COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

U.S. Citizen Travelers:

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Last updated: September 15, 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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Effective September 6, Sweden has removed the United States from its list of countries whose residents are exempted from its entry ban. U.S. citizens who reside in an exempted country are still exempt from the entry ban. The list of exempted countries can be found on the website of the Swedish Border Police
  • U.S. citizens may still enter Sweden by transiting a Nordic or European transit country. Regulations differ by transit country, so please refer to the Swedish Border Police’s website for full details. Note that U.S. residents traveling to Sweden via nonstop flights from the United States are subject to the entry ban.
  • The Swedish authorities do not issue any kind of exemption to the entry ban in advance of travel, nor can the U.S. Embassy intervene in the decisions of Swedish authorities. The U.S. Embassy cannot give you permission to enter Sweden, interpret Swedish immigration laws, or intervene in the decisions of immigration officials or airline personnel.
  • Public gatherings and events have restrictions based on location and configuration. The restrictions apply to dance events, religious gatherings, cultural and sporting events, and demonstrations. This guidance can be found at the website.

COVID-19 Testing

  • 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 website to book a test.
  • To book a test, or for more information on testing, individuals may dial 1177 in Sweden or visit the 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.  Sweden’s vaccination plan is based on year of birth. Consult regional health authorities for current access eligibility. 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). It is important to note that one cannot request a particular vaccine manufacturer.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not provide direct medical care to private U.S. citizens abroad, including vaccinations. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine information for U.S. citizens abroad, please see the website.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • Although the United States has been removed from the list of countries Sweden has exempted from its entry ban, U.S. citizens may still enter Sweden by transiting a Nordic or European transit country.  Regulations differ by transit country, so please refer to the Swedish Border Police’s website (in English) for full details. Note that U.S. citizens traveling to Sweden via nonstop flights from the United States are subject to the entry ban.
  • The Swedish authorities do not issue any kind exemption to the entry ban in advance of travel, nor can the U.S. Embassy intervene in the decisions of Swedish authorities or airline personnel.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes.
    • COVID-19 testing requirements differ based on the country the traveler is entering from, and must be less than 48 or 72 hours old, depending on the country one is entering from. See the Swedish Police’s website for full details.
    • 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).

Movement Restrictions:

  • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No.
    • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • Commercial flight options to the United States remain available from Stockholm via various transfer points in Europe.  Limited nonstop flights between Sweden and the United States are expected to resume in September 2021. Note: Travelers should verify the local requirements for all transit points before boarding.  The EU has made available transit travel requirements for all EU member states at its Re-open Europe website.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Consular Operations:

  • 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 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 
  • 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.

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