International travel restrictions

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UD) is currently advising against travel to many countries. A ban on entry to Sweden is in effect for non-essential travel from most countries outside the EU/EEA. Here we have gathered the authorities' information about travel to and from Sweden.
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Inbound journeys to Sweden from abroad

If you are a Swedish citizen

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that those who have traveled outside the Nordic region take a PCR test when returning to Sweden. This applies even if you do not have any symptoms. 
  • When returning from countries for which UD has issued a travel advisory, the Public Health Agency's recommendation regarding testing and isolation applies for one week after arrival in Sweden.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals without symptoms are exempt from the recommendation of testing and isolation after arrival in Sweden regardless of which country they have been in.

Note: These rules also apply to foreign nationals who are registered residents in Sweden or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, right of residence or residence status.

If you are a foreign national from the EU/EEA

  • In order to travel into Sweden, foreign nationals travelling from an EU/EEA country need to have a Covid certificate, a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours old or proof of a return to health. The Covid certificate shows that a person has been tested negative, has been vaccinated against, or recovered from Covid-19. This will apply until 31 August 2021. 
  • Inbound journeys are allowed no later than 72 hours after a negative test result or 14 days after a first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. A certificate showing a return to health from SARS-CoV-2 infection allows an inbound journey at the earliest 11 days after a positive test. The certificate can be digital or on paper. It has to be issued in the issuing country's official language and English. A separate certificate should be issued for every vaccination, test result, or proof of a return to health. The certificate must include details about the person's identity, which vaccine they've been given, and how many shots they have had.
  • Exceptions are made for foreign nationals who are registered residents in Sweden or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, right of residence or residence status. For these, the same rules apply as for Swedish citizens.
  • The requirement for a negative Covid-19 test, recoviery or vaccination does not apply if you travel from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.
  • The requirements apply to everyone who is 18 years or older, and not to children.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that those who have traveled outside the Nordic region take a PCR test when returning to Sweden. This applies even if you do not have any symptoms. 
  • When you arrive from countries covered by travel advisories from the Swedish Ministry of foreign affairs ("UD"), the Public Health Agency's recommendation regarding testing and isolation applies for one week after arrival in Sweden.

Read more about what rules and recommendations apply to foreign nationals on the Police website. 

If you are a foreign national from a country outside the EU/EEA

  • There is a ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA. The ban applies to foreign nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA and will remain in effect until 31 August 2021. Certain individuals who have particularly urgent needs or who are going to carry out essential services in Sweden may be exempt.
  • Foreign nationals who fulfil the requirements for an exemption are advised to get tested for Covid-19 when they arrive in Sweden and five days after their arrival. They should also self-isolate for one week after arriving in Sweden. 

  • A number of countries are exempt from the entry ban. The decisive factor is whether you live in one of the countries, not if you are a citizen. Travellers to Sweden should therefore be prepared to provide documentation showing that they live in one of the aforementioned countries in order to be granted entry.
  • Exempted travellers need to show results from a negative Covid-19 test no more than 48 hours old before entry.

Currently exempt countries: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Israel, Japan. In addition, from 30 June 2021, those living in one of the following countries will also be allowed to enter Sweden: Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, and the USA.

  • Foreign nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA can enter Sweden from EU/EEA countries if they can present a certificate proving a negative Covid-19 test no more than 48 hours old. This requirement does not apply if you travel from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.

Read more about exceptions to the ban on entry for countries outside the EU/EEA on the Police website. 

Travelling abroad

Travel advisory for many countries

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against non-essential travel to most countries outside the EU, EEA, Schengen area and UK. The advisory will apply until 1 September 2021.

The following countries are exempt and are currently considered safe to travel to:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Macao
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • USA

Ministry of Justices questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden

Ministry for Foreign Affairs' information on the travel advisory in effect until 1 July

Prepare and stay informed

The situation remains uncertain worldwide. As a traveller, you should carefully consider your trip.

  • Avoid travelling if you have symptoms.
  • Keep yourself well informed and follow local authorities' advice and instructions at your destination. Local restrictions and regulations will be in place. These may be changed at short notice. For example, there may be requirements for face masks and rules on maintaining a distance from other people.
  • Stay in close contact with your travel company and review your insurance coverage.
  • Follow the rules and recommendations that apply at the airport, on the plane and at your destination. If you do not follow these, you risk being denied boarding or entry into the country you have travelled to.
  • Have enough money for unforeseen events on your trip, for example delays.
  • Swedish embassies provide up-to-date travel information in Swedish on the Sweden Abroad website.

UD or Swedish diplomatic missions will not be able to provide transport to Sweden if you have difficulty returning home because of the current situation. UD has a special telephone number for questions about the coronavirus and travel: +46 (0)8 405 92 00.

In consular emergencies, call the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs' consular emergency service hotline: +46 (0)8 405 50 05.

Travel certificates

Some countries require a certificate confirming that you do not have Covid-19 in order for you to be allowed entry into the country. Other countries require a certificate showing that their citizens are allowed to return home without having to go into quarantine. Different countries require different types of certificates. You should therefore stay informed about the rules that apply in the country to which you are travelling.

The issuing of travel certificates does not normally lie within the remit of medical services. However, several healthcare providers offer tests for travel certificates.