Are you planning to travel to Sweden or are you in Sweden? Are you allowed to travel to Sweden while the world is still fighting the corona virus? In this article you can find all you need to know about the corona travel restrictions for traveling to and in Sweden.
Disclaimer: I try to keep this article updated but things can change quickly. I always link to the official resources so you easily can find the latest and official information.
Please note that the situation can change at any time (both ways), even when you are already in Sweden. As a traveler you have a great responsibility in stopping the spread of the virus. Stay home when you have symptoms and follow all corona rules.
Can you travel to Sweden during corona? – Travel restrictions
This depends on a lot of things. You have to check the travel restrictions of your country of residence and the restrictions/measurements from Sweden.
Are you living inside the EU?
Until June 30, all adults over the age of 18 must be able to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (max. 48 hours old), which must be presented on arrival in Sweden. This is not necessary for travellers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
It is also recommended to have a corona test in Sweden, stay at home for 7 days and have a new test done after 5 days, plus avoid contact as much as possible. These recommendations are not necessary for those who have been fully vaccinated and for those travelling from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
As of 1 July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel. The certificate will provide proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19 (positive PCR test result valid for 180 days).
Travelling from outside the EU
There is a temporary entry ban for non-essential travels to the EU via Sweden, which is in place until 31 August 2021. There are some exceptions. Check the list and details on the corona travel restrictions for Sweden here.
How does corona affect life in Sweden?
- Public transport: mouth masks are recommended, especially during rush hour.
- Restaurants and cafés: may remain open until 10.30 pm (alcohol may only be served until 10 pm, a maximum of 4 people per table.
- In shops, sports centres,… the general rule is 1 person per 10m².
- Working from home is still in place.
- Local stricter measurements are possible.
In Sweden, the emergency number 1177 applies to those who show symptoms or are concerned that they may be infected.
The corona situation in Sweden
Swedish health organizations have set the level of risk of contamination at ‘very high’ since March 10, 2020. At the beginning of June 2021, there were more than 1 million people infected with corona, spread over all Swedish regions. These numbers are an underestimation as not everyone is tested. Those who have symptoms should avoid contact with others until they are symptom-free for at least 2 days. Until June 4, 2021, there have been 14,523 fatal corona victims in Sweden.
Corona virus in the other Scandinavian countries
General advice in the fight against corona
- Consider cancelling all unnecessary trips. Even if you have no symptoms. Travelers can spread the virus faster. Take your responsibility and stay at home.
- Wash your hands, during at least 40 seconds and as often as possible. If you use your hand gel, make sure that it contains at least 70% alcohol.
- Don’t touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose, …).
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands carefully afterwards.
- Avoid contact with other persons as much as possible to limit further spread.
Bring Sweden to your home
Disclaimer: always check the latest advice at official sources. I do my best to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you have any additions, please send me an email!
Original post: March 14, 2020 – Last update: June 7, 2021.