Swedish passports

As of 1 October 2005, Swedish travel documents are issued in compliance with the requirements laid down in the EU regulation regarding passport security and biometrics

Swedish passports conform to EU norms

The passports and identity cards are equipped with a computer chip which stores the holder’s personal data and photo. At border controls, the passport holder can be photographed and the photo compared to that in the data chip. The aim is to ensure that the person using the passport and the person in the passport photo is one and the same person.

Further information about Swedish passports and national identity cards is available on the Swedish Police Service website:
www.polisen.se

Electronic handling

The Swedish missions abroad are equipped to produce the data for a passport or identity card. The application is then sent electronically to Sweden, where the travel documents are produced.

Different alternatives for Swedes abroad

Swedish citizens who are resident abroad and who need a new passport or identity card can apply in different ways:

  • While visiting Sweden
    The quickest and cheapest way is to apply while visiting Sweden. You can contact any passport authority and the fee is currently SEK 400. Normally, you can pick up a new passport or identity card within a week. It is also possible to collect your new travel document at an embassy or consulate, although this takes longer and costs more.
  • At a Swedish mission abroad
    You can also submit your application at any Swedish mission abroad.

If you are applying in Australia;

Applicants must apply in person at the Embassy of Sweden Canberra

The Embassy is open for passport applicants on

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9-12 and 2-4 pm

For all passport enquiries or to make an appointment to apply for a new passport, please email;

ambassaden.canberra-pass@gov.se

The passport section is open for telephone enquiries to 02-6270 2700:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-12 and 2-3 pm.

Application and collection of passports

A person applying for a new, ordinary, passport or national ID-card must make a personal visit to the Embassy in Canberra. Collection of the new passport can be done at the Embassy in Canberra or at any of our honorary consulates. An ID-check will be done and there will be a collection fee.

Swedish Passport Applications

Different instructions and requirements apply for:

  • renewal of passport for adults over 18 years old
  • renewal of passport for children under 18
  • children with no previous Swedish passport
  • lost or missing passports

The application fee must be paid in cash or with a money order or certified bank check, payable to the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.

The new passport may be picked up at any Swedish consulate in Australia and New Zealand. For pick-up of the new passport at a consular location other than the one at which the application was submitted, there is a shipping fee (payable at time of application) and an additional processing fee (payable at pick-up).

Renewal of passport for adults 18 or older

Applicants 18 years or older who have previously had a Swedish passport should bring the following documents when applying for a new passport:

  • The old passport, valid or expired (if lost or missing, see "Lost or Missing Passports"). An application for a legal change of name may not be submitted along with a passport application. Contact the Swedish Tax Authority to apply for a name change before applying for a new passport.
  • Original documentation proving Australian or New Zealand resident status (valid visa or permanent residence card) or Australian or New Zealand  citizenship (naturalization certificate), or a copy of same. If the applicant became an Australian or New Zealand citizen before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that he/she has regained Swedish citizenship.
  • Application fee in cash, a money order or certified bank check, payable to the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.

The new passport is normally ready 1-3 weeks from the time of application. The passport must be picked up in person and will not be delivered by mail. 

The new passport may be picked up at any Swedish mission or a consulate in Australia and New Zealand.  For pick-up of the new passport at a consular location other than the one at which the application was submitted, there is a shipping fee  (payable at time of application) and an additional processing fee  (payable at pick-up).

Renewal of passport for children under 18

Child applicants under 18 who have previously held a Swedish passport must be accompanied by a legal guardian and bring the following when applying for a new passport:

  • The child's old passport, valid or expired (if this is lost or missing, see "Lost or Missing Passports").
  • Original documentation proving Australian or New Zealand resident status (valid visa or permanent residence card) or Australian or New Zealand citizenship (naturalization certificate), or a copy of same. If the applicant became a Australian or New Zealand citizen before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that he/she has regained Swedish citizenship.
  • Written consent of both legal guardians, on a separate consent form which can be signed prior to visiting the embassy. If legal custody has been granted to one parent or to another person, legal proof of guardianship must be submitted with the application. See Related Documents to download the Consent Form.
  • Passports (or other valid photo ID with a clearly visible signature) of both legal guardians, or a copy of same.
  • Application fee in cash, a money order or certified bank check, payable to the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.

The new passport is normally ready 1-3 weeks from the time of application.  It may not be delivered by mail, and must be picked up in person by a legal guardian or by the applicant, if he or she is 15 or older. If the applicant is 15 years or older, he or she can pick up the passport in person, but this must be mentioned at the time of application and the person will have to show an id with photo.   

The new passport may be picked up at any Swedish consulate in Australia and New Zealand. For pick-up of the new passport at a consular location other than the one at which the application was submitted, there is a shipping fee (payable at time of application) and an additional processing fee (payable at pick-up).

First-time passport application for child

Applicants under 18 who have never previously had a Swedish passport must first apply for and obtain a coordination number. Refer to "Coordination number and registration of name".

Once the coordination number has been obtained, the child applicant must be accompanied by a legal guardian and bring the following when applying for a new passport, personally at the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra:

  • Written consent of both parents, on the back side of the application form or on a separate authorization form which may be downloaded from the righthand column of this page and signed prior to visiting the embassy. If legal custody has been granted to one parent or to another person, legal proof of guardianship must be submitted with the application.
  • Child's original birth certificate, clearly stating the names of both parents, or a copy thereof.
  • Copy of legal guardians' marriage certificate, if married.
  • Passports (or other valid photo ID with clearly visible signature) of both legal guardians, or a copy thereof.
  • Original documentation proving Australian or New Zealand resident status (valid visa or permanent residence card) or Australian or New Zealand. citizenship (naturalization certificate) of Swedish legal guardian(s), or notarized copy of same. If the legal guardian(s) gained Australian or New Zealand citizenship before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that he and/or she has regained Swedish citizenship.
  • Application fee in cash, a money order or certified bank check, payable to the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.

The new passport is normally ready 1-3 weeks from the time of application.  It may not be delivered by mail, and must be picked up in person by a legal guardian or by the applicant, if he or she is 15 or older. If the applicant is 15 years or older, he or she can pick up the passport in person, but this must be mentioned at the time of application and the person will have to show an id with photo.   

The new passport may be picked up at any Swedish consulate in Australia and New Zealand. For pick-up of the new passport at a consular location other than the one at which the application was submitted, there is a shipping fee (payable at time of application) and an additional processing fee (payable at pick-up).

Coordination number and registration of name

Before applying for a passport the child must be registered in Sweden and issued a coordination number. The embassy requests a coordination number for the child. The
application can be filed at the embassy or at any Swedish honorary consulate in Australia or New Zealand. The child must be present.

The form "Anmälan namn" (SKV 7750) signed by both legal guardians (and by the applicant if over 12 years old) together with copies of the following documents to be
handed in (original documents to be shown):

  • Birth certificate
  • In addition to the birth certificate, proof that the mother has given birth to the child (e.g. discharge journal or letter from the doctor)
  • Passports (or other valid photo ID) of both parents
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Citizenship certificate (for Swedish parent who has taken out other citizenship) 

Lost or Missing Passports

If your passport is lost or missing, the following is required:

  • Police report
  • Copy of your population registration record, available from the local tax office where you were most recently registered. This can be ordered through  www.skatteverket.se or email: servicejouren@skatteverket.se
  • Driver's license or other valid photo ID

Change of name

An application for a change of name may not be submitted along with a passport application. Contact the Swedish Tax Authority to apply for a name change before applying for a new passport.

In order to legally change your name, you must complete and submit the name change registration form RSV 7630. Read and follow the directions carefully.

If married, submit a copy of your marriage certificate.  Note that your spouse must co-sign the application.

Mail the application to the local tax office where you were most recently registered.

Application for National identity card

As of October 1, 2005, Swedish citizens may apply for national identity cards.

With the national identity card, Swedish citizens may travel to and stay in the following countries without carrying a passport: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy,  Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.

The national identity card may also be used as official proof of identity in Sweden.

Application procedures are the same as for passports.

Travelling with several passports

Citizens of both Sweden and Australia/New Zealand should bring both passports when travelling between the two countries.

The Australian law requires that all Australian citizens, including those who have dual citizenship, must be in possession of a valid Australian passport when leaving and entering Australia. 

New Zealanders can enter New Zealand on a passport other than New Zealand passport but to be acknowledged as a New Zealand citizen they must have an Indefinite Returning Residents visa in their foreign passport.

Likewise, Swedish citizens are expected to declare their nationality and to present a valid Swedish passport upon arrival in Sweden and/or the European Union.