Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers

If you're planning to travel from Sweden to Germany this summer, things just got a little bit simpler.

Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers
The River Spree and Berlin Cathedral in the German capital. Photo: Halvard Alvik / NTB scanpix / TT

From early June, Sweden has been the only EU country named as a 'risk area' by Germany, which meant people arriving in Germany from Sweden could be required to quarantine for 14 days. Now, that requirement will be abolished.

The risk area designations are made by the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which bases its assessment on several criteria, the key one being more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents in the previous seven days. 

But on Tuesday, the list of risk areas was updated, and Sweden was not among the 126 countries from where travellers should quarantine on arrival in Germany.

That means people can now travel between Germany and Sweden for all reasons, including for tourism or leisure, the German Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Individual federal states have the option of imposing their own restrictions, but the German ambassador to Sweden told the TT newswire that states must follow the national decision to remove the Swedish quarantine.

“The same rules apply to all European countries; if the rate of infection is lower than 50 per 100,000 residents [in the last seven days] the quarantine requirement is lifted. Since the development in Sweden was positive, we could lift it. We look at this over a time period of several days and it seems to be a stable trend now,” ambassador Anna Prinz said. 

It is possible to travel from Sweden to Germany by air, by boat from Trelleborg or Gothenborg, or by train if crossing through Denmark. Denmark however has its own restrictions on travel from Sweden, so tourists should make sure they have the correct documents if entering Denmark for the purpose of transit.

Member comments

  1. Hi where to get the exact information to visit the family members in Norway by car and what are the restrictions currently.

  2. Use this link instead

    You can choose english language if you want.

    Everyone who enters Norway from abroad are obligated to quarantine upon arrival, except for “the green” areas in Europe. Here is an overview of which countries and regions are exempt from the quarantine obligation at the National Institute of Public Health (external website).

    If you are among those who must stay in quarantine when you come to Norway, you must document that you have a permanent address during the period you have a quarantine obligation. For example, this can be a written confirmation from the person who will host you.

    Persons who cannot document having a place to stay at the same address for the ten days of quarantine can be denied entry to Norway.

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Sweden to stop offering Covid jabs to teenagers

Sweden's Public Health Agency said on Friday it was no longer recommending that children aged 12 to 17 get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing the "very low risk" for the group. The new recommendation will come into force on October 31.

Sweden to stop offering Covid jabs to teenagers

“The decision means that as of November 1, 2022 only children in certain vulnerable groups are recommended to get and thereby offered vaccinations against Covid-19,” the agency said.

“Overall we see that the need for care as a result of Covid-19 has been low among children and young people… and has in addition subsided since the Omicron variant started spreading,” Sören Andersson, head of the Public Health Agency’s vaccination department, said in the statement.

For those over 18, the Swedish recommendation is three doses, with a fourth recommended for those over 65.

The country made global headlines when it refused to implement draconian measures as other countries around the world went into lockdown.

Sweden saw a slight increase in the number of deaths during the summer, but the number is now falling.

After having a high death toll at the beginning of the pandemic, the Nordic country now has fewer deaths per capita than the European average.