FAQ Passports

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Changes to the Swedish passport law from 15 April 2016
The change means that;
 - Swedish citizens can be granted only 3 three ordinary passports during a 5 year period.  
 - As a rule ordinary passports willl be recalled and cancelled when a provisional passport is issued.   
 - The validity of an ordinary passport is lowered from 5 years to 3 years for children under 12.     
For further information please see our page-      
Passlagen ändras (in Swedish only)

When is the passport section open and how can I contact them?
Embassy and consulates

What is a ‘Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship’ and who needs it? 
 - The law on Swedish citizenship changed on 1 July 2001 and now allows dual nationality. 
- However, according to the previous law, a person automatically lost his/her Swedish nationality, if he/she applied for and was granted another nationality. Therefore, if you left Sweden before 1 January 1998, you need to submit a letter of - Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship — when you apply for, or renew a Swedish passport/ID-card. This applies whether you apply in Sweden or at the Embassy in the UK.
 - A passport application cannot be approved until the passport section has seen the letter.
 - You only need to apply for a letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship once. We scan the letter  into our system when you apply for your passport but we recommend that  ou also keep the original in a safe place at home.
 - Please make sure you apply for a letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship in good time before applying for a new passport.
 - The above does not apply if you obtained your British citizenship automatically through one of your parents.
Fill in the application form 
Fill in the payment form
The cost is under – Other – in the list
Send application and payment with recorded delivery to:
Department 101, UK Border Agency, The Capital, New Hall Place, Liverpool, L3 9PP

An alternative to Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship is an
EU Residence Card

Swedish Nationals who have lived in the the Republic of Ireland before 1998 should contact: INIS Department of Justice, Euality & Law Reform, HeffernaN House, Dundrum Road, Tipperary Town.
Tel:062 325 00 Lo Call 1890 252 854
Inis
Passports are issued according to the information available in the Swedish Population Register

I will soon be 18 years of age and I have never lived in Sweden – do I need to do anything in order to keep my Swedish citizenship?
You must show proof of your connection to Sweden. You will be asked to submit proof of you connection with Sweden when you apply for a passport. Contact the passport section on embassy.london@gov.se
Loosing or retaining Swedish citizenship

Are there any special requirements if I travel with children?
If you travel with a child (under 18) and you are not the child’s parent/guardian, or it is
not immediately obvious that you are parent/guardian, for example you might not have the same surname, you might be asked questions travelling in/out of the UK.

You should always carry relevant documents showing your relationship with the child if you do not have the same surname.

If you are not the parent/guardian you must have a letter from the parent/guardian giving you permission to travel with the child. The letter should contain information on the child and the journey as well as information on who you are and contact details of parent/guardian. It might be a good idea to add passport copies.
Read more on the website of the
Gov UK - Border Force 

Can I apply for/renew my passport/ID-card in Sweden?
Yes, you can – It cost much less and is faster!
Normal processing time is a week and the fee for an ordinary passport is SEK 350 and for an ID-card SEK 400.

You can apply for your passport/ID-card in Sweden and collect it at the Embassy/Consulate in the UK provided that you have a valid passport for your journey back.

Should you wish to collect your new passport at the Embassy or a Consulate in the UK, there is an additional fee of SEK 150, equivalent to £14, payable to the office where you collect your new passport.

Please note: If you left Sweden before 1 January 1998 you will need a — Letter of Non-Acquisition of British Citizenship. This certificate is required whether you apply in Sweden or in the UK. See further information below.
You will find more information on opening hours of the passport offices in Sweden and what documents are required on the Police authorities’ website:
Swedish police
However, there is only a few pages in English and if you do not speak Swedish, you can e-mail the Police for information on: 
polismyndigheten.stockholm@polisen.se

Do I need to apply for/renew a passport in person?
Yes, you must always apply for/renew your passport in person. The passports issued now are biometric, i.e. taking photos, fingerprints and signatures are a part of the application process. Before submitting an application you must book an appointment. It will not be possible for us to see you without an appointment. Bookings are made online only. See the relevant pages.
Application for a Swedish passport - Adults
Application for a Swedish passport – Children under 18
A child’s first passport
National ID cards.

The Embassy in London is the largest passport office outside Sweden. We issue over 7000 passports every year. Appointments get booked very quickly and we have long waiting times.

Where can I apply for/renew my passport in UK?
The Embassy of Sweden in London is the only office in the UK where you can submit a passport application.

When can I renew my passport?
You can renew you passport any time during it's validity and also once it has expired.

Can I just drop in to Embassy during opening hours to apply for/renew a passport/ID-card?
No, before submitting an application you must book an appointment. It will not be possible for us to see you without an appointment. Bookings are made online only not by e mail or telephone. See the relevant pages.
Application for a Swedish passport - Adults
Application for a Swedish passport – Children under 18
A child’s first passport
National ID cards

Which documents do I need to bring in order to apply for/renew my passport/ID-card?
Application rules for passports and ID-cards are exactly the same. You will find a list of documents you need to bring and how to book an appointment on the relevant passport pages mentioned below. The necessary forms can also be downloaded from these pages, see under – Documents – to the right on the relevant page.
Application for a Swedish passport - Adults
Application for a Swedish passport – Children under 18
A child’s first passport
National ID cards

How much will my passport/ID-card cost when I apply at the Embassy?
The fee for an ordinary passport/ID-card is SEK 1 400, equivalent to £131. The price is the same for adults and children.
If you apply at the Embassy and wish to collect your passport at a Consulate in the UK there is a postage fee of £8 (payable to the Embassy) as well as an additional fee of £14 (payable to the Consulate).
The fee for an Emergency Passport is SEK 1 600, equivalent to £150. The price is the same for adults and children
You can pay in cash or by bank card. Card payment preferred. We do not accept cheques.
Fees for passports/ID cards might vary from time to time due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

Do I have to bring a photo?
No We take biometric photos and fingerprints at the Embassy as part of the application process.

How long is the processing time for a new passport/ID-card?
The normal processing time is 2 weeks. There is no need to book an appointment to collect your passport but you must come when the passport section is open. Don't forget to bring your current passport when you collect your new one. If your current passport is not valid you must bring another valid photo ID. If you do not have another valid photo ID you must bring a friend or a relative ovr 18 with a valid photo ID to identify you. 
You can collect your passport/ID card. Monday 9-12 and 2-3pm, Tuesday 9-12, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9-12, Friday 9-12.

For how long is my passport/ID-card valid?
Passports for adults and children over 12 are valid for five years. Passports for children over 12 are valid for five years. Passports for children under 12 years of age  are valid for 3 years. .

Will I have to leave my passport at the Embassy while my new passport is being processed?
No, the Embassy does not keep your passport during the processing time. However, you must bring your old passport to the Embassy when you collect the new one.

Will the Embassy notify me when the passport/ID-card is ready?
If you have given an e-mail address on your application form, an automatic message will be sent to you when the passport/ID-card is ready for collection at the Embassy.

Do I have to bring anything when I collect my new passportID- card?
You must bring your current passport when you collect your new one. If your current passport is not valid you must bring Another valid photo ID. If you do not have another valid photo ID you must bring a friend or a relative over 18 years of age with a valid photo ID to identify you.

Can someone else collect my passport/ID-card?
No -everyone over the age of 18 must collect their own new passports/ID-cards.
Parents/Legal Guardians may collect passports/ID-cards for children under the age of 18. In such case, they must bring the child’s current passport for cancellation and their own passport or valid photo ID for identification purposes.

Do I have to make an appointment for collection of my new passport/ID-card?
No, but you must come when the passport section is open. Please check opening hours before you come. It is not possible to collect passports at the Reception.
You can collect your passport/ID card: Monday 9-12 and 2-4 pm, Tuesday 9-12, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9-12, Friday 9-12.

Why are there two labels on the reverse side of my passport?
The two labels are used to facilitate easy delivery of the passport from the producer to the police in Sweden. When you receive your passport, the labels are no longer of any use. However, do not remove them, as they might damage the cover of the passport if you try to take them off.

Can I travel on my Swedish National ID-card?
National ID-card allows you to travel to and stay in the entire EU.
National ID-cards

What validity must the passport have in order to be allowed to enter a Schengen country or any other country?
For information please contact the Embassy/Consulate of the country you want to visit.

My passport has been lost/stolen and I have to travel – what do I do?
 An emergency  passport is issued for one urgent imminent journey only. The Passport Section will require evidence of urgency and a booked journey when you apply. 

Before you travel you should check if the country you are travelling to accepts a Swedish emergency passport.

The fee for an emergency passport is SEK 1 600, equivalent to £150. The price is the same for adults and children. For more details and information about what documents you have to submit, go to:
Emergency passport

If I find my lost passport/national ID-card and already have received a new one, which one is valid?
The new passport /ID-card is the valid one. The previous  one was cancelled at the same time you received your new passport/ID-card. You are obliged to submit the old passport/ID-card for cancellation.

How do I register my newborn child as a Swedish citizen and how do I apply for his/her passport?
Before applying for a passport, you have to obtain a Swedish ID-number, a so called ‘samordningsnummer’, for the child. You apply for a ‘samordningsnummer’ at the Embassy or a Consulate in the UK. Read more on:
Swedish ID-number and registration of name  

For a child born abroad before 1 April 2015, to a Swedish father and a foreign mother, who are not married to each other, you first have to submit a Notification in order to obtain Swedish nationality for the child.  Read more on:
Notification of Swedish nationality for a child born abroad to a Swedish father

How do I change my name in the passport/ID-card?
Passports/ID-cards are issued according to the information available in the Swedish Population Register. Therefore, you must change your name in the Population Register, before a new passport can be issued in your new name. For more details go to:
Change of name

Can I have dual nationality?
The law on Swedish citizenship changed on 1 July 2001 and now allows dual nationality. Before applying for another nationality, it is important that you find out whether the country you are applying to become a citizen of, also allows you to have dual nationality.

How can I become a Swedish citizen?
Matters of nationality are decided by the Swedish Migration Board. You will find the rules for Swedish citizenship on their website:
Swedish Migration Board