COVID-19 Information from the Embassy in Canberra

11 Aug 2021

COVID-19 – The Embassy will continue to communicate all relevant updates through our website, our social media and the app UD Resklar. Below you will find information which we trust will answer your questions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to communicate all relevant updates through our Sweden Abroad website, our  Facebook page and the app UD Resklar.

Please download UD Resklar and activate push notifications for the country/countries that you are interested in. We also urge Swedish citizens abroad to register on “the Swedish list” (Svensklistan), it is important that all contact details are filled out correctly without any spelling errors. 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm has set up a specific telephone number for questions regarding the Corona virus and travel: 08-405 92 00, and from abroad +46 8 405 92 00.

Travel information in Swedish
 
Direct links to the Embassy travel information in Swedish;

> Reseinformation Australien
> Reseinformation Nya Zeeland

Temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden

Based on citizenship, Swedish citizens and EEA citizens are exempted from the entry ban.

Based on residence, individuals residing in certain countries outside of the EU are exempt from the entry ban from July 4th, 2020, Australia and New Zealand are currently both exempted countries. The selection of included countries which are considered to fulfill the criteria of exemption, is evaluated on a regular basis and the list will be updated every other week. For information regarding required documentation and other frequently asked questions, please see the below websites.

> Swedish Police Authority

> Government Offices of Sweden:

Travel information

Temporary COVID-19 travel restrictions and procedures could affect your travel plans, it is therefore very important for travellers to find out if there are any special requirements when for example transiting through airports in different countries. It is also up to each traveller to make sure that they will be allowed to enter the country that is their final destination.

All travellers should keep in close contact with their airline or travel agent, as flights can change or be cancelled with short notice. The Embassy can unfortunately not assist with matters relating to flight tickets, if you have questions regarding a current booking, please contact the airline or travel agent that you have booked your ticket with. If you have booked through a travel agent, you should contact them directly for further assistance, not the airline. If you have travel insurance, please check with your insurance company if you are covered for changes in flight tickets or cancellations.

For information regarding transit through Denmark, please see the Danish Police Authority’s website

AUSTRALIA

For updates on the current travel restrictions and general rules in relation to Covid-19 situations across Australia, please read more on the Department of Health’s website.

> Covid-19 Restriction Checker

Leaving Australia

If you are an Australian citizen (dual citizens included) or a permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You can apply for an exemption online if you meet at least one of the requirements outlined on the below website.

> Department of Home Affairs 

Information about visas

If you are a permanent or temporary visa holder in Australia and you have questions about your visa, the below website contains useful information. Should you have further questions, please contact the Department of Home Affairs who handles all visa related matters in Australia.

If your visa has expired, you need to apply for a Bridging visa E (BVE) immediately in order to become lawful. A BVE is a short-term visa that lets you remain lawful while you make arrangements to leave Australia, if you wish to stay lawfully in Australia, you must apply for a new visa.

Transiting Australia

For transit in Australia under 72h, Swedish citizens no longer require a travel exemption. If the transit in Australia is between 8-72h, a transit visa (subclass 771) is required, unless you already hold a valid visa.

> Department of Home Affairs

You must follow the quarantine requirements in the state or territory you arrive in. If you are transiting through Sydney and your transit is more than 8h, you are required to apply for a quarantine exemption with the NSW Department of Health. Should you not have the granted exemption, you may be subject to the 14-day quarantine period that is mandatory for all international arrivals.

> NSW Department of Health

Coming to Australia

You can only travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. All travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.​

> Department of Home Affairs

As from 22 January 2021, passengers travelling to Australia on flights departing on or after 22 January 2021 (local time) will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result at check-in to airline staff. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR test) must be conducted no more than 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the passenger’s first flight. Read more here;
> Department of Heath 

Useful links

Important information about COVID-19 in Australia can be found here;

> Australian Government

> Department of Health

> Health Direct Covid 19 Restriction Checker

> Interstate Quarantine

> Smarttraveller


NEW ZEALAND

Information about current Alert Levels in New Zealand

Please see information below about New Zealand's Alert Levels and restrictions; 

> Covid19 Information NZ

Leaving New Zealand

Foreign nationals travelling in New Zealand should consider returning home as soon as they are able to. Please find travel advice and general information for temporary visa holders on the New Zealand Government’s official COVID-19 website.

Information about visas

If you are a permanent or temporary visa holder in New Zealand and you have questions about your visa, the below website contains useful information. Should you have further questions, please contact New Zealand Immigration who handles all visa related matters in New Zealand.

You are not allowed to stay in New Zealand after your visa expires, find out how to avoid being unlawfully in New Zealand and what you can do if you are.

> NZ Immigration 

Transiting New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has entered into transit arrangements with a range of countries to make it easier for each other’s citizens to get home, transit agreements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ.

< NZ Immigration - nz response 

> NZ Immigration - transit info 

Coming to New Zealand

New Zealand’s border is closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled. All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions returning to New Zealand do not need approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling. 

> NZ Immigration - travel to NZ

> NZ Immigration - info

> NZ Immigration - border info

Pre-departure testing for arrivals into New Zealand

All travellers to New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific islands) are required to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.
Read more here;
> NZ Government

Useful links

Important information about COVID-19 in New Zealand can be found here;

> NZ Covid 19 website

> NZ Health

> NZ Immigration

Last updated 12 Nov 2021, 10.59 AM