Changes to the Swedish passport law from 15 April 2016
The change means that;
- Swedish citizens can be granted only 3 three ordinary passports during a 5 year period.
- As a rule ordinary passports will be recalled and cancelled when a provisional passport is issued.
- The validity of an ordinary passport is lowered from 5 years to 3 years for children under 12.
For further information please see our page
Passlagen ändras (in Swedish only)
Applying for a passport in Sweden
Renew your passport in Sweden. It is much cheaper and faster. Normal processing time is a week and the fee for an ordinary passport is SEK 350 and for an ID-card SEK 400.
- You can apply for your passport in Sweden and collect it in the UK provided that you have a valid passport/National ID card for your journey back.
- If you would like to collect your new passport at the Embassy or a Consulate in the UK, there is an additional fee of SEK 150, equivalent to £13, payable when you collect your new passport.
- If you came to the UK before 1998 you need a Letter of Non-acquisition of British citizenship whether you apply in Sweden or in the UK. See under Please note
- Always contact the relevant Swedish passport office before you apply for information on opening hours, which documents you need and if you need to book an appointment. Find out more on the Swedish language site of the
Applying at the Embassy in London
The Embassy of Sweden in London is the only office in the UK where you can apply for a passport/ID-card and the largest passport office outside Sweden. We issue over 7000 passports every year. Appointments get booked very quickly and we have long waiting times.
Book an appointment
You must make an appointment online to apply for or renew a passport. Bookings are made online only, not by e mail or telephone. We are not able to see you without an appointment.
Please read before you book.
- When you have booked your appointment you will receive and e mail with your reference number and a link to cancel/rebook. Please save the mail – without the reference number and link you will not be able to cancel/rebook your appointment.
- If you need multiple appointments you must book several separate slots.
- The booking system is not out of order if no appointments are shown - it just means we are fully booked. Available appointments are shown as a blue square. The Embassy -releases appointments a month at a time and we have long waiting times.
- Look out for cancellations in the booking calendar.
- The fee for an ordinary passport is SEK 1 400, equivalent to £125 and must be paid when you apply for your passport. You can pay by card/cash. Card payment preferred. We do not accept cheques.
- If you wish to collect your passport at a Swedish Consulate in the UK, there is a postage fee of £ 7, payable to the Embassy and an additional fee of £13, payable to the Consulate when you collect your new passport.
- Fees for passports/ID cards might vary from time to time due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.
Processing time and Collection
- The processing time is normally about 2 weeks and you must collect your passport in person at the Embassy or at a Consulate. Don't forget to bring your current passport when you collect your new one. If your current passport is out of date you need to bring another valid photo ID. If you do not have a valid photo ID you must bring a friend or relative who is over 18 years of age with a valid photo ID to identify you.
- The passport must be collected within three months or it will be invalidated and the fee forfeited.
- There is no need to book an appointment to collect your passport but you must come during the opening hours of the passport section.
Opening hours and contact details
- A completed application form. All parts of the form must be completed when you come for your appointment. Without it we can not accept your application.
The application form can be can be downloaded under Documents on the right hand side of this page. The form is called - Information for Verification of Swedish Citizenship.
- A booked appointment
- Your previous passport. (We will not keep the passport during the processing time.)
- If your passport has been lost or stolen, this must be reported to the police and the police report submitted to the Embassy when you apply.
- Should you be unable to show your previous passport, you must bring, a valid photo ID to prove your identity. If you do not have a valid photo ID you must bring a friend or relative over 18 with a valid photo ID to verify your identity.
- If you have never been a resident of Sweden, please bring your birth certificate. The certificate should state names of both parents.
- A Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship
If you left Sweden before 1 January 1998, you need to prove that you have not applied for and been granted British citizenship. For further information see under Please note below.
- In order to apply all required documents must be submitted in original and all part of the application form must be completed.
- We take biometric photos and fingerprints at the Embassy as part of the application process
- Ordinary Swedish passports are biometric. Passports for adults and children over 12 are valid for five years. Passports for children under 12 years of age are valid for 3 years.
- Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship
If you left Sweden before 1 January 1998, you need to submit a letter of - Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship when you apply for, or renew a Swedish passport/ID-card.
- This applies whether you apply in Sweden or at the Embassy in the UK. A passport application cannot be approved until the passport section has seen the letter.
- You only need to apply for a letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship once.
The above does not apply if you obtained your British citizenship automatically through one of your parents.
- How to apply:
Fill in the application form
Fill in the payment form.
The cost is under – Other – in the list
- Send application and payment with recorded delivery to:
Department 101, UK Visas and Immigration, The Capital, New Hall Place,
Liverpool, L3 9PP
- An alternative to Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship is an
EU Residence Card
- Swedish Nationals who have lived in the the Republic of Ireland before 1998 should contact: INIS Department of Justice, Euality & Law Reform, HeffernaN House, Dundrum Road, Tipperary Town.
Tel:062 325 00 Lo Call 1890 252 854
- Passports are issued according to the information available in the Swedish Population Register. If in doubt, particularly about your names and place of birth, please check your details in the register before you apply for a passport.
You may contact the Population Register (Folkbokföringen) at Skatteverket, by phone 0046 8 564 85 160 or visit the website of the Swedish Tax Agency
Swedish Tax Agency
- The Embassy can not accept an incomplete application.
- You can renew your passport at any time during it's validity and also once it has expired.
- If you are a Swedish citizen, born abroad and have never lived in Sweden ( registered as living in Sweden by the Swedish population register) you have to prove your association with Sweden some time between the ages of 18 and 22 in order to retain your Swedish citizenship. Contact the passport section at the Embassy for further information.