Sweden is a Scandinavian Nordic country in northern Europe. It lies bordering Norway to the west, Finland to the east. It shares its maritime border with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. It is the largest country in northern Europe. With a population of 10.2 million spread across the 173,860 sq mi.
Sweden’s climate is very mild, retaining warm continental summer thanks to the significant seafaring influence. The capital city, Stockholm, is the most populated part of the country.
Sweden maintains a social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. It is the world’s eleventh highest per capita income and ranks highly in national performance, along with the quality of life, health, education, civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development. Tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the economy of the nation. The scenic locations throughout the country attract countless visitors from all over the globe. However, Sweden also attracts students from across the world. The nation has numerous high-quality institutes including the prestigious Lund University.
Swedish krona (SEK) is the currency of the country. The official languages of Sweden are Swedish. Finnish, Sami and Romani are also spoken widely.
Sweden is listed as a member state of the Schengen Agreement and the European Union. The country permits the U.S. citizens to enter the country for 90 days, be it a tourist or business purpose without a visa. However, the passport should be valid three months beyond the period of stay. You also need 10,000 € or equivalent with you and a return air ticket.
The Schengen area consists of 26 European countries. They do not have any border controls between them. The countries are Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Malta, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Iceland, Estonia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal and Latvia. They have a common short stay visa policy.
To visit Sweden, just like most of the countries, a visa is required here. Some foreign nationals including the U.S. if the intended stay does not cross 90 days. Depending on the purpose one can apply for different types of visas.
The different types of visa are as follows. There are two types of Slovakia visas:
This type of visa allows you a stay of 90 days. Granting you freedom of tourism, business journey, family and study visit or any which does not require work or residence permit. A Schengen visa may be valid for one or multiple entries.
This type of visa is for one who exceeds 90 days stay. Be it for temporary or permanent residence.
As mentioned above, your visit to Sweden can be for multiple reasons, and the reason will decide the kind of visa you are given. The types of visa for each visit are:
If you plan to stay for more than 3 months; you have to apply for a national visa to stay further. You need to apply for a national D-type visa. Period of validity of D-Visa cannot be more than 1 year
You can check the status of your Switzerland visa by going online and ‘tracking the application.’
The documents mentioned above are mandatory, otherwise, the visa will not be issued, and your application will be rejected.
You have to go in person while applying for any Sweden visa, as the biometric enrolment procedure is being conducted. More details of the enrolment are given below.
Register and download the application form
Submit your application either online or in person
Note: Walk-in applicants will also be handled without a prior appointment
Get the printed form and all the mandatory documents, if this is the first time to a Schengen land
Fingerprints are collected, and a digital photograph is taken
The application fee must be paid in Indian rupees
Track your application via the online portal
Collect your visa from the Embassy of Sweden or opt for the courier service
When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at the Embassy. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded. The applicant is not necessary to be present if this is not his/her first trip to a Schengen state.
The cost differs from visa to visa, on the type of visa you require.
|Children of ages between 6-12 years||35|
|Children below 6 years||0|
|Residence permit||1000 SEK|
|Residence Permit (Children under 18)||500 SEK|
|National Visa (Adult and Children)||60|
|Delhi||Sweden Visa Application Centre Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi- 110001|
|Mumbai||Sweden Visa Application Centre Trade Centre, Third Floor, ‘G’ Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400 051|
|Chennai||Sweden Visa Application Centre Fagun Towers, Third Floor, No 74, EthirajSalai, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008|
|Bengaluru||Global Tech Park, No 11 First Floor O’ Shaughnessy Road, Langford Town, Bangalore 560025|
|Whitefield (Bengaluru)||VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd (Premium Lounge Centre) Brigade Irv, Unit No 108, 1st Floor, Nallurhalli, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066|
|Kolkata||Sweden Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga,|
|Hyderabad||Sweden Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga, Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium Kolkata, 700107, India 8-2-700, 3rd Floor, SridaAnushka Pride Road No. 12, Banjara Hills Hyderabad – 500 034. India|
|Pune||4th Floor, F core, Marvel edge, Vimannagar Pune 411014|
|Ahmedabad||First Floor, Emerald House, Near Parimal Garden Cross Road, – Off C G Road, Ahmedabad - 380006|
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Yes, Indian citizens need to apply for a visa before visiting Sweden.
Yes, after 2015, it has become mandatory for all visa applicants to give a biometric test to apply for a visa.
Visa application for Sweden is done through VFS global offices located in Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad among other major cities. You can visit any of the nearest centres with the required documents and apply for a visa as well.
It normally takes around 10 to 12 days for your application to process.
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