As of 2021, Sweden has made some exceptions to their entry ban and are now allowing entry to a list of EU/EEA countries, and an updated 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 travel to Sweden in 2021.
Which countries can travel to Sweden?
EU, EEA, and Schengen Member States, as well as a list of approved third-party countries.
Here is the current list of EU/EEA nations that can visit Sweden:
(last updated December 4, 2021)
Third-Party Countries Allowed into Sweden
In line with EU guidelines, Sweden will lift entry restrictions for residents of the following third-party countries: (last updated December 4, 2021)
- China – as soon as possibility of mutual entry is confirmed
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
This list of countries is not final and can change. It is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
Vaccine Certificates Recognized by Sweden
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- United States
- The Vatican.
Sweden will also accept non-EU citizens/residents who hold an EU digital COVID certificate.
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. The same applies to travellers holding vaccine certificates which are technically compatible with the EU Covid Certificate.”
However, we’ve had reports of travelers who’ve spent 14 days in an approved EU nation being granted access into Sweden.
Sweden is also allowing entry to travelers holding vaccination certificates from approved countries.
Testing or quarantines upon arrival in Sweden?
Residents of exempted countries need to bring a negative antigen, PCR, TMA or LAMP test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.
Children under 18 are exempt from testing.
Exemptions to testing exists for those who have an EU COVID certificate or a vaccination certificate from an exempted country.
If you have a vaccination certificate from an exempted third-party nation, you need to enter Sweden via an EEA country.
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 have also resumed.
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 & Canadians Travel To Sweden?
Yes (updated December 4, 2021)
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