Sweden is a Scandinavian nation that attracts millions of tourists annually. Apart from its attractions and vibrant culture, it is also the birthplace of one of the most renowned bands of all time.
Whether you are a fan or not, you must first apply for a tourist Schengen visa if you are a Philippine passport holder. Sweden is part of this agreement. The visa allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.
Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos
The Swedish embassy offers a link that allows visitors to determine their need for a tourist visa to enter Sweden. The Philippines is among the countries whose citizens are required to obtain such visas.
For Filipinos applying for a visa from Qatar, processing of the visa is handled at the Embassy of the Netherlands in collaboration with VFS Global.
Visa Application Requirements
Possessing a Schengen visa is a crucial document as it grants you access to Sweden. To initiate the visa application process, gather the following:
- Valid passport: Ensure its validity extends for at least three months beyond your intended trip.
- Proof of return ticket or adequate funds to secure a return flight
- Sufficient funds to support your trip to Sweden
- Sponsorship letter (if applicable)
Visa Application Procedure
Follow these steps to apply for your visa:
Step 1: Compile the necessary documents
Step 2: Schedule an appointment with VFS Global
Step 3: On your designated date, bring your completed visa application form and your passport. Remember to include all other required documents
Step 4: Pay the visa application fee
Step 5: Complete the process by submitting your fingerprints and photograph
Visa Application Fees
Here is the breakdown of visa application fees:
- Adults (including children aged 12 years and above) € 80
- Children (aged 6 – 11 years) € 40
- Children (aged 0 -5 years) FREE
Please take note that the visa fee is non-refundable in the event that your application is denied.
Address and Contact Details of the Embassy of Sweden in Doha
- Address: Palm Tower B, Suit 1302, West Bay, Doha
- Telephone Number: +974 4444 9500
- Fax Number: +974 4444 3350
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SwedenInQatar/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swedeninqatar/
- Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 8:00 – 16:30/ Thursday 8:00 – 15:00
Location Map of the Embassy of Sweden
Traveling from Qatar to Sweden
There are several airlines flying from Doha, Qatar to Stockholm, Sweden, including Qatar Airways, Pegasus, and FinnAir. The quickest direct flight takes approximately 8 hours, with ticket prices ranging from € 550 to 1,000. Travel websites suggest that it is cheaper to fly to Sweden in February.
Popular Tourist Spots in Sweden
Most tourists prefer to see Stockholm, the capital city, as well as Malmo, Helsingborg, and Gothenburg. Here are some of our recommended places to visit:
The nation’s capital offers plenty of attractions. Notably, it houses the official residence of the Swedish royal family. Additionally, Stockholm features numerous museums, parks, flea markets, and eateries.
The Royal Palace is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. The palace website contains useful information to help you to plan your visit, be updated on opening hours, and get entrance ticket details.
If you enjoyed their music, then you should add ABBA The Museum to your itinerary. Not only can you see the bands’ costumes and other memorabilia, but you can also have the chance to become a part of the band.
For some refreshments or if you are looking to buy some souvenirs, you can also drop by Östermalm Saluhall. The food hall and indoor market offers various authentic Swedish products for you to try or bring back home.
Next on the itinerary is a trip to the coastal city. At the heart of Malmo, lies Turning Torso, a futuristic residential tower. Among the tallest structures in Scandinavia, this all-white building provides panoramic views of the city skyline.
If you are feeling adventurous and in search of a unique destination, you can go to the Disgusting Food Museum. This is your chance to see some delicacies that might challenge conventional palates. The museum is also accessible by metro, in case you don’t have access to your own car.
For this next destination, you might want to arrange for your transportation since you will be crossing Øresund Bridge. This is considered as the longest road and railway bridge in Europe, and it connects Sweden and Denmark.
There are many historic landmarks around this city. One is Kärnan, a castle tower that was used as a fortress during the 14th century. You can walk around for free around the tower, but there is a corresponding fee to ascend it.
When you take the train to get to Helsingborg, one of the first sights you will see is the Town Hall. This town hall also has a bell tower, and it is worth admiring from a distance.
Another place you can visit is Mariakyrkan (or St. Mary’s Church), it is the oldest church in Helsinborg. Inside, appreciate the altarpiece and marvel at its 12th century architecture.
For a destination with a fun vibe, then you should go to Gothenburg. From the trendy restaurants and clubs, your days will be filled with activity from dawn till dusk.
First on your list should be Liseberg, an amusement park for both adults and children. Brave the steel roller coaster and other adrenaline-pumping rides if you’re up for it.
Consider Universeum for your next destination—an attraction that uses science to captivate young minds. Explore the vast ocean tank with sharks and tropical species, and venture into the tropical forest to observe colorful birds, sloths, and monkeys.
Aeroseum is another option, showcasing engines from the Cold War era. Once a secret hangar, it’s now an aviation museum, offering the chance to visitors to sit in some of the displayed aircraft’s cockpits.
Finally, if you are a car enthusiast, then a visit to the Volvo Museum is a must. Volvo is a Swedish car brand, and a well-loved one at that. In this museum, you can see almost all car models including those that are not for sale.
Safety Tips When Visiting Sweden
While Sweden is a generally safe country, there have been news of incidents due to desecration of the Qur’an. You should also be on heightened alert when you are out and about. Stay updated by checking local media for any development.
On the other hand, as with most cities, there are also incidents of petty crime. When you are in crowded places, always be mindful of your belongings, especially your purse, passport, and other documents.
Women travelers are also safe in Sweden. However, you should also be mindful when going out alone and in dark places. Follow your common sense, and trust your instinct when it doesn’t feel right.
It is also important to note that Swedes avoid eye contact. When you are in a dangerous situation, try not to look the other person in the eye since they might take it to mean that you are provoking them.
Video on Visa Application
For a comprehensive guide on applying for a Schengen visa, watch this YouTube video by Julie Ann Roz. With experience from a travel agency, the vlogger provides invaluable insights into the visa process. She offers practical advice, including opting for a refundable application in case your plans change. She also shares tips for presenting documents at the visa processing agency. While the vlogger’s journey to Sweden was sponsored, she also offers information for tourists.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the vlogger shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the vlogger by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visa Application
- Can I extend my visa in Sweden?
Extensions are possible in certain cases, such as force majeure or humanitarian reasons, but they shouldn’t surpass 90 days within a 180-day period. To request an extension, write to Migrationsverket at 601 70 Norrkoping. Include a copy of your passport, application form, and supporting documents.
- How do I know if my Sweden visa is approved?
Check the status of your application on the Swedish Migration Agency website using this link.
- Can I request a refund in case I paid the wrong application fee?
Yes, refunds are possible. Contact the Migration Agency and provide your bank statement or receipt to verify the payment amount. Include your full name, personal ID number or date of birth, current address, reason for the refund, applicable case or check number, and bank account details for the transfer.
Sweden is a country full of historic buildings and other fun places to visit. But for Philippine passport holders, a Schengen visa is important. For applicants in Qatar, the application is done through a third party. But before appearing at the visa agency, you need to prepare the necessary documents such as passport, bank statement, and other supporting documents. On your appointed date, you will also present your biometrics and photograph. With your visa, you can stay in Sweden for up to 90 days.