Source: European Union/Re-open EU
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.
- Information about the Swedish travel restrictions from the Police
- Frequently asked questions about the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden
- Information about travelling to Sweden from Visit Sweden (Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information)
A temporary ban on entry to Sweden for nationals from the UK and Denmark is in effect.
Exceptions may be made, such as for:
• Anyone working or living in Sweden can enter from Denmark.
• Children going to meet parents living in Sweden and their escort.
• Those travelling in health service vehicles.
Foreign nationals traveling from the United Kingdom who must also be able to show a negative test result before being allowed to enter Sweden.
If you have recently been abroad
New variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 have been discovered in the UK, Brasil, and South Africa. If you have been in those countries recently, you should:
- stay at home for at least seven days
- avoid contact with others as much as possible
- get tested as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden and get a follow-up test after five days.
Others in your household should also remain at home while awaiting the test result.
An advisory against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU is in effect until 31 January 2021.
- Information from the Swedish Government about the travel advisory
- Information from the EU about travelling restrictions in European countries
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.
From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?
Citizens from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, as well as people with Swedish residence permits, are allowed to enter Sweden without restrictions.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is not a general requirement for entering Sweden.
Find out more:
What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?
The Swedish government has decided to stop non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will be in effect until 22.12.2020.
The entry ban does not apply to citizens and their families from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries. Moreover, the ban does not apply if you are a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU Member State or Schengen Associated country. The entry ban also does not apply to people who have a national visa in Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EU Member State or Schengen Associated country. Finally, the ban does not apply to people who have family ties as specified under the Aliens Act (2005:716).
There are also several other exceptions, like foreigners who reside in the following countries: Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.
Citizens of other countries who have particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden can also still be allowed entry. This includes exemption for students and highly skilled professionals, amongst others. For more information, please visit polisen.se
May I transit this country?
Travelling to Sweden
EU citizens and their family members, and people with Swedish residence permits, are allowed to enter Sweden without restrictions.
Citizens from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are allowed to enter Sweden without restrictions.
Travelling from Sweden or returning to Sweden
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued an advisory against non-essential travel to many countries.
No such advice is in place for the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Switzerland, Spain and the Vatican.
The reasons for the advice against non-essential travel to some countries are the spread of the new coronavirus and the uncertainty that currently applies to foreign travel.
Rules and Exceptions
There is no quarantine requirement for travellers to Sweden.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is no general requirement for entering Sweden.
Sweden has imposed a temporary entry ban to non-essential travels to Sweden across an external border,
meaning from other countries than the EU/EEA, except the UK or Switzerland. The decision is currently in effect until 31/10/20 (inclusive).
The ban does not apply to Swedish citizens, nor does it apply to travels inside the EU/EEA area.
There are also several other exceptions, like foreigners who reside in the following select countries: Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Citizens of other countries who have particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden can also still be allowed entry. The latest change even includes exemption for students and highly skilled professionals, amongst others.
For more information, please visit polisen.se
Links to national sources
Source: WCO/Swedish Customs
Information based on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency is spread throughout
the organisation on a regular basis. This include to stay at home if you have any symptoms and
to wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Employees that have duties that can be done
from home are to work from home. Swedish Customs has taken measures to ensure that there
is adequate protective equipment for customs officers in stock, should the situation require the
use of such equipment. Information about new regulations and possible regulatory initiatives
has been communicated to customs officers, and the internal guidelines regarding the correct
use of protective equipment has been updated. All business travels are to be
cancelled/postponed except for those essential (which is to be decided by management).
So far, Swedish Customs has not encountered any unexpected challenges, the organization is
adjusting to the new situation and we have crisis teams at both national and regional level that
coordinate the work. Neither are we experiencing any disruptions caused by shortage in
personnel, due to sick leave, so far.
Web-links to any relevant documents:
The website of Swedish Customs is updated with the information directly relating to customs
Most relevant Swedish weblinks for information concerning covid-19 would be
- Public Health Agency of Sweden: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-healthagency-of-sweden/
- Swedish Government Offices: https://www.government.se/
- Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency: https://www.msb.se/en/
Further information: http://www.wcoomd.org/.........natural-disaster/covid_19/sweden_en.pdf?la=en
Souce: European Commission
Temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers
Sweden notifed a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. It will apply to those drivers involved in domestic and international transports.
Start date: 16.03.2020
End date: 14.04.2020
Further information: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/temporary-relaxatio...
Ban on non-essential travel from third countries
Following a call by the European Council and European Commission the Swedish Government has banned non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except European Union Member States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. This do not apply on Swedish citizens, third-country nationals, travellers with an essential function or need etc.
More info: https://www.government.se