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Wondering what Sweden is famous for? I’m sure you already know some of their most popular exports – IKEA, ABBA, Minecraft. But there are lots of other things that this Nordic country is known for around the world.

Sweden is an amazing country and a wonderful place to live, with its kind people, excellent public services, successful welfare, and corporate culture that encourages people to have a good work-life balance. It is no surprise that many people decide to move to Scandinavia’s largest country to enjoy all of the things that Sweden has to offer.

In this article, I will guide you on how to apply for a Schengen Sweden Visa with your Philippine Passport. 

Who is eligible to apply for a Sweden short-term visa?

Apply only at the Sweden Embassy only if ANY of these is true:

  • Sa Sweden lang kayo pupunta and will not visit any other country.
  • You will visit multiple Schengen countries, but you will stay the longest in Sweden.
  • You will visit multiple Schengen countries, but the main purpose of your journey is in Sweden. (Example: you will attend a wedding or a conference in Sweden, but you plan on going out to other Schengen countries while you’re there.)
  • You will stay in multiple Schengen countries for the same number of days, but Sweden is your first point of entry, meaning, Sweden will be your first entry. 

Note: You can’t apply at the Swedish Embassy when the only country you’re visiting is Norway. You can’t apply at the Swedish Embassy if you’ll be staying in Norway for one week and in Swedish for two days.

General Requirements for all Visa Applicants

1. Online Visa Application Form duly filled out and signed by the applicant.


 2. Two current biometrical passport photoshave your passport photo taken. The embassy is very strict on their photo specifications. Fortunately, they have a page on their official website dedicated to explaining this. Bring at least two copies or more, just in case. One photo should be glued to the application form. The second photo will be returned to you.

  • Taken with nothing covering the face, without sunglasses or contact lenses, or a head covering unless worn for religious or medical reasons.
  • The subject should have their mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows). 

After which, paste your photo on each of the electronic visa form that you completed online (1 original and 1 photocopy of the form).

3.  Original Passport and a Photocopy of it as well as the Bio Page– The embassy requires that your passport is valid for at least another three months on the date the visa application is submitted. It also must have two empty pages for them to stamp your passport. If you have renewed your passport, bring your old one/s with you. These are needed especially if you have previous overseas trips.

Look: 33 Countries Where Philippine Passport Holders Can Visit Without a Visa

 

4. Application Feeplease refer to the Visa Fee table below


5. Travel Insurancethe coverage must be applied during the entire duration of the trip in Sweden and must be valid for all Schengen countries. Coverage sum must be AT LEAST EUR 30,000 (Php 2.5 million or USD 50,000). I highly recommend Pioneer Insurance which you can avail yourself through me. Feel free to directly inquire through JASTravel on Facebook and I would be very glad to assist you. 

For the list of recommended Schengen insurance companies in the Philippines, you can also check it through https://www.vfsglobal.com/Sweden/Philippines/pdf/New-Insurence-Visit-Family.pdf . And it is also great to know that Pioneer Insurance is one them!

6. Proof of vaccinationVaccines that are recognized are only those that are registered by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.

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7. Proof of Funds or Financial Capacitythese documents are necessary to prove that you can either support yourself or your sponsor can cover your expenses financially during the whole duration of your travel. 

    • If applying as a Tourist or as a Visitor without a Sponsor – this means that you will cover all your expenses during the entire duration of your travel.
        • Bank statements – must show records of the past six months. A bank statement shows your transactions in your account at a specific period. It will show debits (withdrawals, payments, taxes, service fees) and credits (deposits, interest earned.) Bank Statements can also be seen online especially if you have a registered account. There is no signature for the manager or a bank officer.
        • Bank Certificate – it is a confirmation by the branch manager or a bank officer that you have an existing account in their bank. It shows the account number, the type, and other details such as the opening date of your account, your account balance as of the date of request, and your average daily balance. 
        • Other proof of income (supporting documents) – although it is not really required, you can submit invoices and pay slip equivalent to prove that you earn enough to support this trip financially.
    • If applying as a Tourist or as a Visitor with a Sponsor – this means that your host and/or sponsor (family, friend, partner, or fiancé) pledges to take full responsibility to cover all the expenses that you will incur during the whole duration of your travel.

If you maintain a bank account for a long time, better maintain it. Kahit na may sponsor ka, of course, plus points pa din sa visa application mo if idadagdag mo din bank statements mo, payslips from our employer, and other proof na financially capable ka din and most importantly, it proves deep rootedness as well.

Sponsorship Letter which should state the fact that he/ she is inviting you to come over, your relationship with each other, and that he/ she is willing to sponsor you during your trip. Of course, it needs to have documentary proof. 

Original Affidavit of Support, legalized by the Swedish municipality where the sponsor is registered 

The sponsor’s copies of: passport including the biodata page and travel history (passport stamps) and Resident ID card

Recent proof of income of the sponsor (3 last months’ salary slips, etc.)

Proof of relationship with the sponsor (pictures together, Birth or Marriage certificate, and screenshot of chat conversations)

    • For Minors – Proof of economic means of parents or legal guardian/s.

To know more about additional requirements that you would need from your sponsor, check out my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/SEad8VHVkLk

8. Proof of Travel ArrangementsYour travel plan (travel destination, route, proof of accommodation and itinerary) with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Sweden. With the necessary documents needed, this should clearly state the purpose of your travel. Normally, this would just include your complete flight itinerary. Remember that you do not need to book/pay for the ticket yet. You just need to show that a flight itinerary from the Philippines to your destination exists. However, I advise that you also prepare a cover letter stating the purpose of your trip to Sweden as well as a detailed itinerary (e.g., the exact destinations/sights that you will be visiting) just in case the embassy asks for it.

    • If applying as a Tourist:
        • A cover letter addressed to the Swedish Embassy Consul. If you are a first-time traveler to Sweden, please submit an informal declaration through a cover letter explaining your willingness to return to the Philippines before the expiration of your visa: What exactly will be an incentive for you to return to the Philippines, and can you submit proofs for these circumstances?
        • Your day-to-day itinerary – be specific in indicating the place you will visit and the tours you will join or take.
        • Flight reservation – Reservation ONLY. Do not pay for your flight reservations until your visa is approved. You can avail of my services for a dummy ticket so that I can assist you with your flight reservations. Get a flight reservation here
        • Proof of accommodation or Hotel reservations – you would need to show hotel bookings, but this does not mean that you must pay for your hotel reservations this early. You can check via Booking.com, Airbnb, Agoda, or simply an apartment.
    • If visiting family or friends / If visiting boyfriend, girlfriend, or fiancé (Visit Visa for unmarried couples):
        • Letter of guarantee/Invitation Form (form 241011) completed by the sponsor and/or proof of sponsorship and proof of accommodation.
        • An informal invitation letter that was written by the host or by your partner who is based in Sweden– the content should include the host’s exact address of residence, the purpose of your travel, and the full duration of your travel and stay at your host’s country. 
        • Proof of relationship with the host, sponsor, or partner – these can be birth certificates, marriage certificates, written correspondence between you and your sponsor (screenshot of video calls and chats), proof of telephone connections, and other evidence of the relationship between you and your sponsor, and photos together.
        • Detailed Itinerarythe exact destinations/sights that you will be visiting during the entire duration of your trip.

9. Proof of Civil Status – Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate of the spouse, etc. These documents must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority, see http://www.psaserbilis.com.ph

Note: The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

10. Evidence of your rootedness in the Philippines – Evidence of deep-rootedness a.k.a. strong family and social ties to your home country, is one of the most critical requirements when applying for a Schengen Visa. It is what the Consul will look for in your visa application. So how do you prove that you are firmly established in the Philippines and that you will go back to your home country?

    • For Employees: 
      • Employment or Work contract and bank account statements or payslips showing the transfer of your last six-monthly salaries 
      • Certificate of Employment which should include the employer’s full name, complete address, telephone number with area code, details regarding the position, income, and employment duration
      • Approved letter of approved leave signed by your employer (Leave of Absence letter)
      • Optional: Signed No Objection Certificate which states that your employer has no objection for you to travel to Sweden and that they have approved your leave request
      • Most recent Income Tax Return 2316 (ITR) 
      • Optional Supporting Documents:
        › Government Mandated Contributions – SSS, Pag-ibig, Philhealth Contributions
        › If with existing loan – SSS Loan or Pag-ibig Salary loan
    • For Self-Employed: 
      • DTI Business Name Registration Certificate
      • Barangay Business Clearance
      • Mayor’s Business Permit from your Municipality where the business address has been registered
      • Business activity of your company for the last 6 months – invoices and bank transactions
      • Most recent Income Tax Return 2316 (ITR)

         

    • For Retirees: 
        • Pension statement for the last 6 months
        • Retirement Certification

           

    • Others (No work, No Business, etc.): Family as Proof of Rootedness:
        • For Solo parents:
          › A copy of your birth certificate- PSA Authenticated
          › A copy of your child/children’s birth certificate- PSA Authenticated
          › Solo parent ID
          › Barangay Certification as Solo parent
          › Notarized Affidavit of Solo Parent with Undertaking
          › Money remittances to support your dependents
        • For those who are supporting or watching over the health/well-being of the family
          › A copy of my parent’s birth certificates- PSA Authenticated
          › If parents are already Senior Citizens: a copy of their Senior Citizen ID and Barangay Certification as Senior Citizens
          › If parents have sickness/ illness: Medical history of parents (diabetes, hypertension, etc.)

11. If travelling with spouse and/or childrenyou can provide the following:

    • Marriage contract certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
    • Birth certificate of children certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

12. Additional documents for children (minors):

    • If travelling alone or with only one parent – Written consent of the non-travelling parent/guardian or proof of sole custody of the travelling parent or legal guardian. If the name of the father does not appear in the PSA issued birth certificate, no consent is required. 
    • Copy of bio data page of parent(s) or legal guardian’s passport
    • Birth certificate certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
    • If travelling alone – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clearance.
    • If the child’s parents were married and one parent is deceased: PSA death certificate
    • If the child’s parents were married and if one parent has the sole custody: Divorce or Annulment court order stating the court’s decision concerning the legal custody
    • If a child (minor) is traveling without the parent(s) having legal custody, a travel permit may be necessary. Please contact the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after you receive the visa.

13. Applicants who have left their fingerprints after 2014 can submit their application through a third party via power of attorney without being present at the VFS in person only if the applicant is certain and is able to provide a copy of previous Schengen visa sticker and has left their fingerprints within the last 59 months (after 2014). The following documents are required for submission together with the documents stated on this checklist.

Note: Minors under 18 years old – only under special circumstances where the applicant is not required to show up in person, the application can be submitted through a third party with completed and signed power of attorney from the applicant’s legal custodian in Swedish/English stating the purpose required. Copy of ID must be provided from the third party together with a power of attorney. This only applies to minors who were already above 12 years old when they left their fingerprints for a Schengen visa application and were granted the visa.

14. Previous Schengen visa sticker during the last 59 months

15. Power of attorney in original – completed and signed power of attorney in Swedish/English given to a third party on the applicant’s behalf stating the purpose required. Copy of ID must be provided from the third party together with power of attorney.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for Schengen Sweden Visa

The Swedish Embassy in Manila is not handling any tourist visa requests for visits to Sweden. Applications for visas to visit Sweden are handled by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. The visa applications are then sent to the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok for decision. A decision on your visa application will normally be available within 15 working days.  The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok strongly recommends applicants to apply 3 months prior to the intended date of departure.

Take note that I will be providing you with information that is accurate as of this writing which can change without notice, so please always check their website for updated information.

STEP 1: Determine whether you will apply for a TOURIST VISA or a VISIT VISA and have a look at the checklist of requirements to gather all the documents that you need to submit. Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category. 

Gather all your documents for whichever category of visa you will apply for. Your application should be supported by a handful of paperwork, which I will discuss in detail in the next section.

Note: Once you have completed all your documents based on the checklist, make sure to secure another copy for each document. 

STEP 2: Book your appointment via VFS Global Appointment Page. It is required that you set a date when you will submit your application requirements and be interviewed. 

It is also important that once you get routed to this page, you must register your information and e-mail address first. If you have already done this before, skip the account pre-registration part and simply log-in. Once the reservation is done, you will receive a confirmation via email.

On the site:

      • Log-in using the details you used in your application form.
      • Click the schedule for an appointment. Fill in the details and click “Continue”.
      • Add the applicants.
      • Select the preferred schedule and book your appointment.
      • Print the appointment letter and bring it to your appointment.

To know more about the step-by-step process on how to set an appointment, please watch my vlog that I made previously for you to be guided: https://youtu.be/EoYz_cWbbvc

STEP 3: Show up on your appointment date with VFS Global. Show up on your appointment date at VFS Global at 30th Floor, The World Centre, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines and bring all your documents as well as a photocopy of each. They will then collect your documents as well as your Passport, get your biometrics, and collect the Visa Fee.

STEP 4: Track the status of your application on this link: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/phl/en/swe/track-application

STEP 5: Wait for the result and collect your passport. You will be notified when your passport is ready for collection from the visa center where you applied. You can either pay an additional fee for the courier and have your passport sent to your address or you can pick-up your passport at the VFS Global. If your visa is approved, you’ll find a sticker visa in one of the pages of your passport. If your visa is denied, then you’ll find a white paper enclosed in your passport specifying the reason for denial.

Sweden is something that you should consider visiting or to travel. I hope that I was able to guide you on how to apply for a Sweden Schengen Visa with your Philippine Passport. If you ever need help, you can avail my visa application bundle, and I will be glad to help you through the process!

Quick Facts

  • Validity of Visa : Short-stay Schengen visas allow people to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days every six-month period
  • Processing time: The average processing time is 2 weeks, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, where visa staff work on a skeletal schedule, it may take between 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Where to lodge your application:
    • VFS Manila
      Ground Floor, Eco- Plaza Bldg., 2305 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati, Metro Manila
    • VFS Cebu 
      Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel Center, Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
  • Embassy’s Info:
    • Embassy of Sweden in Manila
      • Address: 11th Floor, DelRosarioLaw Centre, 21st Drive corner 20th Drive, Bonifacio Global City, 1630 Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
      • Telephone Number: +63 (02) 8 811 7900
      • E-mail: ambassaden.manila@gov.se
    • Consulate of Sweden in Cebu
      • Address: 415 Gorordo Ave. Lahug, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
      • Telephone Number: +63 – (0) 32 – 233 3106
      • Email: swedconcebu@gmail.com 
  • Visa and Service Fees: Please also refer to the table above: (General Requirements, Item #2) 
    All charges (Visa Fee, VFS Service charges and other charges) are to be paid in cash only in Philippine peso.
    • Visa Fee – 80 Euros
    • For 6-12 years – 40 Euros
    • VFS processing fee – Php 1,520
    • Shipment fee for the delivery of your passport: Php 1,460 (two-way shipment fee: Manila- Bangkok)

Note

    • The applicable visa fee is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change. All the fees are non-refundable.
    • There is a service charge levied per application above the visa fees.
    • The Visa Application Centre offers an optional service at a nominal additional cost.
    • The following fees are non-refundable:
      • Photocopying
      • Photograph service
      • Courier service
      • SMS Service
    • Please click here for more information on the optional service.

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