Information to travellers
Information to travellers
What are the recommendations for travel within Sweden?
Beginning 13 June anyone without symptoms or newly diagnosed COVID-19 is allowed to travel within Sweden.
- If possible, travel by other means than public transportation, e.g. by bicycle or walk. If you need to travel by public transport, it is preferable to choose an alternative where it is possible to book a seat in advance, e.g. train.
- We advise you to avoid any travel by public transport where you cannot book a seat in advance, e.g. trams, subway and local buses. If this is not possible, ensure physical distance from other people.
- If you are ill you should not travel at all. People belonging to a risk group particularly need to consider whether they should travel or receive visitors. Those belonging to risk groups are primarily people who are 70 or over, and people with an underlying disease such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, or diabetes.
- If COVID-19 spreads to a majority of the regions in Sweden, we risk a situation where the healthcare system’s resources become increasingly difficult to redistribute in order to support all affected areas. It is also important to know that you need to be able to care for yourself, should you fall ill when away from home. If you require help, please be aware that resources might be limited. You should also arrange for either isolation or a way to travel home in a way that does not risk spreading the infection to others.
In addition to the above, previous recommendations regarding how to protect yourself and others from disease still apply.
More information about travelling in Sweden (krisinformation.se)
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What is the advice for travelling by public transport?
Public transport is not covered by the ban against public gatherings of more than 50 people.
Beginning 13 June anyone without symptoms or newly diagnosed COVID-19 is allowed to travel within Sweden. The general guidelines regarding travel in Sweden specify the personal responsibility while travelling. For more information: Sommar och covid-19 – detta gäller i sommar (in Swedish).
In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public transport operators should:
- provide enough service to avoid crowding
- limit the number of passengers
- inform their passengers of how to minimise the risk of disease transmission
The general guidelines apply to most passenger transports, i.e. also to taxi service for disabled, school bus services and health care transports but not to private use of your own vehicle.
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What is the advice regarding international travel?
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs issues general advice regarding travel to other countries (in Swedish).
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the continued uncertainty regarding international travel, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs currently advises against non-essential travel to all countries. This is valid from 14 March 2020 through to 15 July 2020.
For updated information, please visit the Ministry’s web page about the coronavirus and about the current situation in other countries. For questions please contact the consular department at +46 8 405 92 00, or by email.
The Public Health Agency does not issue travel recommendations for individuals or groups of people. However, we may pass on recommendations based on our international collaborations with the WHO and others to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Each person must assess their own situation, based on the need to travel and the available information on the disease from sources such as the WHO and ECDC, who present the official data reported by different countries.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) offers information on travel to different countries. For advice regarding planned journeys, please contact your travel agency or insurance company if you have questions about cancellations.
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What do hotels, youth hostels and campsites need to do?
All organisations in Sweden must take note of the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden or County Medical Officers and put measures in place to reduce the risk of infection. This may mean limiting the number of guests who can be on the premises at any one time. Hotels, youth hostels and campsites should also make arrangements to avoid queues, such as at check-in, and advise how far apart customers should stand. They should also ensure that staff and visitors are able to wash their hands with soap and water and provide hand sanitiser. Arrangements at different sites may vary due to differences between them, for example in terms of size or location.
If there is a restaurant, bar, café or similar facility at a particular venue, it will be covered by the new rules for restaurants and bars. Where that is the case, the County Medical Officer may consult with the municipality and take a decision to close those parts of the venue if they do not meet the requirements.
Beginning 13 June anyone without symptoms or newly diagnosed COVID-19 is allowed to travel within Sweden. The decision is based on the current infection trend and a forecast of the effects of increased travel. However, it is of utmost importance to continue to take great personal responsibility and follow our recommendations to keep a distance from others e.g. at bathing places, beaches, camping sites and open-air cafés and restaurants.
Read more here:
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What applies regarding travel to Sweden from abroad?
At present, people travelling to Sweden will receive information on what applies in Sweden at the border crossing. The laws and recommendations below apply to everyone who is staying in Sweden:
There is no quarantine obligation for travellers to Sweden.
On 2 July, the Government decided to extend the entry ban until 31 August. This means that the Government has decided to temporarily stop all non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travellers. The decision was taken following a Council of the European Union recommendation. The amendments will enter into force on 4 July 2020.
For more information on how the ordinance on a temporary entry ban to Sweden is to be interpreted and which exemptions apply, please see Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden.
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Where can I get a travel certificate?
Some countries require you to provide a certificate proving that you do not have COVID-19 before they will let you enter. Other countries require a certificate before they will let their citizens return home without a period of quarantine.
See information about the companies offering testing that includes a travel certificate; the list is updated continuously. You must pay the costs of any certificate yourself.
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has put together advice and instructions on travelling to and from other countries.
Sweden’s embassies will give country-specific information about travel aimed at Swedish travellers.
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