The temporary entry ban began to apply on March 19, 2020 and concerns non-essential trips to Sweden from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland. The purpose is to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The entry ban has been extended a number of times. At the moment the entry ban is in force until October 31, 2021.
From June 28, 2021 the following persons are exempted from the entry ban:
The entry ban does not apply to people who have particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden. For example, this may be the case for:
A foreign citizen who is covered by an exemption will also need to present a negative covid-19 test for entry not older than 72 hours, or the EU Covid Certificate or equivalent when entering from another country. Here you can find more information on which certificates are accepted and which categories are exempted from this requirement:
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden - The Public Health Agency of Sweden (folkhalsomyndigheten.se)
Application for a visa can be made directly at the Embassy or at one of VFS Global offices, time booking is required.
The decision to restrict entry in each case is made by the Swedish Police responsible for border control. For updated information on the entry ban to Sweden, and its exemptions, please visit the website of the Swedish Police Authority.
The Embassy also recommends you to contact the Russian border control service to clarify whether you can leave Russia since the Russian government decided on 30 March 2020 to close the external border until further notice.
Please read the answers to frequently asked questions below carefully. Information is being updated.
Persons whose purpose of trip is to perform highly skilled tasks, which cannot be made at distance and cannot be postponed might enter Sweden. The inviting company must provide this information in the invitation, as well as explain why the person’s visit is necessary for financial reasons.
The following family members to a citizen of/person with national visa issued by Sweden, EEA, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, Andorra, Monaco or persons with residence permit in Sweden:
The Embassy can only give general information related to the entry ban or categories of travelers exempted from the entry ban.
For updated information on the entry ban to Sweden, and its exemptions, please visit the website of the Swedish Police Authority.
Please note that the Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications and it is not possible to apply for an exemption in advance. The decision in each individual case will be made upon arrival at the border control point.
Imperative family reasons may include situations in connection with a funeral, childbirth or a close relative receiving palliative care. It must be an emergency situation, illness or accident in the family.
Please be prepared to show medical certificates or other documents confirming this. The same documents will need to be presented when passing the border control to Sweden.
To have a visa is never a guarantee that you will be able to enter Sweden or the Schengen area. On a case-by-case basis, the Swedish Border Police will determine whether you meet the conditions for entering Sweden.
The visa fee is not refundable if the visa application is accepted, rejected or the applicant decides to withdraw his/her application.
The fee can only be reimbursed if:
No, see above.
If you want a third person to apply for a visa on behalf of you or to collect your passport or UT-card he/she should present a power of attorney and identify himself/herself (passport and a copy of the ID page of the passport). It is only possible to apply for a visa through power of attorney if you have provided your fingerprints for a Schengen-visa in the last 59 months.
The majority of representation agreements that Sweden has in the above-mentioned countries are currently suspended. This means that you might no longer apply for a visa to Sweden through the embassy that previously represented Sweden. If it is not possible to apply for a visa in the country where you live, contact the nearest Swedish embassy that issues visas to get help (for instance Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul).
As of 1 July 2021 it is possible to apply for a Schengen visa to Sweden through the Estonian Embassy in Minsk, Belarusю