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Diplomatic Portal

Welcome to the Diplomatic Portal.

We are very pleased to provide you with relevant and practical information to make your posting both pleasurable and rewarding. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Protocol Department at the MFA.

  • COVID-19

    Please note that the latest overall updates from the responsible Swedish authorities are available on www.krisinformation.se/en. Information specifically aimed for diplomatic missions is published on this page. For information about the Swedish Government’s work with regard to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please see link below. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has a national responsibility for public health issues and provides information regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, please see Chapter 16.9 of the Diplomatic Guide.

  • Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 31 August 2020 and easing of restrictions for more travellers

    The Swedish Government decided on 2 July 2020 to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travellers. Among other things, people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations are now explicitly exempted. Furthermore, certain countries outside of the EEA are now also exempted. The exceptions for diplomats and their family members remain unchanged. Today's decision was taken following a Council of the European Union recommendation.

  • Longer processing times at the Protocol Department during the summer

    Please note that the processing times at the Protocol Department may be longer than normal during July and August due to summer vacations and change of staff on several positions. We hope for your understanding and will of course continue to do our best to assist you as soon as possible.

  • Extension of temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19

    The Swedish Government decided on 25 June 2020 to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 7 July 2020. As previously, the ban does not apply to certain travellers such as people residing in Sweden and who want to return home, diplomats and their family members, staff of international organisations or other persons who have particularly important reasons for travelling to Sweden. The competent authority for application and interpretation of the new ordinance is the Swedish Police Authority. According to the Police Authority, it is advisable for members of diplomatic missions who enter Sweden from a country outside of the EEA or Switzerland or UK for the first time to, in addition to their passport and visa, bring documentation on their posting to Sweden, for example a certificate or a note verbale from the Embassy or Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the sending state. For members of diplomatic missions who are already posted to Sweden, it is important to bring his or her ID-card and/or residence permit card when entering Sweden from a country outside of the EEA or Switzerland or UK. Further information is available in the links below.

  • Udate on the latest developments regarding testing for COVID-19

    Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Government would like to provide the diplomatic community with the following short update on the latest developments regarding testing for COVID-19, both for active and previous infection.

  • Log on to 1177.se (information about health care and services provided by the Regions of Sweden)

    The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been informed by the company administering the website 1177.se that as of 10 June 2020, it will now be possible to log on to the website with an immunity number.

  • Amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden

    The Swedish Government decided on 4 June 2020 to make certain amendments to the temporary entry ban. Further information is available on the links below. The exceptions for diplomats and staff of international organisations remain unchanged.

  • Photo sessions for residence permit cards

    The Protocol Department will now gradually resume the photo sessions for residence permit cards and contact the embassies with proposed time. Special precautions have been taken in the photo studio to avoid queuing and the spread of infection. Please note that the residence permit card is needed for traveling outside Sweden. The Protocol Department will continue to send a copy of the residence permit decision showing that the stay in Sweden is legalized and during which period the permit applies. This means that people who belong to a risk group and do not have plans to travel outside Sweden this summer/autumn can reschedule their appointment to a later date if they wish to. If so, please inform the Protocol Department as soon as possible after you have been offered an appointment.

  • National Day Celebrations 2020

    The National Day 2020 will be celebrated in a different form compared to previous years. Information on the celebrations is available in the attached message from Mr. Martin Brothén, Secretary General of the Foundation of the Swedish National Day.

  • Invitation 29 May: An online video meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ann Linde, and Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Ms. Lena Hallengren

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde, would like to invite all Heads of Missions to Sweden to an online video meeting on Friday, 29 May 14.30-15.30. Please note that the time of the event has been changed. During the meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Ms. Lena Hallengren, will brief participants on Sweden’s international and national engagement and approach to handling the current Covid-19 pandemic. The online meeting is expected to last for approximately one hour and will include a questions and answers (Q&A) segment at the end. Kindly register your intention to participate by sending a reply to ud.events@gov.se. For more details, please see attached instructions. We look forward to your participation.

  • New parking spaces for diplomats at Arlanda airport

    According to information from Arlanda airport, all parking spaces reserved for diplomats cars at the airport are now situated at the short term car park at Terminal 5. The Diplomatic Guide (Chapter 15.6) has been updated accordingly.

  • Greetings to His Majesty

    Please find below, an announcement from the Office of the Marshal of the Realm on the birthday of His Majesty the King.

  • New Ambassadors 23 April 2020

    New ambassadors from Poland and Vietnam. The ambassadors from Poland and Vietnam submitted their letters of credence to H.M. The King of Sweden, by a special arrangement via the Protocol Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on Thursday 23 April 2020. H.E. Ms Joanna Hofman, Poland; H.E. Mr Phan Dang Duong, Vietnam.

  • Message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Diplomatic Corps

  • Questions regarding the possibility of extending stay in Sweden due to cancelled flights etc.

    Many Embassies turn to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with questions regarding the possibility of extending stay in Sweden due to for example cancelled flights because of COVID-19. The Swedish Migration Agency, which is the responsible agency for these questions, informs as follows; Individuals who can prove that they are not able to leave Sweden due to for example cancelled flights because of COVID-19 are recommended to apply for a visitor’s residence permit. If you apply for a visitor’s residence permit before your visa, your visa-free period or your current residence permit has expired, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Migration Agency has made a decision. Please note that it is important to apply before the current permit or visa-free period expires. For further information, see links below.

  • Postponed annual diplomatic trip to Jämtland 14-15 May 2020

    Due to the extraordinary situation with COVID-19, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to postpone the trip to Jämtland in May this year. The Ministry hopes to be able to arrange the trip sometime in the spring of 2021.

  • Permits for air traffic to Sweden due to COVID-19

    The Ministry for Foreign Affairs receives questions about where to turn for permits regarding extra commercial or civil flights to Sweden due to COVID-19. Information and contact details concerning this can be found in the Diplomatic Guide, Chapter 23.

  • Circular note 1/2020

    Circular note 1/2020 provides information on the Embassies' communication with the Government Offices and the Government Agencies.

  • Questions relating to health care for diplomats in Sweden

    Several Embassies have recently had questions to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs regarding medical advice for diplomats in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Ministry wishes to clarify that there are no hospitals or telephone numbers that are specifically designated for members of the staff of diplomatic missions who experience symptoms of COVID-19. Members of diplomatic missions are kindly referred to the general Swedish health care system. The health care authorities in Stockholm Region are currently giving the following general advice on seeking medical assistance for COVID-19. According to information on 1177.se (Vårdguiden) most people who catch COVID-19 do not need to seek medical assistance as the symptoms usually clear up on their own. However, it is advisable to call 1177 if your condition worsens greatly or if you develop breathing difficulties even when at rest. There is no need to log in to 1177.se or to enter your immunity number when calling 1177, you may just hold the line. A nurse will then guide you to the appropriate care at the appropriate place. You should always call 112 for life-threatening conditions. If you have general questions about COVID-19, you may call 11313. It should be noted that, due to the current pressure on the Swedish health care system, it may currently take longer than usual to reach through on 1177 or 11313. Members of diplomatic missions are encouraged to read the Public Health Agency’s advice on avoiding infection. Further information on Swedish health care is available on Chapter 16 of the Diplomatic guide.

  • Temporary suspension of photo sessions for residence permit cards

    As from 16 March 2020 the Protocol Department has decided to temporary suspend the photo sessions at the Ministry for resident permit cards. Please note that this will not affect the stay in Sweden. Applications for resident permits for newly arrived staff as well as for extensions of stay will be processed as usual and a copy of the decision will be provided by mail. In case of urgent need of the card due to necessary travel, please contact the Protocol Department by mail or telephone.

  • New ambassadors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Mongolia and the Seychelles.

    The ambassadors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Mongolia and the Seychelles (with residence in London) presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 20 February 2020 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Ms Elvira Dilberović, Bosnia and Herzegovina; H.E. Mr Ahmad Masoumi Far, Iran; H.E. Mr Tuvdendorj Janabazar, Mongolia; H.E. Mr Derick Ally, Seychelles (resident in London).

  • The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2020

    On 12 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented the 2020 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The Statement is available on the link below.

  • New ambassadors 16 January 2020

    New ambassadors from South Africa, Panama, Laos and the Bahamas.

    The ambassadors from South Africa, Panama, Laos and the Bahamas (with residence in London) presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 16 January 2020 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Ms Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, South Africa; H.E. Mr Andrés Gregorio Núñez Sánchez, Panama; H.E. Mr Bounliep Houngvongsone, Laos; H.E. Mr Ellison Edroy Greenslade, the Bahamas (with residence in London).

  • Circular note 8/2019 Private servants

    Circular note 8/2019 provides important information regarding private servants and documentation required from 1 January 2020.

  • Circular note 7/2019- Public Holidays 2020

    Find enclosed the list of public holidays in Sweden for the year 2020

  • New ambassadors from Kenya, Afghanistan, Singapore and the Republic of Guinea

    The ambassadors from Kenya, Afghanistan, Singapore and the Republic of Guinea presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 28 November 2019 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Ms Diana Wanjiku Kiambuthi, Kenya; H.E. Mr Abbas Noyan, Afghanistan; H.E. Mr Andrew Kwan Kok Tiong, Singapore (with residence in Singapore); H.E. Mr Mamadou Siradiou DIALLO, Republic of Guinea (with residence in Berlin).

  • Circular note 6/2019 Right to education in preschool class

    Circular note 6/2019 provides important information regarding new legislation on the right to education in preschool class for children (age 6) of mission staff.

  • New ambassadors from Denmark, Australia, the United States of America and Gambia

    The ambassadors from Denmark, Australia, the United States of America and Gambia presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 7 November 2019 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Mrs Vibeke Rovsing Lauritzen, Denmark; H.E. Mr Bernard Joseph Philip, Australia; H.E. Mr Kenneth Alan Howery, USA; H.E. Mr Francis Rene Blain, Gambia, with residence in London.

  • New ambassadors from Mexico, Zimbabwe, Estonia and the United Kingdom

    The ambassadors from Mexico, Zimbabwe, Estonia and the United Kingdom presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 10 October 2019 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Mr Francisco Eduardo del Río López, Mexico; H.E. Ms Alice Mashingaidze, Zimbabwe; H.E. Mr Margus Kolga, Estonia; H.E. Ms Judith Gough, United Kingdom.

  • Circular Note 4/2019 Communication with the Royal Court

    Regarding embassies’ communication with the Royal Court, the Protocol Department would like to convey the following

  • Circular Note 3/2019 Notification procedure for non-resident Heads of Mission and other diplomatic agents concerned

    Circular Note 2/2019 provides important information regarding the notification procedure for non-resident Heads of Mission and other diplomatic agents concerned. The relevant section in the Diplomatic Guide has also been updated.

  • Updated information regarding social security contributions

    The information regarding social security contributions in the Diplomatic Guide has been updated.

  • New ambassadors from Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Greece and Lithuania

    The ambassadors from Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Greece and Lithuania presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm: H.E. Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan; H.E. Ms Shkëndije Geci Sherifi, Kosovo; H.E. Mr Andreas Fryganas, Greece; and H.E. Mr Giedrius Cekuolis, Lithuania.

  • Circular Note 2/2019 Notification of end of duty

    Circular Note 2/2019 provides important information regarding the notification of end of duty.

  • New ambassadors from Angola, Argentina, United Arab Emirates and Germany

    The ambassadors from Angola, Argentina, United Arab Emirates and Germany presented their letters of credence to H.M. The King on Thursday 19 September 2019 in an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. H.E. Mr Apolinário Jorge Correia, Angola H.E. Mrs Maria Teresa Kralikas, Argentina H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, United Arab Emirates H.E. Dr. Anna Elisabeth Prinz, Germany

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