Short Term Visa
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If you wish to visit Sweden for a short period of time, you must obtain a visa prior to entry if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Sweden.
See the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Sweden, please visit Migration Board website
|Schengen visa type C||Single and multi-entry||1270|
|Schengen visa type C||Single and multi-entry
Children 6 – 12 years of age
|Citizens of countries, which are signatories to the Visa Facilitation Agreement with the EU, pay a reduced fee or are exempt from paying any fee. Information on what applies to respective countries can be obtained from embassies and consulates of the EU Member States in these eight countries. The signatory countries are:||Russia Armenia Albania Bosnia Macedonia Moldavia Montenegro Serbia Ukraine||570|
Totally exempt from the fee for a Schengen visas are:
- children under the age of six
- schoolchildren, students in higher education, postgraduate students and their accompanying teachers - on condition that the purpose of the trip is study or education
- researchers - on condition that the purpose of the trip is scientific research
- Officials travelling on official or diplomatic passport
- Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural and educational events organized by a non-profit organization.
- Family members of EU/EEA are NOT exempted for fees and must pay the Visa and Service charges
- As a family member of an EU/EEA citizen exercising their right of free movement in accordance with Directive 2004/38/EC you have the right to travel to the EU/EEA-area together with your family member or join to them in the area to settle there.
- PLEASE NOTE that Swedish citizen living in Sweden are NOT exercising EU treaty rights and they do therefore NOT hold a right of residence based on Directive 2004/38/EC in their home country, unless they have recently moved back to Sweden from another EU/EEA country.
- Participants of a SIDA International Training Program (ITP)
Relatives of Swedish citizens must, however, pay a fee to apply for a Schengen visa.
Guidance for fee payment
|Amount||Mode of payment if applying at Swedish Visa application centre in Pretoria and Durban||Mode of payment if applying at Swedish Visa application centre in Cape Town|
|Visa Fee||As per visa category above||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card|
|Pretoria Visa Application Centre-VFS Service Fee||R 440.00inclusive of VAT per application||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card||Not applicable|
|Cape town Visa Application Center – VFS Service Fee||R 440.00Service Fee per application Inclusive of Vat||Not applicable||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card|
|Courier Return Fee||R 180 inclusive of VAT per passport||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card||Cash Deposit at VFS Nedbank Branch Credit/ Debit card|
Both the Visa and the VFS service fee must be paid into the same account as one amount. Please deposit the applicable fees in to the VFS Nedbank, bank account below.
VFS Nedbank - Bank Account details:
Bank Name: Nedbank
Account Name: VFS Visa Processing (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Account Number: 100 79 2020 3
Reference: Passport number
It is important that the following methods of payment will not be accepted: Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), Cheque payments and any methods not mentioned above are currently not accepted.
All fees are non-refundable.
Here you will find a list of the documents you need to apply for a Schengen visa.
For the full consolidated list of requirements, please click here.
All applicants must submit:
- A completed application form for Schengen visa (Form no. 119031). The form needs to be signed twice (box 37 and below).
- Proof of payment. Some categories are exempt from fee. Special rules apply for spouses of EU/EEA citizens and their children under 21. Please note that relatives and spouses of Swedish nationals must pay a fee to apply for a visa for visiting Sweden.
- Passport, which must be valid for a period of three months after your last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please be advised that South African temporary passports and the South African Document for Travel Purposes are no longer accepted as travel document when applying for a visa to go to Sweden.
- One copy of your passport
- Copy of previous Schengen visa stickers
- Travel insurance, a one-page document stating that the insurance is to cover medical costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid for the whole duration of stay and in all Schengen states.
- Bank statements for the last three months (no older than two weeks at the time of submission), proving capacity to support yourself during your whole stay, if you are paying for your upkeep yourself. If another person is supporting your stay, a letter from the person should be attached, stating the same,
- Round-trip travel itinerary specifying entry and exit dates from the Schengen state.
- A signed letter from your from your employer stating continuing employment after period of leave and duration of vacation. The visa for the final country of destination (if needed) must be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.
For children under 18:
- All children under 18 must submit an unabridged birth certificate issued by the Home Affairs (verified copy by Commissioner of oath).
- Copies of parents'/legal guardians' identification card(s) (verified copy by Commissioner of oath).
- A child under 18 applying for a visa without parents, or with only one parent, must additionally submit; Parental written consent (verified by Commissioner of oath).If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, the court documents stating this must be presented (verified copy by Commissioner of oath).
- If the applicant is in the care of a guardian other than the parents, proof of the High Court’s appointment must accompany the application (verified copy by Commissioner of oath).
- If a parent is deceased, his or her death certificate must accompany the application (verified copy by Commissioner of oath).
- Documentation from school confirming attendance.
- Application form must be signed by at least one parent/legal guardian (Question 37 and after the declaration).
Visit to family or friends:
If you are going to visit relatives or friends you must submit:
- Invitation and questionnaire concerning a person who wishes to visit you in Sweden. English form no 237011 Click Here or Swedish form 236011 Click Here
Travelling as a tourist:
If your purpose of travel is tourism you must submit:
- A hotel reservation.
- In case of a pre-paid tour, please provide the details of the tour with proof of payment to the tour operator.
Travelling on business:
- If you intend to travel on business or attend a conference you must submit:
- A signed invitation from the company inviting you or the person arranging the conference and a letter from your company. Both letters should contain information on your personal details, your reason for visiting Sweden, how long you will stay and who is responsible for your upkeep.
- Additional documents and/or a personal interview with the applicant may be requested at any time.
Non-South African citizens:
- Valid South African resident permit. If the resident permit is not affixed in the current passport, the old passport containing the permit must be submitted in original. If the permit is not affixed in a passport a certified copy of proof of resident permit must be submitted.
Read more in the entry visa fact sheet from the Swedish Migration Board.
Visas for family members to EU/EEA citizens
As a family member of an EU/EEA citizen exercising their right of free movement in accordance with Directive 2004/38/EC you have the right to travel to the EU/EEA-area together with your family member or join to them in the area to settle there. PLEASE NOTE that Swedish citizen living in Sweden are NOT exercising EU treaty rights and they do therefore NOT hold a right of residence based on Directive 2004/38/EC in their home country, unless they have recently moved back to Sweden from another EU/EEA country.
You can apply for a short-stay Schengen visa (type C) valid for up to 90 days, which will permit you to enter and stay in Sweden and the Schengen area.
In the event that you wish to remain in the State for more than 90 days as a family member of an EU/EEA citizen exercising their free movement rights, you must apply (when in the Member State) for a Residence Card of a family member of a EU/EEA citizen. Information about how to apply is available on the Swedish Migration Agency webpage.
Family members are:
- Spouse/partner/common law spouse
- The direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependents, and those of the spouse or partner.
- The dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents) and those of the spouse or partner
All family members of an EU or EEA national applying for a visa must at submit the following obligatory supporting documents at the appointment at the Embassy:
- Application form (application form no. 119031, Application for Schengen Visa).
- Your passport or travel document. Make sure that your passport has at least two blank pages.
- Proof of relation. E.g.marriage certificate or birth certificate.
- Copy of the EU / EEA national's passport or national identity card
- If you are a dependent family member you must submit documents showing your dependence.
Please note that a family member of an EU or EEA citizen does NOT pay an application fee for Schengen visa.
In addition to the documents listed above, depending on the EU/ EEA-citizen's circumstances, further documents may be required to prove that you fall under the scope of Directive 2004/38/EC. The Embassy strongly recommends that you always travel with a valid travel insurance.
- One passport size photograph in which you are looking straight ahead and which are not more than six months old
- Taken against a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
- Stick the photograph on the visa application form and do not staple the photograph.
- Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
Visa applications take up to 15 days to process.
Some applications may require further processing, which could take from 30-60 days.
Please note that all applications are processed individually. The Visa Officer may invite you for an interview or request further documentation or information, which can prolong the processing time.
Note for applicants married to Swedish Citizens
Although the Visa Application Form states that "The questions marked with * do not have to be answered by family members of EU or EEA citizens" this does not apply to applicants who are married to Swedish citizens. If you are married to a Swedish citizen you must fill in these sections.
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