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. On December 17 a decision was taken to extend the entry ban until March 31, 2021.
From November 20, 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*:
*The decision to restrict entry in each case is made by the Swedish Police responsible for border control. If you have questions about crossing the border in your particular case, you need to contact the Police at +46771141400.
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 to close the external border until further notice.
New visa issuance procedure
Starting from March 23, 2020, you cannot longer submit your visa application through one of the VFS Global's offices. Application for a visa can only be made directly at the Embassy, time booking is required.
The Embassy only accepts applications for a visa from the categories of persons who are not covered by the temporary entry ban.This applies even if you plan to travel after March 31, 2021.
You can contact the Migration department to get more information about requirements, using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the answers to frequently asked questions below carefully. Information is being updated.
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:
There is no requirement that relatives have been granted a residence permit in Sweden. However, you need a valid visa to enter Sweden.
Please notice that couples who intend to cohabit/marry must provide proof of their relationship. Also family members with a dependence must provide confirming documents. The Embassy considers every case individually. For more information contact email@example.com.
During the period of entry ban the Embassy will only process visa applications for persons exempted from the entry ban. If you apply for a visa and the embassy deems that you are not one of the exceptions, your application will be rejected.
The application must be submitted directly at the embassy. Please note that if you are exempted from the entry ban, you will not automatically be granted a visa. The normal Schengen rules apply.
If you are not sure whether you are in the above categories that are allowed to enter Sweden, please contact the Embassy by firstname.lastname@example.org for a preliminary assessment. The letter must be accompanied by documents confirming your right to enter. If your documents are in order, the Embassy will reserve time for you to submit documents.
If you are exempted to the entry ban you are not automatically granted a visa. The normal Schengen rules apply.
If the embassy deems you to be exempted from the entry ban, you will receive a decision within 10 working days. Citizens of Russia, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Belarus also have the opportunity to apply for an urgent visa, ie. an unforeseen/unplanned event has occurred that means you have to travel within three days. The fee for an urgent visa is EUR 70 (RUB 5200).
Imperative family reasons may include 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. If you have questions about crossing the border in your particular case, you need to contact the Police at +46771141400.
The decision on entry ban is temporary but may be extended depending on how the situation with COVID-19 develops. Since we do not know this yet, you risk getting a rejection of your application according to current rules.
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.
No, there is no possibility in the EU Visa Code for changing or extending an unused visa. You may apply for a new visa for your next trip. The embassy will take into consideration previously granted visas in its assessment.
If you cannot leave Sweden before your visa expires, you should contact the Migration Agency to renew your visa. You will need to show that you cannot leave Sweden on time due to special reason (for example, your flight was cancelled).
If your intended stay, including the prolongation, will exceed 90 days you should contact the Swedish Migration Agency to apply for a visitor's permit.
Information about visa extensions and obtaining permits for a long stay can be found on the website of the Migration Agency: https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/Extend-a-visit.html
The Migration Department is open Monday-Friday (9 am-11am).
If you have an appointment for an interview, please contact the embassy to reschedule it.
If you have been granted a residence permit, but you cannot come to the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow to leave your fingerprints due to closed border, please contact the embassy.
All representation agreements that Sweden has in the above-mentioned countries are currently suspended. This means that you can no longer apply for a visa to Sweden through the embassy that previously represented Sweden. Some embassies can still make exceptions, so always contact them first. 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 (including possible in Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul).
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.