Visiting Sweden during the Covid-19 pandemic
There is a travel ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from most countries outside the EU until 31 October.
In order to travel into Sweden, foreign nationals travelling from an EU/EEA country need to show a Covid certificate, a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours old or proof of a return to health. The Covid certificate shows that a person has been tested negative, has been vaccinated against, or has recovered from Covid-19.
Entry is banned for travellers from many non-EU/EEA countries, but there are exemptions. Exempted travellers need to show results from a negative Covid-19 test no more than 48 hours old before entry. Certificates of recovery or vaccination cannot be used for entry from non-EU countries.
Travellers from the Nordic countries (Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland) do not need to show proof of testing, recovery, or vaccination.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that those who have traveled outside the Nordic region take a PCR test when returning to Sweden. This applies even if you do not have any symptoms. Exceptions are made for people who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or are under six years old. People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last six months are also exempt.
These recommendations are to be followed by everyone, also by those having been vaccinated against Covid-19, those who have antibodies or who can show that they have had the disease.
- Keep your distance from other people and avoid crowded places.
- If you meet others, avoid being close to one another in confined spaces for longer periods of time. Try to meet outdoors, if possible.
- Travel in a way that minimises the risk of infection during your journey and at your destination.
- Self-isolate if you have symptoms of Covid-19. Get tested. Contact your Region for information about how to book a Covid-19 test.
Travelling in Sweden
Keep a distance to others and avoid crowds. Make sure you can self-isolate at your destination and get home without infecting others if you should develop symptoms of Covid-19.
Gatherings and events
The number of participants allowed depends on whether the event will take place indoors or outdoors, if there is designated seating or not, and the kind of event.
There is a maximum limit of eight people for each company at indoor serving venues. The establishment has a responsibility to make sure that regulations are being followed.
Testing for Covid-19
To get a Covid-19 test in Sweden, get in touch with a health-care centre ("vårdcentral"). You can find the nearest healthcare centre by calling phone number 1177 where a registered nurse will answer questions in Swedish and English. There are private caregivers who offer Covid-19 tests at a cost.
If you become ill or get injured on a visit to Sweden, call 1177 for information about illnesses and about Swedish healthcare in Swedish or English. In case of emergency, call 112 for an ambulance. In emergencies, the 112 operator can engage an interpreter.
A face mask may be recommended, along with the advice to keep a distance, when visiting hospitals, health-care centres or other care facilities.
This page was updated and fact-checked on 24 August 2021. Continuous updates are made in Swedish at www.krisinformation.se and in English on the page www.krisinformation.se/en.
There is also more detailed information about covid-19 from Swedish authorities in Swedish, English, easy-to-read Swedish, Swedish sign language, Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Somali and Turkish.