COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

U.S. Citizen Travelers: Enroll for alerts at  step.state.gov . In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1-202-501-4444 (overseas); or contact the nearest embassy:  go.usa.gov/xduQM . Last updated:  11/27/20 Country-Specific Information:  On October 29, the Public Health Agency (PHA) of Sweden published stricter guidelines and recommendations for some regions in Sweden in response to increasing cases of COVID-19 …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Coming Soon: Test of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals

Currently, all U.S. passport applicants in Sweden — including adults renewing their passports through the “mail-in” form DS-82 — must arrange for in-person payment of their passport renewal fee at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm or submit a Postvaxel check with their application if mailing it in.  We understand that this situation is inconvenient for …

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COVID-19 Update #25: New regional COVID-19 recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden; Embassy closed on Wednesday, November 11

1. On October 29, the Public Health Agency (PHA) of Sweden published stricter guidelines and recommendations for some regions in Sweden in response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in those areas. These new recommendations — published in Swedish on the PHA website — state that, effective immediately, individuals in Stockholm, Västra Götaland, and Östergötland counties should: …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

VOTING SPECIFIC INFORMATION: If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember the U.S. Embassy is not a polling place; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many …

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COVID-19 Update #24: Voting Abroad, Mail-in Passport Renewal Option, Extension of Temporary Entry Restrictions in Sweden, Embassy closed September 7

1)  To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 .  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.  Voters should review our  voting webpage  and  previous updates  for information on overseas …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #21: Denmark Border Restrictions; Voting Abroad; Sweden Adjusts Entry Ban; Embassy Closed on July 3

1)  U.S. citizens in Sweden wishing to travel to Copenhagen for consular services please take note! On June 25 the Danish government announced  updated border entry guidance . Under current guidance, the border region of Skane in Sweden is not considered an “open” region for the purposes of travel to Denmark. The full list of exceptions to the Danish border closure …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #20: Regular U.S. Passport Issuances, New Presidential Proclamation on Certain Visas

1)  The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm is pleased to inform you that the turnaround time to receive regular U.S. passports is back to 1-2 weeks. We continue to accept and process mail-in renewal applications for regular adult passports.  For those requiring in-person services, including those applying for a minor (15 or under) or as a …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #19:  Sweden Extends Temporary Entry Ban and Travel Advice; U.S. Embassy Closed June 19th

1)  Effective March 19th, Sweden temporarily banned the entry of all foreign nationals trying to enter Sweden from a country not part of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.  The ban was  recently extended  to June 30th.  For more information, including exceptions to the ban, visit the  Swedish Government website. 2)  The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) also …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #18: Depositing Economic Impact Checks; U.S. Passport Processing Resumes; Routine Visa Services Remain Suspended

1)  We’ve received various inquiries from those facing challenges cashing or depositing their economic-impact payment checks at their local banks in Sweden. The checks, issued by the U.S. Treasury to assist Americans affected by the pandemic, should be deposited into a U.S.-based bank account. For more information on this and other possible alternatives, please visit …

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“Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #17: Passport Operations Update Announced”

On June 2, the Department of State announced plans for the gradual, phased reopening of passport operations for this summer.  The update can be viewed on the travel.state website . The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm still processes applications for regular passports, but applicants should continue to expect significant delays in receiving their new passports until normal domestic operations …

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“Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #16: Voting Overseas”

Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens.  U.S. elections are managed individually by the 50 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia.  The  Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)  works to ensure overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world.  …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #15: Embassy Closed May 25th, Face Coverings Required for Embassy Visitors

1)  Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen for limited (emergency) consular services on Tuesday, May 26th. 2)  Effective May 26th, all visitors to the U.S. Embassy, including those for U.S. Citizen services and visa appointments, are required …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #14: Entry Restrictions Extended for Sweden, Other Travel Information

1)  Effective March 19, Sweden temporarily banned the entry of all foreign nationals trying to enter Sweden from a country not part of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The ban was  recently extended  to June 15, 2020.  For more information, including exceptions to the ban, visit the  Swedish government website. 2)  On May 13, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #13: Embassy Closed May 1, U.S. & Swedish Travel, Passport Delays Continue

1)  Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm will be closed on Friday, May 1, in observance of the Swedish holiday “May Day.”  We will reopen for limited (emergency) consular services on Monday, May 4. 2)  We have received a number of inquiries about summer travel planning. The  Department of State’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory , which recommends U.S. citizens avoid all …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #12: Presidential Proclamation on Immigration; Visa Interview Appointments Cancellation

NOTE: We know a lot of our fellow Americans in Sweden have non-American family, friends, and acquaintances.  Therefore, we’re providing the following visa-related updates for your awareness: 1)  On April 23, the White House announced a new Presidential Proclamation entitled: “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #11: Swedish Government Announcements; Expect Processing Delays for U.S. Passports and Bi

1)  On April 16, Sweden health officials confirmed a total of 12,540 COVID-19 cases and 1,333 related deaths in Sweden.  We ask you all to please continue to maintain appropriate physical distancing and take all other necessary precautions (like washing hands!) for the time being. 2)  On April 16, the Prime Minister announced that inbound travel …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #10: Impact Payments/Student Relief, Passport Reminder

1)  As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, eligible U.S. tax filers may receive Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,200 per adult, and $500 dollars per child.  The Internal Revenue Service is coordinating these payments and has provided resources for those who file taxes to track their payments and for non-filers to register their payment information .  Please consult these resources for information on …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #9: Air Travel Update, CDC guidance on masks

1)  United Airlines has informed the Embassy that its seasonal flights between Stockholm and Newark have been canceled for the 2020 season (May-Sept).  Other commercial flight options to the United States remain available from Stockholm via Frankfurt and Amsterdam. In recent weeks, commercial airlines have significantly reduced flight schedules and countries have closed airports and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #8: Town Hall Q&As, Embassy Closed for Easter holidays

1)     Questions and answers from Ambassador Howery’s Virtual Town Hall should be accessible on the Embassy’s  website .  Since we received so many questions, there’s a Part 1 (questions received in advance and answered during the Town Hall) and a Part 2 (questions that came at the very end of and after the live stream). 2)     Please be advised …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #7: Thank You For Joining Us!

Dear Fellow American in Sweden: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who joined us for today’s Virtual Town Hall with Ambassador Howery. I would also encourage you to share with other Americans the video of the event, which is now on the Embassy’s Facebook account. Unfortunately, we had so many questions …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update: Federal Voter Assistance Program, Reminder – Virtual Town Hall w/ Ambassador Howery, April 7

1)  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides support and guidance for Service members, their families and U.S. citizens overseas who wish to participate in U.S. elections.  U.S. citizens that are eligible to vote can register with their state, request absentee ballots, and research candidates at www.FVAP.gov .          2) Reminder: “Virtual Town …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #5: To Travel or Not? – Global Level 4 Health Advisory; Reminder – Virtual Town Hall w/Ambassador Howery

1)  “Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel” – What does it mean? The Embassy continues to receive inquiries on the updated Global Level 4 Health Advisory released on March 31. Do you or don’t you travel? Well, it depends on your specific situation.  Here’s the general breakdown: For Americans residing in the …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #4: CARES Act/U.S. Taxpayer Relief, Defending Against Cyber Scams 

1)  Congress has passed and the President has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency assistance for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. For information about Economic Impact Payments, or other tax relief available to U.S. citizens during the pandemic, please visit  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus For resources on fulfilling your U.S. …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #3, Direct Sweden-U.S. Flights Temporarily Suspended

1)  As of April 1, SAS has temporarily suspended direct flights from Stockholm (ARN) to Newark Liberty International (EWR). The next available direct flight is April 20, according to the latest information from SAS’s website. Flights to the United States via Amsterdam and Frankfurt remain available options for now. More than ever before, travelers should …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #2, Virtual Town Hall w/Ambassador Howery, Tax Relief Info

1)  Following up on his March 27th message to U.S. citizens , Ambassador Ken Howery will be hosting a virtual town hall for U.S. citizens in Sweden to provide relevant information concerning American Citizens Services during the COVID-19 crisis. Embassy Stockholm’s consular staff will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding services for passports, birth registries, travel advisories, and …

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Embassy Stockholm COVID-19 Update #1, Public Gatherings; Direct Flights Info

1) Effective Sunday, March 29, Sweden banned public gatherings of more than 50 people to stem the spread of COVID-19; violators of the ban are subject to fines or even imprisonment. 2) From April 2 to April 17, SAS will have direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to Newark Liberty International (EWR) running three …

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Message for U.S. Citizens from U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Kenneth A. Howery

My Fellow Americans: As these past few weeks have shown, we’re entering unfamiliar territory.  While we’ve dealt with viruses in the past (e.g., SARS, H1N1, etc.), the scale and scope of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have forced unprecedented change to nearly all facets of our lives. One thing that will never change is our solemn commitment to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Stockholm (January 7, 2020) 

Location: Sweden Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take:  Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert …

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Avoid the Summertime Blues – Don’t Become a Victim of Theft!

Summer is an especially active time for pickpockets/thieves in Sweden and throughout Europe, but there are things you can do to avoid becoming a victim. Always be aware of your surroundings, and be sure to keep your passport, wallet, and other valuables in a safe and secure place.  Backpack holders can try repositioning their backpack …

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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to …

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