When traveling to Sweden, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Sweden, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
Nationals of the European Union, the United States and many other countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in Sweden.
Sweden is a member of the Schengen Area, a free-travel zone comprised of 27 European countries. If your nationality is not among those listed as visa-waivered in the Schengen Area, you will be required to obtain a Schengen Visa prior to travel. Visa-waivered nationals, as well as those who are required to obtain a visa, are authorized to travel to Sweden and throughout the Schengen Area. Please note that travelers may not spend more than 90 days within any 180-day period inside the Schengen Area.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Swedish law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Sweden, even if conducted for a short duration.
In limited circumstances, business travelers may engage in specialized professional and technical activities without obtaining work authorization for a limited duration, though additional eligibility criteria may apply. An individual assessment is required before deciding whether a work authorization exemption is appropriate.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Sweden. The most common types of work authorization in Sweden are:
Nationals from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland are not required to obtain work authorization in order to work in Sweden. However, registrations or other formalities may be required prior to working or residing in Sweden.
Additional work authorization exemptions are available in Sweden for qualifying groups, including students as well as residents of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland. In these cases, a legal assessment to determine the possibilities for work authorization exemptions should be obtained prior to traveling.
The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which governs post-Brexit relations between the EU and the U.K., has altered immigration regulations in the affected countries. Please be sure to contact your immigration representative for full details regarding the TCA’s impact in Sweden.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.