The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 6 July 2021

If you are planning to travel

Here is some advice on what to bear in mind when planning domestic or international travel.

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

Requirements for certificates for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden

For travel and a temporary stay away from home

You have a personal responsibility to travel in the safest possible way with regard to infection, that is, you must do whatever you can to avoid being infected by or infecting others. Check in advance what rules and recommendations apply at your destination. If you have any symptoms that may be due to Covid-19, you should not travel at all. If you meet new people at your destination, you should reduce the risk of spreading infection by keeping your distance and socialising outdoors if possible.

It is important that you plan ahead to ensure you are able to look after yourself if you fall ill at your destination. If you fall ill while away from home, you should get tested and stay where you are until you are healthy again, or make your way home as safely as you can, with the least possible risk of infecting others. You should also consider what to do if someone in your party falls ill.

Check what applies for your trip before you travel by contacting your travel organiser and your insurance company.

For international travel

Before your trip

Wherever you intend to travel, you assume great responsibility as an individual traveller. Each traveller should stay well informed about the entry regulations that apply at their destination. In the first instance, search for information about international travel at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD). The website for embassies, Sweden Abroad, provides information about regulations in different countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Resklar” app makes it easier to keep track of the rules that apply at your destination. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also issue data about the global spread of infection. Before your trip, you should also find out what local advice and restrictions apply at your destination.

To bear in mind when you are abroad

When travelling to other countries, you should take special care and stay informed about the rules and recommendations that apply when returning to and entering Sweden. 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.

Keep in mind that the situation can change rapidly and that local measures can be introduced at short notice. This might affect your ability to travel home. If you need to stay away longer than planned, you may need to organise accommodation yourself for your extended stay and transport home. If you have a coming trip, 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 traffic (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 you as a passenger are not able to leave the ship.

If you or someone close to you falls ill while abroad

Only travel by public transport if you are completely symptom-free. If you are abroad when you become ill, follow the local instructions about when you are considered to be healthy. Depending on which rules apply in the country you are visiting, there is a risk that you will not be allowed to travel home in the event of, for example, Covid-19 symptoms, a positive PCR test or if you have been socialising with someone who has tested positive.

Entering Sweden from abroad

The Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the Nordic countries must be able to present a vaccination certificate, a negative test result certificate or a certificate of Covid-19 infection in order to enter Sweden. What is required depends on the country the traveller has travelled from. For Swedish citizens, there is no requirement for a certificate when entering Sweden.

In addition to the requirement for a certificate, there are additional recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden that apply to everyone after entering Sweden. It is recommended you get tested and self-quarantine for seven days after arriving in Sweden. Fully vaccinated persons and persons who have only travelled in the EU/EEA, the Schengen area, the UK and certain third countries are exempt from this recommendation. However, everyone should pay extra attention to symptoms of the disease after travelling and stay at home and get tested if symptoms develop.

Read more about the recommendation to get tested and self-quarantine

On the Government's website, you can read about exemptions from the requirement for a test certificate, vaccination certificate or certificate of Covid-19 infection when entering Sweden

Here you can see which tests for Covid-19 are approved for entry into Sweden and what the certificate must state

Air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) requires face masks for air travel. Contact the airline you plan to travel with to find out what rules it has about face masks and requirements for a negative test result or a certificate of Covid-19 infection.

If you do wear a face mask, it is important to use the right kind of face mask and that it is used correctly. 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website has information and pictures showing how to use a face mask.

Travel certificate

Many countries require a certificate showing that you do not have Covid-19 in order for you to be able enter the country. Other countries require a certificate for their citizens to be able to return home without needing to be quarantined.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden does not carry out any tests, nor is it able to provide information or recommendations about private healthcare providers who carry out tests for travel certificates.

For domestic travel

Keep in mind that the spread of Covid-19 is difficult to predict and can change in the place you are travelling to. Therefore, local recommendations can be introduced at short notice. If you need to stay away longer than planned, you may need to organise accommodation during your extended stay as well as transport home.

Follow the regional recommendations that apply at your destination, e.g. by reading local news or the regional infectious diseases doctor's website. Every traveller should also follow the advice and instructions provided locally by the travel organiser and those providing accommodation, for example, the hotel where you are staying.

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