U.S. Citizen Travelers:
Updates as of May 22nd:
- Effective May 26th, all visitors to the U.S. Embassy, including those for U.S. Citizen services and visa appointments, are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the Embassy and Consular Section. Visitors are expected to bring their own masks/face coverings when visiting and may be turned away if they are unable to comply with this requirement. Please visit this CDC webpage for tips on how to create and effectively use cloth face coverings.
We understand that there are many questions about travel to and from the United States at the moment. Please use the following links to access the latest information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- DHS guidance for U.S. Citizens Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran
- IRS guidance and Information on Coronavirus Tax Relief and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Air Travel to the United States:
- United Airlines has informed the Embassy that its seasonal flights between Stockholm and Newark have been canceled for the 2020 season (May-Sept).
- SAS has canceled all non-stop flights from Arlanda to the United States.
- Other commercial flight options to the United States remain available from Stockholm via Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.
- As the Covid-19 situation develops, commercial airline flights may become more limited or even unavailable. In recent weeks, commercial airlines have significantly reduced flight schedules and countries have closed airports and borders with little advance notice. If you wish to return to the United States, you should make arrangements to do so now. There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future. If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.
- On April 16, the Prime Minister announced that inbound travel from non-EU countries will continue to be restricted until May 15. For more information on the travel restrictions please review the press release or the Swedish police website.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, passport printing centers in the United States have suspended processing and shipping passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs). The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm is still processing applications, but applicants should expect a significant delay in receiving their documents until normal domestic operations resume. If you have urgent and immediate travel, please contact us at StkACSinfo@state.gov to apply for a temporary emergency passport.
- On April 7th, Ambassador Ken Howery hosted a virtual town hall for U.S. citizens in Sweden to provide relevant information concerning American Citizens Services during the COVID-19 crisis. A video recording is available on the Embassy Facebook page and Youtube, and Questions and Answers from this event are available on the Embassy website.
- On April 1, Swedish Public Health Agency expanded guidance for individuals and organizations to comply with Sweden’s Law on the Prevention of the Spread of Infectious Diseases:
- Shops and shopping centers should limit the number of customers at the same time, develop alternative solutions for lines or indicate how far customers should stand between each other.
- Local sports teams should hold practice outside, postpone matches and competitions, and limit the number of spectators.
- Employers should ensure that staff and visitors stay away and that employees work from home to avoid unnecessary travel.
- Public transport companies should limit the number of passengers and adapt their schedules to avoid crowds.
- Individuals should keep distance in public places, refrain from attending events such as parties, funerals and weddings, and avoid travel during rush-hour and any unnecessary travel.
- People who are over 70, or belong to other risk groups, should limit all social contact and avoid public transport, shopping in pharmacies, supermarkets, or crowded places.
- On April 1, Health Minister Hallengren presented a new regulation which restricts pharmacies from dispensing more than a 90-day supply of medicine to patients. The restriction is valid until further notice and applies to medicines for humans and animals.
- On March 31, the government announced a national ban on visits to elderly care homes for the next three months.
- On March 10, the Swedish Public Health Authority raised the level of risk for the spread of COVID-19 to Very High—the highest tier of the five point scale. They recommend that any individuals exhibiting even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should forego social contact which could spread infection.
- The Government of Sweden has banned public gatherings of more than 50 individuals.
- Health officials announced they will focus COVID-19 prevention efforts on older and vulnerable populations with pre-existing conditions. Limited COVID-19 testing resources will be dedicated to hospitalized individuals and these vulnerable populations.
- The consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has suspended routine services. U.S. Citizens that need an emergency appointment should email StkACSinfo@state.gov
ENTRY & EXIT REQUIREMENTS:
Effective March 19, Sweden temporarily banned entry of all foreign nationals trying to enter Sweden from a country not part of the EEA or Switzerland. The ban was recently extended to May 15, 2020. For more information, including exceptions to this ban, visit the Swedish government website.
TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MFA): On April 3rd, the Swedish MFA extended its March 14 advice against all foreign travel. This advice applies until June 15th, when the situation will be reappraised.
Different countries have chosen different solutions when it comes to travel recommendations and control of healthy evacuees and travelers from affected areas. Sweden, like other Nordic countries, follows guidelines and recommendations from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Quarantine in its compulsory form is considered an extreme measure, which is strictly regulated by the Infection Protection Act and is not currently considered justified.
In Sweden, most preventative measures don’t involve involuntary quarantine. Instead, individuals are expected to act responsibly and follow the given recommendations, including immediately seeking out medical assistance if signs of infection appear. If the recommendations are not adhered to, a designated physician in the relevant medical region can decide on mandatory quarantine or isolation.
- Swedish Public Health Agency: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/
- View U.S. Embassy Stockholm’s Most Recent Alerts
- WHO’s website: who.int
- ECDC’s website: ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
- Sweden Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus