Visiting Sweden during the covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic affects travelling, accommodation, and other activities in Sweden. Here we have compiled information from the authorities about restrictions and regulations you need to be aware of if you are planning a stay in Sweden.

Travelling to Sweden

The Swedish Government has decided to suspend non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will apply until March 31 2021. This ban has been introduced to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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. More information can be found in frequently asked questions answered by the Swedish Police Authority.

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.

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.

 

Entry requirements

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers to Sweden. Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement, but this is no requirement for entering Sweden.

Please pay close attention to the information given by your airline  many airline companies require you to wear a face mask on board. You do not need a health statement or health certificate in order to enter Sweden. 

Information from the Swedish Transport Agency about measures taken by airports and airline operators with regard to Covid-19

Face masks

Face masks are recommended in public transport on weekdays between 7-9am and 4-6pm. Face masks are also recommended in some regions, for example, when visiting healthcare premises.

Testing and travel certificates

Some other countries require a certificate proving that you do not have Covid-19 before entering. This is not the case in Sweden.

In Sweden, anyone with symptoms can get a PCR test which will determine if there is an active Covid-19 infection.

An antibody (or a serological) test can show whether you have previously had Covid-19 and developed antibodies against the virus, and thus have protection against the disease. Some companies offer foreign citizens such antibody tests (information in Swedish) at a cost. Some of these can provide travel certificates. Also check the information provided by your embassy.

Travelling in Sweden

Those without symptoms can travel in Sweden. It is important for everyone to maintain distance from other people, both while travelling and at the destination. If possible, avoid travelling with public transportation. If you become ill, you need to be able to make your way home without putting others at risk of infection. Remember to avoid places where many gather.

Minimising the spread of Covid-19

Stay at home if you are feeling ill with symptoms such as nasal congestion, respiratory infection, coughing, or fever, even with mild symptoms.

  • Stay at home if you have symptoms. Common symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep your distance from other people and avoid crowded places.
  • Work from your home as often as you can.

  • Avoid close contacts with others and only gather in small groups.

  • Travel in a way that minimises the risk of infection.
  • Be careful when visiting people who are aged 70+ or belong to an at-risk group. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has information about how you can socialise safely.

Ban on public gatherings of 8 people or more

Public gatherings and events may have a maximum of 8 participants. The police can cancel or disband a public gathering or event with more than 8 participants. This does not apply to schools, workplaces, or restaurants. Check this link if you are interested in what kinds of gatherings the rule applies to: 

Swedish Healthcare

If you are on a visit in Sweden and become ill or get injured, call 1177 for information about illnesses and about Swedish healthcare. In case of emergency, call 112 for an ambulance.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be reductions in healthcare services because of the handling of Covid-19. Do not visit a health centre (“vårdcentral” or "hälsocentral") if you have any symptoms associated with Covid-19. Instead call 1177 where you will get medical advice from a registered nurse.

Hotels and restaurants

General advice and recommendations regarding minimising the spread of infection apply.

Restaurants, cafés, and bars as well as other venues serving food and drink must:

Restaurants, cafés and pubs

  • The size of a dining party allowed to sit at one table is limited to four people.

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. 

The serving of alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverage-like preparations is prohibited between 20.00 and 11.00 until 7 February 2021.

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