Last Updated : 20-Oct-2023
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Sweden is a beautiful country in Europe, known for its islands, mountains, and forests. If you're an Indian passport holder, you'll need a Sweden visa to visit. Sweden is part of the Schengen Area, which is a group of European countries that has removed border controls. This means people can move around these countries more easily, just like travelling within a single nation, making travel and trade simpler.
Depending on your purpose of visit, you can choose between a short-stay visa (single, double, and multiple entry), an airport transit visa, and a long-term visa (1 year, 3 years, and 5 years).
In this post, I will mainly discuss the process and requirements for applying for and obtaining a tourist visa for Sweden from India.
As an Indian, we all require the above-mentioned visa to visit the country for tourism purposes or to visit friends and family in Sweden.
Is the Swedish Tourist Visa and Schengen Tourist Visa the same?
Well, yes. The Swedish Schengen Visa and Sweden Tourist Visa are the same visas. It all depends on what you like to call it. Nonetheless, this is the visa you'll need if you plan to visit Sweden for tourism purposes.
After reading through this guide, you'll be able to apply for your next Sweden Tourist Visa easily.
Here's what I'll cover in the post:
How To Get A Swedish Schengen Visa Without Effort?
General Information About The Swedish Schengen Visa
What Are The Required Documents For The Swedish Schengen Visa?
How To Apply For The Swedish Schengen Visa?
Before jumping into the visa application and its requirements, let us address some of the most popular queries most travellers travelling to Sweden tend to enquire about before applying for a Swedish Schengen Visa.
What Is The Swedish Schengen Visa?
Do I Need A Swedish Schengen Visa?
How Long Can I Stay In Swedish With A Schengen Visa?
Where Can I Apply For The Swedish Schengen Visa?
What Is The Swedish Schengen Visa Processing Time?
When Must I Apply For My Swedish Schengen Visa?
How Much Is The Swedish Schengen Visa Fee?
What Are The Minimum Financial Requirements To Visit Swedish?
Can I Travel To Other Schengen Countries With The Swedish Schengen Visa?
If you already have a general understanding of the Swedish Schengen Visa, feel free to skip to the required documents or the visa application process.
The Swedish Schengen Visa, also known as the Tourist Visa, allows you to enter Sweden for tourism purposes. Such purposes include vacation, sightseeing, leisure, and so on.
Short business trips are also allowed under the Swedish Schengen Visa. However, you can't work in the country. Acceptable business purposes include attending meetings, functions, meeting clients, etc.
If your trip to Sweden does not include tourism or business, you need to apply for another type of visa.
Quick note: Some travellers refer to the Swedish Schengen Visa as the Swedish Tourist Visa and short-stay visa. These terms refer to a visa that allows you to enter the country (the only difference being the name). In this post, I'll use both of these terms.
Yes. As a citizen of the Indian sub-continent, all of us are required to obtain a Tourist Visa before entering Sweden.
The single-entry Schengen Visa allows you to visit Sweden for a maximum of 90 days within every 180-day period. Please note that you are not allowed to take up residence or work on a Schengen visa.
In some cases, you may only stay in Sweden for the duration you specified in your visa application form. Therefore, always check the validity period on your visa sticker before travelling.
Remember: Overstaying your welcome in Sweden can lead to heavy fines, jail time, and even a ban.
Although it was possible to apply for a Sweden Tourist Visa for Indians at the Embassy and Consulate General of Sweden located across the country before, the application process is now majorly handled only by VFS Sweden visa application centers across the country. You can book an appointment at the closest VFS center by registering online with VFS.
Additionally, here is a list of VFS Application Centers across India.
I have explained more on this below so you can directly jump to the section of How To Apply For The Swedish Schengen Visa.
The usual processing time for Schengen visas is between 15 to 30 days. However, you can apply up to 6 months in advance.
At the latest, you can start your visa application 15 days before your planned trip. Sometimes, it can take up to 45 days in case it is necessary to make a more detailed exam of the application.
Thus, the earliest you can apply is 3 months before your trip. I recommend starting your application as soon as possible so you have enough time should something unexpected happen (like a longer visa processing time).
You can expect to pay the following Sweden visa fees for Indians at the current exchange rate:
For adults: INR 6700 | EUR 80
For children 6 - 11 years: INR 3400 | EUR 40
For children under 6 years: Free
Note: An important thing to know here is that holders of diplomatic and service passports, as well as students and researchers travelling for research or educational training, do not need to pay for the Sweden visa fee (to be evaluated case per case). The same also applies to representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events by non-profit organisations.
You'll find that all Schengen Member States have their own minimum financial requirements when visiting. This requirement has been implemented to ensure that visitors have the financial means to support themselves during their stay.
In accordance with the information provided by the European Commission, as of 15 November 2011, a foreigner who seeks to enter the territory of Sweden must be able to attest possessing 450 SEK or 48.26€/day of stay in Sweden at the moment applying for a Swedish Visa to the Swedish Embassy or Consulate. Anything within the ballpark of INR 8 to 10 lacs should solidify your application even further.
You're allowed to travel to any Schengen States with your Swedish Schengen Visa. Nonetheless, you must clearly state that you plan to travel to other countries in your application.
You can visit the following Schengen Member States with your Swedish Tourist Visa: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Travel Tip: The Schengen countries that are closest to Sweden are Norway, Finland, and Denmark.
Now that you have a general understanding of the Swedish Schengen Visa, we can look at its requirements and application process. One of the first things you would need to do before you begin the application process is to ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready to be presented at the visa center.
One of the first things you would need to do before you begin the application process is to ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready to be presented at the visa center. The VFS Sweden Visa Application Center provides a Document checklist for Schengen Tourist Visa.
Here are the documents you'll need to submit to the Embassy:
A duly completed and signed Swedish Visa Application form to be filled online.
One passport photo of yourself. It must meet the requirements set out by Sweden.
A valid passport or travel document with at least two blank pages. It must be valid for 3 months after the end of your trip and be issued no later than 10 years ago.
A duly completed and signed Disclaimer
A duly completed and signed Data Protection Notice
Schengen Travel Insurance/Medical Insurance that provides a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 and is valid for the entire duration of travel. The insurance must cover the entire Schengen area and not just Switzerland. Also, the Travel insurance must cover all COVID-19-related health emergencies.
Proof of accommodation. This can be private accommodation, a rental agreement, hotel reservations, etc. but it has to cover the duration of the whole stay and all the Schengen countries you plan to visit other than Sweden. If you have booked a packaged tour, attach a detailed travel itinerary.
Proof of financial funds. This includes a cover letter as well as a bank statement of the last 3 months, stamped and signed by your bank manager, a copy of the Income Tax Department Return + ITR V acknowledgement of the previous financial year, and a signed and stamped leave permission from your employer.
Proof of employment/studies on official letterhead, stamped and dated, containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as the countersigning officer's name, position and signature. The letter must state the name and position of the applicant, salary, years of employment/studies and approval of absence/position after leave. For unemployment: unemployment certificate and proof of income, if any (married: employment certificate of spouse, document of the income of the spouse and a marriage certificate).
A return flight ticket that proves you plan to return to your home country.
A cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip, what you plan to do, and when you'll return home. Basically, it just proves the purpose of your trip.
Document Requirements Depending On Employment Status
If you are self-employed, you must present a copy of your business license in India, company income tax returns for the past two years, and a copy of the company’s bank statement for the past 3 months, signed and stamped by the bank manager.
If you own a business in India, you need to present the certificate of registration of the company (Form B, rule 5(1) or Form ST3, rule 11)
If you are a student, you must present a copy of the enrolment paper that serves as proof that the applicant has planned to study in that school/university and a copy of No Objection Certificate from the respective school or university.
If you are salaried, provide proof of employment/studies on official letterhead, stamped and dated, containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as the name, position and signature of the countersigning officer. The letter must state the name and position of the applicant, salary, years of employment/studies and approval of absence/position after leave.
If unemployed, unemployment certificate and proof of income, if any (married: employment certificate of spouse, document of the income of the spouse and a marriage certificate).
Covid requirements and protocols can change without notice. For this reason, I can't specify the exact documents you require as they might have already changed. So, instead, use [Atlys's COVID-19 tool](https://www.atlys.com/covid/ Sweden?from=india) to learn about the country requirements and what you need to enter Sweden.
One thing I can include is that you must have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months or be fully vaccinated against the virus. Keep in mind that only approved vaccinations will allow entry into Sweden.
You won't be able to visit Sweden with only a negative COVID-19 test result.
You now know the documents you must submit for a successful Schengen Visa application. Next, I'll walk you through the steps you must take when you start your application.
Step 1 - Collect The Required Documents
Step 2 - Fill In Your Schengen Visa Application Form
Step 3 - Find Where You Need To Apply At
Step 4 - Schedule Your Visa Appointment
Step 5 - Attend Your Visa Appointment
Step 6 - Receive Feedback From The Embassy
Start collecting the required documents first.
It's the most time-consuming part of the process. Doing this first will allow you to leave enough time for unexpected delays, such as collecting an incorrect document, finding accommodation, and so on.
When gathering all your required documents, make a list of what you need to get. It's the easiest way to keep track of the documents you've collected.
Okay, so you've got all the required documents.
Now, download and start filling in the Sweden Visa application form.
Remember, all the information you provide must be correct and accurate.
The form is self-explanatory, but ensure that you fill in all the details carefully.
Quick tip: Keep your passport close when filling out your visa application form. Always refer to your passport when entering your personal details.
Did you know:
Most visa applications get denied due to incorrect information on a visa application form. Here's a guide highlighting the mistakes to avoid when applying for your Schengen Visa.
As I mentioned, not all countries have a local Swedish representative. Therefore, you should always check where you need to apply before submitting your application.
After you've determined where you need to apply, you must schedule a visa appointment.
Be mindful that you might not find an appointment time suitable to your needs. As a result, you may have to keep your schedule open for the next few weeks, or at least until you find an appointment. This is another reason why you should start your visa application procedure at the earliest so as to receive your visa in time for your travel.
On the day of your appointment, visit the visa application center at the scheduled time. Arrive at least half an hour early in case there is a rush at the center and make sure you carry all the documents with you.
Once the visa officer checks your document, they might interview you briefly, but there is nothing to be nervous about. Do your research on how to answer the interview questions, and you will be fine.
Quick tip: You can use your required documents to support your answers. For example, should they ask where you plan to stay in Belgium, you can present your proof of accommodation.
After attending your interview and submitting your documents, you'll be requested to submit your biometric information.
It's just your fingerprints and a digital photo of yourself. This is not required if you've been to the Schengen Area in the last 59 months.
After completing steps 1 - 5, you're basically done. The only thing left is to wait for your visa to be processed. As mentioned, this can take between 15 - 30 days.
After it's processed, you'll receive feedback from the visa application center via email, a call, SMS, or your preferred contact method. You can Track Your Application here. If your visa is approved, you can travel back to the visa application center to collect your passport. Attached inside, you'll find your brand new Swedish Schengen Visa.
Now, if you are someone who values your time and energy, we've got some great news for you! You don't need to read through this entire guide on getting a Swedish Schengen Visa. Instead, all you need to do is download Atlys and use it to complete your application for you.
With Atlys, you can immediately start your next Swedish Tourist Visa application. A benefit of Atlys is that you don't need to stress about the visa application process and everything it entails. All you need to do is select your destination, travel date and enter your relevant details. Afterwards, Atlys will do all the tedious paperwork for you. With Atlys, you can receive your next Tourist Visa in no time!
Now you know how to apply for your Swedish Tourist Visa!
Ensure that you follow my exact steps, and you'll have your visa in no time. The final step is to make some unforgettable memories in Sweden!
You can pay for your visa fee in cash or via a credit/debit card. Some VFS Application centers also accept Demand Drafts made in favor of VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.