Swedish Phase Out in Malaysia Starts June 15.

As previously announced, the Embassy of Sweden in Kuala Lumpur will be closed during 2011. The Embassy’s activities will be phased out gradually. Regular opening hours and full service will be upheld until Wednesday June 15.

After June 15, the Embassy will be focusing on the internal matters of the phase out. During this time, the Embassy will be able to assist only in acute consular matters, such as the death of a Swedish citizen or a consular crisis.

When the Embassy has closed, the intention is for Malaysia to be side-accredited to the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta, thus making the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia the Ambassador for Malaysia too. The mission of the Ambassador is to uphold the dialogue with the Malaysian government, and further the political and economic ties between Sweden and Malaysia.

The intention is also to establish an Honorary Consulate General in Kuala Lumpur in order to provide service to Swedish tourists and Swedish citizens living in Malaysia, as well as to promote Swedish business and cultural interests. At the Honorary Consulate General, it will be possible to pick up (but not apply for) passports, national id-cards and drivers’ licenses. Furthermore, the consulate will be able to assist Swedish citizens in distress and hand out emergency passports.

More detailed information regarding the future Swedish representation in Malaysia and the establishment of an Honorary Consulate General will be published on the Embassy’s homepage later on.

Consular Service Information
Last application date for passports and national id-cards is June 1. Last day to pick up passports and national id-cards is June 15.

Between June 2 and 15, the Embassy will accept passport applications, but the new passports will have to be picked up at another Embassy, or at the police in Sweden. For further information, go to the home page of the Swedish police, http://www.polisen.se/.

As of June 16, the Embassy will not be handling:
– application of passports, national id-cards or renewal of drivers licenses
– application of social security numbers
– application of residence and work permits
– certificates of any kind

Information regarding applications for visa Denmark will represent Sweden in regards to visa applications, beginning June 6.

Information regarding applications for work and residence permits Last application date for residence and work permits is June 15.

On May 20, 2011, an EU regulation will enter into force, which means that Swedish national authorities will begin issuing residence permit cards instead of the current stickers being inserted into passports. The cards will be biometric – they have a data chip with the bearer’s photo and finger-prints. All EU member states will issue the same type of residence permit cards beginning May 20, 2011.

Starting June 15, applicants must go to Jakarta to leave biometric information and pick up their residence permit cards.

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