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Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden

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The Government has decided on a ban on entry to Sweden to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 entering the country or being spread to other countries.

A temporary entry ban for entry from EU/EEA States and certain other states has been in force since February 2021. This means that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. The Government has decided to extend this regulation until 31 January 2022.
As of 28 December 2021, it is no longer possible to travel to Sweden with only a vaccination certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19, but a test certificate is required of all travellers, with certain exemptions.

A temporary ban on non-essential travel from countries outside the EU/EEA to Sweden, introduced following a call from the European Council and the European Commission, has been in effect since March 2020.
Since February 2021, the ban has included a requirement to present a certificate verifying a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into Sweden. To travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA, you must be covered by at least one of the exemptions from the entry ban and also be able to present a negative COVID-19 test or be exempt from the test requirement.
Since September 2021, people who can present a vaccination certificate issued in certain specific countries are also exempted from the entry ban. As of 28 December 2021, in addition to the vaccination certificate, these persons must also present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden.
The Government has decided to extend the travel ban until 31 January 2022.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.

As of 28 December, all travellers, with certain exemptions, must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. The decision is based on the increasing spread of infection and a request from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The test for ongoing COVID-19 infection must have been conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival to Sweden. The test requirement applies to foreign nationals, adults and children over the age of 12, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered.
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

 

What applies for entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway?

As of 21 December, travellers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are subject to the same requirements for entry into Sweden as travellers from other EEA countries.

See the heading ”What applies for entry from EEA states and several other states?”

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden  

The test requirement does not apply to Swedish citizens. There are also exemptions from the test requirement for various categories of travellers, for example for children under the age of 12, people who live in Sweden and people who travel via Sweden between Bornholm and Denmark. There is a special rule for those who commute for work or study. They may also present a vaccination certificate or a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden. These exemptions are outlined below under “The requirement for a negative COVID-19 test and exemptions for entry from EEA states and several other states”.

What applies for entry from the United Kingdom?

Since 31 March 2021 the regulations that apply to other countries outside the EU/EEA, third countries, also apply to travel from the United Kingdom. In practice, this means that an entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for people arriving from the UK remain in effect, with certain exemptions. These rules have been extended to apply until 31 January 2022.

People who can present a vaccination certificate issued in the United Kingdom, the Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey are exempt from the entry ban. As of 28 December 2021, in addition to the vaccination certificate, these persons must also present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

For more information about the entry ban, see the heading "What applies for entry from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’ (i.e. all other countries)".

What applies for entry from EEA states and several other states?

This is a temporary ban on foreign citizens entering the country from an EEA state or from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City who upon arrival in Sweden cannot present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. The test requirement applies as of 28 December, regardless of if you can present a vaccination certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens. There are also exemptions from the entry ban and the certificate requirement for various categories of travellers.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply for entry from EEA states and several other states.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

The reason behind the adoption of an entry ban from these countries is to prevent new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 entering the country or being spread to other countries.

The entry ban from EEA states applies until 31 January 2022 or until further notice.

It is presently unclear how long the entry ban will apply. The Government is continuously analysing the situation and will carefully consider different ways to proceed, and make the necessary decisions to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the best possible way so that more people in our society do not fall ill.

No, the entry ban and test requirement only applies to foreign citizens entering from other countries. Swedish citizens can therefore enter the country despite the entry ban and are not required to present any negative COVID-19 test.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

The requirement for a negative COVID-19 test and exemptions for entry from EEA states and several other states

This means that a foreign citizen upon entry into Sweden from these countries must be able to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of if you can present a vaccination certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19. The test for ongoing COVID-19 infection must have been conducted within 48 hours* prior to arrival to Sweden. There are a few exemptions from this requirement. See below for more information on which exemptions apply. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

The test requirement does not apply to Swedish citizens.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that such certificates must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

* Those who commute for work or study, i.e. people who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state, may also present a vaccination certificate or a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden. The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that certificates showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 must meet.

The following categories are exempt from the test requirement as of 28 December. 

  • People who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state, and who can present a vaccination certificate or a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden
  • Children under the age of 12
  • People who live in Sweden
  • People with imperative family reasons
  • Personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector
  • People who carry out, are involved in or are being transported by medical transport services
  • People who are to undergo surgery or other types of care that cannot be delayed
  • People who need to cross the border to engage in reindeer husbandry
  • Seafarers
  • People covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), including diplomats and consular officers who are employed in Sweden by foreign states and their families and employees
  • People who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices
  • Personnel within the scope of international police, customs or emergency services cooperation
  • People travelling between Bornholm and another part of Denmark via Sweden
  • People in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian grounds. 

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden)

The requirement to present a negative covid-19-test does not apply to children under the age of 12.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

No. The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement.
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

As of 28 December 2021, all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. The test must have been performed a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement.
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden  

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the criteria for negative test results.

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

As of 28 December 2021, it is no longer possible to travel to Sweden with only a vaccination certificate or a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19, but a test certificate is required of all travellers.

The Government decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. The test for ongoing COVID-19 infection must have been conducted within 48 hours* prior to arrival to Sweden. The test requirement applies regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

*There is a special rule for those who commute for work or study, i.e. people who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state. They may also use a vaccination certificate or the results of a COVID-19 test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the further criteria for such certificates or test results.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended that Member States make exceptions for people transporting goods.

Questions and answers about the entry ban from EEA states and several other states

Swedish citizens who live abroad always have the right to enter Sweden and are not required to present any negative covid-19-test or certificate.

From 31 May until 20 December, foreign citizens entering Sweden from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway were exempted from the entry restrictions. As of 21 December 2021, travellers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are subject to the same requirements for entry into Sweden as travellers from other EEA countries.

As of 28 December 2021, all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

There is a special rule for those who commute for work or study, i.e. people who repeatedly cross the border to work or study in Sweden or another state. They may also present a vaccination certificate or a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within a week prior to arrival in Sweden.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the further criteria for such certificates or test results. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website) 

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The Government is well aware that an entry ban has negative consequences in many ways. Therefore, these are not decisions that have been taken lightly. But in this pandemic, strong measures have been required and tough decisions have had to be taken. Right now it is necessary to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of human lives.

What applies for entry from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’ (i.e. all other countries)?

This is a temporary ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from these countries. The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens.

Exemptions from the entry ban are also made for more categories of travellers. These include, for example, foreign citizens with a Swedish residence permit, people with an essential need or function in Sweden, residents of certain specified countries, or who can present a vaccination certificate issued in certain specified countries.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply on the entry ban.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. There are also certain exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children under the age of 12, for people who live in Sweden, for transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See below for more information on which exemptions apply on the test requirement.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The EU Member States have given their support to a call from the European Council and the European Commission to take measures to temporarily ban non-essential travel to the EU. The purpose is to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus is an international emergency requiring a coordinated response. The Government has therefore decided to respond to the call and issue a temporary entry ban in line with the Commission’s recommendations.

The entry ban came into effect on 19 March 2020. It has been extended several times. The entry ban applies until 31 January 2022 or until further notice. It is presently unclear how long the entry ban will apply.

No, the entry ban only applies to foreign citizens. Swedish citizens can therefore enter the country despite the entry ban and are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or other certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

Exemptions for entry from third countries

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from these countries. However, exemptions from the entry ban are also made for certain categories of travellers.

For a foreign citizen to be exempt from the entry ban will also require them to be able to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. There are also certain exemptions from the test requirement. These exemptions are outlined below under “The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries”.

The entry ban does not apply to people who:

  • are an EEA citizen or a citizen of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State;
  • have a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA state, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have a national visa for Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EEA State, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City;
  • have close family ties as specified in Chapter 3a, Section 2, first paragraph, or Chapter 5, Section 3, first paragraph, points 1–4, or Section 3a of the Aliens Act (2005:716) to a person covered by any of the above points or to a Swedish citizen, for example a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21;
  • are a citizen of the United Kingdom or a family member of such a citizen, provided that they are covered by Article 10 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (OJ L 29, 31.1.2020, p.7), i.e. UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status;
  • live in Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay. (The list of countries is continually being revised at EU level and has been changed multiple times.);
  • can present a certificate showing that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine and that the certificate was issued in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, the Faroe Islands, Georgia, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States or the Vatican City, and children under the age of 18 travelling together with such a person. (The list of countries is updated continuously.).
    The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
    Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

In addition, the entry ban does not apply to people with an essential need or function in Sweden. For example, this may be the case for:

  • people with imperative family reasons;
  • passengers in transit;
  • frontier workers;
  • people who travel for the purpose of studying;
  • personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector;
  • seasonal workers in the agricultural, forestry and horticulture sectors;
  • healthcare workers, researchers in health and medical care and elderly staff;
  • people who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations’ activities, military personnel and other personnel within the scope of international defence cooperation, aid workers and civil defence staff;
  • people travelling for the purpose of performing highly skilled work, if their contribution is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed remotely, including people who will take part in or perform necessary tasks at international elite sports competitions and similar international elite competitions;
  • people who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices;
  • seafarers;
  • people covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), for example diplomats and consular staff stationed in Sweden, and their families and staff;
  • people in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

The above list of people who can be considered to have an essential need or function is for illustration only and there may therefore be other categories of people who may be exempted.

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The Government has chosen to follow what was agreed at EU level regarding the groups not to be included in the entry ban.

The Government is closely monitoring developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and has continuous contact with the responsible public authorities and other countries.

The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries

It means that a foreign citizen who is covered by an exemption from the entry ban must, upon entry into Sweden, be able to present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. You must therefore be covered by one of the exemptions to enter Sweden; otherwise you cannot enter, even if you can present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test requirement does not apply to Swedish citizens.

There are a few exemptions from this requirement. See below for more information on which exemptions apply.

See above for more information on which exemptions apply on the entry ban, under ‘Exemptions for entry from third countries’.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that certificates showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The following categories are exempt from the test requirement as of 28 December:

  • people under the age of 12;
  • people with long-term resident status in Sweden;
  • people who have a right of residence or a residence permit in Sweden;
  • citizens of the United Kingdom or family members of such citizens, provided that they are covered by Article 10 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (OJ L 29, 31.1.2020, p.7), i.e. UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status;
  • people with imperative family reasons;
  • people in the transport sector;
  • seafarers;
  • people covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716), for example diplomats and consular staff stationed in Sweden, and their families and staff;
  • people who have been invited in a separate procedure by the Government Offices;
  • people in need of international protection or with other humanitarian grounds.

It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The Government refers to the Swedish Police Authority for information about the practical application of these rules.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection does not apply to children under the age of 12.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

No. The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement.  
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

As of 28 December 2021, all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

The requirement concerns negative test results for ongoing COVID-19 infection. The test must have been performed a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival. Positive results from antibody tests will not be accepted.

There is no formal requirement for the test result/certificate. This means that digital certificates are normally also accepted. However, all information that is necessary for the certificate to be valid must be provided regardless of the type of certificate.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information concerning the criteria for negative test results.

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

Since September 2021, people who can present a vaccination certificate issued in certain specific countries are exempted from the entry ban. As of 28 December 2021, in addition to the vaccination certificate, these persons must also present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for information about the standards that vaccination certificates as above must meet.
Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

The controls are handled by the Swedish Police Authority and other enforcing authorities. The Government refers to those authorities for information concerning the practicalities of these controls at various border crossing points.

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers. 
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended that Member States make exceptions for people transporting goods.

Frequently asked questions about the entry ban from third countries

The Government has decided that entry to Sweden from the UK will be subject to the same rules that apply to other third countries, in other words, to countries outside the EU/EEA. In practice, this means that an entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for people arriving from the UK will remain in effect, with certain exemptions.

British citizens and their family members who have applied for residence status are exempt from the entry ban and test requirement on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA – ‘third countries’.

People who can present a vaccination certificate issued in the United Kingdom, Guernsey, Isle of Man or Jersey are exempt from the entry ban. As of 28 December 2021, in addition to the vaccination certificate, these persons must also present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

People with a Swedish residence permit are exempt from the entry ban. Their family members are also exempt. Valid family ties may be a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21.

People with residence permits are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection. However, it is not certain that family members will be exempt from this requirement.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

Some family members of Swedish citizens are exempt from the entry ban from third countries. This may include, for example, spouses, cohabiting partners, civil partners and children under the age of 21.

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. There are also some exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children under the age of 12, people who live in Sweden, transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement.
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

EEA citizens, citizens of Switzerland and people who have certain family ties to these citizens are exempt from the entry ban from third countries. The same also applies to citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City, and their family members. Valid family ties may be a spouse, cohabiting partner, civil partner or child under the age of 21. The EEA includes all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For a foreign citizen travelling to Sweden to be covered by any of the exemptions from the entry ban it is also a requirement that they can present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival. There are also some exemptions from the test requirement, for example for children under the age of 12, people who live in Sweden, transport workers and in the event of imperative family reasons.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from, and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement.  
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

Please note that people traveling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states.

Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question.

People with a Swedish residence permit for studies or similar reasons are exempt from the entry ban. In addition, people living in certain specified countries are exempt. Exemptions may also be made for people with an essential need, such as people who travel in order to study.

People with residence permits and people under the age of 12 are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection. If a student is covered by one of the other exemptions from the entry ban, such a certificate may be required.

See above under ‘The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry from third countries’ for more information on which exemptions apply.

The Government has decided that all travellers must be able to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon arrival to Sweden, regardless of the country they travel from. There are certain exemptions from the test requirement. 
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden 

Please note that people travelling into Sweden from abroad must follow the Public Health Agency's updated recommendations upon arrival.
Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden website)

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states.

Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question.

That depends on the country they are travelling from. A general ban on non-essential travel from third countries to the EU via Sweden applies, with certain exceptions. For example, people living in certain specified countries are exempt from the ban on entry from third countries. The Government has also decided on a separate entry ban for entry from EEA states and certain other states.

Read more about what applies for travel from different areas and what exemptions apply under the appropriate question. 

The right to asylum will not be affected by the decision. People with an essential need in Sweden – including those in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian grounds – are exempt from the entry ban and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test, in line with Sweden’s international commitments. This exemption includes asylum seekers and quota refugees.

People with an essential function in Sweden, such as transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff, are exempt from the entry ban.

These workers are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate showing a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection.

It is crucial that transports of essential goods, such as food or medicines, are not impeded. The European Commission has also recommended to the Member States that people transporting goods should not be included in any entry ban.

Do you have questions?

For questions about COVID-19, you can call the national information number 113 13. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

From abroad, call +46 (0)77 33 113 13.

How long will the entry ban apply?

The Government has decided to extend the entry restrictions for travel from EU/EEA and from countries outside the EU/EEA (‘third countries’) until 31 January 2022.

European Economic Area (EEA)

In addition to Sweden, the following states are EEA states:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain

Press releases about the entry ban