Frequently Asked Questions

Read frequently asked questions about visa applications on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency Website

Frequently asked questions at the Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi

How long will the process take?
Up to 15 days starting from the day the application is completed, all required documents are submitted & the capturing of the biometric data is done.

Can I apply in Abu Dhabi?
Yes, you can apply at the VFS Global visa application centre in Abu Dhabi located at Level 25, Shining Tower, King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz, 26th Street adjacent to Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi

Can I apply in Dubai?
Yes, you can apply at the VFS Global visa application centre in Dubai located at Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2 in Dubai

Do I have to apply in person?
Yes

When is it recommended to apply?
One month in advance in most cases. Even earlier during high season (November-December and May-June).

Do I need an appointment?
No, not if applying at one of the VFS Global visa applications centres in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

If you apply at the Embassy you need an appointment. There are limited time slots available.

Is a Schengen visa valid for entering Sweden?
Schengen visas are valid for entries to all Schengen member states.

When can I collect my passport after the visa decision is taken?
For applications made at the VFS visa application centres in Abu Dhabi; passports can be collected Sunday to Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00 and in Dubai during their opening hours.

For applications handed in by the applicant at the Embassy, passports may be collected through prior arrangements

Do I have to collect my passport in person?
Yes

Can I appeal a negative decision?
Yes

Are application forms for children required?
Yes

How do I pay the fee for the Schengen visa?
If you apply at the visa application centres in Abu Dhabi or Dubai you pay with cash, no credit cards accepted. If applying at the Embassy payments by credit card accepted but no cash.

Are supporting documents concerning financial means required upon applying?
Yes, a bank statement for non-business travelers is required.

Do I have to present a valid flight ticket?
The Embassy requires a preliminary booking. Do not confirm the ticket or pay for it until the visa has been granted

Do students need a certificate of leave of absence for their school?
Yes, this may be required.

Can I send supporting documents in advance?
Please present all documents when applying.

Can I get back my documents back after the application is finished?
No

Can I apply for the Schengen Visa if I am Palestinian holder of:

A passport issued by the Palestinian authority (Sulta): Yes

A travel document issued by the Jordanian, Lebanese or Syrian authorities: Yes

A travel document issued by the Egyptian authority: No

I am a Somali national holder of a Somali passport, can I apply for a Schengen visa?
No

If I am in Bahrain where do I apply for a Schengen visa?
At the German Embassy in Manama.

If I am in Qatar where do I apply for a Schengen visa?
At the Italian Embassy in Doha.