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Do I need a VISA to visit Sweden?

- No, if you are a citizen of Schengen (EU), USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeland, or Japan you do not need a visa.

- Yes, if you are a citizen of e.g. Russia, China, India or one of the other countries listed (see link below) you still need to apply for a visa to Sweden.

A visa is a preliminary permit which is required to enter and remain in Sweden and the other Schengen countries for a short period of time, e.g. to attend a conference.
The visa should be complete and be entered in the passport before entry into the Schengen area.

Citizens from the majority of countries outside the EU require a visa to visit Sweden. This is a decision reached by Sweden together with the other EU countries.
You can find a list of countries whose nationals require a visa to visit Sweden at

Visitors who arrive from countries that are not on the list can enter Sweden and the other Schengen countries and remain there without a visa for three months.

Time to get a VISA?

Normally, a decision for a visa is made within two weeks although processing times at the missions abroad vary. To be certain that you will receive your visa in time you should submit your application at least two months before you are due to travel to Sweden.

This is required to be granted a VISA

  • a passport valid for at least three months after the final date stated in the visa.
  • money for your keep and for the journey home (€40 (approximately SEK 370) for each day spent in Sweden).
  • individual medical travel insurance which covers any costs that could arise in conjunction with emergency medical assistance, emergency hospital care or transport to your home country for medical reasons. The insurance should cover costs of at least €30,000 and be valid in all the Schengen countries.

More information can be found at The Swedish Migration Board or printed out from this fact sheet.