Travel to Sweden during the corona pandemic

There is an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden from all countries  until 31 January 2022. From an EU/EEA country, a negative covid-19 test is sufficient to be exempted and be allowed entry

Updated 2021-12-28

Recent changes from 28 December 2021

The Swedish government changed the entry ban from 21/12 so foreign travellers entering from a Nordic country is no longer exempted from the test requirement. From 28 December 2021 a negative test is required for most foreign citizens who are not residents of Sweden. The test can not be older than 48 hours. Home tests without certificates are not accepted. Specific regulations apply to frontier workers. Vaccine or recovery certificates can no longer be used in lieu of a negative test.

The Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications

It is not possible to apply for an exemption in advance. The decision in each individual case will be made upon arrival at the border control point based on the presented documentation. Questions regarding the temporary entry ban concerning individual cases will be answered in general terms with reference to the current legal basis since no pre-approvals are given.

Foreign citizens need to be covered by an exemption in order to enter Sweden and everyone 12 years and older needs to hold a certificate of negative covid-19 test. From the EU/EEA foreign citizens are exempted if they can present a negative covid-19 test. This  also applies to entry from the Nordics. This means that only the EU Covid Certificate of negative test will be accepted, not the certificates of vaccine or recovery. Home tests are not approved for entry, a test certificate needs to be issued by an authorized lab.

Please note that the Swedish Police Authority answers individual questions by e-mail or telephone with a general reference to the legal framework. The operators at 114 14 have access to the same information which is available on this site.

The Swedish Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden from abroad must have tested negative for COVID-19 maximum 48 hours before coming to Sweden. No medical exemptions applies. Vaccination certificates or certificates of recovery can no longer be used in lieu of a negative test. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has more information on how the certificates must be formatted

More information can be found in the Swedish Police FAQ

Map over boarder crossing.

Map over boarder crossing.

The entry regulations differ for entry from:

  • an EU/EEA country, incl. Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway 
  • non-EEA* countries (incl. the UK)

Sweden will always apply entry regulations according to the last country you enter from, even if this is only a transit country. 

When entering from outside EEA* you need to be covered by at least one exemption, and present a negative covid-19 test. Please note that if you transit in an EEA* country and is processed for immigration there, your entry will be subject to the regulations for entry from EEA when entering Sweden, not your original departure country.

Processed for immigration

In general you will be processed for immigration into the Schengen area in the first Schengen country you arrive in, even if you have a connecting flight to Sweden. If this is the case, the restrictions for entry from EU/EEA will apply to you when you enter Sweden. Ask your airline if you will be processed for immigration in the transit country. And remember to check the entry requirements for the transit country with their Border Police. Swedish Police can only answer questions regarding entry to Sweden. 

EU COVID Certificate

The EU COVID Certificate (EU:s covid-intyg) is only valid for entering Sweden if it documents a negative test max 48 hours old, and not if it documents vaccine or recovery. They are issued in an EEA* country, and every certificate has a unique identifier. The EU COVID Certificate contains necessary key information such as name, date of birth, and date of issuance.

Negative test required

Negative test can be max 48 hour old when entering both from a non-EEA* country or an EEA* country. Foreigners crossing the border for work/frontier workers (between two EEA* countries even in the Nordics) need to present a negative test which is a max one week old, or a valid vaccine certificate documenting that the holder is fully vaccinated at least 14 days ago

There are, however, exemptions even to the test requirement, one example being foreigners who live in Sweden according to the Swedish Population Registry, or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status. 

To be considered a resident in Sweden, you must verify that you have resided or will reside in Sweden for at least a year. This can be done e.g. with an excerpt from the Swedish Population registry or a rental contract.

The entry ban is currently in effect until 31 January 2022, but it might be extended. Exemptions from both the entry ban and the test requirement apply to foreigners with particularly important reasons to enter Sweden.  

Overview entry ban

Swedish citizens

Foreign citizens who are residents according to the Swedish Population Registry, hold a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status. 

Entry from an EEA* country, incl. the Nordics

Entry from a non-EEA* country 

Test after arrival

All travellers are recommended by the Public Health Agency of Sweden to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden, preferably the same day.

This applies both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and also to those who have had COVID-19 in the past six months. This also applies to those who have presented a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival in Sweden. Children under preschool class age are exempt.

Covid-19 test required for entry from abroad

In general, foreigners who are exempted from the entry ban and enter from another country need to present a negative covid-19 test result in order to be allowed entry into Sweden

The test can not be older than 48 hours. The test results need to verify that the traveler do not have an ongoing covid-19 infection. According to the The Public Health Agency of Sweden, this can be done with a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen test. The documentation should be originally in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French (translations are not accepted), and contain the following:

  • Your name and birthdate,
  • Date and time the test was taken,
  • disease or infectious agent, covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its subtypes),
  • type of test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen),
  • test result,
  • who issued the certificate
  • name and address to the issuer of the certificate, or to the laboratory that conducted the test.

Please note that the test needs to be taken before departure, it is not possible to get tested upon arrival at the border to Sweden.

Test of antibodies will not be approved. Recovery from covid-19 will not exempt you from the test. 

Recommendations after arrival

Swedish citizens or foreigners who are exempted from the entry ban do not need to bring a negative test result, but they should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's current recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad.

Document exemptions

Please note that it is your responsibility as a traveller to document that you are covered by an exemption when entering the border control and/or family relations, e.g. with an work contract, a service contract, pay slip, birth or adoption certificate, doctor's note, funeral invitation, death certificate, maternity certificate and/or excerpt from the population registry. These are only examples given.  

Exemptions regardless of departure country 

The following categories are both exempted from  the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden without a negative covid-19 test, regardless of departure country:

  • Swedish citizens.
  • Foreign citizens who live in Sweden, meaning living or planning to spend the majority of non-working hours in a day in Sweden for at least a year, holding a residence permit or residence status in Sweden, or as an EU citizen using their residence right.
  • Foreign citizens with urgent family reasons.
  • Individuals working with the transportation of goods or others working in the transportation industry. 
  • Individuals in need of international protection (e.g. asylum) or have other humanitarian needs. 
  • Sea men. 
  • Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff, and foreign couriers.
  • Persons who are invited by the Government Offices. 

The following cateogries are both exempted from  the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden without a negative test, when entering from an EEA*-country:

  • Persons under the age of 12.
  • Someone performing, participating in or is subject to health care and medical transports. 
  • Persons residing in Sweden.
  • Staff working with the transportation of goods or other staff in the transportation industry.
  • Persons travelling for urgent family reasons.
  • Individuals in need of international protection or with other humanitarian needs. 
  • Individuals who are to undergo surgery or other essential health care which can not be postponed, in Sweden. 
  • Individuals crossing the border when performing reindeer herding. 
  • Merchant seamen.
  • Staff covered by international police or customs cooperation, or emergency services cooperation. 
  • Persons who are travelling in via Sweden, between Bornholm and another part of Denmark.
  • Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff, and foreign couriers.
  • Persons who are invited by the Government Offices. 

The following categories are exempted from the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden regardless of departure country, but need to bring a negative test if they do not reside in Sweden:

  • Air passengers in transit.
  • Health care and medical staff, in addition to certain related professions.
  • Individuals working in international organizations or who are invited by such organizations and who are necessary for the organization’s functionality, aid workers or staff working with civil defence. 
  • A parent travelling for the purpose of meeting their child under age 18 residing in Sweden. 
  • Military staff and other staff who can document that they enter Sweden for the purpose of international defence cooperation.
  • Participants or necessary support staff in international professional athletic competitions and similar professional competitions.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers holding a vaccine certificate from a so called approved country/territory will be allowed to enter Sweden as previously but need to present a negative test which is maximum 48 hours old. Accompanying children under 12, if applicable, are exempted from the test requirement.

Frontier workers can present a negative test max one week old, or a valid vaccine certificate if the holder is fully vaccinated.

Entry from another EEA* country incl. the Nordics

Foreigners travelling from another EU country such as France or Germany, a country that is part of the EEA such as Liechtenstein, or from Switzerland, on this page referred to as EEA*, need to present a negative covid-19 test max 48 hours old, but other entry bans are not in effect.

When exception are made for citizens of certain countries, are both EU and EEA citizens, as well as citizens Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican, included in the term of EEA* citizen. 

From 21 December 2021 the same entry requirements are enforced for foreigners entering Sweden directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway, as from the rest of the EEA*, meaning foreigners need to present a negative covid test. This is regardless of the foreigner's citizenship. In addition are ordinary entry regulations according to the Schengen Border Code in effect, and from 2015 the Swedish Police can perform border control at an inner border: Temporary border controls regardless of the corona restrictions.

EEA*

= EEA countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican is not part of the EEA, but is included in the term EEA* on this page. Their citizens are included in the term EEA*-citizen.

From January 1st 2021 UK citizens need to be covered by an exemption, or be an exempted country or a so called approved country, in order to be allowed to enter Sweden. 

Entry ban for foreigners traveling from outside EEA*

As a general rule, foreigners travelling to Sweden from a non-EEA* country will be denied entry and rejected. There are exemptions for EEA* citizens and a select number of identified countries outside EEA*. Those covered by an exemption still need to present a negative covid-19 test, unless they also are exempted from the test requirement. A certificate of vaccine or recovery can not replace a negative test, except fully vaccinated travellers with a vaccine certificate issued in a limited number of approved countries (not the exempted countries) who will be allowed to enter Sweden as previously but need to present a negative test which is maximum 48 hours old. If you transit in the EEA* entry restrictions from the transit country will apply if you are processed through immigration there. 

Follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden'a recommendations for those entering from abroad after homecoming for Swedish and foreign citizens, even if no symptoms are present. 

Exemptions from the entry ban

Except for Swedish citizens, the following individuals or groups are exempted from the entry ban and are allowed to enter Sweden:

  • Citizens of another EEA state, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican.
  • have the right to reside in Sweden or another EU country.
  • UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status.
  • Individuals holding a residence permit or right to reside in Sweden or another EEA* state, holders of a national (class D) visa for Sweden or a national (class D) visa valid for more than three months in another EEA country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican.
  • Individuals with documented family connection, such as spouse, common-law partner, partner or child under 18, to a Swedish citizen, EEA* citizen or foreigner holding residence permit, residence status or national (class D) visa in Sweden or an EEA* country. More information about which family connections are included by the exemption, can be found in Frequently Asked questions. It is not required to hold a residence permit. A visa, however, is required if the foreigner comes from a country where a visa is mandatory to enter Sweden under normal circumstances. 
  • Foreigners who resides in one of the exempted countries or are fully vaccinated in an approved country.

Exceptions based on need or function

Exceptions can be made for foreigners with particularly urgent personal needs or who are to perform essential functions in Sweden, such as

  • healthcare professionals, and certain other professions in related areas, read more in Frequently Asked Questions.
  • individuals working with the transportation of goods
  • merchant seamen working on cargo or passenger lines,
  • frontier workers
  • people travelling for urgent family reasons in Sweden. More information about this is defined, can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.
  • individuals working in international organizations or who are invited by such organizations and whose presence is needed for the operation of the organization, military staff, aid workers or staff working with civil defense
  • military staff
  • transit passengers, meaning passengers who only change planes and only stay in the international transit area of the airport without passing through passport or customs control 
  • individuals entering Sweden for studies
  • highly skilled professionals, if the work can not be postponed or be done remotely, incl. diplomatic or consular staff representing a foreign nation on official duty in Sweden 
  • participants or necessary support staff in international professional athletic competitions and similar professional competitions
  • foreigners who are going to work within the agricultural, forestry or gardening industry, will be allowed to enter Sweden if they can present proper documentation supporting the purpose of the journey.
  • persons who are invited by the Government Offices. 

In addition to EEA* citizens, foreigners residing in a list of select exempted countries and fully vaccinated travellers holding vaccine certificates from select approved countries, were also exempted from the entry ban, in addition to the already existing exemptions.

These countries are assessed to be low-risk in terms of contagion. Exemptions will be based on residence in one of the countries, not citizenship. This means that foreigners who can document that they reside in any of these countries, will be allowed to enter Sweden if they do fulfill the entry requirements given in the Schengen Border Code and the Visa Code. The same applies to travellers holding vaccine certificates which are technically compatible with the EU Covid Certificate. Note that a negative test is still required. The selection of included countries which are considered to fulfill the criterias of exemption, is evaluated on a regular basis and the list will be updated on a regular basis. Questions regarding the selection or evaluation should be posed to EU and the Swedish government.

Exempted countries and approved countries

Residents in exempted countries/territories

Residents in the following countries/territories are exempt from the entry ban and can enter Sweden if they can document residence in the country (not merely citizenship), and holds a negative covid-19 test max 48 hours old. Regular visa and passport requirements still apply. 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay. 

Previously more countries were on the list, but these countries have been removed since they are no longer assessed to fulfill the exemption criterias.

Negative test is required. 

Vaccinated travellers from approved countries/territories

Fully vaccinated travellers holding vaccine certificates issued in one of the following so called approved countries/territories (attachment 2) at least 14 days ago, can enter Sweden, but still need a negative covid test from any country, and regular visa and passport requirements still apply:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Cabo Verde
  • El Salvador
  • Faroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zeeland
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Togo
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • The UK + Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey
  • The USA
  • The Vatican.

The same applies to accompanying minors under 12, they are exempted from the negative test requirement. Non-fully vaccinated travellers, e.g. unacompanied minors or those with medical exemptions, are not exempted.

Swedish Police can not guarantee that it will be possible to enter Sweden at a specific future date, as the situation is changing and regulations will be adjusted according to the current state. Updates will be published continuously at the Swedish government’s website in English and their Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to Sweden.

Frequently asked questions

No questions regarding individual cases or general application will be answered by the Border Police or 114 14, such questions are instead referred to the published Frequently asked questions. Operator answering 114 14 will have access to the same information which is provided on this website.

Information in Swedish:

Så påverkas resandet till Sverige av coronapandemin

Frequently asked questions in Swedish

Changes because of Brexit after 1 January  2021

UK citizens or family members of a UK citizen are from 1 January  2021 no longer EU citizens since the Brexit. This means that the same regulations  applies to UK citizens as to other third country citizens. In order to be be allowed to enter they will need to be covered by one of the general exemptions mentioned on this website (e.g. be an exempted country or a so called approved country), or they need to bring a new kind of residence status which only UK citizens can apply for, or to physically or electronically document that they have applied for residence status. For example a screenshot of the receipt generated after submiting an application on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Foreign citizens entering from the UK need to be covered by at least one exemption, and even have to present a negative covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. A foreigner who is fully vaccinated at least 14 days ago and holds a vaccine certificate issued in a so called approved country (e.g. the UK) can enter Sweden but a negative test is still required. The same applies to accommpanying minors. More information about this in the section about so called approved countries. 

Legal basis

Please note that the same legislation as previously, i.e. the Schengen Border Code, will first and foremost apply for the crossing of borders. This means that valid travel documents must be carried in the form of a passport or national ID card, as well as a valid visa, if needed. It is primarily the traveller’s responsibility to prove their right to enter, based on citizenship or on the current exemptions.

If you are denied entry to Sweden you will receive a removal decision where the reason for denied entry will be written. This can be appealed to the Swedish Migration Agency as per ususal regulations. More information about appeal can be found in the written decision you received at the time of the removal. It is not possible to appeal to the Swedish Police by e-mail or telephone. 

The traveler needs to verify his or her right

It is up to the traveler to verify his or her right to entry, both based on the Schengen Borders Code and the temporary entry ban. It is the individual's responsibility to present sufficient documentation. Questions whether a certain certificate is sufficient or not are found in the FAQ and will not be answered. 

For questions regarding the legal framework and regulations, please refer to the Swedish government's FAQ page in English, as well as the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code. Questions regarding visas and residence permits should be posed to the Swedish Migration Agency.   

EU Commission's calculator of travel days remaining during a Schengen short-stay visa.