Press release from Ministry of Justice

Ban on entry to Sweden extended

Published

The Government has today decided to extend the temporary ban on entry to Sweden until 28 February 2022 for travellers from EU/EEA countries, and until 31 March 2022 for travellers from countries outside the EU/EEA. Today’s decision also entails amendments to the exemptions from the entry ban for residents of Argentina, Australia and Canada.

The Government’s decision today to extend the ban on entry to Sweden is primarily due to the continued uncertainty concerning transmission of COVID-19.

Entry from EU/EEA countries

The Government’s decision today means that the ban on entry to Sweden from  EU/EEA countries will be extended until 28 February 2022.

People travelling to Sweden from EU/EEA countries, including the Nordic countries, must present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or a corresponding certificate showing that they have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative within 72 hours of arrival or recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. This requirement applies to foreign citizens aged 18 and over, with certain exemptions.

Entry from countries outside the EU/EEA

The Government has also decided that the ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA will be extended until 31 March 2022.

Foreign citizens travelling to Sweden from a country outside the EU/EEA may only enter the country if they are covered by one of the exemptions from the entry ban and can also present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Sweden, or are exempt from the test requirement. Exemptions from the entry ban and test requirement apply for several categories of travellers, including for those with a vaccination certificate issued in certain countries.

Amendments to the entry ban for people residing in Argentina, Australia and Canada

The Government has also today decided to remove Argentina, Australia and Canada from the list of countries whose residents are generally exempt from the entry ban solely on the ground that they reside there. The decision applies from 31 January 2022.

This means in practice that the entry ban will be reintroduced for people residing in Argentina, Australia and Canada. Accordingly, people residing in these countries need to be covered by one of the other exemptions from the entry ban in order to enter Sweden from 31 January 2022. They also need to be able to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Sweden, or be exempt from the test requirement.

The amendments are the result of an update of the EU recommendations regarding travel into the EU from third countries, based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

For more information on how the ordinances on temporary bans on entry to Sweden are to be interpreted and which exemptions apply, please visit the Swedish Police Authority website. See the adjacent links.