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Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden
The Government has decided on a general entry ban for foreign citizens who cannot present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry into Sweden. The rules include certain exemptions. There is already a temporary ban on non-essential travel from other countries to the EU via Sweden. Following a call from the European Council and the European Commission, the entry ban was introduced to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19. In accordance with recommendations from the European Commission and the Council, the entry ban has been extended and amended several times. It currently remains in effect until 31 March 2021.
Questions and answers about the entry ban from EEA states and certain other states
The Government has adopted a separate ban on entry into Sweden from EEA states and certain other states. A requirement to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry from these states applies – with certain exemptions. The existing decision substantially restricting the possibilities to travel to Sweden from Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom still applies. It has also been tightened with the addition of a negative COVID-19 test requirement for groups that are exempt from the entry ban. The entry bans apply until 31 March 2021 or until further notice. The reason behind the adoption of an entry ban from these countries is to prevent a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 entering the country or being spread to other countries.
Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden
The Government today decided that foreign nationals will have to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry into Sweden, regardless of where they are arriving from. The aim is to reduce the risk of spreading the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been detected in a number of countries.
Amendments to ban on entry from United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark
The Swedish Government decided today on certain amendments to the ban on entering Sweden from the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. The amendments include an exemption from the entry ban for people who are to receive certain types of care in Sweden.
Temporary ban on entry from Norway
The Government decided today (24 January) to expand the temporary entry ban that has been in effect for Denmark to also include Norway. The entry ban enters into force at midnight on Sunday 24 January and remains in effect until 14 February. Today’s government decision also means that the temporary ban on entry from Denmark and the United Kingdom has been extended until 14 February 2021. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has also decided today to reinstate the advice against unnecessary travel to Norway.
Certain amendments to the ban on entry from the UK and Denmark
The Government decided today on certain amendments to the ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark. The amendments have been made to enable children and parents to spend time together and to facilitate certain medical transport services from Denmark. In addition, the time-limited ordinance will be extended until 31 January 2021.
Amendments to the exemption from the entry ban for residents of Uruguay
The Government has today decided on amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendments concern the exemption for residents of a certain specified non-EU country and is in line with the Council of the European Union’s latest recommendation to EU Member States.
Negative COVID-19 test result required for entry into Sweden from UK
The Government decided today on a change to the entry ban that applies for travel to Sweden from the UK. The aim is to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, especially the new variant of the virus discovered in the UK.
Changes to the ban on entry when travelling to Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark
The Government decided today to make certain changes to the entry ban into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark. Regarding travel from the United Kingdom, exemptions will be made for people who live or work in Sweden. Regarding travel from Denmark, exemptions will be made to make it easier for Bornholm and those who live there. In addition to this, people with imperative family reasons will also be exempted.
Ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark
The Government decided today* to severely restrict possibilities to travel from the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden. The entry ban from the United Kingdom is due to the spread and mutation of COVID-19 that have been reported there. The entry ban from Denmark is mainly to reduce the risk of congestion and the spread of the virus in shopping centres and restaurants in Skåne County.