I'm an Indian citizen working and residing in Malaysia. I am moving to Sweden for a job. I remember that when I moved to Malaysia from India I got a single entry visa to enter Malaysia because Indian passport rarely offers visa free entry. In fact whenever I travelled to a foreign country I always got a visa stamped on my passport whether even if it was a tourist visa.
So I thought something similar maybe needed to enter Sweden. I confirmed this thoroughly with my Swedish immigration consultant and I was told that since I'm a resident of Malaysia (working here and have a valid work permit) I do not need a entry visa to enter Sweden (even though my Work/residence permit will be cancelled around the end of my stay in Malaysia) and my Swedish Work and residence permit approval letter is the proof of my entry.
But talking to other people I got conflicting answers. Anybody here has experience or idea about this? Does the fact that you're residing in another country prevent the need for such a visa when you'd need it in your home country? Things become even more confusing during pandemic when every form of travel involves issues.
I also checked that the Swedish Embassy in Malaysia doesn't do any Visa related work at all. So that was another indication that I may not need any transit visa.
To summarise, I have my Malaysian work permit (which the Swedish immigration consultant told is the proof of my residence in Malaysia even if it is cancelled by the time I arrive in Sweden), Swedish work and residence permit approval letter from Swedish Migration Agency and Indian passport. Being an Indian citizen, travelling without a visa still feels a bit strange to me. I just fear that at the airport I am told otherwise. Any idea, input, suggestions are welcome. Thanks!!