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Information about the corona virus in Sweden including travel information

07 Jul 2020

Here you can find information about the corona virus in Sweden including travel information.

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19 in Sweden. You can find emergency information from Swedish authorities regarding the corona virus including measures taken by the Swedish Government here.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has a national responsibility for public health issues and works to ensure good public health. You find Q&A about COVID-19 in Sweden at the Agency’s homepage.

Decision to ban incoming travel to Sweden – travel from Lithuania not afftected

On 02 July, the Swedish Government decided to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 31 August. The aim of the entry ban is, as previously, to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19.

In the same way as before, it is applied to all countries outside the EU, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This travel ban is not valid for these countries, for example, when travelling from Lithuania to Sweden. 

On June 4, the Swedish Government adopted certain amendments clarifying the ban that will enter into force on 8 June 2020. More information about the amendments can be found here.

More information about the decision to extend the temporary entry ban can be found here. Specific information about which groups are exempted from the decision can be read in the regulation. Official information on the travel restrictions can be found here. Questions from the public about the practical application are answered by the police. Visit www.polisen.se or call +46 77 114 14 00 and ask your call to be transferred to the communication unit.

Traveling from Sweden to Lithuania

Swedish authorities have not banned travels to Lithuania, but the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 17 June 2020 have extended the decision to advise against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area until 31 August, and has removed the advice against travel to a number of countries in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area as of 30 June.

Quarantine revoked in Lithuania - some travel restrictions still in place

The Government of Lithuania has taken a decision to lift the quarantine as of 17 June; however, the national state of emergency has been kept in force due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19. More information about the decision can be found here

As part of a further easing of coronavirus lockdown, the Lithuanian Government has lifted the entry ban for nationals and legal residents of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, and the United Kingdom. However, they would only be allowed to enter Lithuania arriving from their countries if the incidence of COVID-19 disease did not exceed 25 cases per 100,000 population in their country of legal residence during the last 14 calendar days.

Entry to Lithuania is still prohibited for nationals and legal residents of Sweden and Portugal where the number of COVID-19 incidents exceeds 25 cases/100,000 population. Isolation is compulsory for those returning or arriving from countries on the list of the countries most affected by COVID-19. These arrivals will fall subject to 14 days’ isolation, even in that case where the affected country was passed through in transit. 

A revised list of countries to which the Lithuanian borders are open shall be published every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. More information on the current list of  'safe' countries can be found here.

Entry to Lithuania should be allowed to foreigners who have a Lithuanian residence permit and foreigners who are family members (parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted children), spouses, and guardians) of Lithuanian citizens, as well as to foreigners holding a national visa of the Republic of Lithuania. 

More information on travel restrictions is also provided at the Government’s webpage and the Foreign Ministry’s webpage.

Passenger air and ferry travel

The Government of Lithuania decided that as of 11 May, ferry service will be allowed to resume on the routes to Rostock and Travemunde in Germany, in addition to the ferries to Kiel and Trelleborg in Sweden.

International flights have resumed as of May 10. Gradually more flights and destinations are being approved. 

Transport links between Sweden and Lithuania

Even though travel companies have canceled many trips, it is still possible to travel to Sweden. It is recommended to book tickets in advance.

Both trucks and passenger cars can travel on the Klaipeda-Karlshamn ferry line. As the situation may change, it is recommended to check the latest information about departures with DFDS via their website or phone: +370 46 32 32 32. The TT-line ferry line between Klaipeda and Trelleborg is also operational.  

Information on resumed flights can be found on Vilnius International Airport website and Kaunas International Airport website

Changed opening hours of the embassy

Embassy's telephone hours: Monday-Thursday 9am to 12.30pm and 13.30pm to 16.00pm, Fridays 9am to 12.30pm and 13.30pm to 15.00pm.
The embassy's reception is closed for the time being, but for urgent questions we advise you to call during our telephone hours or send an e-mail and book a visit. 

Tel: +370 5 268 50 10. E-mail: ambassaden.vilnius@gov.se 

For questions about the coronavirus, the Government of Lithuania has established a Coronavirus Hotline: 1808. The most important information on the situation in Lithuania can be also found here.

Last updated 07 Jul 2020, 11.34 AM