The eager to go to Sweden is sometimes stronger than the concern about the coronavirus. I myself prefer to stay at home at the moment. Sweden is not going anywhere and will still be there after all of this. But if you do want to travel to Sweden, it is best to do it as corona proof as possible.
Sweden is perfectly suited for a corona-safe trip. The Swedes naturally keep their distance, you have all the options to go out into nature (friluftsliv) and not see other people for days on end.
Tips for a corona safe trip to Sweden
In Sweden, it is advisable to follow both the local rules and the rules of your home country regarding corona. Play it safe and always opt for the strictest rules.
Wear a face mask on public transport, on the ferry and certainly on the plane.
Avoid crowds at all times. Swedes naturally keep their distance, but pay extra attention to respect the social distance.
Opt for outdoor activities as much as possible. Friluftsliv!
In Sweden you pay by card as much as possible (many things are already cashless) and preferably contactless.
Adhere to the applicable quarantine regulations upon return. If it is recommended, do it!
Keep in mind that the situation can change anytime. Maybe you have return early or unexpectedly extend your stay, … Check your travel insurance!
Register before departure with your Foreign Office.
Corona proof packing list for Sweden
Don’t forget to add these extra items to your (carry-on) luggage.
Are you traveling by car? Then take extra food and drink with you so you don’t have to stop in a highway restaurant too often.
Bring enough masks for the whole family.
Alcohol gel of at least 70% is indispensable. Note: do not leave the gel in the car on a sunny day! And remember that for the plane you will need to bring a mini version of less than 100ml, packed in a clear plastic bag.
Don’t forget to bring paper tissues and possibly also a fever thermometer.
When travelling abroad you have to be fully prepared, which also means you need to look for the best mobile plan. There’s a couple of factors that will affect what you are supposed to do such as where you are travelling from, your current plan and the duration of your stay. It’s possible that you don’t have to do anything extra. This article will help you to know what your best option is.
Where are you travelling from?
I’m travelling from a EU-country to Sweden
You’re lucky! This means you don’t have to pay any additional charges to use your mobile phone in Sweden. This is known as roaming, your calls, text messages and data services are charged at domestic rates. Depending on the duration of your stay and/or your current plan you might still have to adapt and get a Swedish sim card.
Got more questions about roaming? This FAQ written by the European Union will help you out.
Attention! In Switzerland, Andorra, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Monaco and all other non-EU countries you still pay for roaming!
I’m travelling from outside of Europe to Sweden
Here’s where it’s a get a bit more complicated because there’s a lot of possibilities. Check if your current provider offers some special (data)plan for going abroad, if they do then compare it with the options offered by the main Swedish brands: 3, Tele2, Telenor and Telia.
Deals change all the time, so it’s hard to recommend you the cheapest offer. Shop around and ask the retailers what they would recommend. Or take a look on this site.
If you plan to travel to other EU-countries, the same sim-card should work as the EU have special regulations regarding roaming.
Do you need a Swedish sim card?
The answer depends on the duration of your stay but for most people visiting Sweden from outside the EU, it will almost certainly be the cheapest option.
Attention! When getting a sim, make sure that the sim will fit your phone. It would be a shame if you end up buying a sim that doesn’t fit your phone!
What is the most important in a plan for you?
It could be unlimited calls, texts or data. So make sure when looking at your options, that you find a plan that fits the most towards your needs. If you don’t need a lot of data, then there’s no reason to spend more money on a better mobile plan.
How long are you staying for?
Depending on the duration of your stay, a lot can change, even if you are visiting from an EU-country.
I’m visiting from a EU-country for a short trip
This shouldn’t be a problem, as long as your own mobile plan is decent, you have no reason to buy a sim and no reason to worry about roaming.
I’m visiting from a EU-country for a couple of months
Buying a sim might end up being more interesting for you! There is a general rule to roaming that as long as you spend more time at home than abroad or you use your mobile phone more at home than abroad, you can pay your standard domestic prices.
But if you are staying in a foreign country for an extended period, your mobile operator can contact you and inform you that you may be subject to charges if you continue to stay abroad. After receiving the warning you have two weeks to start using your phone more in your home country than abroad, otherwise your operator may start applying these charges:
€0.032 per minute for voice calls (+ VAT)
€0.01 per SMS (+ VAT)
€3.50 per GB of data (+ VAT)
I’m visiting from a non-EU-country
Since the new roaming rules from the EU isn’t applicable for you the general rule is not relevant. If you are staying for a short trip, a sim that only lasts for a short duration is more interesting for you and vice versa.
Attention! Make sure that you look at the credit validity of your sim card if you end up buying one.
That about sums it up, there’s a lot of factors that influence the best decision for you so make sure you look at what description fits you best. Enjoy your trip!
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Holidays in Sweden will be slightly different this year. We will be confronted with the measurements against the corona virus when we travel, just like at home. The following applies: keep your distance, wash your hands, stay home if you are ill, … Below I list all the restrictions and recommendations regarding traveling in Sweden + inspiration for a wonderful summer holiday in Sweden .
Oh those lovely Swedish summers
The Swedish summers are wonderful! It starts in late May / early June. The days extend rapidly and nature is in full bloom. It is the most beautiful time of the year for many. The Swedes enjoy the daylight and the midnight sun.
Life slows down in Sweden during summer. A lot of Swedes take several weeks of holiday just after midsummer to fully enjoy life. Schools in Sweden are closed from mid-June to mid-August. Many companies are also semesterstängt(closed for the holidays) for 4-5 weeks. As a visitor to the major cities, keep in mind that certain restaurants are also closed for a few weeks during the summer months.
During those summer months, ‘uteserveringen‘ (terraces) are popping up all over Sweden. In Stockholm, a dozen streets scattered around the city (until the end of September) turn into gågator or pedestrian areas where the car is banned. The street is taken over by cozy terraces, summer squares and pop-up parks and immediately bring the holiday atmosphere into the city.
If you see a sign ‘loppis‘ while you are on holiday in Sweden and you enjoy flea markets? Then I can recommend to follow the arrow. They lead to all kinds of cosy flea markets! You can also find them in Stockholm.
Sweden generally has more stable summers than most of Western Europe. The days are longer, there is more sun. Temperatures up to 30° C are no exception! Yes, it rains of course, but often it is very dry during the summer months. In recent years, there has been an eldningsförbud in several regions, which means there is a ban on making open fires (sometimes it is even extended to a more general ban and you are not even allowed to grill or have a barbecue), because of the risk of forest fires. Check the current situation here (Swedish site with map).
Summer travel inspiration Sweden
Below you will find a mix of summer trips in Sweden that I have fond memories of and summer trips that are high on my wish list. Just what you need if you are looking for some inspiration for a holiday in Sweden this summer of 2020.
Relax in the Stockholm archipelago, like as on the southernmost island, Landsort, with the delicious kitchen of Svedtilja’s .
Cycling in and around Stockholm – combined with a refreshing dip in the water or a walk in one of the nature reserves such as Tyresta or Stendörren.
Slow travel at its best: travel by train to Lapland, go wild camping and experience the midnight sun. You can also sleep in the ice hotel. Or visit Kiruna, a mining town that has to move!
High on my wish list: a canoe trip through Värmland!
After my winter visit to Umeå I would also like to visit this city and discover it in the summer time.
Nice memories also of the roadtrip that I made a few years ago through the southwest coast of Sweden. I realize I haven’t written much about that trip here yet. I then slept in the hotel of Per Gessle (Roxette) in Halmstad and dreamed of a house in Båstad (the one in Torekov was quite ok too).
Special measures during the summer of 2020
Because the Swedes themselves still have negative travel advice for foreign trips (until at least July 15), they expect that more Swedes will stay in their own country this summer for their holidays. As a result, it can get quite busy at the tourist spots. The government asks to be extra respectful to the nature, animals and other visitors.
For the hikers
If you plan a multi-day hike, take into account the restrictions imposed by the Swedish tourism organization STF due to the risk of spreading the virus. For example, the number of people who can stay in the mountain huts of the association is limited. It is obliged to reserve and pay your place in the cabins in advance. Wild camping is of course possible too (check the local regulations!). The national parks in Sweden are open as usual.
In the restaurant
In restaurants and cafés, it is often the case in Sweden that you have to order at the bar yourself. Due to the corona measures, it is different this summer. The tables stand a bit further apart and there is table service. Takeaway is also possible in many places.
Avoid public transport as much as possible and choose alternatives where you can reserve a specific seat. On most trains in Sweden you book a numbered seat. You can replace the metro in Stockholm and Gothenburg by using the electric steps or renting a bicycle.
Things to do
Most museums and attractions are open in Sweden this summer. However, capacity is often limited.
Events for more than 50 people have been canceled. Allsång på Skansen will continue this year but without an audience. The concerts in Gröna Lund have been canceled.
The ban on public events with more than 50 people does not apply to open air swimming areas. It is important that everyone keeps a sufficient distance.
Travelling to Sweden in times of corona #coronaproof
Going on a holiday to Sweden? Follow the local guidelines to avoid the spread of the corona virus. If the local guidelines are less strict than the ones in your home country, it is recommended to follow both. Play it safe and choose the strictest rules.
Wear a mask on public transport, on the ferry and certainly on the plane.
Avoid crowds and crowded places.
Opt for outdoor activities as much as possible. Friluftsliv!
Sweden strives to be a cashless society so pay by card and preferably even contactless.
Follow the applicable quarantine regulations on return (and arrival). If it is recommended, just do it!
Keep in mind that the situation may change while you are on holiday. Maybe you need to return early, unexpectedly extend your stay or alter your travel plans. Check your travel insurance before departure.
Register your trip at the Foreign Affairs Office of your home country.
Coronaproof packing list – don’t forget to bring this with you
Are you traveling by car? Then take some extra drinks and snacks so you do not have to stop along the road to search for food.
Bring enough masks for the whole family.
Alcohol gel of at least 70% is indispensable. Note: do not leave the bottle in the car on a sunny day! And remember to bring a mini version of less than 100ml for the plane, packed in a clear plastic bag.
Also bring paper tissues and a thermometer.
There are several options for traveling to Sweden: