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KEY POINTS: What Sweden’s travel rules mean for international arrivals

Here's a rundown of Sweden's current border restrictions, and where to find more information.

KEY POINTS: What Sweden's travel rules mean for international arrivals
Make sure you check the entry rules for any countries you are transiting on your way to Sweden. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden’s travel rules were once again updated on January 21st, with negative test requirements scrapped for a lot of travellers and vaccine passes reintroduced as valid for travel.

When you travel from another country to Sweden, it is always the entry regulations of the country that you enter from that apply. Therefore, make sure to check the rules for entering Sweden from the last country you will enter on your way to Sweden, if you will be transiting.

Travellers from the EU/EEA and the Nordic countries:

Those entering from EU/EEA countries are not subject to Sweden’s entry ban, and are able to enter the country with a valid vaccine certificate (EU certificates, Swedish certificates, and certificates from so-called “approved countries” are accepted), a negative test carried out within 72 hours of arrival, or proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months.

Travellers from Denmark to the Danish island of Bornholm travelling via Sweden are exempt from this requirement, as are Swedish citizens, foreign citizens who live in Sweden, and under-18s. You can find a full list of exemptions on the Swedish government’s website.

Travellers from outside the EU:

Those wishing to enter Sweden from countries outside of the EU must be covered by one of the exemptions from the entry ban to be allowed in to the country (such as residency in an exempted country or EU/EEA citizenship), as well as providing a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Residency in an exempted country can be documented in a number of ways – for example, with a driving licence or ID card from the country, or a residence permit.

Travellers are also exempt from the entry ban as well as from the test requirement if they can show a vaccination certificate from an approved country.

People who are long-term residents in Sweden (long-term defined here as over one year) are exempt from any requirements to show a negative test or a vaccine pass. Several other groups are also exempt, and you can read more about that on the government’s website.

To prove residency in Sweden, you must document that you have lived or will live in Sweden for at least one year. This can be done, for example, by printing out an extract from the population register (available at Skatteverket), showing a valid residence permit, or providing a rental contract or acceptance letter from a Swedish educational facility alongside a valid study permit.

See the border police’s website for a list of exempted and approved countries (under “Exempted countries and approved countries”).

The above information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Please be aware that we are not a government authority and cannot issue any guarantees about whether or not you will be able to travel to Sweden. We always advise readers to also consult the official information on the Swedish border police’s website HERE and HERE before travelling.

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact our editorial team at [email protected]. We may not be able to reply to every email, and we cannot advise on individual cases, but we read all emails and use them to inform our future coverage.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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