U.S. Citizen Travelers:
- 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.
- On June 17th, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs extended its advisory against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, and the Schengen area until August 31st. As of June 30th, the advisory against non-essential travel to Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland will be removed. For other countries in the EU, the EEA, and the Schengen area, the advisory against travel remains in place until July 15th. For more information on these changes, please review the announcement at the Swedish government website.
- The Swedish Government recently extended its national ban on visits to elderly care homes until the end of August.
- On June 10th, the Department of State announced a gradual resumption of domestic U.S. passport operations (update). Processing of pending applications will resume on a limited, first-in-first-out basis. The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm continues to process applications for regular passports, but applicants should continue to expect delays in receiving their new passports until normal domestic operations fully resume. If you have urgent and immediate travel, please contact us at StkACSinfo@state.gov to apply for a temporary (one-year) emergency passport.
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 Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Zurich.
- 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.
- 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.
- On May 13th, the European Commission published its proposal of guidelines and recommendations to help EU countries gradually return to normal tourism and transport. This proposal includes a phased common approach for lifting travel restrictions, criteria for resuming tourism, and recommendations on the rights of travelers. Travelers should review this FAQ for more information on the proposal, or this list of current EU temporary internal border control measures.
- 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. This ban was recently extended until the end of August.
- 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 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 on these changes, please review the announcement at the Swedish government website.
On June 17th, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs extended its advisory against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, and the Schengen area until August 31st. As of June 30th, the advisory against non-essential travel to Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland will be removed. For other countries in the EU, the EEA, and the Schengen area, the advisory against travel remains in place until July 15th. For more information on these changes, please review the announcement here.
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