BBC China Correspondent John Sudworth has left the country, together with his wife, RTE China Correspondent Yvonne Murray, and their family. This departure comes after a long period of harassment of Mr Sudworth and his BBC colleagues by the authorities, comprising surveillance, threats of legal action, obstruction, intimidation and the posting online by official media of videos that personally named him and made use of police video footage.NEWS
If you are visiting Sweden and are a citizen of a non-EU country, you may need a visa. A visa is a permit to travel to and stay in a country for a maximum of 90 days. If you intend to stay in Sweden for longer than 90 days you will need a visitor's residence permit.
We recommend all applicants to submit their Schengen visa applications through VFS Global. Visit the VFS Global website for the application centre’s address, opening hours and for other practical information. If you want, you can also submit your application in person to the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing by appointment.
Please note that the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing is not authorized to process Schengen Visa applications from non-Chinese nationals who do not have a valid permit for residence in the People´s Republic of China and who lack justification for lodging an application here.
Residents of Mongolia, from August 1st 2020, residents of Mongolia may apply for a Schengen visa to visit Sweden at the Embassy in Beijing by appointment. Please see the question below on how to make an appointment.
All citizens residing in The People's Republic of China can apply for a visa or resident permit at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing. Click here to learn more.
In order to join your family or relative in Sweden, you must have a residence permit. Residence permit applications can only be submitted at the Migration Agency's website or at the Embassy.
Click here to learn more about how to apply for yourself and on behalf of your child.
The following application processes at the Embassy require a scheduled appointment:
You can visit the Embassy without an appointment, during our opening hours, if you wish to do any of the following:
For more information on the Embassy's opening hours and contact details, please click here.
To make an appointment at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing for handing in Schengen visa (maximum stay of 90 days) applications you need to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
To make an appointment for handing in an application for residence permit for visit or book an interview appointment for your residence or work permit, please submit a request for an appointment.
As the Embassy receives many applicants, we might not be able to give you an appointment at your preferred date, but we will do our best to arrange an appointment at our earliest convenience.
If you have already submitted your residence permit application online on the Swedish Migration Agency´s website, then you are able to submit your biometrics at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing without an appointment.
Please bring your passport for identification when you visit the Embassy during the Migration Section's opening hours.
Please note that this information is only applicable to those looking to collect their residence permit card at the Embassy. For information on visa procedure please see the Visiting Sweden page.
Applicants will be notified through e-mail when their residence permit card has arrived at the Embassy.
Your residence permit card can be collected either by yourself or by someone else with a power of attorney from you during the Embassy's opening hours. If you collect the card by yourself, you will need to bring your passport. If someone else collects the card on your behalf, he/she must bring the power of attorney, his/her ID card in original and/or passport, and a copy of the ID page in your passport. The power of attorney can be submitted in original or printed copies.
For children under the age of 18, one of the child’s legal guardians must either collect the card on the child’s behalf, or write a power of attorney to allow someone else to collect the child’s residence permit card on behalf of the legal guardian. The child’s legal guardian must sign the power of attorney. The following documents must be provided: copies of both the child’s and the legal guardian’s passports, a copy of the child's birth certificate, an official document (copy or original) showing who the legal guardian of the minor is, if someone other than the minor's parent/s.
You can download a template for a power of attorney here.
The Embassy’s opening hours
For more information on the Embassy's opening hours and contact details, see here.
For information about the process of seeking protection or asylum in Sweden, please visit the Swedish Migration Agency's website.
Study in Sweden is the official resource on higher education in Sweden for international students. Here you'll find info on Swedish universities, application procedures, and what it's like being an international student in our northern kingdom.
Visit Study in Sweden's website to learn more.
China is currently Sweden's largest trading partner in Asia. Trade with China has consistently increased during the last couple of years. Apart from the approximately 10,000 Swedish companies that trade with China, more than 600 Swedish companies have established presence.
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One of the most important duties of the Embassy is to provide assistance and counselling to Swedish companies that have encountered various forms of trade obstacles.
Have you or has your company encountered a trade obstacle?
Please click here to get in touch.