International travel restrictions

There is an entry ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. Here we have compiled information about international travel restrictions from Swedish authorities.

Temporary entry ban to Sweden

The Swedish Government has decided to stop non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will be in effect until March 31. This ban has been introduced to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, and to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

The entry ban does not apply to citizens and their families from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. Moreover, the ban does not apply if you are a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa in Sweden.

Exceptions can also be made for people with particularly urgent needs. The exemption will also apply to 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. 

No entry from the UK and Denmark

The Swedish government has announced that entry bans to Sweden from the UK and Denmark will be introduced, due to the new variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The ban will take effect at midnight, the night before Tuesday 22 December. The government has also decided to discourage unnecessary travel to the UK.

The ban mainly means that all persons except Swedish citizens traveling from the United Kingdom or Denmark will be expelled if they try to travel into Sweden. Exceptions will be possible for people who transport goods and the like. For Denmark, people who work or live in Sweden will also be exempt.

People from both the United Kingdom and Denmark who are judged to have urgent family reasons will also be able to be exempted from the entry ban.

The entry ban applies until 21 January 2021 or until further notice.

Ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark (Press release from Government Offices of Sweden).

Requirement of negative COVID-19 test result for incoming travellers from the UK

From 1 January, travellers from the UK, who are covered by the exemption from the entry ban, must present a negative test result before they are allowed to enter Sweden. The requirement
does not apply to Swedish citizens, who have the right to travel into Sweden.

In addition, the requirement does not apply to those transporting goods, so as not to impede the transport of important goods, such as medicine or medical equipment.

Advisory against non-essential travel

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs ("Utrikesdepartementet" or "UD") has issued an advisory against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU which is valid until 31 January 2021.

Travel certificates and health statements

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers to Sweden. Swedavia Airports recommends passengers to use face masks at their airports. Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is no general requirement for entering Sweden.
Pay close attention to the information given by your airline – many airline companies require you to wear a face mask on board.  

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