At the moment, Sweden has entry bans in place that affect all non-EU countries except seven: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, or Thailand.
This means that if you are travelling to Sweden from a non-EU country that’s not on that short list, you need to fall into a category that is exempt from the ban. These categories include Swedish residents, EU citizens, and people travelling for essential work or urgent family reasons among some others.
If you don’t fall under those conditions, say if you want to travel from the UK, US or India to Sweden to visit family or friends, you cannot enter Sweden directly, and that entry ban is in place until at least August 31st.
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But there may be ways for you to get here if you need to, as Sweden’s travel ban is based on the country you travel from.
This means that if you travel to Sweden via a country exempt from the travel ban (including all EU and EEA countries), you may be able to enter.
Denmark has a separate system for entering the country, with three levels of restrictions for “yellow”, “orange” and “red” countries. Travel from yellow list countries does not require proof of a “worthy purpose” of travel, but that list is identical to Sweden’s list of countries exempt from the travel ban.
Travel from orange list countries requires proof of a “worthy purpose” of travel, and you need to be tested before you board your flight to Denmark, and to get tested again and self-isolate on arrival.
But there is one important additional exception.
From June 5th, Denmark announced that it people from OECD third countries who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved for use by the EU will also be allowed to enter even without a “worthy purpose” of travel. These people will also not need to be tested or to isolate on arrival. OECD countries outside the EU/EEA are Canada, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK and US.
The requirement is proof that you received a second dose of an approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson, though the latter only requires one dose) at least 14 days before travel. And it does not apply for countries on Denmark’s red list, which at the time of writing included: Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India and Nepal. You can keep up to date with Denmark’s travel rules on the national Covid-19 travel website (in English and German).
In order to travel from Denmark to Sweden, there are currently no requirements in place either to show a negative Covid-19 test or to prove a worthy purpose of travel, regardless of your nationality (note that if you’re travelling to Sweden from an EU/EEA country other than Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, you have to show a negative test). Travellers should note however that entry to Sweden is always at the discretion of the individual border officer, so there is no guarantee you will be able to cross the border into Sweden.
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