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Travel to Sweden

Entry ban to Sweden 

The Swedish Government decided on 24 March to extend the general entry ban, and that the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test will remain in effect for entry from all countries. The entry ban has been extended until 31 May (inclusive).

As a general rule, foreigners travelling to Sweden from a non-EEA* country (including the United Kingdom) will be denied entry and rejected. There are exemptions (see list below). Those covered by an exemption still need to present a negative covid-19 test, unless they also are exempted from the test requirement. 

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, 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.

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

  • 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
  • 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

Full details on the Swedish Police's website.

The Embassy will not be able to answer questions about whether a certain certificate is sufficient or not.

Please note that Covid-19 restrictions on international travels still applies in the UK. You need a legally-permitted reason to travel abroad and if you live in England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel.

Requirements for negative covid-19 test before arrival

A foreign citizen who is covered by an exemption will also need to present a negative covid-19 test. 

It is the travelers responsibility to document that the laboratory used is authorized in the operating country. 

List over authorized UK laboratories.

More information about the travel ban and the border on the Swedish Police's website.

You can find a Q&A about the entry ban here.

Test and self-isolate 

Apart from testing before arrival (see above), the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that travellers to Sweden avoid close contact with others for at least seven days. You must take a COVID-19 test upon entry to Sweden and on day five after arrival. These recommendations apply to both Swedish citizens and foreign nationals.

More information: The Public Health Agency in Sweden

Post-brexit: Travel to Sweden changed on 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, British citizens are able to travel to Sweden and other Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism. This is a rolling 180-day period. You will find more information here.

Post-brexit: Travel documents from 1 January 2021

UK citizens and their family members will need a passport for entering and exiting Sweden. The travel document can not be older than 10 years and it needs to be valid for at least three months after the planned exit from the Schengen territory.

Exemptions will be made for UK citizens holding residence status or who can document that they have applied for residence status. These categories can enter using a national ID card or passport.

Family members of UK citizens who are third country nationals holding residence status, needs a passport and residence status or evidence of application for residence status.

Please see the Swedish Border Police website for more information via this link.

Tourist information

Plan your holiday on Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information via this link.

Visa to Sweden

A Schengen visa is required for persons of certain nationalities who wish to visit Sweden. More info via this link.


Please note that it is the individual traveller’s responsibility to verify his or her right to entry into Sweden, both based on the Schengen Borders Code and the temporary entry ban. It is the individual's responsibility to present sufficient documentation. 

The Embassy will not be able to answer questions about whether a certain certificate is sufficient or not.



The Public Health Agency of Sweden 

The Swedish Border Police