Travel to Sweden during the corona pandemic (updated 2021-10-18)
Foreign citizens age 18 and above need to document that they do not have an active covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden, or present the EU Covid Certificate or equivalent. This does not apply to entry from the Nordics.
The Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications
Nor does it process individual cases by telephone or e-mail. 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 based on the presented documentation.
Please note that the Swedish Police Authority does not answer individual questions by e-mail or telephone. The operators at 114 14 have access to the same information which is available on this site.
There is an entry ban and required negative covid test in effect for travels to Sweden from non-EEA* countries until 31 October 2021. Max 72 hours can have passed from the test was taken until border crossing.
It is also possible to enter Sweden with an EU covid certificate or equivalent. Please note that a certificate of recovery will not be accepted for entry from a non-EEA* country, and only vaccination certificates from a limited number of countries will be accepted.
More information can be found in the Swedish Police FAQ.
No entry ban or negative covid test is required when travelling directly from another Nordic country, meaning Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
For entry from other EEA* country, the EU Covid Certificate or equivalent certificate, is sufficient, but when entering from outside EEA* you need to be covered by at least one exemption, and present a negative covid-19 test or a vaccine certificate issued in an approved country whose vaccine certificates are accepted (not recovery certificate). Please note that if you transit in an EEA* country or Nordic country and is processed for immigration there, your entry will be subject to the regulations for entry from that country when entering Sweden, not your original departure country.
EU COVID Certificate
The EU COVID Certificate (EU:s covid-intyg) is valid for entering Sweden from any country. They are issued in an EEA* country, and every certificate has a unique identifier. The EU COVID Certificate contains necessary key information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, in addition to information about:
- vaccine against covid-19 (vaccine certificate),
- negative test result from testing for ongoing covid-19 infection taken within 72 hours before arrival (test certificate), or
- recovery from covid-19 (recovery certificate).
The information is only available in the certificate and is not stored or retained when checked in an EU state.
The digital version can be stored on a mobile device, or be requested from eHälsomyndigheten as a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.
Information in the certificate should be in the official language of the issuing country and English.
If the guidelines says that an equivalent certificate is accepted, in general the same information should be available, except the unique identifier.
- Certificates of negative test can be issued in any country.
- Certificates of vaccine or recovery can be issued in EU/EEA, Switzerland, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco or the Vatican.
- Certificates of vaccine with an approved vaccine can be accepted if issued in EU/EEA or in a so called approved country. If entering from an EEA* country, vaccine certificates issued in a so called exempted country are also accepted.
Note! The list over countries whose vaccine certificates are approved for entry, is now different from the exempted countries list. But when entering from or via an EEA* country, vaccine certificates from both lists are accepted.
Certificates of recovery will only be accepted for entry from an EEA* country, from other countries is a negative covid test required, max 72 hours old or an EU Covid Certificate or a vaccine certificate issued in a so called approved country.
EC: Mer information om EU:s covid-intyg på svenska
EC: More information about EU COVID Certificate in English
EC: EU COVID Certificate Q & A (English)
eHälsomyndigheten: Make travel easier with a Digital COVID Certificate
eHälsomyndigheten: Covidbevis ska underlätta vid resor
eHälsomyndigheten: Covidbevis Frågor och svar
eHälsomyndigheten: About Digital COVID Certificate in other languages
Negative test can be max 72 hour old when entering both from a non-EEA* country or an EEA* country. Foreigners crossing the border for work/frontier workers (between two EEA* countries) need to present this with a max one week old. Note however, that no negative test is required for frontier workers travelling from a Nordic country.
There are, however, exemptions even to the test, vaccine or recovery requirement, one example being foreigners who live in Sweden according to the Swedish Population Registry, or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status.
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.
The decision is currently in effect until 31 October 2021, but it might be extended. Exemptions from both the entry ban and the test requirement apply to foreigners with particularly important reasons to enter Sweden.
Overview entry ban
- Can enter Sweden.
- Exempted from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test, or document vaccination or recovery.
- Should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.
Foreign citizens who are residents according to the Swedish Population Registry, hold a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status.
- Exempted from the entry ban.
- Exempted from the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test, or document vaccination or recovery.
- Should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.
Entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway
- Exempted from the entry ban.
- No requirement to present a negative covid-19 test, or document vaccination or recovery.
- Does not need to follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after arrival if no symptoms are present.
Entry from an EEA* country, except the Nordics
- Needs to present the EU covid certificate in the form of certificate documenting that the holder has been vaccinated against covid-19 (vaccine certificate), or has a negative test result from testing for ongoing covid-19 infection taken within 72 hours from the time of border crossing, or has recovered from covid-19 (recovery certificate), or presentation of an equivalent certificate.
- No further entry bans are enforced.
- Should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations after arrival.
Entry from a non-EEA* country
- Must be covered by at least one exemption to the general entry ban (e.g. reside in an exempted country) or be fully vaccinated and hold a vaccine certificate from a so called approved country.
- Negative test result documenting that the holder does not have an ongoing covid-19 infection, is required, max 72 hours old or EU:s covid certificate or a vaccine certificate from a so called approved country.
- Should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for everyone travelling to Sweden from abroad regardless of symptoms.
- Accepted vaccination certificates can be used for entry or transit from any country at least 14 days after the last dose. Which certificates are accepted differ depending on which country you enter Sweden from.
- Only vaccine certificate issued in an EEA* country or in a so called approved country will be accepted for direct entry from a non-EEA* country. These countries differ from the so called exempted countries.
- Vaccine certificates issued in so called approved countries are considered equial to EU:s digital vaccine certificates and can be checked and verified in the same technical system as the EU Covid Certificate.
- When entering from or via an EEA* country, vaccine certificates from both approved and exempted countries are accepted, in addition to the EU Covid Certifiate.
- A separate certificate needs to be issued for every vaccination, test result or recovery.
- Only vaccines approved according to ordinance (EU) 726/2004, or are WHO approved for use in emergencies, will be accepted.
- Should present the EU Covid Certificate or an equivalent certificate which confirms that the holder has recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection after a previously authorized positive test result.
- The EU Covid Certificate of recovery will be accepted for entry from any country.
- Other certificates of recovery can only be used for entry or transit from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland.
- Only certificate issued in an EEA country or in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican will be accepted.
- The EU Covid Certificate should be issued 11 days after a positive test at the earliest, and is valid for max 180 days from the day of the first positive result.
Test after arrival
Everyone should follow the the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for everyone travelling to Sweden from abroad regardless of symptoms.
The following categories do not need to get tested after arrival to Sweden:
- have travelled inside the Nordics
- is fully vaccinated with two doses since at least two weeks
- has had covid-19 during the last six months
- children under six years old.
You should, however, get tested like everyone else if you develop symptoms of covid-19.
Covid-19 test required for entry from abroad
The test can not be older than 72 hours. The test results need to verify that the traveler do not have an ongoing covid-19 infection. According to the The Public Health Agency of Sweden, this can be done with a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen test. The documentation should be originally in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French (translations are not accepted), and contain the following:
- Your name and birthdate,
- Date and time the test was taken,
- disease or infectious agent, covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its subtypes),
- type of test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen),
- test result,
- who issued the certificate
- name, telephone number and address to the issuer of the certificate, or to the laboratory that conducted the test.
Test of antibodies will not be approved. Recovery from covid-19 will not exempt you from the test requirement if you enter Sweden directly from a non-EEA* country, but there are some exceptions to the requirement to present negative test results. Vaccine certificates are accepted for fully vaccinated travellers' entry from all countries if it an EU Covid Certificate or is issued in an approved country.
Please note that the test needs to be taken before departure, it is not possible to get tested upon arrival at the border to Sweden.
Fully vaccinade individuals without symptoms are exempt from the test and quaranatine recommendations after arrival regardless of where they enter from.
Entry from another EEA* country
Travel or transit from another EEA* country requires the EU Covid Certificate or an equivalent certificate. No certificate however is needed when entering from the Nordic countries. The EU Covid Certificate contains the holder's identity and a vaccine certificate, a test certificate, and/or a recovery certificate:
- The EU Covid Certificate of vaccine confirms that the holder is fully vaccinated with covid-19 vaccine in the issuing member state. Entry will at earliest be permitted 14 days after the date of the last dose of covid-19 vaccine was given. Only vaccines approved according to ordinance (EU) 726/2004, or are WHO approved for use in emergencies, will be accepted.
- 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)
- A EU Covid Certificate of negative test confirms that the holder has done a negative test and contains information about the type of test, time and date, and the negative test result.
- A EU Covid Certificate of recovery confirms that the holder has recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection after a previously positive test result. The certificate should be issued 11 days after a positive test at the earliest, and is valid for max 180 days from the day of the first positive result.
Even certificates equivalent of the EU Covid Certificate can be accepted.
- Negative test certificates will be accepted regardless of which country they are issued by.
- Vaccine certificates should be in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French, and should be issued in an EEA country or in an exempted country.
- Vaccine certificates from a so called approved country will be acceped for entry from any country and in any language.
- Certificates of recovery equivalent of the EU Covid Certificate can be accepted if issued in an EEA country or in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican.
Entry restrictions from EEA* applies even you only transit, as long as you are processed for immigration in the EEA* country in question.
Recommendations after arrival
Swedish citizens or foreigners entering from another Nordic country do not need to bring a negative test result, but they should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's current recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad.
Exemptions regardless of departure country
The following categories are both exempted from the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden without a negative covid-19 test, or the EU Covid Certificate or an equivalent certificate from a so called approved country, regardless of departure country:
- Swedish citizens.
- Foreign citizens who live in Sweden, hold a residence permit or residence status in Sweden, or claim their residence right for stays of three months or longer.
- Foreign citizens with urgent family reasons.
- Individuals working with the transportation of goods or others working in the transportation industry.
- Individuals in need of international protection (e.g. asylum) or have other humanitarian needs.
- Sea men.
- Children under age 18 who are covered by an exemption, e.g. to meet a parent residing in Sweden.
- Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff, and foreign couriers.
- Foreign citizens entering Sweden Directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.
- Persons who are invited by the Government Offices.
The following cateogries are both exempted from the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden without the EU Covid Certificate or the equivalent, when entering from an EEA*-country:
- Individuals who are to undergo surgery or other essential health care which can not be postponed, in Sweden.
- Someone performing, participating in or is subject to health care and medical transports.
- Staff covered by international police or customs cooperation, or emergency services cooperation.
The following categories are exempted from the entry ban and will be allowed to enter Sweden regardless of departure country, but need to bring the EU Covid Certificate or an equivalent certificate from a so called approved country, or a negative test if they do not reside in Sweden:
- Air passengers in transit.
- Health care and medical staff, in addition to certain related professions.
- Frontier workers.
- Individuals working in international organizations or who are invited by such organizations and who are necessary for the organization’s functionality, aid workers or staff working with civil defence.
- A parent travelling for the purpose of meeting their child under age 18 residing in Sweden.
- Military staff and other staff who can document that they enter Sweden for the purpose of international defence cooperation.
- Participants or necessary support staff in international professional athletic competitions and similar professional competitions.
- Travellers holding an EU Covid Certificate.
- Fully vaccinated travellers holding a vaccine certificate from a so called approved country, as well as accompanying children, if applicable.
Regular entry requirements are now enforced for foreigners entering Sweden directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway, meaning it is no longer necessary to be covered by an exemption or present a negative covid test. This is regardless of the foreigner's citizenship. Ordinary entry regulations according to the Schengen Border Code are in effect, and from 2015 the Swedish Police can perform border control at an inner border: Temporary border controls regardless of the corona restrictions.
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, on this page referred to as EEA*, need to present the EU Covid Certificate or equivalent, but other entry bans are not in effect.
When exception are made for citizens of certain countries, are both EU and EEA citizens, as well as citizens Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican, included in the term of EEA* citizen.
Vaccine certificates from an exempted country is only accepted when entering from an EEA* country.
= 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. More information about Brexit.
As a general rule, foreigners travelling to Sweden from a non-EEA* country will be denied entry and rejected. There are exemptions for EEA* citizens and a select number of identified countries outside EEA*. Those covered by an exemption still need to present a negative covid-19 test or EU:s Covid Certificate, unless they also are exempted from the test requirement. A certificate of vaccine or recovery can not replace a negative test when entering directly from a non-EEA* country, except fully vaccinated travellers with a vaccine certificate issued in a limited number of approved countries (not the exempted countries). If you transit in the EEA* or the Nordics, entry restrictions from the transit country will apply if you are processed through immigration there.
Follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden'a recommendations for those entering from abroad after homecoming for Swedish and foreign citizens, even if no symptoms are present.
Fully vaccinade individuals without symptoms are exempt from the following test and quarantine recommendations after arrival regardless of where they enter from.
Exemptions from the entry ban
Except for Swedish citizens, the following individuals or groups are exempted from the entry ban and are allowed to enter Sweden:
- Citizens of another EEA state, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican.
- holds an EU Covid Certificate.
- have the right to reside in Sweden or another EU country.
- UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status.
- Individuals holding a residence permit or right to reside in Sweden or another EEA* state, holders of a national (class D) visa for Sweden or a national (class D) visa valid for more than three months in another EEA country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican.
- Individuals with documented family connection, such as spouse, common-law partner, partner or child under 18, to a Swedish citizen, EEA* citizen or foreigner holding residence permit, residence status or national (class D) visa in Sweden or an EEA* country. More information about which family connections are included by the exemption, can be found in Frequently Asked questions. It is not required to hold a residence permit. A visa, however, is required if the foreigner comes from a country where a visa is mandatory to enter Sweden under normal circumstances.
- Foreigners who resides in one of the exempted countries.
Exceptions based on need or function
Exceptions can be made for foreigners with particularly urgent personal needs or who are to perform essential functions in Sweden, such as
- healthcare professionals, and certain other professions in related areas, read more in Frequently Asked Questions.
- individuals working with the transportation of goods
- merchant seamen working on cargo or passenger lines,
- frontier workers
- people travelling for urgent family reasons in Sweden. More information about this is defined, can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.
- individuals working in international organizations or who are invited by such organizations and whose presence is needed for the operation of the organization, military staff, aid workers or staff working with civil defense
- military staff
- transit passengers, 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 entering Sweden for studies
- highly skilled professionals, if the work can not be postponed or be done remotely, incl. diplomatic or consular staff representing a foreign nation on official duty in Sweden
- participants or necessary support staff in international professional athletic competitions and similar professional competitions
- foreigners who are going to work within the agricultural, forestry or gardening industry, will be allowed to enter Sweden if they can present proper documentation supporting the purpose of the journey.
- persons who are invited by the Government Offices.
In addition to EEA* citizens, foreigners residing in a list of select exempted countries and fully vaccinated travellers holding vaccine certificates from select approved countries, were also exempted from the entry ban, in addition to the already existing exemptions.
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. The same applies to travellers holding vaccine certificates which are technically compatible with the EU Covid Certificate. 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 on a regular basis. Questions regarding the selection or evaluation should be posed to EU and the Swedish government.
Exempted countries and approved countries
Residents in the following countries are exempt from the entry ban and can enter Sweden if they can document residence in the country (not merely citizenship), and holds a negative covid-19 test max 72 hours old or an EU Covid Certificate. Only if you are fully vaccinated and entering from or via an EEA* country will vaccine certificates from these exempted countries (attachment 1) be accepted:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Previously more countries were on the list, but these countries have been removed since they are no longer assessed to fulfill the exemption criterias.
Negative test or EU Covid Certificate is required if entering directly from these countries. But if you transit or stop in an EEA* country, you can also be allowed entry if you are fully vaccinated and hold a vaccine certificate issued in one of the exempted countries.
Fully vaccinated travellers holding vaccine certificates issued in one of the following so called approved countries (attachment 2) at least 14 days ago, can enter Sweden, without a negative covid test from any country
- Faroe Islands
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- The UK
- The Vatican.
The same applies to accompanying minors under 18, they are exempted from the negative test or vaccine requirement. Vaccine certificates issued in these countries are considered equal to the EU Covid Certificate, meaning that the certificates can be checked and verified in the same technical system as the EU Covid Certificate.
Swedish Police can not guarantee that it will be possible to enter Sweden at a specific future date, as the situation is changing and regulations will be adjusted according to the current state. Updates will be published continuously at the Swedish government’s website in English and their Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to Sweden.
Frequently asked questions
No questions regarding individual cases or general application will be answered by the Border Police or 114 14, such questions are instead referred to the published Frequently asked questions. Operator answering 114 14 will have access to the same information which is provided on this website.
Information in Swedish:
Changes because of Brexit after 1 January 2021
UK citizens or family members of a UK citizen are from 1 January 2021 no longer EU citizens since the Brexit. This means that the same regulations applies to UK citizens as to other third country citizens. In order to be be allowed to enter they will need to be covered by one of the general exemptions mentioned on this website (e.g. be an exempted country or a so called approved country), or they need to bring a new kind of residence status which only UK citizens can apply for, or to physically or electronically document that they have applied for residence status. For example a screenshot of the receipt generated after submiting an application on the Swedish Migration Agency website.
Foreign citizens entering from the UK need to be covered by at least one exemption, and even have to present a negative covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. A foreigner who is fully vaccinated at least 14 days ago and holds a vaccine certificate issued in a so called approved country (e.g. the UK) can freely enter Sweden without further restrictions. The same applies to acommpanying minors under 18 år. More information about this in the section about so called approved countries.
Swedish citizens are not affected
Swedish citizens will always be allowed to return to Sweden but they should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for everyone travelling to Sweden from abroad.
Entry from a Nordic country is not affected
It is no longer necessary to present a negative covid-19 test when entering directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway. This is regardless of the foreigners citizenship, not meaning there is a general exemption for Nordic citizens.
EU/EEA citizens and citizens in Switzerland, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican, and foreigners with residence permit, residence status or class D visas in any EU/EEA country or one of the countries mentioned above, must present a negative covid-19 test or the EU Covid Certificate, but other entry bans do not apply. This even applies to Nordic citizens who are entering from another country than Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway.
Close relatives to Swedish citizens or EU/EEA citizens
Close family members of the above mentioned categories will also be allowed to enter if they can document the family connection.
As a general rule, everyone entering Sweden, except Swedish citizens, need to present a negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden or the EU Covid Certificate. There are however certain exemptions.
All decisions are made by the Border Police at the Border Crossing Point
The Swedish Police Authority is responsible for applying the legislation and is developing uniform and legally sound procedures for how to do so on an ongoing basis. How exemptions are to be applied will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
All decisions regarding the application of exceptions will be made upon arrival at the border crossing point, and the Swedish Police Authority is not able to issue any kind of certifications or pre-approval notes in advance. It is not possible to apply for an exemption via post, e-mail or telephone.
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.
The right to asylum is not affected by the decision. If a person wishes to seek asylum at the border then they will be allowed to do so. No negative test result is required for asylum seekers. Read more about asylum in the Swedish Migration Agency’s Website. Asylum seekers are exempt from the requirement to bring a negative covid-19-test.
Please note that the same legislation as previously, i.e. the Schengen Border Code, will first and foremost apply for the crossing of borders. This means that valid travel documents must be carried in the form of a passport or national ID card, as well as a valid visa, if needed. It is primarily the traveller’s responsibility to prove their right to enter, based on citizenship or on the current exemptions.
Laws and links
The traveler needs to verify his or her right
It is up to the traveler to verify his or her right to entry, both based on the Schengen Borders Code and the temporary entry ban. It is the individual's responsibility to present sufficient documentation. Questions whether a certain certificate is sufficient or not are found in the FAQ and will not be answered.
For questions regarding the legal framework and regulations, please refer to the Swedish government's FAQ page in English, as well as the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code. Questions regarding visas and residence permits should be posed to the Swedish Migration Agency.
EU Commission's calculator of travel days remaining during a Schengen short-stay visa.