The European Society
of Human Genetics

Do I need a visa?

Do I need a visa for Sweden?

EEA and Swiss passports

Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or a Swiss passport do not require a visa.

Note: EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable.

Nordic countries

Citizens from Nordic countries do not need a visa for Sweden.

US, Canadian, Australian, Japanese passports

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA will require a valid passport, but no visa for the purposes of business or tourism for short term stays.

Special agreement

Specific rules apply for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine due to the Agreement on the facilitation of issuance of short-stay visas between these countries and the EU. You can find more information about this at the EU embassies and consulates in these eight countries. Visit and browse to the Swedish mission abroad you are interested in.

Other countries

List of citizens who require Visa for entry into Sweden

A - Afghanistan, Albania ***, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan

B - Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia *, Bosnia-Hercegovina ***, Botswana, Burkina Faso,Burundi

C - Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad,  China, (excl. Hongkong and Macao), Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cuba

D - Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic

E - Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia

F - Fiji

G - Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana

H - Haiti

I - India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast

J - Jamaica, Jordan

K - Kazakstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (North-), Kuwait, Kyrgystan

L - Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya

M - Macedonia *, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova ***, Mongolia, Montenegro ***, Morocco **, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma)

N - Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Nothern Mariana Islands

O - Oman

P - Pakistan, Palau Islands, Papua New Guinea, Peru *

Q - Qatar

R - Russia ***, Rwanda

S - Samoa, Sao Tomé & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia ***, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Syria

T - Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand *, The Philippines *, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia **, Turkey *, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu

U - Uganda, Ukraine ***, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

V - Vanuatu, Vietnam

Y - Yemen

Z - Zambia, Zimbabwe

* holder of a Diplomatic Passport or a Service Passport does not require a visa
** holder of a Diplomatic Passport does not require a visa
*** holder of a Diplomatic Passport does not require a visa for a short stay according to an agreement between the EC and respectively state on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

How to...

How to apply for a visa for Sweden (page of the Swedish Government)

Invitation letters

If you do require a visa for your entry to Sweden (please see below for more information), the congress office can issue letters of invitation. For security reasons, letters of invitation can only be sent to bona fide individuals who have registered for the 2010 conference. You can register here. To apply for an invitation letter, please send an email to: empag2010(at) In order to facilitate the procedure, please indicate:

  • You full name (first name, middle initial, family name)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Control number of your abstract (if applicable)


The ESHG cannot assume any liability regarding the complete- and correctness  of the information given on this page. Please contact your local Swedish embassy for more information.


To top


Visa applications take time. Participants requiring visa are recommended to apply at least 1-2 months prior to their planned departure to Sweden.

Swedish embassies and consulates-general are independent decision-making agencies for visas, sometimes after specific checks have been made with other Schengen countries. You cannot appeal against the rejection of a visa application, neither can the ESHG intervene on your behalf in case of a rejection.