Visa to Sweden

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

Find here a list of countries whose citizens need a visa for entry into Sweden.

Please note that all British travel documents need a Schengen Visa.
Note that Somali and Somaliland passports are not recognised by Sweden.

Apply for a Schengen visa

The fastest and easiest way to apply for a Schengen visa is via the Swedish Visa Application Centre run by VFS, read more and apply here.

It's also possible to apply for a Schengen visa at the Swedish Embassy in London. In order to do so you are required to have a valid UK Residence Permit and visit the Embassy in person. You cannot apply for a visa at the Embassy if you reside in the UK with a British tourist visa, you then need to apply in your country of residence.

Note that the waiting time to get a visa appointment at the Embassy at times are several weeks, the Embassy therefore encourage applicants to apply via VFS. VFS is the Embassy's only visa cooperator, avoid other people selling visas.

How to apply for a Schengen visa, including residence permits and visas for stays longer than 90 days, at the Embassy in London:

  1. Prepare the required documents, find available visas and their requirements at the Swedish Migration Agency's website.
  2. Book an appointment, request a date and time by sending an email to the Visa Section. The email must also include a copy of the applicant's passport and valid UK Residence Permit. Find the Visa Section's opening hours and email address here.
    Holders of diplomatic or service passports may submit an application without prior appointment.
  3. When arriving for the appointment, bring all required documents to avoid risk that the application will be rejected. During the appointment applicants may be required to answer additional questions. Every person applying for a visa, including children travelling with parents, need to attend the appointment in person.
  4. At the appointment you must pay the application fee, read more about fees at the Swedish Migration Agency's website. All fees at the Embassy are paid in British pounds, preferably by card payment (American Express is not accepted).
  5. Processing time is approximately 14 days after the appointment.

Following British passport holders do not need a visa:

  • British 'European Community' passport
  • British ' Isle of Man', 'Jersey' and 'Guernsey and its dependencies' passport
  • British Subject passport
  • British Overseas Territories citizen  (BOTC) passport
  • British National Overseas (BNO) passport
  • British Overseas Citizens (BOC) passport
  • British Protected Persons (BPP) passport

All British travel documents need a Schengen Visa.


Family members of non British EEA nationals

Spouses of BRITISH nationals apply on national rules in the UK and must apply for a visa.

According to the EU Directive 38/2004 (Art. 10) family members of non British EEA nationals who are in possession of a British "Residence Card of a family member of an EEA national" or "Permanent Residence Card" DO NOT need a visa for visits up to 90 days in the Schengen area if you are joining or travelling with the EU national.  See example of sticker  Please note: Spouses of BRITISH nationals apply on national rules in the UK and must apply for a visa. British Residence Card EEA 130 KB 

British Residence Card Permanent Resident

Applications from family members of EU nationals are prioritized and processed faster. Please note that some nationals are subject to prior consultation in one or more Schengen countries, before a visa can be issued. The consultation takes around 8-10 days. Please see  the list of countries.

Family Members of UK Nationals:

Holders of Residence Permit either on the basis of being married to/partner/child/parent of a UK national  travelling with or joining the UK national you are dependant on: visa required (free of charge)      
Documentation required:
Proof of family relationship with UK national: Original Marriage or Birth Certificate (if in language other than English, French, German or Spanish a certified translation into English is required) 
Cohabitating partners: proof of same address for a least 18-24 months      
Passport of UK national (photocopies not accepted)       
Family members other than spouse and children: proof of dependency on UK national or his/her spouse/partner      
Travel tickets (return tickets as proof that you are travelling with UK national)

Please note that in order to process an application under EU rules, it is necessary for the applicant to produce evidence (in the form of return tickets) that he/she is travelling with the UK national.

Holders of a Residence Permit on the basis of being married to/partner/child/parent of a UK national travelling without the UK national you must apply for a normal tourist Schengen visa and pay a fee.

Last updated 09 Oct 2018, 2.41 PM