As of and including 5 April 2010, the EU´s Visa Code applies as law in Sweden. Through the Visa Code, the provisions on visas for a period shorter than three months (90 days) are brought together in one EU Regulation. The Visa Code applies to all Schengen countries. A visa granted by any one of these countries is also valid for visits to the others. In exceptional cases — for example, if the holder's passport is not approved by all Schengen countries — the visa may only be valid for entry into the issuing country or only for certain countries. For complete information visi the Swedish Migration Board
or Government Offices of Sweden
The Following Countries are Members of Schengen
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Countries that Require Visas to Enter Sweden
You can download the list of countries or regions whose citizens require visas to enter Sweden here
Requirements for Obtaining a Visa
If you wish to visit Sweden and the other Schengen countries, you must have
Requirements of Swedish Embassies and Consulates
a passport which is valid for at least three months after the final date of the visa
money for your keep and for the journey home. Sweden requires that you have SEK 450 for each day spent in Sweden. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for your keep with the help, for example, of bank statements or a document in which the person inviting you to Sweden promises to meet all expenses during the visit
individual medical travel insurance which covers the costs which could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalisation or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid in all the Schengen countries
Some requirements differ from country to country. It is therefore important that you check what applies in your case. The requirements may change depending on the current circumstances. You will find more information and contact information on the website of the relevant embassy. A list of Swedish embassies can be found here
Letters of Invitation
Meeting attendees do not need to wait until your paper is accepted to request a Visa Invitation Letter.
Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the following online form:
Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications Letter of Invitation Request Form
Important information regarding Visa Invitation Letters
Invitation letters take OSA Management 7-10 days to process. Please fill out all the required information on the form completely to the best of your ability. If you are presenting a paper, include the title and session in which the paper will be presented, or if you are exhibiting, please indicate so in your request. Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form. All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive. If you wish to expedite the process, letter will be spent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date, please also include your billing address in the request email. OSA Management reserves the right to request further information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests.
For detailed information about applying for a visa to Sweden, please refer to the visa section of Government Offices of Sweden website
or the Swedish Migration Board website
If you have any questions about the visa invitation letter application process, please contact:
Fax: +1 202.416.6100