Sweden has made some exceptions to their entry ban and are now allowing entry to a list of EU/EEA countries, and as of July 4, 2020 to an expanded list of third-party countries outside the EU.
We have both lists of countries that can visit below, along with all entry requirements and other important travel rules you should know about before you go.
Which countries can travel to Sweden?
On March 17th the Swedish Government decided to restrict non-essential travels to Sweden across an external border from most countries except those in the EU/EEA. The non-essential travel ban is currently in effect until August 31st 2020, but it does allow a list of countries that can still visit.
Here is the current list of EU/EEA nations that can visit Sweden:
(last updated Feb 14, 2021)
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Vatican City
- The UK, Norway and Denmark have been temporarily banned for non-essential entry due to virus strains.
Third-Party Countries Allowed into Sweden
The EU recently published a list of ‘safe’ countries that can travel to nations inside the European Union for the purpose of tourism, starting on July 1st, 2020. The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country was given the freedom to make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
Sweden first responded to the suggestion by not making any exceptions for the third-party country list, but then made important updates on July 4 with the decision to include them in the entry ban exceptions. Since then, the list has been reviewed and changed several times.
Third-party countries granted entry into Sweden
In line with EU guidelines, Sweden will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries: (last updated Jan 15, 2021)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
This list of countries is not final and can change. It is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
Is entry into Sweden based on physical location for the last 14-days, residency or nationality?
Entry into Sweden is based on residency.
In an exact quote from the Swedish Police site: “[Entry] will be based on residence in one of the countries, not citizenship. This means that foreigners who can document that they reside in any of these countries, will be allowed to enter Sweden if they do fulfill the entry requirements given in the Schengen Border Code and the Visa Code.”
Testing or quarantines upon arrival in Sweden?
Starting Feb 6, 2021, Sweden is now requiring visitors from all approved countries to bring a negative antigen, PCR or LAMP test, taken no longer than 48 hour before arrival.
Are Airlines Flying to Sweden Again?
Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Swedish airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
The two biggest airports in Sweden are Stockholm and Gothenburg.
The airlines that offer the most direct flights in and out of Sweden include: SAS, WizzAir, EasyJet, RyanAir and Norwegian.
Can I Transit Through Swedish Airports?
Yes, Sweden has stated it will allow ‘passengers in transit’. If you are from a country not included on the above two lists and you have a question about your transit plans in Sweden, contact: your airline, and the airport you will be transiting in.
Can Americans Travel To Sweden?
No, not at this time.
Disclaimer: Sweden’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Originally published July 6, 2020 with updates