The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 2 July 2021

Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden

The Swedish Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the Nordic region must have tested negative for COVID-19, be vaccinated against the disease, or have recovered from COVID-19. Here you will find information on how the certificates attesting to this must be formatted. The requirements depend on the country from which the foreign national is travelling.

Certificates for entry from EEA countries outside the Nordic region and entry from exempted countries

Foreign nationals who are subject to one of the exemptions included in Sweden’s entry ban and wish to enter Sweden from EEA countries outside the Nordic region or from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City must present one of the following:

  • Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Certificate of a negative test result from a test for the presence of an ongoing COVID-19 infection (test certificate).
  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19.

These certificates must either take the form of the EU’s common COVID certificate, referred to in Sweden as a “covidbevis”, or an equivalent certificate.

For the vaccination certificates, at least two weeks must have passed since the first dose was administered. The vaccine must be either one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or one of the ones that has received emergency use authorisation from the WHO.

For a certificate to be considered equivalent to the EU vaccination certificate, it is required to contain the same factual information as the EU certificate. It must also have been issued in an EEA country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City or one of the states on the EU list of exempted third countries. In addition, the information in the certificate must be provided in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French.

In order for a certificate to be considered equivalent to the EU test certificate, it must contain the same factual information as the EU certificate. In addition, the information in the certificate must be provided in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French. Such a certificate is valid for 72 hours from the time of testing.

In order for a certificate to be considered equivalent to the EU recovery certificate as described above, it must contain the same factual information as the EU certificate and must also be issued in an EEA State or in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City. The information must be provided in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French. Such a certificate is valid if it has been issued no earlier than 11 days after the testing which yielded a positive result, and then remains valid for a maximum of 180 days from the date of the first positive test result.

A test certificate for persons crossing the border on a regular basis must contain the same factual information as the EU test certificate. In addition, the information in the certificate must be provided in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French. Such a certificate is valid for one week from the time of testing.

The rules on the conditions for certificates for travellers from certain EEA states and some other states are set out in the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations HSLF-FS 2021:59.

The EU’s list of exempted third countries

List of vaccines against COVID-19 with emergency use authorisation from the WHO

The EMA’s list of approved vaccines against COVID-19

The Swedish Government’s Q&A website

Certificates for entry from outside the EEA and outside exempt countries

Foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the EEA and outside exempt countries must be able to present a certificate at the border showing that the traveller has tested negative for COVID-19. A maximum of 48 hours may have passed between the time of testing and the border crossing.

The following types of tests for COVID-19 are approved: Antigen test, PCR test, LAMP test and TMA test. Antigen testing is available in the form of rapid tests for ongoing COVID-19 infection and is usually the test referred to as a “rapid test”.

The following information must appear on the certificate in order for it to be valid:

  • The name and date of birth of the person who has been tested
  • Date and time when the test was taken
  • Disease or infectious agent, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
  • The type of test that has been performed. It must be an antigen test, PCR test, LAMP test or TMA test
  • The negative test result
  • The name, telephone number and address of the issuer of the certificate or of the laboratory which has carried out the test.

In addition, the information in the certificate must be provided in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French.

The requirement for a negative COVID-19 test result when entering from outside the EEA and outside exempt countries applies regardless of whether the foreign national entering Sweden is vaccinated against COVID-19 or has previously undergone a COVID-19 infection.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that anyone entering Sweden who has travelled in a country outside the EU/EEA, the Schengen area, the UK and other exempt countries, regardless of their nationality, should get tested upon entry and avoid contact with other people for seven days. This applies regardless of whether or not you are subject to the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. Fully vaccinated travellers (vaccinated with two doses and travelling at least two weeks after the last dose was administered) who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA (see the EMA) or a vaccine that has received emergency use authorisation from the WHO (see the WHO’s EUL) are exempt from the recommendation.