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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.

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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)

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Notes:

  • The UK, Norway and Denmark have been temporarily banned for non-essential entry due to virus strains. 
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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)

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

This list of countries is not final and can change. It is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.

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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.”

Sweden is OPEN To Tourists From 31 Countries

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.

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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.

Countries Allowed to Travel to Sweden

Can Americans Travel To Sweden?

No, not at this time.

Read More: See our complete guide of countries now reopen for international tourism, and which cruise lines have reopened for sailings. 

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.

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Originally published July 6, 2020 with updates


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Guillermo Ramos

Sunday 7th of March 2021

I am a swedish / filipino citizen and I wonder if there any restriction upon entry to sweden because of the covid-19?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 8th of March 2021

To my knowledge, any Swedish citizen can return to Sweden at any time. Yes, there may be restrictions like a 48 hour pCR test needed depending on where you are coming from

Paulina

Friday 5th of February 2021

I am a swedish citizen living in California. My two kids are also swedish citizens with swedish passports, however, my sons swedish passport just expired. It is not possible to renew his swedish passport in CA (you have to fly to NY or Washington DC to renew). Will he not be allowed to enter Sweden on his US passport if he travels with me and my daughter who both have active swedish passports? My son is 12.

michael flanery

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Are exemptions allowed for pharmaceutical companies visiting Swedish factories making their production equipment? We have a letter from the company in Sweden explaining above in more detail. All are US citizens traveling from US. They would stay for 14 days.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

For any essential business inquiries, it would be best to contact border police or the consulate directly.

Vicky

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Can Nigerians travel to Sweden?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

No not at this time

Yev

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hello, I am a Canadian citizen and was wondering if travelling to Sweden is allowed now? thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

No sorry, Canada was removed from the approved country list due to high cases