Restrictions and prohibitions

Here you will find a summary of the restrictions and prohibitions that have been imposed in Sweden due to the coronavirus.
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National ban on visiting retirement homes

The Government has decided to impose a ban on visiting all of the country's retirement homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The decision entered into force on 1 April. The decision is general. The operations manager of a residence may, in individual instances, allow exceptions to the ban if there are special circumstances which justify an exception and if there is a low risk of spreading the coronavirus. Read more about the ban on visits here.

Ban on public gatherings of 50 people or more

From Sunday 29 March, public gatherings and events may have a maximum of 50 participants. The police can cancel or disband a public gathering or event with more than 50 participants. Anyone who organises an event that violates the ban can face a fine or prison sentence of a maximum of six months.

Public gatherings include the following:

  • gatherings that constitute demonstrations or which are otherwise held for discussion, expression of opinion or providing information on public or private matters;
  • lectures and speeches held for the purposes of teaching or for public or civic education;
  • gatherings for religious practice;
  • theatrical and cinema performances, concerts and other gatherings for the performance of artistic work, and
  • other gatherings at which freedom of assembly is exercised.

Public events include the following:

Temporary ban on travel to Sweden

On March 17, the Government decided to stop non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. To mitigate the effects of the corona virus spread, the government extends the temporary entry ban to August 31. Its aim is to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and reduce the spread of Covid-19. Information about the temporary entry ban.

The following are exempt from the entry ban:

  • Swedish citizens;
  • family members of Swedish citizens who work for a Swedish company, a Swedish agency or an international organisation abroad, if their employer has recalled the employee and/or persons accompanying them;
  • citizens of another EEA state, the UK or Switzerland, or family members of an EEA citizen or citizens of the UK or Switzerland;
  • persons with a residence permit or right of residence in Sweden or the EU, and
  • persons who have a valid national visa for entry into Sweden.

Foreigners who have particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden may be exempt, for example

  • healthcare professionals;
  • transport workers engaged in the haulage of goods, e.g. food and medicines;
  • disembarking and embarking mariners as well as professional drivers whose vehicles and cargo are already in Sweden, and
  • persons with imperative family reasons.
  • Seasonal workers employed in agriculture, forestry and horticulture.

Swedish border control officials determine the manner in which the exceptions should be interpreted and the decisions that should be taken.

Read more about the entry ban here (in english) and here are the Police's answers to frequently asked questions.

New rules for restaurants, caf├ęs and pubs

Venues serving food and drink must:

  • Implement measures to avoid crowding of people in queues, at tables, buffets or bar counters.
  • Ensure that guests can keep at least one meter's distance from other people.
  • Only serve food and drink to guests who are seated at a table or a bar counter.
  • Guests are permitted to order and pick up food and drink, provided that this does not lead to crowding or queues.
  • Offer guests the opportunity to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or offer them hand sanitiser.
  • Inform guests about how they can decrease the risk for spreading infection.