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 August.
All foreign nationals, except those travelling from the Nordic countries (Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland), need to present a negative Covid-19 (PCR, LAMP, antigen) test result in order to travel into Sweden. The information must be clearly stated in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French. There can be no more than 48 hours between the time of the Covid test and crossing the border.
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.
- Only spend time with those you usually meet. 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.
- Those who are 16 years or older should also wear a face mask in public transport during rush hours.
Travelling in Sweden
Keep a distance to others, avoid crowds and meeting new people other than those you normally spend time with. Make sure you can self-isolate at your destination and get home without infecting others if you should develop symptoms of Covid-19.
Masks are recommended in public transport during rush hours. Long-haul buses and trains limit the number of passengers to half the seats available.
Gatherings and events
From 1 June, new limits on the number of participants are in effect. 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.
Hotels and restaurants
There is a maximum limit of four people at the same table. The establishment has a responsibility to make sure a distance can be kept between people.
From 1 June, restaurants and other venues can serve food and drink until 22.30 but takeaway of food and non-alcoholic beverages is allowed later than that. The serving of alcohol is permitted until 22.00.
Shops, gyms and other public premises
Shops, gyms, indoor sports facilities, and swimming facilities which are open must calculate the number of visitors so that each person is given ten square meters of space. There should be clear signage of the maximum number of visitors allowed.
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.