COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

U.S. Citizen Travelers:

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The latest updates as of April 2:

  • 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.
  • The Department of State has updated its Global Level 4 Travel Advisory
  • Air Travel to the United States:  SAS has canceled all non-stop flights from Arlanda to the United States. The next projected flight is April 20, according to SAS’s website. Routes to the United States via Amsterdam and Frankfurt still exist. 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.

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:

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

  • Air Travel to the United States:  SAS has canceled all non-stop flights from Arlanda to the United States. The next projected flight is April 20, according to SAS’s website. Routes to the United States via Amsterdam and Frankfurt still exist. 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.
  • 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 Prime Minister urged everyone in Sweden to cancel planned Easter travel, in line with previous recommendations by the Public Health Agency to avoid non-essential travel. The government also announced a national ban on visits to elderly care homes for the next three months.
  • 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 more.  The virtual town hall will be on Tuesday, April 7th, at 13:00 (GMT +2) via U.S. Embassy Stockholm’s Facebook Live.  Please send your questions in advance to StkACSinfo@state.gov.
  • 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 will temporarily ban entry of all foreign nationals trying to enter Sweden from a country not part of the EEA or Switzerland.  For more information, including exceptions to this ban, visit: https://www.government.se/articles/2020/03/faqs–entry-to-the-eu-via-sweden-banned

TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MFA): As of March 14, 2020, the Swedish MFA advises against all foreign travel.

QUARANTINE INFORMATION:

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. 

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