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3.1 Visas

Staff and their family members who are citizens in a country outside the EU and who form part of the household should apply for a D visa (national visa) for entry to Sweden. The application should be submitted to the Swedish embassy in the sending State or to the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate general in the region. Information about all Swedish embassies and consulates general can be found on Sweden Abroad – the website for Sweden’s embassies and consulates.

The visa application should be submitted well in advance of departure for Sweden, together with a verbal note from the sending State containing information regarding the name, rank and function, family members belonging to the household, expected date of entry and commencement of duty, as well as expected duration of the tour of duty. The predecessor's name and rank should also be specified. In case of taking up a new position at the embassy, prior approval from the Protocol Department regarding the increase is required before a visa can be processed (see chapter 3.9). 

A visa is not required if bilateral agreements on the waiver of visa requirements have been concluded between Sweden and the sending State or between the European Union and the sending State. Please note that some visa waiver agreements only apply to short-term visits and not to postings.

Diplomats are expected to hold diplomatic passports. Administrative and technical staff are expected to hold diplomatic or service passports.


Protocol Department
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Visiting address Gustav Adolfs torg 1
Address 103 39 STOCKHOLM
email to Protocol Department