Latest News: Authorities extend warning against nonessential travel to non-EU countries until at least 1 July; exempts seven countries (Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand) from list beginning 1 June (The Local, 25.05.2021).
*From within the EU:
Sweden adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Sweden are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.
The Government has decided to extend the general entry ban for foreign citizens who cannot present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival in Sweden until 31 May 2021.
Citizens from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, as well as people with Swedish residence permits, are allowed to enter Sweden at the conditions specified hereafter.
Is a coronavirus test required?
All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.
The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.
Accepted tests: antigen, TMA, PCR, LAMP
Children aged 17 and under are exempted.
The following information must appear on the certificate:
- name of the person who has been tested
- date/time of the test
- type of test
- the test result
- Issuer of the certificate
The information must be clearly stated in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish.
Exemptions are available for cross-border workers and some other categories.
If you got tested before your departure for Sweden, you do not have to get tested again in connection with your arrival, but you should still get tested 5 days after your arrival.
Is a quarantine required?
A quarantine is not required.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is not a general requirement for entering Sweden.
Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays *Transit:
As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.
EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.
Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.*From Third Countries:
The Government has decided to extend the general entry ban for foreign citizens until 31 May 2021.
A temporary ban on non-essential travel to the EU via Sweden, introduced following a call from the European Council and the European Commission, has been in effect since March 2020. Since February 2021 it also includes a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into Sweden. The ban includes certain exemptions.
To travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/ EEA, you must be covered by at least one of the exemptions from the entry ban and also be able to present a negative COVID-19 test, or be exempt from the test requirement.
The entry ban does not apply to:
- EU and Schengen Associated Countries citizens and their family members;
- permanent residents or holders of a residence permit in Sweden or another EU Member State or Schengen Associated country;
- People who have a national visa in Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EU Member State or Schengen Associated country;
- People who have family ties as specified under the Aliens Act (2005:716).
Entry in Sweden is allowed for foreigners who reside in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
Entry to Sweden from the UK is subject to the same rules that apply to other third countries outside the EU/EEA area. In practice, this means that an entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for people arriving from the UK will remain in effect, with certain exemptions.
British citizens and their family members who have applied for residence status are exempt from the entry ban and test requirement on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA.
*Travel in Sweden: The Swedish government is not restricting domestic travel. However, there are temporary recommendations which include keeping your distance, avoiding public transport and crowded areas. Public gatherings are limited to eight people. Check guidance for more information. Individuals without symptoms are urged to continue to follow the Public Health Agency’s advice and restrictions related to COVID-19. The Swedish Public Health Agency advises that it is important for everyone to maintain physical distance from other people, both while travelling and at the destination. Public transport is in operation, but frequency and capacity may be limited. From 7 January 2021 the Swedish Public Health agency recommends face masks on public transport.
*Public spaces and services: There has been a widespread increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Sweden. National local recommendations are in place. Check guidance for more information. Swedish authorities have banned public gatherings of more than eight people with four allowed to sit together inside restaurants. There are also legal restrictions on the number of people allowed in premises such as shops and gyms etc. The government encourages working from home. The Public Health Agency recommends facemasks on public transport from 7 January 2021.
*Accommodation: Accommodation remains open in Sweden. General advice and recommendations regarding minimising the spread of infection apply.