Basic facts

The Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka is representing Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia in Schengen visa cases.  

If you want to visit Sweden or any other of the countries that the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka represents and you are not a citizen of the EU/EEA, you may need a Schengen visa. A unified Schengen visa gives you permission to enter and stay in the Schengen area for a short period. It is valid throughout the entire Schengen area, but you apply to the country that is the main destination for the journey.

Are you required to have a Schengen visa, please check the link below:

List of foreign citizens who are required a visa

Visas can be granted for such purposes as:

  • Official visit
  • Business visits
  • Participation in cultural or sporting events
  • Visits to relatives and friends
  • Tourism.
  • Short-term studies

and sometimes also for

  • Medical reasons
  • Transit/airport transit visas

You can submit your application at the earliest three months before your planned visit. Apply as far in advance as possible, especially during the peak season. According to the Schengen visa codex a normal visa application should be processed within 15 calendar days, however in special cases the process time can be 30 calendar days or longer.

A visa can be granted for between 1 and 90 days. You have to make use of these days within a given time frame (period of validity).

How many days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area, and for how long altogether, is stated on the permit sticker attached to your travel document.

If you need to travel to Sweden or any other of the countries that Sweden represents in Bangladesh often, you may ask to be given several entries. Such visas are valid for five years at the most, although it is seldom given. If the visa is valid for more than six months, you can stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days per six-month period.

A visa does not automatically mean you can enter the Schengen area. Entry checks are always made at external border points. So it is a good idea to bring along copies of the documents you submitted when applying for a visa. Border controls may result in your being denied entry.

It is the Embassy or consulate that decides whether you are to be granted a visa. In certain cases with Sweden as the main destination, the matter is referred to the Swedish Migration Agency for a decision. Visa applications with Iceland as the main destination will be forwarded to the national immigration authorities respectively, if the Embassy for some reason finds a case questionable.

Read more about visa applications in the menu on the left and on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Swedish Migration Agency website

Visits longer than 90 days

If you know when applying that you will need to stay in Sweden for longer than three months, you should apply not for a Schengen visa but for a residence permit for a visit or a national visa, known as a ‘D-visa’. Such permits are decided in accordance with national Swedish rules. This means, for instance, that visa facilitation agreements do not apply and that visa decisions are not subject to appeal.

An application for a residence permit for a visit is always sent to the Migration Agency in Sweden, where the decision is taken (consequently, the application period is longer than for a D-visa). If the application is granted, permits are usually issued for between three and twelve months.

If you have special grounds that are approved, you can obtain a national visa (D-visa) for longer than 90 days, but for a year at the most. Special grounds may for instance be that you need to travel to Sweden several times during a given year to visit your own children or to do business.  A national visa gives you freedom of movement throughout the Schengen area, in the same way as a residence permit. You yourself decide how many times you want to enter the Schengen area during the visa’s period of validity.

If you are to be granted a Swedish residence permit for a visit or a national visa, the purpose of the trip must be to visit Sweden, not to settle there. The Swedish Embassy in Dhaka is not representing any other country regarding national visas. Furthermore you must have the means to support yourself throughout your stay, and you must possess either a return ticket or enough money for your return journey. Medical travel insurance is not compulsory, but it is advisable, since medical costs can be high