Since lockdown was announced, and before, we have been closely monitoring government guidance, regional policies and have maintained a continuous dialogue with our colleagues in Sweden. Below we have highlighted the facts and guidelines relating to accommodation, shops and services. It is important to note that guidelines are being updated daily and you should contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns.

The Swedish Government has suspended non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will apply until October 31. This ban has been introduced to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The entry ban does not apply to citizens of EU/EEA countries, UK, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican, or their families, or for travels to Sweden from the EU/EEA area. Furthermore, the ban does not apply if you or a close relative already live here as a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa to Sweden.

Entry requirements

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers to Sweden. Swedavia Airports recommends that you use face masks at their airports. Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is no general requirement for entering Sweden.

Please pay close attention to the information given by your airline – many airline companies require you to wear a face mask on board. You do not need a health statement or health certificate in order to enter Sweden. 

Face masks

There is no general requirement to wear a face mask in normal social situations, in public places, in public transport etc.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden ("Folkhälsomyndigheten") recommends that:

  • Those who are feeling unwell stay at home
  • Stay at least an arm's length away from other people
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

 

Testing and travel certificates

Some other countries require a certificate proving that you do not have Covid-19 before entering. This is not the case in Sweden.

In Sweden, anyone with symptoms can get a PCR test which will determine if there is an active Covid-19 infection. If you are interested in doing a PCR test, contact phone number 1177.  

An antibody (or a serological) test can show whether you have previously had Covid-19 and developed antibodies against the virus, and thus have protection against the disease. Some companies in Sweden offer foreign citizens such antibody tests (information in Swedish) at a cost, some of which can provide travel certificates. Also check information provided by your embassy.

Travelling in Sweden

Those without symptoms can travel in Sweden. It is important for everyone to maintain distance from other people, both while travelling and at the destination. Before your journey, check with the municipality (”kommunen”) you intend to visit if there are any local restrictions.

Public transportation is operating but services may be limited, both as regards the number of passengers allowed and frequency of departures. For information about services or routes, visit the relevant website or contact the operator on the phone for information in English. If you become ill, you need to be able to make your way home without putting others at risk of infection. Remember to maintain distance from others and avoid places where many people gather.

 

Swedish Healthcare

If you are on a visit in Sweden and become ill or get injured, call 1177 for information about illnesses and about Swedish healthcare. In case of emergency, call 112 for an ambulance.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be reductions in healthcare services because of the handling of Covid-19. Do not visit a health centre (“vårdcentral”) if you have any symptoms associated with Covid-19. Instead call 1177 where you will get medical advice from a registered nurse

Accommodation

Hotels and private accommodation

General advice and recommendations regarding minimising the spread of infection apply.

Campsites

Campsites are not included in the ban on public gatherings exceeding 50 people. However, events on and in connection with campsites may be affected.

Due to the risk of contagion, the Swedish Tourist Association ("STF") has introduced restrictions concerning how many people may spend the night in the Association's mountain cabins. Hikers will have to book a space in the cabins and pay in advance.

Private cabins may also have introduced similar rules. If you have considered hiking this summer, we recommend that you investigate this before leaving.

 

 

Activities

Restaurants and cafés

Restaurants, cafés, and bars as well as other venues serving food and drink must:

  • Take measures to avoid crowding of people in queues, at tables, buffets or bar counters.
  • Ensure that guests can keep at least one meter's distance from other people.
  • Only serve food and drink to guests who are seated at a table or a bar counter.
  • Guests are permitted to order and pick up food and drink, provided that this does not lead to crowding or queues.
  • Offer guests the opportunity to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or offer them hand sanitiser.
  • Inform guests about how they can decrease the risk for spreading infection.

Hotels, hostels, and campsites

Hotels, hostels and campsites should ensure that personnel and guests are familiar with and follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

Visitor-related businesses should be able to offer alternative solutions to queues, for instance, when checking in (e.g. showing the distance guests can maintain between each other). Personnel and visitors should also have the opportunity to cleanse their hands, both with soap and water and hand sanitiser.

If the business has a restaurant, bar or café, it is subject to the Public Health Agency’s overcrowding rules for, among other things, restaurants and pubs.

Any events may be affected by the ban on public gatherings and events.

 

Swimming areas

Swimming areas are not included in the ban on public gatherings exceeding 50 people.

Advice on visiting beaches and pools:

  • Stay at home if you are ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if it is not possible to wash your hands.
  • Avoid crowded beaches and pools.
  • Keep a safe distance of two metres between yourself and others on the beach/by the pool and in the water.
  • Familiarise yourself with the information on the beach’s/pool’s information board and follow the recommendations for a safer beach visit.

 

Amusement parks, zoos, and water parks

Due to the ban on public gatherings exceeding more than 50 people, many amusement parks must stay closed this summer. However, certain parks, such as zoos, have remained open with special restrictions and limitations in place. These may entail that only a limited number of visitors are allowed in, that tickets must be pre-booked, or that parts of the park remain closed. Please make sure that you are aware of these restrictions and limitations before visiting an amusement park.

 

Shops and stores

Most shops and stores are open. These may have reduced opening hours and limits to the number of customers allowed. Make sure to maintain a safe distance from other people.

Museums and theatres

Many museums are now open but have limited capacity and opening hours. Theatres are closed but open-air alternatives may be open (check opening hours before visiting).

Sunvil's support

Sunvil’s destination specialists have toured Sweden and know the country inside out. The team consisting of Rosanna, Michelle, Yasmin, Cristiana, Alison and Bekki, are supported in-country by our local agent. We operate a 24-hour emergency telephone number and are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Useful links

Visit Sweden

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Stockholm Stockholm
Gothenburg Gothenburg
Fjallbacka Fjallbacka
Swedish Lapland Swedish Lapland
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