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Is Sweden Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

Last update: 01/22/2022

Sweden has yet to fully reopen to international travel, but travelers from the EEA and certain exempted countries can currently enter Sweden. Additionally, fully vaccinated travelers with a vaccine certificate from approved countries and travelers who travel from a Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) or EEA country can also enter Sweden.

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Is Sweden Open for Tourists? – Latest Sweden Travel Restrictions

Swedish citizens/residents and travelers from Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) can enter Sweden without any restrictions.

Travelers from all other EEA countries must either present an EU COVID vaccination certificate, an EU COVID recovery certificate, or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen) result that was obtained within 72 hours of entry to Sweden.

Travelers from non-EEA countries must have an exemption to enter Sweden (i.e., live in an exempted country or be fully vaccinated and have a vaccine certificate from an approved country). If they are allowed to enter Sweden, they must either present a vaccine certificate from an approved country, an EU COVID Certificate, or a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test result that was obtained within 72 hours of entry to Sweden.

All unvaccinated travelers should get tested after arrival in Sweden and self-isolate for two weeks after their arrival.

Can I travel to Sweden right now?

You can travel to Sweden from several countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Sweden at the moment.

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  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Exempted Countries

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Hong Kong
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

*These countries are considered exempted countries. Only residents of these countries who can provide proof of legal residence, not just citizenship, can enter Sweden from these countries. Additionally, if travelers are entering Sweden from these countries, they must have a vaccine certificate from one of the approved countries below to be considered fully vaccinated. If residents of these countries are entering Sweden via the EEA, they can present a vaccine certificate from their home country, and it will be accepted.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers Can Enter Sweden from These Approved Countries

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Faroe Islands
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Jersey
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Ukraine

*These countries are considered approved countries. To be considered vaccinated, travelers from these countries must have a vaccine certificate issued by one of the approved countries above.

Residents of These Countries Can Enter Sweden

  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Namibia
  • Peru

*Only residents of these countries can enter Sweden from these countries.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

*Only Swedish citizens/residents, EEA citizens/residents, fully vaccinated travelers with a certificate from an approved country or an EU Digital COVID Certificate, travelers who transit a Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) or EEA country, and certain other exemptions can enter Sweden from these countries.

Sweden COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Sweden’s entry requirements depend on your citizenship/residence, your vaccination status, and the country you are entering Sweden from.

If you are a Swedish citizen/resident or you are entering Sweden from a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway), you can enter Sweden without any entry restrictions.

If you are traveling to Sweden from any other EEA country, you must present an EU COVID vaccination certificate, an EU COVID recovery certificate, or a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test result that was obtained within 72 hours prior to entering Sweden.

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Sweden COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Travelers from non-EEA countries must have some kind of exemption to enter Sweden, such as residence in an exempted country or a vaccine certificate from an approved country.

If you are allowed to enter Sweden from a non-EEA country, you must present either an EU COVID Certificate, a vaccine certificate from an approved country, or a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test result from within 72 hours prior to entering Sweden.

If you are an unvaccinated traveler from any country, you should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations and get tested after you arrive in Sweden, ideally on the same day you arrive. You should also self-isolate for two weeks from your arrival.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Sweden

Travelers entering Sweden from non-EEA countries must have an EU COVID vaccination/recovery certificate or a vaccination certificate from an approved country to be considered vaccinated. Travelers entering Sweden from EEA countries can present an EU COVID vaccination/recovery certificate, vaccination certificate from an approved country, or vaccination certificate from an exempted country to be considered vaccinated.

Travelers must have received the last dose of their vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Sweden. Accepted vaccines include Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), AstraZeneca/SKBio, COVISHIELD, BIBP/Sinopharm, and CoronaVac (Sinovac).

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Sweden

Vaccine certificates from the EEA or exempted countries must be in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish, or French. Vaccine certificates from approved countries can be in any language. To be accepted, recovery certificates must be issued by an EEA country or by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, or Vatican City.

Fully vaccinated travelers with valid vaccination certificates are exempt from any testing and self-isolation requirements.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Sweden?

Travelers without valid vaccination or recovery certificates who are traveling from EEA countries (besides Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) and from non-EEA countries must present proof of a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test result from within 72 hours prior to entering Sweden.

The test certificate must have the traveler’s name and date of birth; date and time the test was taken; disease or infectious agent, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or a variant); type of test performed (PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen); negative test result; and the name, telephone number, and address of the issuer of the certificate or laboratory that performed the test. The test certificate must be in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, or French.

Unvaccinated travelers from all countries should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendation to get tested on arrival in Sweden, ideally on the day they arrive, and self-isolate for two weeks from their arrival.

Swedish citizens/residents and travelers from Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) are exempt from any testing requirements prior to arrival, but if they are unvaccinated, they should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendation to get tested after arrival and self-isolate for two weeks. Fully vaccinated travelers with a valid vaccine certificate are exempt from any testing requirements.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Sweden?

There is no mandatory quarantine for any travelers to Sweden, but unvaccinated travelers from any country should follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendation to get tested on arrival in Sweden, ideally on the day they arrive, and self-isolate for two weeks from their arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers with valid proof of vaccination do not have to follow this recommendation.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Sweden

It is not mandatory to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Sweden, but if you want the safety and security of knowing that you’re covered no matter what happens, make sure you buy some kind of insurance coverage before you travel.

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Other travel restrictions for Sweden during COVID-19

Sweden has implemented a few other travel restrictions:

  • Face masks must be worn on flights and in airports.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit Sweden. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in Sweden

Sweden never fully closed many of its businesses, so some have remained open throughout the pandemic, albeit with varying levels of restrictions. Currently, hotels, attractions, restaurants, bars, and airports are all open with hardly any restrictions in place.

Hotels that are open in Sweden

Whether you want to book a room at Sweden’s famous ice hotel or stay at a cozier accommodation, hotels in Sweden are open.

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Hotels that are open in Sweden

There are so many great places to stay in Sweden, but these are some of our favorites:

Guests should social distance in public areas and disinfect their hands frequently.

Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Sweden

Attractions, such as museums and palaces, are open and tours are operating in Sweden.

Some of our favorite things to do in Sweden include:

Visitors should social distance and disinfect their hands frequently.

Restaurants and bars that are open in Sweden

Dying to have a smorgasbord? Restaurants and bars in Sweden are open so you can try all the Swedish delicacies.

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Restaurants and bars that are open in Sweden

The social distancing and capacity limits for restaurants and bars were recently dropped, so restaurants and bars can operate at full capacity.

Customers should social distance and disinfect their hands frequently.

Airports that are open in Sweden

Sweden’s five main airports, Stockholm-Arlanda, Goteborg Landvetter, Stockholm-Skavsta, Stockholm-Bromma, and Malmo, are all open and commercial flights are operating.

Travelers must wear masks and social distance from others.

Where to get a PCR test in Sweden – COVID-19 testing in Sweden

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Sweden, you can find more information on testing here.

Sweden reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to Sweden reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to Sweden if you are traveling from an EEA country or an exempted country. You can also enter Sweden if you are fully vaccinated with a valid vaccination certificate from an approved country or if you are transiting an EEA or Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) country before entering Sweden.

There are currently 21,000+ active cases and 15,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Sweden as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Sweden as “Level 3 – High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Sweden. Additionally, if you are unvaccinated, you should reconsider traveling to Sweden.

Yes, travelers from non-EEA countries who do not qualify for an exemption cannot travel to Sweden.

No, there is no mandatory quarantine for travelers to Sweden, but the Public Health Agency of Sweden does recommend that unvaccinated travelers from all countries self-isolate for two weeks from their arrival in Sweden.

Yes, unvaccinated travelers from EEA countries (besides Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) and from non-EEA countries must have a certificate for a negative PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test result from within 72 hours prior to entering Sweden. Unvaccinated travelers from all countries should also follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendation to get tested on arrival in Sweden, ideally on the day they arrive.

No, there is currently no curfew in Sweden.

No, there are currently no restrictions on intercity or interregional travel.

Yes, hotels in Sweden are open.

Yes, Sweden’s five busiest airports, Stockholm-Arlanda, Goteborg Landvetter, Stockholm-Skavsta, Stockholm-Bromma, and Malmo, are all open.

Yes, restaurants and bars in Sweden are open.

Yes, Sweden’s attractions are open.

Yes, since the US is on Sweden’s list of approved countries, fully vaccinated Americans can enter Sweden. Unvaccinated Americans can only enter Sweden if they transit an EEA or Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway) country, or if they qualify for another exemption.

Yes, because Canada is on Sweden’s list of exempted countries, Canadian residents can currently travel to Sweden.

Sources

We will update this guide on Sweden reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Sweden, you can check these official sources:


COFOUNDER & TRAVEL JUNKIE

Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

I have felt a special connection with nature and all the inhabitants of the planet since I was a kid. I am passionate about discovering new countries and especially their wildlife, but no matter how many places I visit, I will always belong to the remote beaches of Almería, in Southern Spain.

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