Visa for visiting Sweden

In order to visit Sweden you may need an entry visa. An entry visa is a permit required by persons wishing to enter Sweden for a temporary visit (usually for a maximum of 90 days).

Who needs a visa for Sweden?

List of foreign citizens who need visa for entry into Sweden

Applying for a visa

You can provide:

  • an online application on the Internet, which is easiest and quickest way to apply
  • an application in paper form, which has to be submitted personally

Online application

The easiest and most convenient way to apply is to make an online application on the Internet. If you cannot apply on the Internet yourself, you can, for example, ask the person you are going to visit in Sweden (the reference person) to fill in the electronic form for you, and to pay and book a time for a compulsory visit to the Embassy. When you make an online application, you will receive a receipt with a control number that you have to bring to the Embassy together with a printout of the application. When you visit the Embassy, you approve your application and the process can begin.

There are many advantages with an online application: booking a time and payment is easy and the Embassy can prepare your visit, which will make the process faster. An online application gives you access to "My page for a visa" on the Internet, where you can, for example, book/cancel the visit to the Embassy and see whether a decision has been made (the Embassy cannot assist you in these online services, however).

If your reference person fills in the form and pays the fee with a credit card, the amount to be paid in euro is more stable, whereas it varies in Iranian currency depending on the exchange rates.

Application in a paper form

Paper forms for applying for a visa can be downloaded on the Swedish Migration Board's website.

You must submit the paper form personally to the Embassy. You cannot send this, or other documents, which must be submitted in the original, via email, fax or post.

Visit to the Embassy

All family members applying at the same time – children as well – have to visit the Embassy. If you make your application on a paper form, the visit takes longer.

If you...

  • have applied online and paid on the Internet, you will sign your application when you visit the Embassy
  • want to apply for a visa by using a paper form, you have to bring a form that is completely filled out and the original receipt of payment (see more below).

At the visit, in both cases, you have to bring photos with you, submit your passport, show all the documents required in original and submit photocopies of all documents. When necessary, you must answer some supplementary questions. As of 2 October 2012 all Schengen visa applicants have to give biometrics (photo and 10-digit fingerprints) when submitting a visa application. Exemted from fingerprints are children under 12 years and persons who physically cannot provide fingerprints.  

When you visit, the Embassy will normally notify you of the date for when you can collect your passport and the decision from the Embassy.

Booking an appointment

You have to book an appointment for your visit at the Embassy if you want to apply for a Schengen visa. This means that all visa applicants, also minor children, have to have their individual appointment. If you have registered your application online you can also book an appointment online. This is the quickest way to get an appointment. You can find more information about this under the heading: Online application on the left hand side of this page.
Online application

If you instead fill out the paper application form, you have to book an appointment through our Telephone Booking Centre. The telephone numbers are:

+9821-26125384-87    +9821-26125390-91    +9821-22290777   

+9821-22296371   +9821-22296802

Opening hours

Visiting hours for visa section
The embassy is closed at some given Iranian and Swedish public holidays

The embassy's information line on Visa issues (+98 (0)21 2371 2200) is open Sunday – Wednesday 14.00 – 16.00.

Supporting documents

When you visit the Embassy, you have to bring with you all the documents in the original and photocopies. On the other hand, you do not need to attach any documents electronically on the Internet. Certain original documents are given back to the applicant, provided that they are not intended for the Embassy (certificate of employment, invitation, statement of bank account and civic registration certificate of the reference person).

On these pages, below the headline "Supporting documents" you will find the documents that are required for each type of visa:

Visiting friends or relatives

Business visits

Visiting conferences, exhibitions, trade fairs