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Which foreign Covid vaccine passes are valid at public events in Sweden?

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Which foreign Covid vaccine passes are valid at public events in Sweden?
Vaccine passes from approved countries will be valid at public events in Sweden, but it is not yet clear whether this will also include the US-issued CDC card. Photo: Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Sweden introduced Covid-19 vaccine passes at certain public events and gatherings on December 1st. But which foreign vaccine certificates are accepted?


Did you get vaccinated against Covid abroad and are wondering whether or not your vaccine pass is valid for entry to large public events in Sweden? Keep reading to see what The Local has been able to find out so far about the rules for EU and non-EU Covid vaccine certificates.

I have a Swedish vaccine pass

You’ll be fine, as long as you have received two doses of the Covid vaccine, with your second dose given at least two weeks ago. Note that proof of recovery or a negative test are not accepted for entry to public events. Here's how to get your Swedish vaccine pass.

You can read more HERE about which public events in Sweden require vaccine passes, and which do not.


I have an EU Digital Covid-19 certificate

Holders of EU-issued vaccine passes will be able to use their passes in Sweden.

I have a Covid-19 vaccine pass from an approved country

People with Covid passes from so-called “approved” non-EU countries are able to enter Sweden by presenting their pass on the border. But are they valid for domestic events too? In general, yes, but there's one exception: the US.

EXPLAINED: What's an approved country?

The e-Health Agency, the agency currently responsible for issuing Covid-19 vaccine passes in Sweden, confirmed to The Local that vaccine passes from countries that have joined the EU’s vaccine pass system, and can therefore be validated alongside the EU digital certificate, are valid for public events. The US, which counts as an "approved country" for border purposes, is however not currently included on that list.

The Health Ministry confirmed to The Local on November 26th that US-issued CDC cards will therefore at this stage not be valid at public events, although a spokesperson said they were working on making it possible for vaccinated people from third countries to attend events that require a vaccine certificate, even if they're not from countries that have joined the EU's digital vaccine pass system.

At the time of writing, Covid-19 vaccine passes from the EU and the following countries are valid at events in Sweden:

El Salvador
Faroe Islands
North Macedonia
New Zealand
San Marino
United Kingdom

I have a Covid-19 vaccine pass from a country that has not joined the EU's vaccine pass system

See above. This does not grant you access to events from December 1st, but perhaps in the future. We will keep investigating.


Can I turn my overseas Covid pass into a Swedish pass?

Not at the time of writing, although the government has ordered the e-Health Agency to look into the possibility of allowing Swedish residents who were vaccinated abroad to receive a Swedish Covid-19 pass. The deadline for this is the end of the year.

Can I turn my non-EU Covid pass into an EU Covid pass?

Many European countries are further ahead than Sweden when it comes to offering visitors vaccinated outside of the EU the EU Digital Covid Certificate – but note that the rules on which vaccines from which countries are accepted for doing this vary between member states.

But in France, for instance, US visitors can take their CDC vaccine certificate to the pharmacy to get an EU-issued QR code for free. This should then be accepted for events in Sweden, too. Switzerland also allows US visitors to convert their CDC card to a Swiss certificate for 30 francs (290 kronor), which lets them use it everywhere in Europe, again including Sweden.

Article by The Local's Emma Löfgren and Becky Waterton. The above information was correct to the best of our knowledge on December 2nd, but be aware that Covid rules may change quickly and that many details are still unclear at this stage.


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bonniewestwrites 2021/12/13 20:46
why is US not on the list??? Is this just political? Or is there something wrong with the US Vaccinations.?
  • Aaculver 2021/12/30 18:01
    There is nothing wrong with US vaxx. It's that we don't have a uniform digital system to keep track of them. Also we still have those $&#% people who still try to counterfeit the CDC cards.
ahlewis3 2021/12/06 18:33
I have been advised by the authorities that since my US double-vax is not accepted, i should get vaccinated AGAIN here. So i’m taking vaccines away from needy Swedes, in order to get a covidbevis (FYI France recognized my US vaccination & gave me an EU pass during my stay, Spain & the UK & Italy accepted my card everywhere). För fan… Still, Sweden is better than every country. And soon, real soon, they’ll also solve Palme’s murder.
adseidel88 2021/12/06 10:06
CANADA should also be on the list. It has a we coded list of covid 19 shots received (3 in my case) and should be acceptable.
jel 2021/12/03 00:06
Denmark is not in the list. Interesting!
  • victor4916 2021/12/07 17:31
    "At the time of writing, Covid-19 vaccine passes from the EU AND the following countries are valid" - Read again, passes from the EU are valid here in Sweden, thus Denmark's pass is valid here...

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