Applying for a visa to Sweden

If you want to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside the EU, you may need a visa.

List of countries whose citizens need a visa to visit Sweden


To improve the service available to those applying for a visa, the embassy cooperates with VFS Global. You present your application in person to VFS Global, and they can also provide you with information and other kinds of service. When the decision has come through, after 15 days, you collect your passport and your visa at the VFS Global.

VFS Global charge a fee of RMB 156 per application (over and above the visa fee) for their services and visa applications can be submitted in Beijing and Shanghai.

Visit the VFS Global website for the application centre’s address and opening hours and for other practical information:
VFS Global 

If you cannot or do not want to contact VFS Global you can submit your application in person to the Swedish embassy instead. You need to make an appointment. A decision on your application will be available after about 15 days.

Rules and required documents

Read about the rules, which documents are required and how you apply in the menu on the left.

Where to hand in your application

Applicants who wish to apply for a D-visa (national visa) should hand in their applications directly to the Swedish embassy.

Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang shall apply at VFS Global in Shanghai. 

Residents of Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi and Hainan shall, when it comes to Schengen visas, apply at the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou. When it comes to residence permits they should apply at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing.

Residents of Hong Kong should apply for D-visas at the Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong. Schengen visa applications should be should be submitted at the Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong.

If you live in Mongolia and wish to apply for a visa to travel to Sweden, you should contact the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

Be wary of other agents selling services

The Embassy of Sweden in Beijing kindly asks all visa applicants to notice that the embassy collaborates with VFS Global as the only external service provider concerning applications for Schengen visas.

The embassy would also like to remind all visa applicants that it is not necessary to hire an agency/agent to help out with the visa application. It is of course perfectly acceptable, and preferable, to fill in the application and arranging with supporting documents by yourself.