About Sweden

Applying for a Visa in Ankara, Izmir and Antalya

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

The list of countries whose citizens require a visa to visit Sweden


To improve the services to visa applicants, the embassy cooperates with an external service provider, VFS Global. Applications should be submitted by applicants in person. Applicants need to book an appointment in VFS Global to hand in their application there. VFS Global can also provide you with information and other kinds of service. When the decision has been made, after about 7 days, you collect your passport and your visa at the VFS Global.

VFS Global charges a fee of 165 TL per application (over and above the visa fee) for their services and visa applications can be submitted in Ankara, Izmir and Antalya. Check the VFS Global website for the application centre’s address and opening hours and for other practical information.

If you cannot or do not want to contact VFS Global you can submit your application in person to the Swedish embassy instead. You need to make an appointment through VFS Global. A decision on your application will be available after about 15 days. 


Please note that starting from 1st of August 2019 you can no longer apply directly at the Embassy in Ankara. You will need to make an appointment at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul instead.


How to apply


Applying via VFS Global 

The quickest and easiest way is to apply for a visa at the Swedish Visa Application Centre, which is run by VFS Global. This means that you, in most of the cases, do not have to visit the Swedish Embassy in person.
How you proceed is described step-by-step at the VFS Global website.

Applying on a paper form

If you cannot or do not wish to apply via the Swedish 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 may 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 Swedish Embassy, you contact VFS Global on following telephonenumber +90 0212 373 58 03 free of charge.

Please note that starting from 1st of August 2019 you can no longer apply directly at the Embassy in Ankara. You will need to make an appointment at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul instead.

3. Pay the application fee
Pay the fee at Garanti Bank. The fee is to be paid into account number TR88 0006 2001 3610 0006 2985 93 and the account holder is ‘Swedish Embassy’.
Read more under ‘Fees’.
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).
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’ in the menu on the left.
5. Wait for the decision When you submit your application for visa you will receive information regarding when you can collect the decision and your passport. The processing time is approximately 15 days.


Avoid other people selling services

Please note that the embassy only cooperates with VFS Global. The embassy has nothing to do with sellers outside the premises of the embassy or the VFS Global office who offer services for payment. No sellers can influence either the processing period or the decision.