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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Sweden
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Sweden

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry restrictions
A) Inbound travel for European nationals
Swedish nationals and residents, passengers coming from an EU/EEA country, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand can enter the country.

B) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Travellers coming from outside the EU/EEA (including the UK) are banned from entering Sweden. Travellers from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea or Thailand can enter Sweden. Other travellers coming from outside the EU/EEA can only enter if they meet one of the exemptions (see related section). The ban is in place until at least 31 August.
(Ends 31 August 2021)
Testing requirements
A) Who needs to test?
Swedish nationals, residents and foreign nationals arriving from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway are exempt from the negative test requirement. All other travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Cross-border workers must also provide a negative COVID-19 test result, but it can be up to seven days old.

B) Type of test
Antigen, TMA, PCR and LAMP tests are approved.

C) What information is required in the test result?
All test results must be in Danish, English, French, Norwegian or Swedish and must state:
• Name of the person who has been tested
• When the test was performed (date and time)
• Whether the test performed is an antigen, PCR, TMA or LAMP test
• The test result
• Issuer of the certificate: name, telephone number and address

D) Exemptions
• Persons under 18 years of age
• Persons who can prove that they are permanently resident in Sweden
• Persons who have a right of residence or residence permit in Sweden
• People entering Sweden directly from Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway. The exemption applies to anyone entering from those countries regardless of their citizenship.
• UK citizens who have or have applied for residency status
• Personnel transporting goods and other personnel in the transport sector
• People with urgent family reasons
• Persons in need of international protection (e.g. asylum) or who have other humanitarian reasons
• Sailors
• Diplomats and consular staff employed in Sweden by foreign states, and their family members and staff

The full list of exemptions can be found here: https://www.krisinformation.se/en/hazards-and-risks/disasters-and-incidents/2020/official-information-on-the-new-coronavirus/travel-restrictions
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
All passengers, regardless of nationality or location of departure, are recommended to self-isolate for seven days upon arriving in Sweden. Travellers are recommended to get tested as soon as they arrive in Sweden and then again five days after arrival. If travellers were tested in connection with their departure for Sweden, they do not have to get tested again in connection with their arrival, but they should still get tested five days after their arrival.
(Until further notice)
A) From the entry ban (non-EEA travellers and those from the UK)
• Citizens and their families from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland
• Permanent residents in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa in Sweden
• Health care staff, researchers in health care and staff in elderly care
• Cross-border workers
• Seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry and horticulture
• Staff in the transport sector
• Persons covered by ch. Section 10 of the Aliens Act
• Persons who work in international organisations or who are invited by such organisations and whose presence is required for the organisations' activities, military personnel and other personnel within the framework of international defence co-operation, aid workers and civil defence personnel
• Transit passengers
• People with urgent family reasons
• Sailors
• Persons in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian reasons
• People travelling for the purpose of studying
• Persons who travel for the purpose of performing highly qualified work, if their work effort is necessary from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed remotely, including persons who are to participate in or perform necessary tasks at international elite sports competitions
(Until further notice)
OutboundThe Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against unnecessary travel to non-EU countries.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
Internal / DomesticThe government recommends the wearing of face masks on public transport at peak times.

Private gatherings are limited to eight people.
Public gatherings without designated seating can go up to eight people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Public gatherings with designated seating can go up to 50 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

A maximum of four people can sit together per table in restaurants and bars. Table service of food and drink is not allowed after 22.30. Takeaway can be offered after 22.30. The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 22.00.

Further information can be found at: https://www.krisinformation.se/en/hazards-and-risks/disasters-and-incidents/2020/official-information-on-the-new-coronavirus
(Ends 1 September 2021)
Regional information and recommendations

More information on internal restrictions by regions can be found here: https://www.krisinformation.se/en/hazards-and-risks/disasters-and-incidents/2020/official-information-on-the-new-coronavirus/regional-information-about-coronavirus
(Until Further Notice)
20 out of 21 regions in the country are under varying degrees of stringent COVID-19 containment measures. Further details regarding measures applicable to each region can be found here: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/nyheter-och-press/nyhetsarkiv/2020/november/
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Sweden

COVID-19 information for Sweden

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Sweden is a safe country. Petty crime is the main risk, especially in Stockholm, but levels remain low compared with other European cities. There is a limited risk of terrorist attack, even though some extremist groups are believed to be present in the country. Organised criminal gangs are also present but their activities do not pose a direct risk to individuals.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Sweden
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

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