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Travelling to Sweden: Entry Rules & Restrictions Explained

Following the Public Health Agency’s recommendation, the Swedish government has introduced more moderate restrictions and requirements on the coronavirus for both travelers and its citizens.

As of February 9, the test requirement has been limited to arrivals from third countries only, and local restrictions have been lifted, reports.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Sweden has recorded 2,460,783 positive cases with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 12,402 cases reported in the past seven days. In addition, 17,549 people have died due to the fallout from COVID-19 since 2020.

Entry requirements for travelers from EU/EEA countries

Travelers from these countries and Switzerland are exempt from the entry ban and can travel to Sweden without submitting additional COVID-19 requirements.

“As of February 9, 2022, there is no longer an entry ban when entering directly from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. This means that everyone, regardless of nationality, can enter Sweden without any COVID-19 restrictions,” The Swedish police website shows.

In addition, the same rule applies to transit through an EU/EEA country if the traveler is processed for immigration in the country of first destination, regardless of the country of origin of the journey.

Entry conditions for travelers from third world countries

On the other hand, travelers from third countries are still subject to an entry ban, which means a passport may be required to have a vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.

However, several categories of travelers are excluded from this entry ban, as the following explains:

Swedish citizens who enter the country without having to provide any COVID-19 certificate Swedish residents with a valid residence permit, who are also exempt from providing COVID-19 certificates Swedish residents with a valid residence permit for less than one year who are exempt from Ban on entry but a valid COVID-19 certificate must be presented for EEA nationals, and a valid COVID-19 certificate must be presented for residents of exempt countries, who must submit the required documents at the Schengen border, where they are exempted from the completely non-essential travel ban vaccinated travelers, with Issuance of vaccination certificate in approved countries.

Exempt countries include:

Bahrain Chile Colombia Hong Kong Indonesia Kuwait Macau New Zealand Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia South Korea Taiwan United Arab Emirates Uruguay

The vaccination certificate from these countries has not been accepted as valid by the Swedish authorities.

On the other hand, travelers fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization are allowed to enter the country without submitting a negative test, provided they receive their final dose 14 days before arriving in Sweden.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, for example, unaccompanied minors, who have been partially vaccinated, or travelers who have medical exemptions are not exempt. The exemption is entirely related to the vaccination certificate, not to the country of residence or nationality,” the authority explains.

The list of countries approved in Sweden consists of:

Albania Andorra Armenia Cabo Verde El Salvador Faroe Islands Georgia Israel Lebanon Morocco Moldova Monaco Montenegro New Zealand North Macedonia Panama San Marino Serbia Singapore Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Togo Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates + Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey Uruguay USA Vatican COVID Domestic – 19 restrictions

Since February 9, the Swedish government has eased national restrictions at the request of the Public Health Agency.

The new measures include removing restrictions for participants in public gatherings and events, and canceling maximum group sizes at eating and drinking establishments, shopping malls, and private gatherings and tournaments.

“On April 1, the remaining official recommendations will be removed or adapted to the rate of transmission, burden on health care services, and vaccination rates at that time. After that, the vaccination recommendation will remain in effect, along with specific recommendations for health services and care environments.” , warns the press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

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