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Frequently asked questions about the entry ban from Norway, the United Kingdom and Denmark

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The Government has decided to severely restrict possibilities to travel from Norway, the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden. The entry ban from these countries is due to the spread and mutation of COVID-19 that have been reported there. Furthermore, the entry ban from Denmark and Norway aims to reduce the risk of congestion and the spread of the virus in shopping centres and restaurants in areas close to the border.

The entry ban applies until 14 February 2021 or until further notice.

On 30 December 2020, the Government decided on a change to the entry ban to Sweden from the United Kingdom. The change means that an alien who is covered by the exemption from the entry ban will need to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection before he or she is permitted to enter the country from the United Kingdom. The requirement does not apply to personnel in the transport sector.

Nor does the requirement apply to Swedish citizens, who always have the right to enter Sweden. However, the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden still applies, i.e. that everyone who has been in the United Kingdom should get tested for COVID-19 immediately upon arrival to Sweden, remain at home and get tested again after five days.

The change applies as of 1 January 2021.
Press release: Negative COVID-19 test result required for entry into Sweden from UK 

On 14 January 2021, the Government also decided on a change to the travel ban to Sweden from Denmark and the United Kingdom. The change means that children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips, can enter the country. Moreover, the exemption for those who carry out, are involved in or are the subject of medical transport services from Denmark has been expanded.

The change applies as of 16 January 2021.
Press release: Certain amendments to the ban on entry from the UK and Denmark 

On 24 January 2021, the Government decided to expand the temporary ban that has been effect to also include Norway. The ban on entry from Norway is formulated in the same way as the earlier ban in effect for Denmark. The same exemptions also apply.

The change applies as of 25 January 2021.
Press release: Temporary ban on entry from Norway 

 

Questions and answers about the entry ban

It is a temporary ban on entry into Sweden from Norway, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The entry ban for the United Kingdom applies to all travellers with a few exemptions.

The exemptions are applicable to:

  • Swedish citizens
  • People who live or work in Sweden
  • People in the transport sector and diplomats
  • People with imperative family reasons
  • Children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips
  • People who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations' activities.

The United Kingdom has reported a mutation of the COVID-19 virus with a spread of up to 70 per cent. The mutation has of course also been detected in some other EU countries, but to a comparatively limited extent. It is therefore pertinent to carry out more thorough checks on travellers from the United Kingdom than from other countries.

At present, only the United Kingdom is relevant, as the country is in a special situation with the rapid spread of the mutated virus. But subjecting other countries to similar measures cannot be ruled out.

Swedish citizens always have the right to enter Sweden. However, the Public Health Agency of Sweden also recommends that Swedes travelling from the United Kingdom should get tested as soon as they return to Sweden and then get tested again after five days. All other nationalities must be able to present a negative test result, with the exception of those transporting goods.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

The requirement only applies to direct travel from the United Kingdom. It is not practically possible to track and check all people who have travelled from the United Kingdom via other countries.

However, the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden still applies, i.e. that everyone who has been in the United Kingdom should stay at home, get tested for COVID-19 immediately upon arrival to Sweden and get tested again after five days. It is of course incredibly important that everyone follows this recommendation.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

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. And we are of course striving for joint EU action in relation to the United Kingdom.

Yes, the requirement also covers children since the purpose is to attempt to prevent the risk of the spread of infection. However, children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips, are exempted from the testing requirement.

The requirement concerns negative test results for ongoing COVID-19 infection. The test must have been performed a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. Positive results from antibody tests will not be accepted.

The practical application of the ordinance and any need for further specifications is the responsibility of the Swedish Police Authority.

The ban on entry from Norway and Denmark applies to all travellers with a few exemptions.

The exemptions are applicable to:

  • Swedish citizens
  • People who live or work in Sweden
  • People in the transport sector
  • People with imperative family reasons
  • Children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips
  • People who work in the health care sector or who live on Bornholm can travel between Bornholm and another part of Denmark via Sweden
  • People who provide health care and medical transport services, for example between Bornholm and another part of Denmark via Sweden
  • People who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations' activities
  • Diplomats and Consular Officers who are employed in Sweden by foreign states and their families and employees

No, the entry ban still applies. There is no exemption for Danes or Norwegians who own homes in Sweden.

No, the entry ban still applies. There is no exemption for people who only want to pass through Sweden.

No, the entry ban still applies. There is no exemption for that situation.

No, the entry ban still applies. There is no exemption for people with family ties to Swedish citizens. However, there is an exemption for children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips.

Yes, the Government has decided on an exemption for entry from the United Kingdom for people who live or work in Sweden.

The Government is well aware that an entry ban has negative consequences in many ways. It is therefore not a decision that has been taken lightly. But in this pandemic, strong measures have been required and tough decisions have had to be taken. And when it comes to being able to stop further spread of infection, the Government has said from the outset that it will take the measures necessary to prevent and reduce the spread of infection. This entry ban is one such necessary measure. However, there is an exemption for children travelling to be with a parent who lives in Sweden or on Bornholm, and the person accompanying the child on such trips.

The reports on the spread of COVID-19 and a potentially new strain of the virus give reason to take new measures. Because the situation is fluid, the Government must also be prepared to change the approach to handling it.

The Government wants to avoid a situation where people travel to Sweden before and during the holidays to shop and visit restaurants due to the risk for increased congestion.

The Government hopes that it is a temporary measure. Right now it is absolutely necessary to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of human lives.

Questions and answers about the flight ban

The entry ban means that the possibility of travelling from the United Kingdom to Sweden is severely limited. Under the changes decided by the Government on 30 December 2020, aliens covered by the exemptions from the entry ban will be required to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection before they are permitted to enter Sweden from the United Kingdom. This applies with some exceptions.

Both aliens and Swedish citizens must also follow the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden to self-isolate at home, undergo a test on days 1 and 5 and not meet any other person. Information about this is provided, for example, at airports.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

Frequently asked questions about quarantine rules

All Swedes travelling to Sweden from the United Kingdom must be tested immediately upon arrival.

Everyone travelling to Sweden from the United Kingdom must stay at home for seven days regardless of their test results. You must be tested again five days after arrival. You must wait before moving around in the community until your COVID-19 test results from day five are negative. If the COVID-19 test is positive, you must follow the applicable rules. 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden provides information at airports and harbours.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

If you returned to Sweden from the United Kingdom on 12 December 2020 or later, you must be tested immediately and again five days after arrival, and remain at home for seven days after arrival.

Health and social care employers are urged to ensure that health and social care staff who have returned from the United Kingdom on 12 December or later are tested and remain at home until they receive a negative result. This also applies if you live in the same household as someone who has returned from the United Kingdom on 12 December 2020 or later.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

The Government refers to the Public Health Agency of Sweden for guidelines for incoming travellers.

Public Health Agency of Sweden: Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus