Can I come to Sweden if I’ve been fully vaccinated against Covid-19?

As vaccination programmes progress around the world, those who have received protection against Covid-19 may be wondering about their travel options.

Can I come to Sweden if I've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19?
Arlanda airport (Photo: Stina Stjernqvist/TT) and an EU proposal for how a vaccination pass could look (Photo: Wiktor Nummelin/TT)

Question: I have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and received a certificate to prove this. Can I come to Sweden now?

The short answer is no, proof of vaccination in itself isn’t currently a factor in whether you are allowed to enter Sweden.

Even if you are vaccinated, you are still covered by the travel restrictions for those coming from EU and non-EU countries

At the time of writing, this means that if you are travelling from another EU/EEA country, you can enter Sweden for any purpose, so long as you can show a negative coronavirus test that is less than 48 hours old.  

If you are travelling from outside the EU, you can only enter Sweden if you show a negative coronavirus test no older than 48 hours, and also fall into a category exempt from the entry ban: that includes Swedish citizens or residents, or people who meet one of a long list of exceptions, for example travel for urgent family reasons. 

There are some exemptions to the requirement to show a negative coronavirus test, including for Swedish citizens and residents, but proof of vaccination is not one of them. And everyone arriving in Sweden is expected to isolate and avoid close contact with others for at least seven days on arrival.

This will probably change before the summer, with several plans for ‘vaccine passes’ underway which would allow vaccinated people to travel more easily.

The European Union is also working on developing a common framework for “digital certificates” among member states, with the bloc’s tourism chief announcing on Sunday that the certificates should be available within “two to three months”.

In the US meanwhile, President Joe Biden in January ordered agencies to start looking at developing an international vaccine certificate.

As more and more countries issue digital or physical certificates showing vaccination, antibodies or other immunity, Sweden is likely to include that in its entry requirement, probably in concert with other countries in the European Union. 

This article was written in response to questions from members of The Local. If you have any questions about Sweden’s Covid-19 rules, email [email protected] and we will do our best to answer if we can.

Member comments

  1. I do think Sweden should consider now letting in UK citizens who have had both covid vaccinations . Covid is now well under control in UK and most restrictions are being lifted April 14.

  2. Seems that having evidence of double vaccinations should cover it. The rules will probably be updated shortly.

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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.