to apply for an entry visa could be:

  • visiting relatives or friends
  • business or conference visits, seminars or similar arrangements
  • participation in cultural and sporting events
  • tourism.

Where do I apply?

You can apply for a Schengen visa at the Swedish Embassy in Khartoum if you are legally residing in Sudan. If you are not legally residing in Sudan but are legally present in the country, you have to provide justification for lodging an application at the Swedish Embassy. We advise you to contact us by email before registering and booking an appointment online in such cases. You will also have to provide proof of your residency or legal visit and the justification.

You need to make an appointment to hand in your visa application. If you want to book an appointment go back to "how to apply for a visa" We do not use external providers for submitting visa applications. Therefore, we only accept visa applications that are submitted by the applicant inside the Embassy building.

As a general rule, Sweden/Norway should be the main destination of your trip (in terms of length or purpose of stay). If your main destination is any other Member State, please apply for visa at a consulate or Embassy of the relevant Member State.

When do I apply?

You can submit your application, at the earliest, six months before your planned visit. Normally, the processing time is approximately two weeks from the date of submitting your application. We however recommend that you book an appointment as far in advance as possible with a minimun six weeks prior to your intended travel date in order for us to schedule your appointment.

How long is a visa valid?

A visa is valid in the Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. If you want to calculate the amount of days for your planned visit you can use the EU Schengen calculator.

If your visa is approved the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the Schengen countries will be specified on the visa sticker that will be affixed in your passport. The days can be utilized during the period that is specified on the sticker. The period is often longer than the number of days that you may visit the Schengen countries. This is in order for you to have the possibility to change your travel date if something unforeseen happens.

Longer stay

If you are planning to stay in Sweden for longer than 90 days you need to apply for a visitors’ residence permit, or – if there are special reasons – a visa for a longer period (a D-visa). For more information you can check Visa for longer than 90 days.

If you are planning to stay in Norway for longer than 90 days, we kindly ask you to contact Norwegian authorities for further information.

A Schengen visa can be valid for one or or multiple entries and exits.

Your visa sticker specifies how many times you may travel in and out of the Schengen countries while it is valid.

You can apply for a Schengen visa that is valid for multiple entries if you are regular visitor to Sweden. A visa with multiple entries can be valid for visits lasting up to 90 days in a 180-day period for a maximum of five years.

Where is a Schengen visa valid?

An entry visa is normally valid in all the Schengen countries. In exceptional cases a visa may be granted solely for entry into the country that issued it for example if you are registered in SIS (Schengen information system) or if your passport is not accepted in all Schengen countries. For more information on the Schengen Agreement please click here.

Who decides my case?

In most cases, the Embassy decides whether to grant a visa. In special cases the Embassy might send the application to the Swedish Migration Agency for a decision. The regulations in the EU Visa Code determine whether or not you are granted a visa.

How long does it take?

The time it takes to process an application at the Embassy varies but decisions are generally reached within 15 days from the time you visit the Embassy. This period may be extended up to a maximum 45 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of application is needed. Make sure to submit all required and supporting documents during your visit at the Embassy in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

Consultation procedure

Sudanese nationals are required to go through a mandatory prior consultation procedure, that takes approximately 7-9 days, during the assessment of the visa application. These days are included in the normal 15 days of waiting time for your decision. This is to check whether any Member States has any objection for issuing a uniform visa. 

Follow the link for more information about visa applications in the menu to the left and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

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