UPDATED: Who’s allowed to travel to Sweden from outside the EU?

UPDATED: Who's allowed to travel to Sweden from outside the EU?
Sweden has updated its entry ban for non-EU travellers. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
These are the countries currently exempt from an entry ban to Sweden.

As of August 15th, people from the following countries are allowed to travel freely to Sweden:

  • EU/EEA, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

The list above means that people from these countries are allowed to travel to Sweden for any purpose, including tourism. Sweden does not have any quarantine rules in place for foreign visitors and no proof of a negative coronavirus test is required. However, everyone is expected to follow coronavirus health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing and avoiding public transport, especially at busy times.

Travellers from other non-EU/EEA countries will remain banned from entry until August 31st.

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Sweden has had the entry ban in place since March, but has updated it several times to add new exceptions to the ban. For example, on July 4th people with new residence or student permits who had not yet moved to Sweden were included on the list of people who were allowed to enter Sweden.

“(The) decision means that the requirement that the purpose of entry must be to return home is removed. Entry is thus allowed for EU citizens and people with Swedish residence permits regardless of the purpose of travel,” said the Swedish government at the time.

Previous exceptions to the entry ban still apply, for example Swedish or EU citizens, people travelling for urgent family reasons, or workers in key jobs. You can read more about the exceptions here.

Sweden's decisions follow the European Council's recommendations.

Border control remains a national competence and is not decided at EU level, so the EU recommendations are not legally binding for member states.


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