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Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden

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The Government has decided on a ban on entry to Sweden to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 entering the country or being spread to other countries.

A temporary entry ban for entry from EU/EEA States and certain other states has been in force since February. As of 30 June, the Swedish regulation has been adapted to the EU regulation on a COVID certificate. This entails an entry ban on travel to Sweden from EU/EEA States unless a vaccination certificate, a test certificate, a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 or a corresponding certificate can be presented. The Government has decided to extend this regulation until 31 October 2021.

Entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway is not subject to any entry restrictions.

A temporary ban on non-essential travel from countries outside the EU/EEA to Sweden, introduced following a call from the European Council and the European Commission, has been in effect since March 2020. Since February, the ban has included a requirement to present a certificate verifying a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into Sweden. To travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA, you must be covered by at least one of the exemptions from the entry ban and also be able to present a negative COVID-19 test or be exempt from the test requirement. The Government has decided to extend the travel ban until 31 October 2021.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.

The Government has decided that people travelling to Sweden who can present a vaccination certificate issued in Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama are exempt from the entry ban and test requirement. The amendment will enter into force on 27 September 2021.
Press release: Vaccinated people travelling to Sweden from Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama are exempted from the entry ban and test requirement

The Government has decided that people travelling to Sweden who can present a vaccination certificate issued in North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the Vatican City are exempt from the entry ban and test requirement.
At the same time, the Government decided to remove Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Japan and Serbia from the list of countries where residents are generally exempt from the entry ban solely on the ground that they reside there, while Uruguay will be added to the list.
Finally, the Government decided to introduce an exemption from the test requirement for travellers from countries outside the EU/EEA who can present an EU Digital COVID Certificate and to change the time limit for negative test results from 48 hours to 72 hours. The amendments entered into force on 20 September 2021.
Press release: Amendments to the entry ban for people travelling to Sweden from certain countries outside the EU/EEA

On 2 September, the Government decided to reintroduce ban on entry to Sweden for travellers from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The amendment is the result of an update of EU recommendations regarding travel into the EU from third countries and entered into force on 6 September 2021.
Press release: The Government to reintroduce ban on entry to Sweden for travellers from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia 

 

What applies for entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway?

Since 31 May 2021, no restrictions apply to entering Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The previous restrictions have been lifted. This means that foreign citizens travelling to Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will not be required to present a EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent.

What applies for entry from the United Kingdom?

Since 31 March 2021 the regulations that apply to other countries outside the EU/EEA, third countries, also apply to travel from the United Kingdom. In practice, this means that an entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for people arriving from the UK remain in effect, with certain exemptions. These rules have been extended to apply until 31 October 2021.

The Government is now examining the possibility – taking into account the process at EU level – of exempting fully vaccinated residents of certain third countries, for example the UK, from the entry restrictions. The Government intends to return to this issue at a later date.

For more information about the entry ban, see the heading "What applies for entry from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’ (i.e. all other countries)".

What applies for entry from EEA states other than the Nordic countries and several other states?

This is a temporary ban on foreign citizens who cannot present a EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent upon arrival in Sweden entering the country from an EEA state or from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.

The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens. Nor will entry restrictions apply to foreign citizens entering from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway as of 31 May 2021. There are also exemptions from the entry ban and the certificate requirement for various categories of travellers.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply for entry from EEA states other than the Nordic countries.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

The reason behind the adoption of an entry ban from these countries is to prevent new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 entering the country or being spread to other countries.

The entry ban applies until 31 October 2021 or until further notice.

It is presently unclear how long the entry ban will apply. The Government is continuously analysing the situation and will carefully consider different ways to proceed, and make the necessary decisions to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the best possible way so that more people in our society do not fall ill.

No, the entry ban only applies to foreign citizens entering from countries other than Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Swedish citizens can therefore enter the country despite the entry ban and are not required to present any certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

No, travel restrictions do not apply to entry from these countries as of 31 May 2021. People can thus enter Sweden from these countries and are not required to present any certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

The requirement for a EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent and exemptions for entry from EEA states other than the Nordic countries and several other states

This means that a foreign citizen upon entry into Sweden from these countries must be able to present a vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 in accordance with the EU regulation on digital COVID certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate), or a corresponding certificate. The test certificate must show a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours* prior to arrival. The certificate requirement applies with certain exemptions.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply.

Swedish citizens and foreign citizens entering Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway are not subject to entry bans or required to present any certificate. 

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates and corresponding certificates must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

* Those who commute for work or study, i.e. people who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state, may present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden. The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that certificates showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 must meet.

Foreign citizens from these countries may enter Sweden if they can present a vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 in accordance with the EU regulation on digital COVID certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate), or a corresponding certificate, upon entry. Neither the entry ban nor the certificate requirement applies to Swedish citizens and foreign citizens entering Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.

The following categories are exempt from the certificate requirement:

  • People who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state, and who can present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden
  • People under the age of 18
  • People who live in Sweden
  • People with imperative family reasons
  • Personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector
  • People who carry out, are involved in or are being transported by medical transport services
  • People who are to undergo surgery or other types of care that cannot be delayed
  • Seafarers
  • People covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), including diplomats and consular officers who are employed in Sweden by foreign states and their families and employees
  • People who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices
  • Personnel within the scope of international police, customs or emergency services cooperation
  • People in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian grounds.

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

No, the requirement to present a certificate does not apply to children under the age of 18.

The requirement concerns a vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 in accordance with the EU regulation on digital COVID certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate), or a corresponding certificate. The test certificate must show a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours* prior to arrival.

There is a special rule for those who commute for work or study, i.e. people who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state. They may also use the results of a COVID-19 test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the further criteria for such certificates or test results.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended that Member States make exceptions for people transporting goods.

Questions and answers about the entry ban from EEA states other than the Nordic countries and several other states

Swedish citizens who live abroad always have the right to enter Sweden and are not required to present any certificate. Foreign citizens entering Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are also exempted from the entry restrictions and are not required to present any certificate either.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The Government hopes that it is a temporary measure. Right now it is necessary to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of human lives.

The Government is well aware that an entry ban has negative consequences in many ways. Therefore, these are not decisions that have been taken lightly. But in this pandemic, strong measures have been required and tough decisions have had to be taken.

The Government considers that due to the uncertainty surrounding infection rates and the risk of new variants spreading, entry restrictions within the EU and the EEA should be lifted cautiously and gradually to reduce the risk of a resurgence of cases that would require new restrictions to be imposed.

What applies for entry from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’ (i.e. all other countries)?

It means a temporarily ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from these countries. The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens.

Exemptions from the entry ban are also made for more categories of travellers. These include, for example, foreign citizens with a Swedish residence permit, people with an essential need or function in Sweden, residents of certain specified countries, or who can present a vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply on the entry ban.

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. There are also certain exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children, for people who can present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries, for transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply on the test requirement.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The EU Member States have given their support to a call from the European Council and the European Commission to take measures to temporarily ban non-essential travel to the EU. The purpose is to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus is an international emergency requiring a coordinated response. The Government has therefore decided to respond to the call and issue a temporary entry ban in line with the Commission’s recommendations.

The entry ban came into effect on 19 March 2020. It has been extended several times. The entry ban applies until 31 October 2021 or until further notice. It is presently unclear how long the entry ban will apply.

No, the entry ban only applies to foreign citizens. Swedish citizens can therefore enter the country despite the entry ban and are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or other certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

Exemptions for entry from third countries

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from these countries. However, exemptions from the entry ban are also made for certain categories of travellers.

For a foreign citizen to be exempt from the entry ban will also require them to be able to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. There are also certain exemptions from the test requirement, for example for people who can present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries. These exemptions are outlined below under “The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries”.

The entry ban does not apply to people who:

  • are an EEA citizen or a citizen of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State;
  • have a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA state, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have a national visa for Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EEA State, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have close family ties as specified in Chapter 3a, Section 2, first paragraph, or Chapter 5, Section 3, first paragraph, points 1–4, or Section 3a of the Aliens Act (2005:716) to a person covered by any of the above points or to a Swedish citizen, for example a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21;
  • are a citizen of the United Kingdom or a family member of such a citizen, provided that they are covered by Article 10 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (OJ L 29, 31.1.2020, p.7), i.e. UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status;
  • can present a certificate showing that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine and that the certificate was issued in North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the Vatican City, and children under the age of 18 travelling together with such a person. As of 27 September, this also applies for certificates issued in Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama. (The list of countries is updated continuously following decisions at EU level.);
  • live in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine or Uruguay. (The list of countries is continually being revised at EU level and has been changed multiple times.) 

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

In addition, the entry ban does not apply to people with an essential need or function in Sweden. For example, this may be the case for:

  • people with imperative family reasons;
  • passengers in transit;
  • frontier workers;
  • people who travel for the purpose of studying;
  • personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector;
  • seasonal workers in the agricultural, forestry and horticulture sectors;
  • healthcare workers, researchers in health and medical care and elderly staff;
  • people who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations’ activities, military personnel and other personnel within the scope of international defence cooperation, aid workers and civil defence staff;
  • people travelling for the purpose of performing highly skilled work, if their contribution is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed remotely, including people who will take part in or perform necessary tasks at international elite sports competitions and similar international elite competitions;
  • people who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices;
  • seafarers;
  • people covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), for example diplomats and consular staff stationed in Sweden, and their families and staff;
  • people in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

The above list of people who can be considered to have an essential need or function is for illustration only and there may therefore be other categories of people who may be exempted.

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The Government has chosen to follow what was agreed at EU level regarding the groups not to be included in the entry ban.

The Government is closely monitoring developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and has continuous contact with the responsible public authorities and other countries.

The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries

It means that a foreign citizen who is covered by an exemption from the entry ban must, upon entry into Sweden, be able to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. You must therefore be covered by one of the exemptions to enter Sweden; otherwise you cannot enter, even if you can present a negative COVID-19 test result or other certificate. The test requirement does not apply to Swedish citizens.

There are a few exemptions from this requirement, for example for people who can present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries. See below for more information on which exemptions apply on the test requirement.

See above for more information on which exemptions apply on the entry ban, under ‘Exemptions for entry from third countries’.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that certificates showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

Foreign citizens covered by one of the exemptions from the entry ban may enter from these countries if they can also present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival or if they are exempt from the test requirement.

The following categories are exempt from the test requirement:

  • people under the age of 18;
  • people with long-term resident status in Sweden;
  • people who have a right of residence or a residence permit in Sweden;
  • citizens of the United Kingdom or family members of such citizens, provided that they are covered by Article 10 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (OJ L 29, 31.1.2020, p.7), i.e. UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status;
  • people with imperative family reasons;
  • people in the transport sector;
  • seafarers;
  • people covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), for example diplomats and consular staff stationed in Sweden, and their families and staff;
  • people who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices;
  • people in need of international protection or with other humanitarian grounds;
  • people who can present a vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate that they have recovered from COVID-19 in accordance with the EU regulation on digital COVID Certificates upon arrival. The test certificate must show a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival;
  • people who can present a certificate showing that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine and the certificate was issued in North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the Vatican City.
    As of 27 September, this also applies for certificates issued in Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama. (The list of countries is updated continuously following decisions at EU level.)
    Press release Vaccinated people travelling to Sweden from Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama are exempted from the entry ban and test requirement

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

No, the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection does not apply to children under the age of 18. Nor do people under the age of 18 need to present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or any other certificate.

The Government decided on 23 September 2021 that people travelling to Sweden and who can present a vaccination certificate issued in Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama are exempt from both the entry ban and the test requirement from 27 September.
Press release: Vaccinated people travelling to Sweden from Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama are exempted from the entry ban and test requirement

Since 20 September this also applies to people travelling to Sweden and who can present a vaccination certificate issued in North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the Vatican City.
Press release:  Amendments to the entry ban for people travelling to Sweden from certain countries outside the EU/EEA

According to a European Commission decision, vaccination certificates issued in these countries are to be considered as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID certificate, which means that such certificates can be checked and verified in the same manner and using the same technical systems as the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Additional countries, including the United Kingdom, are awaiting a decision from the European Commission in the near future. The aim is to regularly add more countries to the Swedish regulations following Commission decisions. This should be considered a step in the successive and responsible reopening of travel to Sweden for vaccinated people from other countries.

Thus, vaccinated travellers from other countries outside the EU/EEA must still continue to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival to Sweden.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The requirement concerns negative test results for ongoing COVID-19 infection. The test must have been performed a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival. Positive results from antibody tests will not be accepted.

There is no formal requirement for the test result/certificate. This means that digital certificates are normally also accepted. However, all information that is necessary for the certificate to be valid must be provided regardless of the type of certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the criteria for negative test results.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

A vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate that one has recovered from COVID-19 in accordance with the EU regulation on Digital COVID Certificates are accepted instead of a test certificate from 20 September 2021.

The same applies for a certificate showing that one has received a COVID-19 vaccine that was issued in North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the Vatican City. As of 27 September 2021, this also applies for certificates issued in Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended that Member States make exceptions for people transporting goods.

Frequently asked questions about the entry ban from third countries

The Government has decided that entry to Sweden from the UK will be subject to the same rules that apply to other third countries, in other words, to countries outside the EU/EEA. In practice, this means that an entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for people arriving from the UK will remain in effect, with certain exemptions.

British citizens and their family members who have applied for residence status are exempt from the entry ban and test requirement on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’.

The Government is now examining the possibility – taking into account the process at EU level – of exempting fully vaccinated residents of certain third countries, for example the UK, from the entry restrictions. The Government intends to return to this issue at a later date.

People with a Swedish residence permit are exempt from the entry ban. Their family members are also exempt. Valid family ties may be a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21.

People with residence permits are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection. However, it is not certain that family members will be exempt from this requirement.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

Some family members of Swedish citizens are exempt from the entry ban from third countries. This may include, for example, spouses, cohabiting partners, civil partners and children under the age of 21.

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. There are also some exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children, people who can present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries, transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

EEA citizens, citizens of Switzerland and people who have certain family ties to these citizens are exempt from the entry ban from third countries. The same also applies to citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City, and their family members. Valid family ties may be a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21. The EEA includes all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. There are also some exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children, people who can present a COVID-19 certificate/Digital COVID Certificate or vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries, transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states. Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question.

People with a Swedish residence permit for studies or similar reasons are exempt from the entry ban. In addition, people living in certain specified countries are exempt. Exemptions may also be made for people with an essential need, such as people who travel in order to study.

People with residence permits and people under the age of 18 are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection. If a student is covered by one of the other exemptions from the entry ban, such a certificate may be required.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states. Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question.

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. For example, people living in certain specified countries are exempt from the ban on entry from third countries. 

The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states. Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question. 

The right to asylum will not be affected by the decision. People with an essential need in Sweden – including those in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian grounds – are exempt from the entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test, in line with Sweden’s international commitments. This exemption includes asylum seekers and quota refugees.

People with an essential function in Sweden, such as transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff, are exempt from the entry ban.

These workers are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection.

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended to the Member States that people transporting goods should not be included in any entry ban.

Do you have questions?

For questions about COVID-19, you can call the national information number 113 13. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

From abroad, call +46 (0)77 33 113 13.

How long will the entry ban apply?

The Government has decided to extend the entry restrictions for travel until 31 October 2021.

European Economic Area (EEA)

In addition to Sweden, the following states are EEA states:
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

Press releases about the entry ban