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Coronavirus: Information for visitors

Publish date: 1 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic affects traveling, accommodation, and other activities in Sweden. Krisinformation.se has compiled information from the authorities about restrictions and regulations you need to be aware of if you are planning a trip to Sweden.

Travel to Stockholm

The Swedish Government has decided to enforce restrictions on non-essential travel from other countries to Sweden. Foreign nationals need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, no older than 48 hours, in order to travel into Sweden. Students and frequent travelers to Sweden need to have a negative COVID-19 test result that's no older than a week. These restrictions are in effect until 31 August 2021. They have been introduced to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. This travel ban does not apply to travelers coming from Norway, Denmark, Finland, or Iceland.

The restrictions do not apply if you are under 18 years old, a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden, or have a national visum to Sweden.

Read more information about Swedish travel restrictions here.

For more information about preventive measures recommended in Sweden, please visit the FAQ page of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Stricter national regulations

Stricter national regulations and general advice apply in Stockholm and Sweden. Everyone has an obligation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You are obligated to:

  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Limit new close contacts. Only socialize with people you usually meet and preferably outdoors.
  • Keep your distance from others and avoid places such as stores and shopping malls if they become crowded.
  • Visit shops alone, avoid busy hours and wear a facemask if the shop is crowded.
  • Travel in the safest way possible. Avoid public transportation and other means of transport where it is not possible to book a seat.
  • Work from home as often as you can.
  • Be careful when visiting people who are aged 70+ or belong to an at-risk group.
  • Private gatherings of more than 8 people are not allowed.

Read more about the stricter national regulations at krisinformation.se.

General restrictions

The government has tightened a number of restrictions.

  • A maximum of four people can sit together at the same table in restaurants.
  • Alcohol sales are prohibited after 10 pm. Restaurants, bars, and cafés must close at 10.30 pm (22.30).
  • The maximum number of people who visit shopping centers, larger stores, gyms, etc is limited. The exact number is governed by the size of the room.
  • The number of participants at public events is restricted depending on the type of event and venue. See the section below for more information.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends face masks in public transports.
  • Everyone who is able to should work from home.
  • All activities within the state, municipalities, and regions that are not necessary should be closed immediately. This applies, for example, to bathhouses, sports halls, and museums.

Read more about the restrictions at krisinformation.se.

Public events

The number of people allowed at public events, like theatre shows, concerts, sports events, and movie screenings, is limited to the type of event and venue. The maximum number of participants are:

  • Indoor events without designated seating: 8 participants.
  • Indoor events with designated seating: 50 participants.
  • Outdoor events without designated seating: 100 participants.
  • Outdoor events with designated seating: 500 participants.

Visit krisinformation.se for more detailed information, or check with the event organizer or venue if you're wondering which restrictions apply to the event you're planning on going to.

Restaurants, bars, and cafés

Restaurants, cafés, and bars as well as other venues are only allowed to serve food and drink to guests who are seated at a table or a bar counter. A dining party is limited to four people. Guests are permitted to order and pick up food and drink, provided that this does not lead to crowding or queues. They must ensure that guests can keep at least one meter's distance from other people.

No alcohol is to be sold after 10 pm (22:00) and restaurants, bars and cafés must close at 10.30 pm (22:30). This restriction is in effect until further notice.

Information and guidance

To follow the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sweden, we refer to official information from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) folkhalsomyndigheten.se and krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities).

If you're in Sweden and have questions about the coronavirus please call +46 113 13.

If you're in Sweden and you have questions about coronavirus symptoms you may have, please call the Stockholm Region health line 1177 (phone number +461177). The support line is answered and staffed by medical personnel.

You'll find information on Swedish healthcare for visitors at krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities).

Stay at home if you feel unwell, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from other people in public. Together we can slow down the spread of COVID-19.