U.S. Citizen Travelers:
Last updated: April 12, 2021
Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Starting March 1, 2021, all restaurants and cafes in Sweden must close at 20:30. This regulation will apply regardless of whether or not the venues serve alcohol.
- Stockholm regional authorities announced on February 23, 2021, that masks should be used on public transportation at all times. Masks are also recommended in indoor environments such as the hairdresser, pharmacy, and grocery store. The recommendation also extends to workplaces indoors where it is difficult to maintain adequate distancing.
- Starting February 6, 2021, all travelers to Sweden over the age of 18 who are exempted from Swedish entry restrictions must present a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within the previous 48 hours). For more information, travelers may read the press release from the Ministry of Justice.
- On December 14, 2020, Sweden enacted stricter national regulations and general advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This guidance can be found at the Krisinformation.se website.
- Public gatherings and events are limited to a maximum of 8 individuals. The restrictions apply to dance events, religious gatherings, cultural and sporting events, and demonstrations. However, funerals are exempt and are allowed a maximum of 20 participants.
- On April 1, 2020, the government announced that pharmacies are restricted 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 10, 2020, the Swedish Public Health Agency raised the level of risk for the spread of COVID-19 to Very High — the highest tier of the five-point scale. They recommended that any individuals exhibiting even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should forego social contact, which could spread infection.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Sweden? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- PCR-tests (confirming the presence of the Novel Coronavirus in sick individuals) and antibody tests are available in Sweden. Testing in Sweden is organized by regional and local authorities and is primarily conducted through private clinics. Individuals who do not possess Swedish citizenship or residency are expected to pay all the costs of testing. Costs vary depending on the clinic conducting the test and they type of test requested, ranging between approximately 500 SEK (USD 60) and 3000 SEK (USD 360).
- Sick individuals or those who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 may dial 1177 in Sweden or visit the Krisinformation.se website to book a test.
- Individuals who are not sick and seeking a test may review this collection of private clinics curated by the Swedish Public Health Agency.
- To book a test, or for more information on testing, individuals may dial 1177 in Sweden or visit the Krisinformation.se website.
- The methods of delivery for test results vary clinic by clinic, but results are generally returned electronically.
- If you are in Sweden and believe you require and qualify for an exemption to the CDC’s order requiring negative COVID-19 test results, please review the Embassy page on emergency waivers.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the Travel.State.Gov website.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Has the government of Sweden approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- Are vaccines available in Sweden for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. U.S. citizens holding Swedish citizenship or legal residency status may qualify for vaccines but access to vaccines is currently limited. The Swedish government does not anticipate making vaccines widely available to all Swedish adults (and other legal residents) until August 2021. There is no avenue for non-resident visitors to receive vaccines at this time.
- Which vaccines are available in Sweden?
- Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), Moderna, and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca).
- The Swedish Government has commissioned the Public Health Agency to prepare a COVID-19 vaccination plan. Information and guidance on COVID-19 vaccines in Sweden can be found on the krisinformation.se vaccine website.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
- Sweden has temporarily banned the entry of all foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), including U.S. citizens, from entering the EEA via Sweden. However, there are exceptions, including for students and certain travelers. For more information, including exceptions to the ban, please refer to the announcement or the Government’s Q&As on the entry ban.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- Antigen tests, PCR tests, and LAMP tests are acceptable for compliance with Swedish testing requirements.
- The following information must appear on the certificate in order for it to be valid:
- Name of the person who has been tested
- When the test was performed
- Whether the test performed is an antigen, PCR, or LAMP test
- The test result
- Issuer of the certificate
- The information must be clearly stated in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish.
- For more information on testing requirements, travelers may review the Krisinformation website on International travel restrictions to and from Sweden.
- Note: A negative COVID-19 test may also be required by third countries to transit between the United States and Sweden. Travelers should consult with local health authorities and the U.S. Embassy webpages in any country along their travel path to determine if a COVID-19 test is required for their travel plans.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
- Travelers or residents in Sweden who need to apply for or extend their legal status in Sweden should contact the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- U.S. citizens in southern Sweden wishing to travel to Copenhagen for consular services please take note! The Danish government updates its border entry guidance weekly and identifies which regions of Sweden are considered “open” for the purposes of travel to Denmark. This guidance can change without notice and should be reviewed prior to traveling to Denmark for consular services. U.S. citizen Passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad applicants residing in an open region within Sweden should review the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen webpage to confirm which services are available. U.S. citizens in Sweden who require emergency consular services may contact the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
- 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 do not 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Commercial flight options to the United States remain available from Stockholm via Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Zurich. Note: A negative COVID-19 test may be required by third countries to transit between the United States and Sweden. Travelers should consult with local health authorities and the U.S. Embassy in any country along their travel path to determine if a COVID-19 test is required for their travel plans.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Swedish police can cancel or disband a public gathering or event with more than eight people and anyone who organizes an event that violates the restrictions may face a fine or prison sentence of a maximum of six months.
- 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.
- The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has resumed limited passport and citizenship appointments. If you are eligible to renew your passport by mail, use this option to avoid wait times for an in-person appointment. Please visit our websites for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad for more information about eligibility, required documents, and fees, or to schedule an appointment. If you have an emergency and you are unable to book a passport appointment online, you may contact the ACS unit by email at StkACSinfo@state.gov.
- Nonimmigrant Visas – The Consular Section is currently only processing limited nonimmigrant visa services for emergency and humanitarian travel.
- Immigrant Visas – The Consular Section is processing a limited number of family-based visas, employment-based visas for healthcare professionals, and visas for emergency or Mission-critical travel.
- Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
- Swedish Public Health Agency
- U.S. Embassy Stockholm’s Most Recent Alerts
- Government of Sweden FAQ on Entry Restrictions
- Swedish Border Police Information on Implementation of Entry Restrictions
- Swedish Migration Agency
- EU Resource on Travel Information for Member States