The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 5 March 2021

If you are planning to travel

Advice on what to keep in mind when planning to travel.

For all travel and when staying away from home

You have a great personal responsibility to prevent the spread of infection when travelling. Do not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19. During your travel and on your destination, you should limit new close contacts, and meet in smaller groups.

It is important that you can look after yourself if you fall ill after you have arrived at your destination. If you are staying away from home and fall ill, you should get tested, self-isolate and stay where you are until you are well again, or travel home safely, without putting others at risk of infection. You should also consider what to do if someone in your party falls ill.

Check what applies for your journey by contacting your travel organiser and insurance company before travelling.

For domestic travel

The spread of COVID-19 is hard to predict and can change quickly at your destination. This could result in local regulations and restrictions being introduced at short notice, which could affect your possibility to travel home. If you need to stay away longer than planned, you may need to arrange additional accommodation and alternative travel.

Follow the national and regional recommendations in force at your destination. Read more about recommendations in different regions at krisinformation.se. All travellers should follow the advice and instructions provided by their travel organisers and accommodation providers such as the hotel where you are staying.

For international travel

Information is available from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UD). The Sweden Abroad website provides information about regulations in different countries. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ “Resklar” app provides up to date information about your destination.

Whatever your destination, as an individual traveller you have a great responsibility. All travellers should keep themselves informed about the entry rules that apply for their destination, and follow the advice and instructions from the local authorities. Travel restrictions can be put in place at short notice, which could affect your possibility to travel home. For more information about the spread of infection at your destination, visit the relevant government authority’s website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also issue data about the global spread of infection.

If you become ill while abroad or before travelling

Do not travel if you have symptoms. If you fall ill when abroad follow the local guidelines on when you are no longer considered to be infectious. Depending on which rules apply in the country you are visiting, there is a risk that you will not be allowed to travel home if you: have COVID-19 symptoms, have had a positive PCR test result or have been around someone who has tested positive.

Entering Sweden from abroad

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends all travellers to Sweden to get tested for COVID-19 upon entry, and on day five after arrival. Stay at home for at least seven days after arrival. If you do not develop symptoms or test positive during those seven days, you may move about in society but you have to follow the guidelines and recommendations that apply to everyone. The Government can impose an entry ban to Sweden and other precautionary measures that limit the possibility to travel to Sweden. Foreign nationals have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been conducted a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival.

Air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) requires face masks to be worn during air travel. Contact your airline to find out their rules about face masks.

If you do wear a face mask, it is important to use the right kind and wear the mask correctly. The WHO website has information and images showing how to wear face masks.

Travel certificate

Many countries require a certificate showing that you do not have COVID-19 to allow entry from abroad. Other countries require a certificate for their citizens to be able return home without needing to be quarantined.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has created a list of digital healthcare providers that can offer testing for travel certificates. A negative PCR test indicates that you were not infected at the time the test was taken.

What to keep in mind when you are abroad

When you are abroad, you should follow the general recommendations of the Swedish authorities to prevent the spread of infection: keep your distance, avoid meeting others if you fall ill and maintain good hand hygiene. All travellers should keep themselves well-informed about the situation at their destination and follow the advice and instructions of the local authorities.

The spread of COVID-19 can change quickly. You should therefore have a plan in place for if the situation gets worse and affects your ability to travel home. There may also be different testing and quarantine requirements before your return journey. Requirements may change during your stay in your destination country. If you need to stay away longer than planned, be prepared to organise additional accommodation and alternative travel home. If your travel is imminent, you should contact your travel organiser and your insurance company if you have any questions about cancellation or rebooking and what applies to you.

The spread of infection on board a mode of public transport in international operation (e.g. aircraft and ferries) may result in the entire mode of transport being quarantined at border crossings at the discretion of local authorities. If, for example, a cruise ship is placed in quarantine, this may mean that passengers are prevented from leaving the ship.

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