International travel restrictions

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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All entrants

Get tested after arrival

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends the following:

Anyone who has spent time in any country outside Scandinavia in the last 7 days is encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 as soon as possible after entry into Sweden, preferably on the same day.

This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, even if they have had Covid-19 in the past six months. This also applies to those who have shown a negative test in connection with entry. Children under pre-school age are exempt.

If you experience symptoms

Pay special attention to Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days from arrival in Sweden. If you experience symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible, regardless of whether you have tested yourself in connection with your return. See the website 1177.se on how to proceed in the region you are in. This also applies if you have been vaccinated or if it has been less than 6 months since you had a Covid-19 diagnosis.

Upon entry from certain countries in southern Africa

Due to the new virus variant B.1.1.529 (omicron), the Swedish Public Health Agency recommends the following:

  • All travelers who have stayed in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia or Eswatini (Swaziland) at any time during the last seven days before arriving in Sweden are encouraged to test for covid-19 as soon as possible after entry, preferably the same day, and to take a new test after five days. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and even if you have had covid-19 in the last six months. Children under preschool age are not covered.
  • All these travelers are also encouraged to stay at home for seven days after arrival in Sweden, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. The call to stay at home also applies to children regardless of age. More countries may be added.

If you are a Swedish national

Swedish nationals always have the right to travel into Sweden. This also applies to foreign nationals who are resident in Sweden.

If you are a foreign national

Foreign nationals who are registered here, have residence permits or residence status in Sweden or the EEA , or EU/EEA citizens who are using their right of residence for stays of at least three months, are also entitled to enter Sweden. When entering from the EU/EEA, only a negative Covid-19 test, the EU’s Covid Certificate or a vaccine certificate issued in a number of named countries is required.

Ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland

There is a ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA. This ban applies to foreign nationals and remains in effect until 31 January 2022. There are a number of exemptions to the ban based on work or studies, family connections or urgent family reasons, as well as a number of countries whose residents are exempted, or countries whose vaccine certificates are accepted.  The general rule is that foreign nationals over the age of 18 who are exempted from the entry ban must still present a negative Covid-19 test. Children under 18 are exempt from the test requirement. Only the EU’s Covid Certificate of vaccination or vaccine certificates issued in a number of named countries are accepted instead of a negative test.

The entry restrictions will always be applied based on the last country from which you travel into Sweden, not the country of origin where the journey began. This also applies when transiting.

Read more about who and which countries are exempted at the Swedish Police website.

Requirement for certificates for foreign nationals when entering Sweden

For foreign nationals over the age of 18 who are travelling from or via the EU/EEA, or who meet one of the exemptions in the entry ban, or are travelling from a country that is exempt from the entry ban, there are requirements for which certificates you need to present upon arrival in Sweden.

You need one of the following certificates: 

  • The EU’s Covid Certificate (applies to all countries, including those that are not exempted) or equivalent certificates issued in the EU/EEA, Switzerland, Andorra, San Marino or the Vatican State.
  • A negative Covid-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old.
  • A vaccine certificate that is at least 14 days old for fully vaccinated people, issued in a so-called “approved country”, whose vaccine certificate corresponds to the EU’s Covid Certificate. Read more about which countries have “approved” status on the Swedish Police website.
  • A vaccine certificate that is at least 14 days old for fully vaccinated people from an exempted country. This applies only if you are entering from or via another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.

More information about different certificates on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.

The entry restrictions will always be applied based on the last country from which you travel into Sweden, not the country of origin where the journey began. This also applies when transiting.

Recommendation for post-arrival testing in event of Covid-19 symptoms

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that everyone entering Sweden from a country outside of the Nordic region takes a PCR test if they experience symptoms of Covid-19 within 14 days of entering the country. This recommendation applies to persons aged six years and over.

Travelling abroad

Prepare and stay informed

  • 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

Different countries require different certificates regarding Covid-19 in order for you to be allowed entry. 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.