A Swedish passport is issued to citizens of Sweden interested in international travel. It identifies their Swedish nationality to foreign authorities and enables entry into other countries. Applying for a Swedish passport within the country involves a relatively simple process, but obtaining one abroad can be more costly and time-consuming. There have also been some changes to the procedure in accordance with the increasing security measures regarding overseas travel.
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Things you need
- Valid identification
- Proof of citizenship
- Passport fees
Visit polisen.se to contact the nearest passport office if you are applying within Sweden, the cheapest and quickest way to obtain a passport. Otherwise, refer to the government section in a phonebook or an online reference like Embassies Abroad to apply at the Swedish mission in your jurisdiction. All passport applications must be submitted in person at any of these offices worldwide.
Contact the Swedish mission nearest you and set an appointment to apply for a passport. They will require you to complete an application form and bring the appropriate travel documents to process your request.
Provide valid form of identification, such as a driver's license or student/employee card. Also present proof of your Swedish citizenship in the form of a naturalisation card, Certificate of Swedish Citizenship, original birth certificate or declaration of Swedish nationality.
Do not bring passport photos, but have them taken at the passport office. As of 2007, all applicants are to be digitally photographed on-site at the time of their application.
Provide your biometric data by submitting to a fingerprint scan of two fingers. All passports issued by the European Union (EU) countries now contain a micro chip that digitally stores fingerprints.
Submit your application and pay the passport fee with cash, money order or certified bank check. Swedish passports applied for abroad take 3 to 4 weeks as they are produced in Sweden and sent back to your designated office by courier. Otherwise, a passport in Sweden can be picked up within one business week.
Tips and warnings
- As of July 2009, U.S. applicants can only apply in person at the Embassy in Washington DC. The honorary consulates of Sweden in Los Angeles and New York have since been closed.
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