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Categories: Travel info

Coronavirus: Information for visitors

Publish date: 21 January 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. Read more about visiting Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Travel to Stockholm

The Swedish Government has decided to suspend non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will be in effect until 31 March 2021. This ban has been introduced to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The entry ban does not apply to citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, or their families. Furthermore, the ban does not apply if you are a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa 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.

Entry ban from UK and Denmark

The Swedish government has introduced an entry ban to Sweden from the UK and Denmark, due to the new variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The entry ban applies from 22 December 2020 until 21 January 2021 or until further notice.

Swedish citizens are not affected by the travel ban. However, The Public Health Agency urges travelers from the UK, from 12 December onwards, to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and to quarantine for seven days.

Stricter national regulations

Since 14 December, stricter national regulations and general advice apply in Stockholm and Sweden. Everyone has an obligation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You are obliged to:

  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Limit new close contacts. Only socialize with people you usually meet and ideally outdoors.
  • Keep your distance from others and avoid places such as stores and shopping malls if they become 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.

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

General restrictions

The government has tightened a number of restrictions. Most restrictions apply from 24 December to 7 Febuary.

  • A maximum of four people can sit together at the same table in restaurants.
  • Alcohol sales are prohibited after 8 pm.
  • 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 Public Health Agency of Sweden urges all physical stores to refrain from the traditional after-Christmas sale in order to reduce congestion.
  • Most public events have been suspended and venues like cinemas, theatres, and concert venues may only hold up to eight guests at a time.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends face masks in public transports during rush hour (7-9 am and 4-6 pm on weekdays). The new guidelines will apply until further notice.
  • Everyone who is able to should work from home, effective immediately.
  • 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 tightening of restrictions at krisinformation.se.

Restaurants, bars, and cafés

Since 24 November, gatherings of more than eight people are not allowed. This ban will apply until further notice.

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. 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.

Since 24 December the size of a dining party is limited to four people.

From 24 December, no alcohol is to be sold after 8 pm. This rule applies until 7 Febuary 2021.

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.

This page was last updated on 21 January 2021.