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TEMPORARY BAN ON TRAVEL TO SWEDEN DUE TO COVID-19

19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 IN SWEDEN: TEMPORARY BAN ON TRAVEL TO SWEDEN DUE TO COVID-19

In response to the European Council’s and the European Commission’s call for travel restrictions, the Government decided on the 18of March to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the spread of virus.

The decision takes effect on 19 March and will initially apply for 30 days. This is an exceptional measure that will not apply for longer than necessary.

Not all travel to Sweden will be stopped. Swedish citizens and other people who are resident in Sweden will be able to return to their homes. Nor will the entry ban apply to people who have particularly important grounds for travelling to Sweden. This includes diplomats, people in need of international protection and people who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden, such as health care professionals and people transporting goods to Sweden.

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from a country outside the EEA or from Switzerland and UK.

Read more: Press release from the Ministry of Justice, including link to Q&A

For more information about the entry ban, members of the public can telephone the Swedish Police on 11414 (from outside Sweden +46 77 114 14 00) and ask to be connected to the National Communications Department.

Last updated 19 Mar 2020, 8.34 AM