How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a visa is to visit VFS Global.

Apply at VFS Global

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal information you need. You must for instance have arranged for a passport and medical travel insurance and have booked an air ticket (although we advise you to delay payment until your visa has been granted), and you must also have an invitation from the person you will be visiting in Sweden.

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Visit VFS Global

Sweden Visa Application Centres run by VFS Global:

Level 25, Shining Tower,
King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz, 26th Street
to Khalidiyah Mall
Abu Dhabi

Wafi Mall, Level 2,
Falcon, Phase 2,
Umm Hurair 2

Call Centre: 00971(0) 4 2055859



For information on working days, submission timings and passport collection, please visit the website of VFS Global.

The visa fee, 60 Euro for adults and 35 Euro for children aged 6-12, should be paid directly at the VFS application centre. A service fee will be charged by VFS Global.Please note all fees payable in AED.

Here is the current fee list.

3. Wait for the decision
When you present your application, you are informed when you can collect the decision and your passport. It usually takes 15 days. Please observe that all visa applications are handled and decided by the Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi.

Application handed in at the Embassy.
If you for some reason do not want to submit your application for Schengen visa at the VFS Global, you need an appointment provided by the Embassy in order to submit the application directly to the Embassy. In this case, please send an e-mail to in order to get an appointment. Please note that there is usually  a limited number of slots available on a weekly basis. Applications without prior appointments will not be accepted by the Embassy.

When applying at the Embassy, please bring the application and the original documents. If you do not bring all the documents, there is a risk that your application will be rejected. During the visit, you will be required to sign the application and may also be required to answer some additional questions. Furthermore, applicants (from 12 years of age) must must have his or her biometric information taken (ten fingerprints and a photograph).

All family members who apply at the same time – including children – must visit the embassy.

You can find the address of the Embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.