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Sweden Schengen Visa: Requirements, Application Process and Fees

Last Update: 03-04-2024

Sweden Schengen Visa

⚡Quick Summary

Processing time for Sweden Visa

15 to 21 Working Days

Sweden tourist visa fees for Indians

  1. Sweden Schengen visa fees: Euro 80
  2. VFS Appointment fees: Euro 15

Sweden visa validity

180 Days (Depends on the embassy)

Sweden visa stay duration

90 Days

How to apply for a Sweden visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes.
  2. Apply through the VFS Visa Application Centre.

Documents required for Sweden visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport 
  3. Photograph 
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Travel Medical Insurance - Euro 30,000
  6. Flight tickets and Hotel Bookings
  7. Bank Statement (last 3 months)
  8. Income Tax Returns (last 2 years)
  9. See other documents.
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Table of contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Sweden Schengen Visas
  3. Requirements for a Sweden Schengen Visa
  4. How to Apply for a Sweden Schengen Visa?
  5. What is the Sweden Schengen Visa Processing Time for Indians?
  6. How Much Does the Sweden Schengen Visa Cost?
  7. What is the Sweden Schengen Visa Stay Period?
  8. Requirements for Travel Insurance When Applying for a Sweden Schengen Visa?
  9. What is the Process for Extending a Sweden Schengen Visa?
  10. What are the Common Reasons for Visa Denials with Sweden Schengen Visa?
  11. Conclusion
  12. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a journey to Sweden from India? Understanding the visa process is essential for a hassle-free and delightful trip. This comprehensive guide covers everything Indian nationals need to understand to secure a tourist visa for Sweden.

We'll guide you through the application procedure, necessary documentation, types of visas, and their fees. Whether you're curious about initiating your application or the duration it takes, we aim to prepare you for your forthcoming escapade in Sweden.

Need assistance or have questions? Our team is ready to support you. Contact us at 073148 52914 or send us a message on WhatsApp.

Prepare for a smooth travel experience to Sweden!

Do Indians Need a Schengen Visa to Enter Sweden?

Yes, Indian citizens do need a Schengen visa to enter Sweden. This visa allows them to travel within Sweden and the other Schengen Area countries for short stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period, whether for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends. It's essential to apply for the visa before travelling, ensuring all required documents and procedures are correctly followed.

Types of Sweden Schengen Visas

Schengen Visa (Short Stay):

  1. Uniform Visa: With a uniform visa, you can travel to the specified States for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period. You can calculate your allowed stay using the short stay calculator on the European Commission's Directorate-General for Home Affairs website.
  2. Visa with Limited Territorial Validity: This visa type permits travel exclusively to the State(s) mentioned on the visa sticker and does not include other Schengen States.

National Visa (D Visa): For individuals intending to stay in Sweden for more than 90 days within a 180-day period. D-visas are rarely granted and are primarily considered based on the urgency of the travel.

Business Visa: Tailored for Indians with business intentions, this visa grants a 90-day stay in Sweden for activities like attending conferences, meetings, or trade events.

Study/Sports/Cultural Visa: Apply for this visa if you're travelling for study, sports, or cultural purposes.

Airport Transit Visa: An airport transit visa permits its holder to transit through the international transit areas of the issuing State and, if specified on the visa sticker, potentially through transit areas in other States.

Requirements for a Sweden Schengen Visa

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

Complete the Sweden schengen visa application form, sign it, and bring it to your appointment.

Original Passport

  • Original and copy of the passport
  • Include a copy of the extension page and any observation page if applicable.
  • Previous passport if any

Photograph

  • One colour photo not older than six months
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm.
  • White background

Bank Statement

  • Recent bank statement, covering the past three months, with an official stamp and signature from the bank.
  • The statement should be no more than one week old at the time of application.
  • Recommended bank balance is at least SEK 450 (INR 3,300/-) per person per day for the entire trip.

Cover Letter

Mention your name, travel details, expenses, and purpose of the visit.

Travel Insurance

Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros, specifying coverage for accidents, illness, medical emergencies, and evacuation.

Proof of Accommodation

Hotel reservations or rental documents of holiday homes or campus residence reservations for your entire Schengen stay.

Flight Reservation

  • Proof of a return ticket.
  • If travelling to multiple Schengen states, provide evidence of intra-Schengen flight reservations, train itineraries, or car rentals.

Travel Itinerary

  • If you plan to travel to multiple Schengen States, provide proof of an intra-Schengen tickets or hotel reservations 
  • Certificate from the travel agency confirming your organised trip or other appropriate documents outlining your travel plans.

Supporting Documents

If Employed

  • If you plan to travel to multiple Schengen States, provide proof of an intra-Schengen tickets or hotel reservations 
  • Certificate from the travel agency confirming your organised trip or other appropriate documents outlining your travel plans.

If Self-Employed

  • PAN registration
  • Bank statements covering the last three months
  • Proof of company registration

If a Student

A letter confirming enrollment in the college or university

If Sponsored

  • Proof of sponsorship.
  • A letter from the sponsor.
  • Copy of the sponsor’s photo ID (e.g. passport, Aadhaar card, or driver's licence).

If Retired

  • Pension statements from the last three months
  • Proof of regular income, such as property ownership or business ownership

If Married

Copies of the original Marriage Certificate and the Birth Certificates of your children.

If Invited

  • Signature of any of the parent / legal guardians on duly filled visa application form. 
  • Minor Consent Form duly signed by both parents / legal guardians. 
  • Passport Copy / PAN Card Copy or any other identity document, containing picture and signature of both the parents / legal guardians. 
  • Birth certificate or other documents showing proof of relationship with parents/legal guardian.
  • The consent of the parental authority or legal guardian should be required only if the minor travels alone or only with one parent

If Travelling as a Group (20+)

  • Flight and Hotel Bookings - One group reservation with the list of applicants.
  • Employees of the travel agency travelling in the group must submit their employment letter.

How to Apply for a Sweden Schengen Visa?

Secure Your Sweden Visa with Teleport

Step 1: Initiate Your Application:

Navigate to Teleport's page for Sweden visa applications and select "Apply for Visa."

Step 2: Submit Your Information and Make Payment:

Provide your passport specifics, choose how you'd like to pay (in full or a deposit), and follow the steps Teleport outlines to fill in your personal details.

Step 3: Document Collection:

A designated Teleport relationship manager will guide you in collecting all the documents needed for your visa to Sweden.

Step 4: Schedule Your Visa Appointment:

Your dedicated Teleport relationship manager will arrange an appointment for you at the visa application centre of your choice, depending on slot availability.

Step 5: Visit the Visa Application Center:

Visit the designated VFS Visa application centre on the scheduled date and time to present your biometrics and the necessary documents.

✅ Teleport will review your application and documents prior to submission.

✅ Updates will be sent to you via WhatsApp and email.

Teleport will inform you about the decision from the embassy as soon as it becomes available. You'll be kept informed through the platform, and once your visa is approved, you can download it directly from your Teleport Dashboard.

Application Process at VFS Global in India

Step 1: Choose Your Visa Category

Start by selecting the correct visa category for your visit to ensure you comply with the eligibility requirements. Get to know the documents you'll need, the time it usually takes to process your visa, and any fees involved. If your documents are not originally in English, you might need to get them translated in advance.

Step 2: Collect the Necessary Documents

Make sure you have all required documents ready for your Sweden visa application. A detailed checklist of documents will be provided further.

Step 3: Fill in the Visa Application

Once you've determined your visa type and have all necessary documents, select your visa category and complete the Sweden schengen visa application form.

Step 4: Arrange Your Appointment

Next, book an appointment at the VFS Visa Application Centre to provide your biometric data, including fingerprints and photograph. A confirmation email and your appointment letter will be sent to you after booking.

For families or groups applying together, each person must book their appointment separately.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

Starting 23rd March 2024, the Sweden Consulate now welcomes walk-in submissions for Schengen Visa applications across India, from 9am to 11am. However, if you're new to international travel or unfamiliar with the visa application process, be cautious about attempting to secure a visa through them solely due to the convenience of scheduling. It's important to ensure you meet the necessary requirements before proceeding to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Step 5: Fee Payment

You'll need to pay the visa application fee after submitting your application. If you choose to print your form and bring it to the Visa Application Centre, you can pay the fee at your appointment.

Step 6: Submit Your Application at the Centre

Ensure you print out and bring your completed visa application form along with all required documents to the Visa Application Centre for submission.

Choose a Visa Application Centre

LocationOperating Hours (Mon - Fri)

Ahmedabad

09:00 - 15:00

Bangalore

09:00 - 15:00

Chennai

08:00 - 15:00

Hyderabad

08:00 - 15:00

Kolkata

09:00 - 14:00

Mumbai

08:00 - 15:00

New Delhi

09:00 - 15:00

Pune

08:00 - 16:00

Step 7: Monitor Your Application

For those who applied at a VFS visa application centre, the VFS tracking service lets you check the status of your application. You will need:

  1. The reference number provided when you paid at the VFS centre.
  2. Your birth date.

Step 8: Receive Your Visa

Upon receiving a decision on your visa application, collect your documents from the Visa Application Centre. You can also opt for courier delivery for an extra charge.

Please be aware of the Swedish Embassy's recent guidelines for passport collection at VFS Visa Application Centres: direct collection by third parties is not allowed. 

For collection by a family or group member, the applicant must provide a signed power of attorney, and the person collecting must show a valid photo ID issued by the government.

What is the Sweden Schengen Visa Processing Time for Indians?

The Sweden Schengen visa processing time typically ranges from 15 to 21 working days from the date the application is received. However, it's advisable to apply well in advance of your travel date, as processing times can vary depending on the volume of applications and individual circumstances. To avoid any delays, ensure that all required documents are submitted accurately and completely with your application.

How Much Does the Sweden Schengen Visa Cost?

Visa TypeFee TypeAmount

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

VFS Appointment Fees

Euro 15 (INR 1,350/-)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (up to 6 years old)

No Fees

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (6-12 years)

Euro 40 (INR 3,500/-)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (12+ years)

Euro 80 (INR 7,000/-)

What is the Sweden Schengen Visa Stay Period?

The Sweden Schengen Visa allows for a stay period of up to 90 days within any 180-day period in the Schengen Zone. This means visitors can travel not just in Sweden but also across other Schengen countries using the same visa, as long as they adhere to the 90/180 rule.

Requirements for Travel Insurance When Applying for a Sweden Schengen Visa?

When applying for a Sweden Schengen visa, securing adequate travel insurance is a mandatory requirement. This ensures you're covered for any medical emergencies or unexpected incidents during your stay in the Schengen area. 

Here’s a straightforward guide to the travel insurance requirements you need to meet for your Sweden visa application:

  1. Minimum Coverage: Your travel insurance must offer a minimum coverage of €30,000. This amount is set to ensure that it adequately covers any expenses that might arise from medical treatment, hospitalisation, and even repatriation for medical reasons or in the event of death.
  2. Schengen Area Validity: The insurance you choose must be valid across the entire Schengen area, not just Sweden. This is crucial because the Schengen visa allows you to travel freely between the 26 Schengen countries, and your insurance needs to cover you in each one.
  3. Duration of Stay: Your insurance policy should cover the entire duration of your stay. This means from the day you enter the Schengen area until the day you leave. It's a good idea to have a little extra coverage time beyond your planned return date, just in case of unexpected travel delays.
  4. Coverage for Various Emergencies: Make sure that the insurance policy covers various emergencies, including emergency medical treatment, hospitalisation, and repatriation. It should also cover you in case of an accident or sudden illness. Some policies offer additional coverage for theft or loss of personal items, which can be beneficial.

Securing the right travel insurance is a crucial step in your Sweden Schengen visa application process. Always read the terms and conditions of your insurance policy carefully to ensure it meets the visa requirements and your personal needs during your travels.

What is the Process for Extending a Sweden Schengen Visa?

If you plan to extend your stay in Sweden beyond 90 days or wish to prolong a current visit, you must apply for a visitor’s permit. Should there be an active application for a residence permit with the Swedish Migration Agency, obtaining two permits concurrently is not possible.

In such scenarios, a decision will be made on the application that is most beneficial for you, often favouring a residence and work permit. Applying for a visitor’s permit while in Sweden may compromise your application for a residence and work permit.

For those outside Sweden, awaiting the outcome of the most favourable application is advised. Consequently, the timeframe you intended for a visitor’s permit application might elapse before receiving a decision, suggesting that applying for a visitor’s permit under these circumstances is not recommended.

Eligibility for a visitor’s permit includes:

  1. The means to financially sustain yourself during your stay.
  2. A passport that remains valid for a minimum of three months after your planned departure.
  3. Either a pre-purchased return ticket or the financial means to buy one.

Submitting an application for a visitor’s permit

For those aiming to extend their visit in Sweden to over 90 days, the e-service is available for visitor’s permit applications.

The e-service requires payment via credit or debit card. After submitting your application online, you must book an appointment to present your passport at an embassy or consulate-general. 

This step is necessary whether you’re applying from outside Sweden, in which case the appointment should be in your current country, or from within Sweden. The appointment will include fingerprinting and photographing for those who have not previously held a residence permit card, as this data is not stored. Applicants from abroad will also be interviewed at the embassy or consulate-general.

What are the Common Reasons for Visa Denials with Sweden Schengen Visa?

  1. False or Modified Documentation: Presenting documents that are altered or not accurate can lead to a denial of your application. Ensure all documents are authentic and comply with the Sweden visa criteria for Indians.
  2. Discrepancies in Travel Itinerary: Any inconsistencies in your provided travel plans, including differences in accommodation or flight details, can raise concerns and potentially result in the refusal of your application.
  3. Lack of Adequate Funds: Demonstrating sufficient financial resources is critical, generally around SEK 450 (INR 3,300/-) per day for each individual. It's advisable to maintain a minimum bank balance of INR 3,00,000 before applying.
  4. Ambiguous Visit Intent: If there's any ambiguity about the genuine reason for your trip or if there's a perceived risk of exceeding your stay, this could cause your visa application to be rejected.
  5. Sparse International Travel History: Those with limited history of travel abroad, especially relevant for certain visa types or frequent travellers, might find their application scrutinised more closely.
  6. Poor Condition of Passport: Rejections may occur if your passport is in poor condition, for example, if it has tears, missing pages, or lacks sufficient validity period. Ensure your passport is in proper order and valid.

Conclusion

In summary, securing a Sweden tourist visa for Indian citizens involves careful attention to various crucial steps and details. It's essential to familiarise yourself with the visa requirements and application procedures, gather all the required documents, and ensure you have adequate travel insurance.

With the right preparation and by following the necessary guidelines, Indian visitors can look forward to an enjoyable experience in Sweden.

If you have any queries or require further assistance, our team is ready to help. Feel free to contact us at 0 73148 52914 or reach out via WhatsApp.

We wish you a safe journey and a memorable adventure in Sweden!

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