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 Sweden.
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Requirement for a negative Covid-19 test when entering Sweden

Foreign travelers over the age of 12 need to present a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in Sweden, regardless of which country you are traveling from and regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. Tests acknowledged are antigen tests or PCR/NAAT-tests. The test need to be taken within 48 hours before arrival. Information about the test requirement (in Swedish only)

The test requirement does not apply to foreign nationals who are registered here, have residence permits or residence status in Sweden.

Foreign nationals crossing the border weekly or more often must show proof of a negative test result which is no more than one week old. Those in transit between Bornholm island and other parts of Denmark do not need to show any Covid certificate whatsoever.

Information on traveling to Sweden during the pandemic (The Swedish Police)

Pay attention to symptoms after arrival to Sweden

If you experience Covid-19 symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible. 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 six months since you had Covid-19.

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

Foreign nationals over the age of 12 who meet one of the exemptions in the entry ban, or are travelling from a country that is exempt from the entry ban must present a negative result from a Covid-19 test when entering Sweden. Tests acknowledged are antigen tests or PCR/NAAT-tests. The test need to be taken within 48 hours before arrival. 

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.

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.