How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a visa is to visit VFS Global.

Apply at VFS Global.

1. Prepare the documentation
Check which documents and personal information you need. You must for instance have arranged for a passport and medical travel insurance and have booked an air ticket (although we advise you to delay payment until your visa has been granted), and you must also have an invitation from the person you will be visiting in Sweden or Finland.

Read more under ‘Required documents’.

2. Visit VFS Global

Sweden and Finland Visa Application Centre – KSA

Call Centre Number: 9200 11 955

Website address:


For information on working days, submission timings and passport collection, please visit the website of VFS Global. 

Address: Sweden Visa Application Centre, 1st Floor, Dove Plaza (Hyper Panda), Umm Al Hammam Street, Riyadh.

The visa fee, 320 SAR, should be paid directly at the VFS application centre. A service fee of 25 Euro (at the moment 130 SAR) will also be charged by VFS Global.

3. Application at the Embassy.
If you for some reason do not want to submit your application for Schengen visa at the VFS Global you need an appointment provided by the Embassy or VFS in order to submit the application directly to the Embassy. Please send an e-mail to in order to get an appointment. Please note that there will only be a few available slots limited to Tuesdays. Applications without prior appointments will not be accepted by the Embassy. The processing time for applications submitted directly to the Embassy could be longer than for applications submitted to VFS Global.

Bring the application and the original documents when visiting the Embassy. If you do not bring all the documents, there is a risk that your application will be rejected.  During the visit, you will be required to sign the application and may also be required to answer some additional questions. Furthermore, applicants (from 12 years of age) must must have his or her biometric information taken (ten fingerprints and a photograph).

All family members who apply at the same time – including children – must visit the embassy.

You can find the address of the embassy under ‘Contact’ in the menu on the left.

4. Pay the application fee
If you want to apply at the Embassy the fee should be paid before submitting the visa application, to Saudi Hollandi Bank, in the name of Swedish Embassy.

Account no. 037.013.971.011.
Iban No.: SA16 5000 0000 0370 1397 1011
Address: Diplomatic Quarter

Please note, the Embassy is not accepting cash.

Read more under ‘Fees’.

5. Wait for the decision
When you present your application, you are told when you can collect the decision and your passport. It usually takes 15 days.  Please observe that all visa applications are handled and decided by the Embassy of Sweden in Riyadh.