Frequently asked questions: entry ban

There is an entry ban in effect for entry to Sweden from abroad until 31 January 2022. Entry from an EEA* country, incl. the Nordics, requires a negative test to be exempted.

Updated 2021-12-28.

More information can be found on the site Travel to Sweden from abroad during the corona outbreak.

Pre-approvals and notifications

The Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications and it is not possible to apply for an exemption in advance. The decision in each individual case will be made upon arrival at the border control point.

On this site we have compiled frequently asked questions about the entry ban, sorted in different categories. Questions by e-mail or telephone will receive a general reference to how the law is applied. The operators at 114 14 have access to the same information which is available on this site. This site is also available in Swedish: Frågor och svar om det tillfälliga inreseförbudet

Updates will be published continuously at the government website in English and their Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to Sweden.

All references to children, apply to children under 18. A negative test is required from age 12.

EEA*

= EEA countries include 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.

Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican is not part of the EEA, but is included in the term EEA* on this page. Their citizens are included in the term EEA*-citizen.

From January 1st 2021 UK citizens need to be covered by an exemption, or be an exempted country or a so called approved country, in order to be allowed to enter Sweden. 

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Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

What does the entry ban mean?

Swedish citizens are not affected by the entry ban. 

In general, foreign citizens should be denied entry to Sweden if they enter directly from a non-EEA* country. 

Also, foreign citizens age 12 and above who enter from an EEA* country, need to present a negative test max 48 hours old in order to enter Sweden. This even applies to entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway. Foreigners crossing the border for work/frontier workers need to present this with a max one week old, or can present a vaccination certificate instead.

The entry regulations differ for entry from an EU/EEA country, from non-EEA* countries, or from a so called approved country. From all the entry ban there are a number of exemptions for foreigners with particularly important reasons to enter Sweden. If transiting, your entry will be considered an entry from the transit country. 

You need both a negative test and be covered by at least one exemption for entry directly from outside EEA*. Foreigners travelling another EU country like Germany or France, or a country that is part of the EEA like Liechtenstein, or from Switzerland, hereafter referred to as EEA*, requires a negative test, but other entry bans are not in effect. The max limit for covid tests is 48 hours regardless of departure country.

Who is affected by the entry ban?

The entry ban primarily applies to foreign citizens who attempt to enter Sweden from abroad. There are, however, several important exemptions to the ban. More information in the section about exemptions.

Does the entry ban apply to Swedish citizens?

The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens.

Can Swedish Police issue a pre-approval or notifications so I can verify to the airline that I will be allowed to enter Sweden?

No, the Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications. All decisions regarding the potential implementation or understanding of the exemptions are made at arrival of the border control point.

How do I apply for an exemption?

It is not possible to apply for an exemption, all decisions will be made upon arrival at the border crossing point.

The airline denied me to board the aircraft despite the fact that I am allowed to enter Sweden. Can they do this?

Yes, airlines are allowed to deny passengers to board, e.g. if they are uncertain if a passenger will be allowed to enter a country. This is common, since the airlines risk having to pay a penalty fee and might be held responsible for the costs involved with return, for passengers who are denied entry. Airlines may contact Swedish Police directly for more information about Swedish entry regulations, but Swedish Police will not contact airlines on behalf of passengers. The database from which airlines get their information, is updated as soon as changes comes into effect.

The border police in the country I am trying to leave or transit via, denied me to leave despite the fact that I am allowed to enter Sweden. Can they do this?

Swedish Police does not control authorities in other countries, and Swedish Police will not contact the border police in other countries on behalf of passengers. Foreign police forces are however welcome to contact Swedish Police through established channels for international police cooperation.

I have sent the Swedish Police a question by e-mail, why have I not received a response?

Swedish Police does not process cases about the entry ban, neither by e-mail nor telephone. Instead operators or an automated e-mail reply will refer to this compilation of frequently asked questions, as well as other information on the websites of the Swedish Police or the Swedish government. It is the individual’s responsibility to check back for the updates made on a regular basis.

I want to appeal an incorrect removal, how do I proceed? 

If you are denied entry to Sweden you will receive a removal decision where the reason for denied entry will be written. This can be appealed to the Swedish Migration Agency as per ususal regulations. More information about appeal can be found in the written decision you received at the time of the removal. It is not possible to appeal to the Swedish Police by e-mail or telephone. Decisions made by other parties need to be appealed directly to the party it concerns, Swedish Police is not responsible for how other parties act.

My question is not answered, who can I contact?

Suggestions for questions which are not already answered, can be sent through the registrator’s office.

I asked the Swedish Police if I could enter Sweden and even submitted my supporting documents, but the reply did not correspond with the decision made at the border control point. Why did Swedish Police give me the wrong answer?

Written or verbal answers from the Swedish Police are general in nature and only reflects how the Swedish Police interprets and applies the law based on the information given, without regards to submitted documents. The reasoning behind this, is that the documents and their validity needs to be evaluated by a document expert upon arrival. This can not be considered processing or assessment of individual cases, as decisions can only be made at a border crossing point when all supporting documents can be evaluated together. Only decisions made at the border crossing point are final and can be appealed.

The criteria for exemptions have also been changed several times since the temporary ordinance first came into effect, which means that answers previously provided might no longer be valid.

Which documentation is required for entry?

The same requirements as earlier apply for entering Sweden, meaning the Schengen Border Codex (EU 2016/399) and the Visa Code (EU 2019/1155) is still enforced for entry, e.g. the requirement to hold a valid travel document (such as a passport), visa, residence permit etc. Questions regarding visas and residence permits should be posed to the Swedish Migration Agency.   

The EU Commission has a calculator of travel days to see remaining during a Schengen short-stay visa. 

It is the individual’s responsibility to present the documents he or she wants to use to support the circumstances which may allow him or her entry, or qualify him or her for one of the exemptions since the traveler holds the burden of proof. If this is not done, the individual assessment will be limited to establishing that the foreigner is to be denied entry and removed according to the general rule.

Assessment of exemptions should always be made based on the circumstances of the individual case. As a general rule, some kind of documentation is required, e.g. a checking databases, work contracts, proof of employment, pay slips, extract from the population register, medical notes, bank statements, rental agreements or residence contracts, application to or decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, invitation to participate in or work in a professional athletic competition, or other forms of proof or documentation. It might even be required to document family ties, e.g. with birth- or adoption certificates, marriage certificates or licenses. These are merely examples. The Swedish Police can not in advance answer by e-mail or telephone which kind of documentation is sufficient to be exempted, nor say that a certain certificate will grant you exemption. 

My flight to Sweden from the USA goes via London, will the entry ban be enforced when I enter Sweden? Will I be allowed entry to the UK? Will I have to go through immigration upon entry to Sweden?

Foreign citizens arriving from the UK both need to be covered by an exemption (e.g. by documenting residency in an exempted country like Canada) and need to bring a negative test max 48 hours old. Questions regarding entry to the UK needs to be posed to British authorities.

My flight to Sweden from the USA goes via Paris, will the entry ban be enforced when I enter Sweden? Will I be allowed entry to France? Will I have to go through immigration upon entry to Sweden?

When entering the Schengen area through an EEA* country, the traveler will instead be processed for immigration to the EEA* area in the first country they enter, according to the law in that country.  Contact the authorities in the country in question directly for more information about their entry requirements, even if it only for transit. Swedish Police can only answer questions about entry to Sweden. When entering Sweden foreign citizens need to provide a a negative test max 48 hours old.

My flight to Sweden from the USA goes via Copenhagen, will the entry ban be enforced when I enter Sweden? Will I be allowed entry to Denmark? Will I have to go through immigration upon entry to Sweden?

When entering the Schengen area through an EEA* country, the traveler will instead be processed for immigration to the EEA* area in the first country they enter, according to the law in that country.  Contact the authorities in the country in question directly for more information about their entry requirements, even if it only for transit. Swedish Police can only answer questions about entry to Sweden. When entering Sweden foreign citizens need to bring a a negative test max 48 hours old.

Is the entry ban applicable to travels from Ireland to Sweden?

When entering Sweden foreign citizens need to hold a valid travel document and present a negative test max 48 hours old. But no other entry bans are applicable. 

Should a visa be cancelled when a foreigner is denied entry?

Due to the temporary nature of the entry ban, the Swedish Police assesses that valid visas should not be cancelled at the time of denied entry.

A decision about denied entry made based on the temporary ordinance (2020:127) will cease to apply once the removal decision has been effectuated, or when this ordinance ceases to be valid at the latest.

Which conditions apply to a non-EEA* citizen with a 90-day visa who risks overstaying their legal time frame since there are no flights home, and as a result needs to prolong their visa?

A foreigner who is not able to return home as planned needs to legalize their stay, regardless of whether they hold a Schengen visa or enjoy visa waiver status. Anyone wishing to legalize their stay should contact the Swedish Migration Agency. The Swedish Police Authority does not process visas or residence permits. If a traveler is found to have overstayed their maximum allowed time of visit when leaving Sweden, it might have legal consequences such as a ban to return, unless he or she can verify attempts of leaving the country and/or legalize his or her stay.

Which rules apply for arriving in transit from a non-EEA* country?

If a non-EEA* citizen is arriving in transit by plane from a non-EEA* country, they will only be allowed to stay in the international transit area of the airport on the condition that they do not go through passport control. Onward transit to another EEA* country will not be allowed so you risk being returned to the country you departed from unless you are covered by an exemption.

When entering Sweden, foreign citizens need to present negative test max 48 hours old. 

Will I be allowed to transfer in Sweden when flying in from an EEA* country?

Yes, you will need a valid negative test max 48 hours old to be allowed to enter Sweden. 

I will only transfer in Arlanda. Will the entry ban apply if I transfer in Sweden on my way from the USA to another EEA* country?

If you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and hold a vaccine certificate issued in the USA, you will be allowed to enter or transit from any departure country if you hold a negative test max 48 hours old. Foreign citizens need to be covered by an exemption in order to transit through Sweden, e.g. by being a citizen of an EEA* country or document being a resident of an exempted country (like Canada, since the USA is not an exempted country based on residency). And you need to present a negative covid-19 test no older than 48 hours. If not covered by an exemption, a third country national will not be allowed to transit in Sweden when continuing to another EEA* country. 

Does Sweden require quarantine upon entry?

No, but the Public Health Agency of Sweden have issued recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from abroad.

Should the negative covid test be 48 or 72 hours old?

Negative tests can now be max 48 hours old by the time you enter Swedish border control from any country. 

Will corona tests be done in the airport upon arrival?

No, Sweden does not do automatic or mandatory covid-19 tests upon arrival. 

Do I need to fill in a specific health form upon entry?

No.

I have had covid-19. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden?

No, a negative test max 48 hours old is required.

I have been vaccinated against covid-19. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden?

No, a negative test max 48 hours old is required.

An exemption is made for certain frontier workers, who can present a vaccination certificate instead of a negative test.

Why am I not allowed to enter from a country with significantly fewer cases of corona than certain countries inside EU?

This question needs to be posed to the Swedish government who made the decision. The Swedish Police Authority only applies the laws and regulations decided by the Swedish parliament and government.  

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Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

The Swedish Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden must document that they have tested negative for COVID-19. The certificate needs to be issued by an authorized lab. Vaccine or recovery certificates can no longer be used in lieu of a negative test. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has more information.

Will Swedish citizens be allowed to enter without a negative test result? 

Yes, Swedish citizens can not be denied entry into Sweden. They should, however, follow the  Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations to everyone who enters Sweden from abroad

How do I document that I do not have an ongoing covid-19 infection? 

The test should be max 48 hours old and be in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French, containing the following information: 

1. Name and date of birth 
2. Time and date of the sampling
3. Disease or infectious agent, covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its' subtypes)
4. Whether the test taken is an antigen test, a PCR test, TMA or a LAMP test
5. Negative test result
6. Name and address to the issuer of the certificate, or to the laboratory that conducted the test.

The certificate can be issued as the EU Covid Certificate of negative test, and should be max 48 hours old.

The certificate can be either paper version or digital, and will be subject to ordinary validity checks. 

Which kind of covid test do I need to be allowed entry into Sweden? 

According to the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the test result need to show that the holder does not have an ongoing covid-19 infection, meaning it needs to be an antigen test, a PCR test, a TMA test or a LAMP test. Antibodies tests are not accepted.  

Note that home tests are not approved for entry, the test needs to be analyzed by a lab as the certificate needs to be issued by an authorized lab. 

My test certificate is only in German, will I be allowed to enter Sweden? What if I get a certified translation?

According to the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the original certificates of negative covid test needs to be issued in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French. Translations will not be accepted. 

Can I get tested when I get to Sweden? 

No, the test needs to be taken before departure, it is not possible to get tested upon arrival at the border.

Is it 48 hours from departure in the departure country or arrival in Sweden? 

The certificate should document that max 48 hours have passed since the test was taken, until the entry control performed when entering Sweden. 

Will it be sufficient if the certificate is issued within 48 hours?

No, the certificate should document that max 48 hours have past since the test was taken.

Who is exempted from the requirement to document that they do not have a covid-19 infection? 

Foreigners within the following categories do not need a negative covid-19 test result: 

  • Persons under the age of 12.
  • Someone performing, participating in or is subject to health care and medical transports. 
  • Persons residing in Sweden.
  • Staff working with the transportation of goods or other staff in the transportation industry.
  • Persons travelling for urgent family reasons.
  • Individuals in need of international protection or with other humanitarian needs. 
  • Individuals who are to undergo surgery or other essential health care which can not be postponed, in Sweden. 
  • Individuals crossing the border when performing reindeer herding. 
  • Merchant seamen.
  • Staff covered by international police or customs cooperation, or emergency services cooperation. 
  • Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff, and foreign couriers.
  • Persons who are invited by the Government Offices.  
  • Persons travelling via Sweden between Bornholm and another part of Denmark.
  • Persons crossing the border while reindeer herding. 
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Foreign citizens should when entering hold a negative test result for ongoing covid-19 infection taken max 48 hours before entry (test certificate).

Please note that the exemption from a negative test to enter Sweden does not exempt travellers from potential test requirements from other countries or airlines!

I am a U.S. citizen travelling to Sweden via Iceland. Do I need a negative test?

You will need a negative test for entry from an EEA* country, to enter Sweden from Iceland. You will be processed for immigration into the Schengen area in Iceland according to Icelandic rules. The requirements for entering Iceland needs to be checked with Icelandic authorities. Also note that the airline might have their own requirements, which needs to be checked directly. 

I am a UK citizen but is travelling from Norway, do I need a negative test? 

You will need negative test for entry from an EEA* country, to enter Sweden from Norway.

I am returning home with my child, we are both hold residence permits in Sweden. Do we need to get tested before arrival?

No, your child is exempted from the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 infection if he or she is under 12. You are both exempt if you hold a valid residence permit. 

I have recently been granted residence permit in Sweden. Do I need a negative covid-test when moving here? 

You are exempted from the requirement of providing a negative covid test if you hold a valid residence permit, since you are considered a resident of Sweden if you can document that you will spend the majority of your free time here, for at least a year. After arrival you should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's advice for testing and quarantine, just like everyone else arriving from abroad.  

What about frontier workers, students or those having to cross the border for work on a regular basis?

Foreign frontier workers who document that they are crossing the border for work or studies in Sweden or another EEA* country on a regular basis need to present a vaccination certificate instead of a negative test, if fully vaccinated at least 14 days after the last dose, or a negative covid-19 test max one week old. They also need to document that their work or study situation requires regular border crossing, e.g. with a work contract or  acceptance letter from an educational facility. This involves every day or at least once a week crossing the border to work or study in Sweden. 

I have already had covid-19, is a doctor's note sufficient together with a positive test of antibodies? 

No, you need a negative test.

Vaccine Vaccine

From 28 December 2021 will vaccine certificates no longer be accepted for entry to Sweden, only negative test will be accepted. Fully vaccinated travellers with vaccine certificates from so called approved countries, will however, still be exempted from the entry ban. But they do need to hold a negative test max 48 hours old. Certain frontier workers and students can also present a vaccination certificate instead of the negative test.  

If I have been vaccinated against covid-19, is that sufficient? 

No, in general you need a negative test.

If you are vaccinated with a vaccine certificate from a so called approved country, you are exempt from the travel ban but also need a negative test.

Only certain frontier workers and student can also present a vaccination certificate instead of the negative test. 

Such vaccination certificates should contain the following information on the holder’s identity, which covid vaccine was given, and number of doses:

  1. all surnames and all given names, in this order,
  2. date of birth,
  3. disease or infectious agent, covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its subtypes),
  4. covid-19 vaccine or covid-19 prophylaxis,
  5. brand name of the covid-19 vaccine,
  6. holder of commercial approval for covid-19 vaccine or covid-19 vaccine producer,
  7. serial number in a series of dosages, and the series’ total number of dosages,
  8. member state or third country in which the vaccine was given,
  9. issuer of the certificate.

Entry for fully vaccinated travellers can be done when at least two weeks have passed since the last dose was administered. Fully vaccinated means having received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a 2-dose series.

When am I considered to be fully vaccinated?

It depends on the vaccine given. Entry will be granted at the earliest 14 days from the date of vaccination, meaning single-dose vaccine or the second in a series of two required doses. The vaccine should either be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or is emergency approved by WHO. 

The vaccine causes a positive test, can I enter Sweden?

No, a negative test is required.  

Only vaccines approved according to ordinance (EU) 726/2004, or are WHO approved for use in emergencies, will be accepted, at present:

  • Comirnaty (COVID-19 vaccin BioNtech Tozinameran)
  • Spikevax (COVID-19 Vaccin Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccin AstraZeneca)
  • COVID-19 Vaccin Janssen
  • COVID-19 vaccin AstraZeneca/SKBio
  • COVISHIELD (Serum Institute of India COVID-19 vaccin)
  • COVID-19 vaccin BIBP/Sinopharm
  • CoronaVac (COVID-19 vaccin Sinovac).
  • COVAXIN (COVID19 vaccine Bharat Biotec)
  • COVOVAX /COVID-19 vaccine Serum Institute of India)
  • NUVAXOVID (COVID-19 vaccine Novavax).

The most updated lists will always be on the following official sites, and the following are in effect if information differs:
EMA: COVID-19 vaccines: authorised
WHO: COVID-19 vaccines WHO EUL issued

Only a limited number of countries can issue accepted vaccine certificates. Which country is accepted depends on where you enter Sweden from (or via). If you enter from a non-EEA* country, fully vaccinated travellers holding vaccine certificates issued in one of the following so called approved countries at least 14 days ago, can enter Sweden, but must also present a negative covid test.

Certain frontier workers and students can also present a vaccination certificate instead of the negative test when entering from or via an EEA* country. Vaccine certificates from both the above mentioned countries and the current exempted countries, are accepted.

Please note that both lists are updated by the Swedish government on a regular basis and can be changed on a short notice. 

Can I, as a resident of Mexico, enter Sweden if I fly from Canada? 

No, in order to be exempted you need to document residency in Canada, or be covered by another exemption. 

I have been vaccinated with Moderna's vaccine in the US and hold an American vaccine certificate without a QR code. Do I still need a negative covid test? 

Yes, the vaccine certificate will exempt you from the entry ban but you still need a negative test to enter Sweden.

I have been vaccinated with Moderna's vaccine in Turkey and hold a Turkish vaccine certificate. Do I still need a negative covid test? 

Yes, the vaccine certificate will exempt you from the entry ban but you still need a negative test to enter Sweden.

I have been vaccinated with Moderna's vaccine in China and hold a Chinese vaccine certificate. Do I still need a negative covid test? 

The entry ban applies to Chinese residents, and you need to be covered by an exemption in order to enter, in that case with a negative covid-19 test.

I live in North Macedonia but I took the vaccine in Serbia, will I be allowed to enter?

Only fully vaccinated travellers holding a vaccine certificate issued in an approved country are exempted from the entry ban but need a negative test. Neither country of residence nor citizenship matters. For unvaccinated travellers who reside in or are citizens of an approved country, as well as unvaccinated unaccompanied minors under 18, the entry ban is still in effect. Meaning they need to be covered by another exemption to enter, with a negative covid-19 test. 

I have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca's vaccine in Russia and have a Russian certificate with information in English, do I still need a negative covid test?  

The entry ban is still in effect from Russia. If you are exempted you will need a negative covid test max 48 hours old.

I can not be tested or vaccinated for medical reasons and hold a doctor's note, can I enter Sweden?

No, negative test means you need to have a test. Local doctor's notes are not valid for crossing borders. 

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Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

I am a Swedish citizen but am currently abroad. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden?

Yes, Swedish citizens are always allowed to enter Sweden.

I am Swedish and my passport happened to expire during my stay abroad. Will I be allowed to return home? 

If you bring your expired passport or other documentation such as a birth certificate, to verify your Swedish citizenship and your right to enter Sweden. There are also other ways to document your Swedish citizenship, e.g. with a national ID-card. 

Please note that this is valid for entering Sweden. The country you leave or transit via, or the airline, might have other requirements. Please check directly with the party in question.

More information about passport for Swedish citizens abroad (in Swedish). 

I am Swedish but my child is born abroad and does not have a Swedish passport. Can he or she enter Sweden together with me?

It depends on when the child is born. Children born after 1 April 2015 will gain automatic Swedish citizenship if one of the registered parents are Swedish citizens at the time of the child’s birth. Children born before 1 April 2015 but after 1 July 2001 will become Swedish citizens from birth if the mother is Swedish citizen at the time of birth and the child is born in Sweden. If the child is born abroad, the child will become Swedish citizen if the father is Swedish citizen and married to the child’s mother. More information can be found on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.

Children with Swedish citizenship but who do not have Swedish passports will need to support their family tie through birth certificate or other forms of documentation.

If the child of a Swedish citizen is not a citizen, the child will most likely be allowed to enter Sweden if accompanying a Swedish citizen, on the condition that the family relation can be verified and all other entry conditions are met (e.g. travel document, visa etc.).

Please note that this is valid for entering Sweden. The country you leave or transit via, or the airline, might have other requirements. Please check directly with the party in question.

Will Swedish citizens be allowed to return home via a transit country that is currently closed for non-citizens?

This question needs to be addressed to the authorities in the transit country or to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Is a negative test mandatory when entering Sweden from another EEA* country?

Yes, with some exemptions.

Will the entry ban affect travels inside the EEA*?

Foreigners travelling from another EU country such as France or Germany, a country that is part of the EEA such as Liechtenstein, or from Switzerland, hereafter referred to as EEA*, need to present a negative test max 48 hours old, but other entry bans are not in effect. 

The same requirements apply to foreign citizens travelling directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway

I am in France and I am a French citizen, can I travel to Sweden for vacation?

Foreigners travelling from France need to present a negative test, but other entry bans are not in effect.

I am a citizen of the UK and I am going to travel from the USA to Sweden. Will I be allowed to enter?

For entry from the USA both a negative covid-19 test is required and you need to be covered by at least one exemption. There are a number of exemptions from both requirements for foreign citizens with exceptionally important reasons to enter Sweden. There is a specific exemption regarding UK citizens option to apply for residence status. The UK and the USA are also so called approved countries, so fully vaccinated travellers holding a vaccine certificate issued in the UK or USA, are exempted from the entry ban but need a negative test regardless of departure country. 

Will non-EEA* citizens be allowed to enter Sweden from another EEA* country, e.g. France or Norway?

Regardless of citizenship, foreigners travelling from another EU country, a country that is part of the EEA, or from Switzerland, need to present a negative test, but other entry bans are not in effect. The same applies when entering from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. 

Can non-EEA* citizens transit through a Swedish airport if travelling from another EEA* country?

Regardless of citizenship, foreigners travelling from another EU country, a country that is part of the EEA, or from Switzerland, need to present a negative test, but other entry bans are not in effect. 

I have been in Norway and is now driving home to Åland. Can I transit by car through Sweden? Even if I am a UK citizen?

Yes, with a negative test. Regardless of citizenship.

Will medical doctors and other healthcare professionals who reside in another country but are employed by a Swedish care facility need some kind of documentation, exemption etcetera in order to cross the border and travel between their home and place of work?

Healthcare professionals residing in another EEA* country or the UK who only travel between their home in another EEA* country or the UK and their place of work in Sweden need to bring a negative covid-19 test that is max one week old, but is exempted from other entry bans and is allowed to enter Sweden. You can also present a vaccination certificate instead of the negative test. However, you need to check the return regulations, with your home country. 

Medical doctors and healthcare professionals who are not from an EEA* country and who are not exempted based on the fact that they have a residence permit in Sweden, will be assessed for potential exemption based on their individual circumstances. As a general rule, some kind of written documentation will be required proofing that the purpose is to work within the health care sector, such as a work contract. They are also required to show that they are exempted from the requirement to have a work permit based on chapter 5, section 2 in the Alien’s Ordinance Act. Entry from a non-EEA* country, a negative covid-19 test taken within the last 48 hours old is required

Please note that the exemption does not apply to family members of healthcare professionals.

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Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Who is considered residing in Sweden, and how do I document it?

To be considered a resident in Sweden, you must verify that you have resided or will reside in Sweden for at least a year. This can be done e.g. with an excerpt from the Swedish Population registry. 

I hold a residence permit and already live in Sweden, but I am currently abroad. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden?

Yes, a foreigner holding a residence permit is exempted from the entry ban and from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test.

I hold a so called EU blue card, am I exempted from the entry ban?

EU blue card is a work permit for highly qualified third country nationals working in the EU, and is covered by the exemption from the entry ban and from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test if they can document that they reside in Sweden.

I have recently been granted Swedish residence permit for work or studies and would like to move to Sweden. Am I exempt from the entry ban?

If you recently have been granted a residence permit in Sweden you are exempted from the from the entry ban and from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test and you are allowed to enter Sweden from the date your permit is valid. In order to enter Sweden before the validity date of your residence permit, you need to hold a valid visa or come from a visa exempt country, in addition to documenting that you are covered by another exemption, e.g. family connection. Otherwise you will be allowed to enter Sweden from the date your residence permit becomes valid. You do not need to previously have lived in Sweden.

I am a citizen of a country which does not require a visa to enter Sweden, and I have recently been granted a residence permit. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden if I can show the decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency at the border control, or do I also need to have a residence permit card (UT-kort)?

Just like previously, you can travel to Sweden and apply for the residence permit card once you get here. You might need to show the decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency at the border control, a copy will be sufficient. You are exempt from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test if you present a valid decision about granted residence permit. 

Based on my citizenship, I require a visa to enter Sweden. I have now been granted a residence permit, but due to the pandemic it is difficult/impossible to get to a Swedish foreign mission and apply for a residence permit card before I come to Sweden. Will the decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency be sufficient, or do I also need to have a residence permit card (UT-kort)?

Just like under normal circumstances, you are required to hold a visa to enter Sweden if you do not have a valid residence permit card. You will not be allowed to enter Sweden if you do not hold a residence permit card or a visa, and you also risk being denied entry by the airline since they face a penalty fee if they carry a passenger to Sweden which is denied entry upon arrival. Please contact a Swedish foreign mission or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with questions regarding issuing residence permit cards or visas. Swedish Police can not take into consideration the possible difficulties in gaining such documents.

I have been granted a residence permit in Sweden and will travel to Sweden soon. I am a citizen of a country that does not need a visa for entering Sweden. Can I, since I have been granted a residence permit, enter Sweden earlier than the date when the residence permit’s validity, since I am from a visa exempt country?

No, you cannot enter Sweden before the validity date of your residence permit unless you need to document that you are covered by another exemption, e.g. family connection.

I have lived in Sweden but I left to visit relatives in my home country. My residence permit has expired and I have applied for a new permit. Can I enter Sweden?

No, a valid residence permit is required to be exempted from the entry ban.

My residence permit will soon expire, can I stay in Sweden for another  month as a tourist afterwards?

You will need a visa which is valid for your entire period of stay in order to stay in Sweden, if you require a visa. But if you are allowed to stay without a visa and hold a valid residence permit issued by Sweden or another Schengen country, you do not need to apply for an extension of your permit if you intend to stay for less than 90 days after your residence permit has expired. Your visa free period continues if you have visa free days left. You can use the EU Short-stay Visa Calculator to see how many days you have left. This also applies if you hold a valid Schengen (C) visa. 

I have applied for a residence permit based on family connections to move to my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancée in Sweden, but I have not yet received a decision from the Swedish Migration Agency and I want to visit my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancée in Sweden. Am I exempted from the entry ban?

If you can prove that you have a serious relationship and your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancée is a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen or a person holding a residence permit or class D visa in Sweden or the EEA* and you can document that you are planning to move to Sweden, you are exempted from the entry ban. Please note that this only applies to shorter visits. If your purpose for visiting Sweden is to move here you need to wait until you have been granted residence permit. If you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to visit Sweden you will need to hold a valid visa to visit Sweden. If you are citizen of a visa waiver country you need to inform the Swedish Migration Agency that you are in Sweden while your application is being processed. Read more about how to document your family connection in the section on documentation below. You need to document that you have been tested within the last 48 hours and do not have an active covid-19 infection, in order to enter Sweden.

I am a UK citizen and already live in Sweden. I have applied for residence status but I have not received a decision yet. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden again if I go back to visit the UK?

If you are a legal resident in Sweden or have the right to stay as an EU citizen or hold a valid work permit, you will be exempted from the entry ban. Just like any other third country national, you can bring an excerpt from the Swedish Population Registry documenting that you legally reside in Sweden and therefore is also from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test. As a result of Brexit, a new form of residence status was introduced, only for UK citizens. You are exempted from the entry ban if you physically or electronically can document that you have applied for residence status. E.g. with a screenshot of the receipt generated on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website once your application has been submitted.

Family connections Family connections

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Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Which kind of family connection do I need to verify in order to be exempt from the entry ban?

Foreigners can be exempted from the entry ban if they have a close family connection to one of the following categories:

  • Swedish citizens
  • EEA* citizens
  • foreigners holding a residence permit in Sweden or in another EEA* country
  • foreigners that have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State
  • UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status
  • foreigners with a national (class D) visa for Sweden or another EEA* state.

Please note that as a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer considered an EEA* country and UK citizens are no longer EEA* citizens after 1 January 2021.

Close family connection includes e.g. spouse, common law partner, partner or children.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to verify that they have such family connection that qualifies them for an exemption from the entry ban. This can be done e.g. with the decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency, excerpt from the population register, marriage certificate or license, cohabitation agreement, bank statement from a common bank account, birth certificate etcetera. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden. 

What is considered a close family connection?

Close family connection primarily includes the nuclear family, e.g. spouse, common law partner, partner or children. Siblings or cousins are not included.

Family relations can e.g. be:

  • Spouse
  • Registered partner
  • Common-law/cohabitation partner
  • Children under the age of 18, including adoptive children or children about to be adopted, in addition to children residing in Sweden to whom a foreigner is to have social contact with
  • Foreigners whose intention is to enter into marriage or a common-law/cohabitation partnership with, if they can document previous physical contact (e.g. with photographs) and that the relationship is serious
  • Siblings or cousins are not included, except in very special circumstances where it can be documented that they are relying on the person to whom they wish to reunite, for their financial support.

Only in very specific cases will the exemption apply to parents of adult children over 18, or grandparents, even here it is required to document that they are relying on the person to whom they wish to reunite, for their financial support. Please refer to the Aliens’ Act (2005:716) 3a ch. 2 § for a description of included family connections, but for the temporary entry ban more categories of attached persons have been added:   

In this Act ‘a family member means a foreigner who accompanies to Sweden or in Sweden joins an attached person who is a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, a foreigner holding a residence permit or residence status in Sweden or another EEA* country, foreigners considered permanently residing in Sweden or in another EU country, or foreigners holding a national (class D) visa in Sweden or another EEA* country, and who is

  1. the spouse or cohabiting partner of the attached person
  2. a direct descendant of the attached person or of his or her spouse or cohabiting partner, if the descendant is dependent on either of them for means of support or is under 18 years of age
  3. a direct ascendant of the attached person or of his or her spouse or cohabiting partner, if the relative is dependent on either of them for means of support
  4. other family member, if the family member in his or her country of origin, is depending on the attached person for support, or if for serious medical reasons is absolutely necessary that the attached person is personally caring for the family member.

This means that in very rare cases, the exemption based on family connection, the following categories provided as an example, might be applied if they claimed relation can be documented:

Parents to adult children over 18 are exempted from the entry ban only if they can document that they are relying on the person to whom they wish to reunite, for their financial support.

Foreigners who have been part of the same household as the person to whom they wish to reunite, and there is a special relation of dependence which was in place already in the country of origin, such as unmarried children over the age of 18 if still living at home, or parents who in the country of origin have been under the care of an adult child. The foreigner holds the burden of proof to document a special relation of dependence, in addition to verifying cohabitation in a common household in the country of origin immediately before the person to whom they wish to reunite moved to Sweden.

Parents of unaccompanied minors who are refugees or in need of protection for humanitarian reasons

Under special circumstances, even someone who is adopted in Sweden as an adult, relatives to a foreigner who is a refugee or in need of protection for humanitarian reasons, as well as individuals who in other ways have a special connection to Sweden, will be considered close family covered by the exemption. This criteria is to be applied restrictively, and it has to be a difficult and odd situation.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

I am in a relationship with a foreigner, will my partner be exempted from the entry ban based on family connection  and be allowed to enter Sweden?

If he or she can document the family connection. More information can be found in the section about documentation (under Exceptions).

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden. 

I want to visit my adult son who resides in Sweden, am I exempted from the entry ban?

No, the referral to child(ren) in the legal basis concerns children under age 18. Parents to adult children who reside in Sweden, or adult children who are visiting parents in Sweden, are not exempted from the entry ban. 

Family members of Swedish citizens and EEA* citizens Family members of Swedish citizens and EEA* citizens

Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Please note that as a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer considered an EEA* country and UK citizens are no longer EEA* citizens after 1 January 2021.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

I am a Swedish citizen. My fiancée, who is from a non-EEA* country, holds a valid Schengen visa and we plan to get married. Will she be allowed to enter Sweden?

Yes, a foreigner who has the intention to enter into marriage or a common-law/cohabitation relation with a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, a person residing in or holds a residence permit or residence status for residing in Sweden, or holds a class D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country, is exempted if they can document that the relationship is serious and no special circumstances indicates that permission should not be given.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to verify his or her family connection to a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, an EEA* citizen, a person holding residence permit, residence status or class D visa in Sweden or another EEA* country. This means that you need to document that you have previously met, which can be done with photographs or airline tickets from previous visits, or more official documentation. More information and examples of documents which may support family connection can be found in the question about documents below.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

I am a Swedish citizen but married to a foreign citizen, and we live abroad. Our children are dual citizens. Will it be possible for the entire family go to Sweden for vacation?

As Swedish citizens you and your children have an unconditional right to enter Sweden. A passport is the easiest way to prove your citizenship, even if it has expired. Otherwise you should provide other forms of documentation to prove your citizenship, e.g. a national ID-card, excerpt from the population register, birth certificate etc.

Your foreign partner is exempted from the entry ban if he or she can document close family connections to a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen or a person holding a residence permit, residence status or class D visa in Sweden or the EEA*.

Family connection can be e.g. spouse, common law partner, partner or children. For such cases it is not required for the person who is travelling to Sweden, to already live here at the time of entry. Nor is it required for the Swedish citizen whom you claim family connection to, to live in Sweden since a Swedish citizen has an unconditional right to return to Sweden. It is the traveler’s responsibility to verify that they have family connection to a person who is a Swedish citizen. Read more about how to do this, in the section about documentation.

This can be done e.g. with the decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency, excerpt from the Population Register, marriage certificate, birth certificate (incl. for common children), rental agreement or purchasing contract/ownership certification for a common residence, bank statement for common accounts etc. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden

I am an EEA* citizen living in Sweden. Can my spouse who is a foreign citizen enter or move to Sweden?

Individuals with close family connection to EEA* citizens may be exempted from the entry ban if they can document the family connection. Family connection can be e.g. spouse, common law partner, partner or children. For such cases it is not required for the person who is travelling to Sweden, to already live here at the time of entry. It is the traveler’s responsibility to verify that they have family connection to a person who is an EEA* citizen. This can be done e.g. with the application to or decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, excerpt from the Population Register, marriage certificate, birth certificate (incl. for common children), rental agreement or purchasing contract/ownership certification for a common residence, bank statement for common accounts etc. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden

I am a Swedish citizen who lives in the USA. I am dating an American citizen. We’d like to move to Sweden now. Can my American partner join me?

Travellers with a vaccine certificate issued in the USA are exempted from the entry ban if fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. Or s/he will be allowed to enter Sweden if s/he can document his or her family connection to you as a Swedish citizen. Read more about how to document residency or family relations, in the section about documentation. In order to move here, though, the foreigner needs to hold a residence permit from the Swedish Migration Agency.

Foreign citizens age 12 or older need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

Can my boyfriend from Canada enter Sweden? We have right now no intention of living together or getting married.

Canada is a so-called exempted country, so if he can document that he resides in Canada he will be allowed to enter if he can document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

Can my boyfriend from Russia enter Sweden? We have right now no intention of living together or getting married.

Boyfriends and girlfriends are not exempted from the entry ban unless they travel to Sweden with the future purpose of living together or getting married, and in such way get family connection to a Swedish citizen.

My girlfriend is from Thailand, we are not married and we have not lived together before. Can she move to Sweden?

Residents of Thailand are no longer among those countries that are exempted from the entry ban and will not be allowed to enter Sweden unless she can document that she is entering for the future purpose of entering into marriage or a common-law/cohabitation relation with a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, a person holding a residence permit or residence status in Sweden or the EEA*, or a person holding a class-D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country, or that she can document that she has been part of the same household as the person to whom she claims family connection, and that a special relationship of dependence is already in place, in addition to holding a valid travel document and visa. In order to take up residence in Sweden she will need a residence permit.

Foreign citizens age 12 or older will be allowed to enter if they can document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

My girlfriend is from Russia, we are not married and we have not lived together previously. Can she come visit me?

Maybe. Russia is not one of the exempted countries, but the exemption based on close family connections might be applied to her if she can document that she is entering for the future purpose of entering into marriage or a common-law/cohabitation relation with a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, a person holding a residence permit or residence status in Sweden or the EEA*, or a person holding a class-D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to document family connection, which includes verifying previous physical meeting. More information can be found in the section about documentation.

Foreign citizens age 12 or older will be allowed to enter if they can document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

I have a child who resides in Sweden, can I enter Sweden to spend time with my child?

Yes, if the child is under 18 years old and you can document that the child is yours, e.g. with a birth certificate, paternal certificate, adoption papers or similar documents. No exemptions apply to parents of adult children.

Foreign citizens age 12 or older will be allowed to enter if they can document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

I have a child who resides abroad, can the child travel to Sweden to be with me, and can an adult escort the child?

The child can enter Sweden if it is under 18 years old and can document that it has a parent residing here, e.g. with a birth certificate, paternal certificate, adoption papers or similar documents. There is, however, no exemption for an escorting adult unless that person himself or herself is covered by an exemption, e.g. through having his or her own family relation to a Swedish citizen. 

Foreign citizens under 12 are exempted from the requirement to present negative tests

Which documents can verify family ties to a Swedish citizen, EEA* citizen or foreigner already residing in Sweden?

Documentation to support family connection can be e.g. marriage certificate or license, birth certificate, adoption papers, paternity certificate, excerpt from the population register, birth certificate or adoption papers to common children, cohabitation agreement, rental contract to a common residence, copy of application to or decision letter from the Swedish Migration Agency for residence permit based on family ties, statement from a common bank account, mail addressed to a common residence, photographs, airlines tickets documenting previous visits or common travel etc. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English. Copies are ok but all documents will be checked for validity.

I am married to a Danish citizen and I live in Denmark. Can I fly into a Swedish airport continue by train from the airport home to Denmark?  

Family members of EEA* citizens have the right to enter and travel through Sweden with a negative test. You need to be able verify that you have the kind of family connection which entitles you to enter, in general this means spouse, common-law partner, partner or children. Questions regarding entering Denmark must be posed to Danish authorities.

It is the foreigner’s responsibility to verify both the right to enter Sweden, as well as his or her family connection to an EEA* citizen. This can e.g. be done with an application to or decision letter from the country’s migration agency, excerpt from the population register, marriage license, birth certificate (incl. to common children), rental agreement or ownership certificate of a common residence, statement from a common bank account or other kinds of documents verifying the family connection. To ease the transit via Sweden, the documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

Travelers without residence permit Travelers without residence permit

Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

Exceptions to the entry ban may e.g. be made if you reside in one of the listed exempted countries or a so called approved country, or is considered having close family connection to a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, or a foreigner holding a residence permit, residence status or a class-D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country, since this category can be allowed to enter Sweden if they can document the family connection.

More information about these exceptions can be found in the answers in question.

Please note that as a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer considered an EEA* country and UK citizens are no longer EEA* citizens after 1 January 2021.

I am a citizen of a non-EEA* country which does not require a visa to visit, can I go to Sweden for vacation?

No. If you do not already live in Sweden or you are covered by the exception based on imperative family reasons or special needs, you will be denied entry to Sweden.

I am a citizen of a non-EEA* visa waiver country and I own a property in Sweden. Can I go to Sweden for Easter?

No, if you do not already live in Sweden or you are covered an exception based on imperative family reasons or special needs, you will be denied entry to Sweden.

Currently the entry ban is in effect until 31 January 2022, but it might be extended. The Swedish Police can not guarantee that it will be possible to enter Sweden at a specific future date, since the situation is changing and rules will be adjusted accordingly.

Will people who live abroad be allowed to visit friends or relatives in Sweden?

Maybe. It depends on the country that they are travelling from and if they have close relatives in Sweden or EEA*. Entry from other EEA* countries currently only requires negative test. The general rule is that people travelling to Sweden from a country that is not an EEA* country will be denied entry. Exemptions may be made for imperative family reasons or special needs, but this assessment will be made at the border control point. Leisure trips to visit friends or family will most likely be denied entry. 

Swedish citizens residing abroad are not affected by this decision since Swedish citizens cannot be denied entry to Sweden.

I hold a class-C visa, can I go to Sweden for vacation?

As a general rule you are not allowed to enter Sweden if you are only coming for vacation, if you are not residing in one of the listed exemption countries. A class C visa is a visitor’s visa valid for the entire Schengen area, and is not exempted from the entry ban. However, a foreigner covered by another exempted, e.g. a spouse from a third country who is exempted from the entry ban based on family ties, might need to hold a visa, e.g. class C, to be granted entry. 

For definition of close family connection, read more in the section Family connection.

Why are holders of class D visas exempted from the entry ban but not class C visas?

A class D visa is issued for extraordinary circumstances, and is a Swedish visa. But class D visas issued by other EEA* countries will also exempt the holder from the Swedish entry ban. A class D visa is only granted for longer stays (3 months or more) and requires extraordinary circumstances which means the holder spends more than 90 days in the country during a period of 180 days.  Extraordinary circumstances can be coming to Sweden often for meetings.  Or foreign citizens residing abroad who are parents of children living in Sweden.  A class D visa is exempted from the entry ban since they are only issued to someone who needs to stay for longer periods in Sweden.

Exceptions Exceptions

Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Which categories are exempted from the entry ban?

The following categories of foreigners are allowed to enter Sweden from another country, regardless of whether or not they live here:

  • EEA citizens or citizens in Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican
  • hold long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU country
  • hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA* country
  • UK citizens or family members of UK citizens, who have been granted or who have applied for residence status. A screenshot of the electronic receipt of submitted application, is sufficient. 
  • hold a national visa for Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EEA* country
  • individuals with close family connection to Swedish citizens, EEA* citizen, a foreign citizens holding a residence permit, residence status or a class-D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country
  • reside in one of the listed exempted countries
  • persons who are invited by the Government Offices
  • travellers holding a vaccine certificates issued in one of the so called approved countries, as well as accompanying travellers under 18, if applicable.

Family connection can be e.g. spouse, common law partner, partner or children under 18. More information can be found in the section about family connection. In such cases it is not required for the person who is travelling to Sweden, to already live here at the time of entry if the person to whom they claim family connection, is considered permanently residing in Sweden, is a Swedish citizen, an EEA* citizen, holds a residence permit, residence status or a national class D visa in Sweden or an EEA* country.

Please note that as a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer considered an EEA* country and UK citizens are no longer EEA* citizens after 1 January 2021.

Nor does the travel ban apply to individuals who have particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden, meaning functions where disturbance or cancellation of operation can affect society in a negative manner. Food supply or food production are examples of such functions. It might even be a function necessary to handle a potential or ongoing crisis.

Such as:

  • Healthcare professionals, researchers in the area of health and medical care, and staff working with the care of the elderly, which includes licensed professionals within the healthcare field, staff supposed to work in hospitals and other medical institutions supporting in the care of patients, staff who support licensed professionals in the care of patients, pharmacists producing or supplying medicine or gives advice or information, staff providing information at the poison hotline, emergency hotline operational staff, or other categories of professionals within healthcare, or who are providing services inside an area of healthcare during a temporary visit in Sweden without holding a Swedish license.
  • Frontier workers who are commuting across a border, working in one EEA* country or the UK but living in another and returning on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Staff transporting goods and others working in the transport sector, e.g. pilots, and commercial truck drivers whose vehicle and cargo is already in Sweden.
  • Sea men in both commercial cargo ships or passenger or cruise lines. This category is allowed to disembark in the city/town closest to the harbor.
  • Diplomats and consular staff stationed in or on official duty visits in Sweden, and their families and staff, and  foreign couriers.
  • Seasonal workers in the agricultural, forestry and horticulture sectors couriers of foreign states.
  • Military personnel, meaning staff belonging to the armed forces of a state recognized by Sweden.
  • Civil defense staff.
  • People working in international organizations or who are invited by such organizations, and whose presence is necessary for the organizations’ operations. The exemption includes individuals performing aid in a humanitarian relief operation (e.g. distributing food, medicine, clothes and other supplies to civilians). The kind of work done in both governmental and non-governmental relief agencies, e.g. UNHCR, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) och World Food Programme.
  • Air passengers in transit, meaning passengers who only change planes and only stay in the international transit area of the airport without passing through passport or customs control.
  • Individuals in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons. The right to asylum is not affected. This category is to be handled within the existing laws and regulations.
  • Seasonal workers within agriculture, forestry or horticulture have been assessed as an essential function and can be exempted if they can document the purpose of entering and have a valid work permit. Support staff performing other kinds of work related to this industry, is not exempted.
  • Students or students to be, holding a residence permit for studies, or those who are to study in Sweden less than three months and as a result do not need a residence permit.
  • Highly skilled workers if their work is considered necessary for financial reasons, and whose job cannot be postponed or be performed remotely. In order to work in Sweden you need to hold a work permit To work in Sweden more than three months requires a residence permit. This exemption also includes workers who in 5 ch. 2§ in the Aliens’ Ordinance are exempt from the requirement to hold a work permit, e.g. researchers or teachers in higher education called here for research, teaching or lecturing purposes. In order for this to apply, the employer needs to verify this in a written statement explaining why the work cannot be postponed or done remotely.
  • Participants or necessary support staff in international professional athletic competitions and similar professional competitions.

The assessment of whether a foreigner falls into any of the exempted categories is always made at the border control point. No pre-approvals or certifications will be provided.

Which kind of documentation is needed to verify that I am covered by an exception?

To be covered by an exemption you need to verify that you have special reasons to enter Sweden, meaning you need to document the reason for travelling.

This can be done e.g. by providing:

  • a work contract stating that you are going to work in an essential function or the medical field,
  • an invitation to participate in or work in a professional athletic or similar competition, a certificate from your athletic association or sports club verifying that you belong to a professional sports team or hold a key function,
  • with a doctor’s note, a funeral invitation, death certificate, maternity certificate or similar kinds of documentation to verify acute illness, accident, birth, funeral or palliative care.

Even certificates to verify family ties may be required, e.g. birth certificate, adoption papers, marriage certificate etc. Please note that these are merely examples. The Swedish Police can not in advance answer by e-mail or telephone which kind of documentation is sufficient to be exempted, nor say that a certain certificate will grant you exemption. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to hold a negative test in order to enter Sweden but foreign citizens with urgent family reasons are exempt from this.

A foreign citizen who is covered by an exemption will need to present a negative covid-19 test for entry, when entering from an EEA* country. Except for the following categories which are exempted from this requirement:

  • Persons under the age of 12.
  • Someone performing, participating in or is subject to health care and medical transports. 
  • Persons residing in Sweden.
  • Staff working with the transportation of goods or other staff in the transportation industry.
  • Persons travelling for urgent family reasons.
  • Individuals in need of international protection or with other humanitarian needs. 
  • Individuals who are to undergo surgery or other essential health care which can not be postponed, in Sweden. 
  • Individuals crossing the border when performing reindeer herding. 
  • Merchant seamen.
  • Staff covered by international police or customs cooperation, or emergency services cooperation. 
  • Persons who are travelling via Sweden, between Bornholm and another part of Denmark.
  • Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff, and foreign couriers.
  • Persons who are invited by the Government Offices. 

Will commercial drivers be allowed to enter Sweden from another EU country or from a non-EU country?

Commercial drivers entering Sweden across another internal border, meaning from another EEA* country,  are not affected by the entry ban and will be allowed to enter.

Commercial drivers entering Sweden from a non-EEA* country will be affected by the entry ban, but might be exempted based on the merit of transporting merchandise. 

Commercial drivers are exempt from the need to hold a negative test, in order to enter Sweden.

Special needs or urgent family reasons Special needs or urgent family reasons

Foreign citizens with urgent family reasons are exempt from the need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

How are especially urgent needs defined?

Especially urgent needs might include imperative family reasons (see below), but can also include situations where your presence in Sweden is crucial. Some examples might be scheduled, necessary surgery, medical treatment or rehabilitation, organ or tissue donation to a patient currently in Sweden, or other situations where your presence is very urgent and can not be postponed. Please note that the examples above are not all inclusive, and it is the foreigner’s responsibility to verify their special need.

How are imperative family reasons defined?

The Swedish Police Authority interprets this as an urgent situation, sudden illness or accident in the family which requires the foreigner’s presence in Sweden. This could, for example, involve being present for a birth, a funeral, or palliative care. Weddings and other celebrations are not included. 

The family circles included are to be fairly inclusive. The foreigner who is to assist the person who is sick or who had an accident, can under certain circumstances be considered family even if it is a more remote relationship or a more modern family unit than the traditional nuclear family. If a person currently abroad is in need of aid from relatives in Sweden, does not qualify the foreigner in question for the exemption for imperative family reasons, unless he or she is exempted due to close family connection. More information about this can be found in the section about family connection.

It is the foreigner’s responsibility to verify that he or she is covered by an exemption, and the assessment of whether or not the exemption criteria have been met is always made at the border control point.

The assessment of whether a foreigner falls into any of the exempted categories is always made at the border control point. No pre-approvals or certifications will be provided.

Even being called to property division, inheritance negotiations, or being called to court negotiations in a public court or family court.

The UN convention on the Rights of the Child is as of this year implemented in Swedish law. As a result, Swedish Police is required to take this into consideration when applying the temporary entry ban. As a result, individual cases might have a lower threshold of what is considered imperative family reasons if the decision concerns a child or the decision can have the consequence that a child is separated by his or her parents.

Which kind of documentation is needed to verify that I am covered by special needs or urgent family reasons?

To be covered by an exemption you need to verify that you have special reasons to enter Sweden, meaning you need to document the reason for travelling.

This can be done e.g. by providing:

  • doctor’s note
  • funeral invitation
  • death certificate
  • maternity certificate 
  • other documentation to verify acute illness, accident, birth, funeral or palliative care.

Even certificates to verify family ties may be required, e.g. birth certificate, adoption papers, marriage certificate etc.

Please note that these are merely examples. The Swedish Police can not in advance answer by e-mail or telephone which kind of documentation is sufficient to be exempted, nor say that a certain certificate will grant you exemption. The documents should preferably be written in or translated to a Scandinavian language or English.

I have recently given birth and I need help. Can my parents/siblings from my homeland come to Sweden and help me? I can not afford child care.

No, the exemption for imperative family reasons allows a foreigner to enter Sweden to be present during birth, not for post-birth visits, unless another exemption such as family ties apply. The need for child care is not considered urgent family reasons. 

I am Iranian and live in Iran. Can I enter Sweden to attend my mother’s funeral?

Yes, foreign citizens with urgent family reasons are exempt from both the entry ban and the requirement to present a negative covid test.

My old mother is ill and lives in Iran where she does not have any relative left, can she travel to Sweden to be with her family? 

No, the urgent family reason need to be in Sweden and the foreigner's presence need to be necessary in Sweden in order to be exempted. 

Exempted countries and approved countries Exempted countries and approved countries

Follow Public Health Agency's recommendations

Even Swedish citizens and those who are exempted from the entry ban or the requirement to hold a negative covid-19 test, should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after travelling abroad.

Which countries/territories are exempted from the entry ban?

Based on citizenship, Swedish citizens are exempted. Even foreigners with legal residence in Sweden, will be allowed to enter. 

EEA* citizens are exempt from the entry ban, but entry from abroad requires a negative covid-19 test max 48 hours old. Please note that as a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer considered an EEA* country and UK citizens are no longer EEA* citizens after 1 January 2021.

Based on residence, individuals residing in the countries/territories mentioned below (attachment 1) are exempt from the entry ban but still need to present a negative covid-19 test. Regular entry requirements regarding visa and passport still applies. When entering from or transiting via an EEA* country, the entry regulations from EEA* will be applied. 

Exempted countries/territories:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay. 

These countries are assessed to be low-risk in terms of contagion. Exemptions will be based on residence in one of the countries, not citizenship. This means that foreigners who can document that they reside in any of these countries, will be allowed to enter Sweden if they do fulfill the entry requirements given in the Schengen Border Code and the Visa Code.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

Previously more countries were on the list, but these countries have been removed since they are no longer assessed to fulfill the exemption criterias. 

I live in an exempted country, do I still need a negative test?

Yes, the exemption is from the entry ban, not the requirement to present a negative test. Regular entry requirements regarding visa and passport still applies.. 

I live in a country which was exempted when I bought tickets, but is no longer on the list. Will I be allowed to enter Sweden?

No, the entry ban will be applied according to the country's status at the time of entry. 

How do I document that I reside in one of the exempted countries?

In order to be exempted you need to document in one way or another that you reside in the country, e.g. with a driver’s license or ID-card, or a residence permit if you are not a citizen of the country in question. You might need to bring a plane ticket verifying that you have traveled from the country in question.

Foreign citizens age 12 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden.

Why are these countries exempted?

The expansion of the exemptions is in accordance with EU’s recommendation to gradually remove the entry restrictions. The selection of included countries which are considered to fulfill the criterias of exemption, is evaluated on a regular basis and the list will be updated every other week. Questions regarding the selection or evaluation should be posed to EU and the Swedish government.

What is a so called approved country/territory?

So called approved countries/territories (attachment 2) are countries/territories whose vaccine certificates are considered equivalent to the EU Covid Certificate of vaccination, meaning that the certificates can be checked and verified in the same technical system as the EU Covid Certificate. Fully vaccinated travellers with vaccine certificates issued in these countries at least 14 days ago, will be allowed entry to Sweden but still need a negative covid test. Regular entry requirements regarding valid passport and visa still apply. The list will be updated on a regular basis. 

Approved countries/territories:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Cabo Verde
  • El Salvador
  • Faroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • New Zeeland
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Togo
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • The UK + Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey
  • The USA
  • The Vatican.

I am fully vaccinated in an approved country, do I still need a negative test?

Yes.

I live in an approved country but got vaccinated in another country, can I enter Sweden? Do I still need a negative test?

Only fully vaccinated travellers holding a vaccination certificate issued in an approved country are allowed to enter Sweden, with a test. Residence or citizenship in an approved country does not matter. Unvaccinated residents or citizens of an approved country are still covered by the entry ban, and need to be covered by another exemption in order to enter, in that case with a negative covid-19 test. 

Can unvaccinated residents or citizens of so called approved countries, or those vaccinated with Sputnik, enter with a negative covid-19 test?

No, the exemption for so called approved countries, is connected to the vaccine certificate. Travellers without a vaccine certificate documenting that the holder is fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine, are covered by the entry ban.  

I have received two doses of Sputnik but Pfizer as the third dose in a so called approved country, can I enter Sweden? 

No, only the basic vaccination is taken into consideration, and Sputnik is not approved for entry. 

Traveling to or via other countries Traveling to or via other countries

Are Swedish citizens allowed to return home via a transit country which is currently closed to non-citizens?

This question needs to be posed to the authorities in the transit country, or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Can I travel from Sweden to Norway, and do I need to be quarantined if I do?

Swedish Police can only answer questions regarding travelling to Sweden. Questions about the entry regulations for other countries must be posed to the authorities in the country in question, or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Which entry regulations apply if you need to enter a non-EEA* country when exiting Sweden?

When you travel from Sweden to another country, it is always the entry regulations of the country that you enter that apply. For information about the entry rules of another country, please contact the authorities of the country in question. Please note that the control done by the airline before departure is not considered border control. Border control is (typically) done upon arrival.

I am a Swedish citizen and am returning home from the USA via Berlin, together with my wife who is a US citizen. We both live in Sweden, will we be processed as entering from the USA or Germany?

When entering the Schengen area through an EEA* country, the traveler will instead be processed for immigration to the EEA* area in the first country they enter, according to the law in that country.  Contact the authorities in the country in question directly for more information about their entry requirements, even if it only for transit. Swedish Police can only answer questions about entry to Sweden.

Questions regarding entry to and transit in Germany needs to be posed to German authorities. Swedish Police can only answer questions regarding entry to Sweden.

Upon entry to Sweden your wife needs to document that she lives here and is therefore exempted from the requirement to bring a negative covid-19 test. Everyone entering Sweden, even Swedish citizens, should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations regarding testing and quarantine.

I am a Swedish citizen and am returning home from the USA via London, together with my wife who is a US citizen. She does not live in Sweden, will we be allowed to enter Sweden since we only transit in the UK?

You as a Swedish citizen have an unconditional right to enter Sweden.Your wife, however, will need to verify that she is a close relative of a Swedish citizen in order to be exempted, or that she is fully vaccinated and holds a vaccine certificate issued in a so called approved country, e.g. the USA. If she is not vaccinated, she needs to bring a negative covid test taken within 48 hours.Test results should verify that the she does not have an ongoing covid-19 infection. Everyone entering Sweden, even Swedish citizens, should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations after arrival.

I am a Swedish citizen and is returning home from the USA via Copenhagen, together with my wife who is a US citizen. We both live in Sweden, will we be allowed to enter Sweden since we only transit in Denmark?

As a Swedish citizen you are exempted from the test requirement, but your wife needs a negative test when entering Sweden from Denmark, or be able to document that she resides in Sweden to be exempted from the test requirement. For information about transit in Denmark, please contact Danish authorities. Everyone entering Sweden, even Swedish citizens, should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations regarding testing and quarantine.

I am a U.S. citizen travelling to Sweden via Iceland. Do I need a negative test?

Even if you are fully vaccinated and hold a vaccine certificate issued in the USA you still need a test to enter Sweden. You will be processed for immigration into the Schengen area in Iceland according to Icelandic rules. The requirements for entering Iceland needs to be checked with Icelandic authorities. Also note that the airline might have their own requirements, which needs to be checked directly. 

Other questions regarding the Swedish Police’s operations Other questions regarding the Swedish Police’s operations

Will people still be expelled to other countries despite the closed borders?

Whether or not an expulsion is to be executed depends on the country in question. If the country in question accepts returnees and there are flights, the Swedish Police Authority will continue processing expulsion cases. Neither the legal basis on which residence permits are granted, nor the assignment of the Swedish Police Authority, have changed.

In reality, however, it will be limited possibilities to execute any large-scale expulsions due to the lack of flights and imposed entry bans in several countries. For that reason, the Swedish Police cooperates with the Swedish Prison and Probation Service to find alternative options, such as expulsions by chartered flights.