How To Apply

Visa Application Process

Persons wishing to apply for a visa should carefully read the visa requirements. The instructions given on this website are to help you prepare your documents in the best way possible. This will reduce the risk that the application is incomplete and may take longer to process.

Step 1: Check if you need a Visa

  • Applications for visas or short stay (Schengen), for stays not exceeding 90 days (tourist, student, business, traffic, family visits, medical visits, etc.) can be submitted at Visa application centres
  • Processing Times: Under normal circumstances it takes 2 to 4 weeks, make sure you submit your visa application with enough time between 8 and 12 weeks before your trip.

    • Applications shall be lodged no more than six months and before the start of the intended visit
    • For seafarers in the performance of their duties Applications shall be lodged no more than nine months before the start of the intended visit

Step 2: Choose your visa type

  • Please to know your visa type select from one of the categories.
  • Ensure you are applying for either Tourism, business or visiting family/friends

Step 3: Prepare your application

  • Complete your visa application form

    • You should submit one visa application form for each individual applying for a visa, including children. Please download a copy of the visa application form for your chosen category. .
  • Prepare your documents

    • Passport

      • Please ensure you have a valid passport.
      • All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Sweden. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times
    • Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages

      • Most destinations, including Sweden, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel
  • Photograph

    • Please provide 1 color photograph per applicant
    • Check photograph specifications
    • Other necessary documents

      • Check which documents you need to submit along with your visa application.
      • Please refer to the documents required section of your chosen visa category.
      • Please note: Information mentioned in required document section of this website is not exhaustive.
    • Original and Photocopies

      • You must bring copies of all documents which you wish to retain after visa processing. Please note that consulate will not return the originals if photocopies are not provided at the time of submission. This rule is applicable for each member of the family/group( including minor)

Step 4: Schedule an appointment

  • Schedule an appointment. It is mandatory to make an appointment at the visa application centre to submit your application for short terms and transit visas.

    • Modes available to book an appointment with Visa application centres -
    • Online: Follow the link to schedule an appointment
    • Call Centre: Telephone the call centre to book an appointment.
    • + 57 1 6010668
    • Assistance from the visa application centre: Contact the visa application centre to assist you in completing this activity. Please note there is a charge for this service..
  • Other information:

    • You must book an appointment for each applicant
    • You must print the appointment letter after completing appointment scheduling online, and bring with you when attending for the appointment.
  • General queries:

    • Should you require any information on visa rules and regulations or have any further queries, please contact our call centre. The visa application centre is not able to deal with queries in person.

Step 5: Visiting the visa application centre

  • Security Regulations: read security regulation of visa application centre

    • Documents: You must carry all of the required documents for your chosen category of visa.
    • Online: Follow the link to schedule an appointment
    • Original valid passport
    • Fully completed and signed application form
    • 1 color photograph
    • All other supporting documents as mentioned in step 3.
    • Arrival at visa application centre: Please ensure you contact the visa application centre before 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Please note: In case you are late to your scheduled appointment time then you will be required to reschedule your appointment.
    • Collect Token: You will have to undergo with a brief security check before a token is issued.
    • Submission of Visa application:
    • You will be called to the submission counters as per your token number.
    • Staff will check your application and capture your application information in the system.
    • You will be issued an acknowledgement receipt for your submission
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