Sweden Visa and Passport Requirements

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Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU), the Schengen Agreement and also the Nordic Passport Union. This means that it allows free movements of EU nationals for up to 90 days, although it welcomes free movements of Nordic nationals without restrictions.

EU nationals: When travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another by car, you are not required to show a passport or national ID card. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your valid passport or valid ID card to prove your identity.

Nordic nationals: No restrictions, although travel providers will still require you to produce a valid identification.

Non-EU nationals: To enter Sweden, you must have a valid passport issued within the past ten years and with at least three months left, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay. Please note that the passport validity requirement may vary depending on one's nationality; hence it is recommended to travel with a passport with at least six months validity.

Beware that EU members such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

EU nationals: You don't need a visa for Sweden if the stay is less than 90 day. 

Non-EU nationals: The complete list of countries and territories whose nationals can visit Sweden and any other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period are as follows: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

• Hong Kong and Macao: holders of SAR passports do not need a visa.
• Taiwan: holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number do not need a visa.
• Serbia: holders of biometric passports do not need a visa, excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate.
• Vanuatu: holders of passports issued on or after 25 May 2015 do not need a visa.
• Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) also do not need a visa.

For nationals from countries not listed here, please contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Sweden.

Visa note

For more information about Schengen visas, follow the link to the article A guide to Schengen visas.

From November 2023, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit the Schengen countries will need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation. For more information, follow the link to the article Applying for ETIAS.

Types and cost

Schengen visa €80 for those who are above 12 years old, €40 for children aged six to 12, and free for children below six.

Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

In addition, the visa fee is waived for the following applicants:
• School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training.
• Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.
• Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
• Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.

Validity

Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen countries, whereas citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen countries. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with a consulate of Sweden near you.

Application to

Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate.

Schengen visas

Sweden is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies.

Temporary residence

EU nationals: No longer need to obtain a residence permit if the stay is more than 90 days. 

Non-EU nationals: Will need a visa if the stay is more than 90 days.

Working days

Schengen visa applications usually take 15 calendar days, but sometimes up to 45 days. Be mindful of the national holidays in Sweden as they may affect the processing time. It is recommended to submit applications at least four weeks prior to departure.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on whether your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Sweden with a pet from outside of the EU.

Please check with the consulate directly for the appropriate procedures.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Sweden in the USA
Telephone: (202) 467 2600. Website: www.swedenabroad.se Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0830-1200, 1300-1700.
Embassy of Sweden in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7917 6400. Website: http://www.swedenabroad.com/london Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1200 and 1400-1600 (general enquiries); Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 0900-1100 (visa applications).

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