Visiting Sweden during the covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic affects travelling, accommodation, and other activities in Sweden. The City of Stockholm pays close attention to updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) on the coronavirus and cooperates closely with other autorities and municipalities, ready to act on any new developments.

Updated: 03-07-2020

Travelling to Sweden

The Swedish Government has decided to suspend non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban has been introduced to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The entry ban does not apply to citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, or their families. Furthermore, the ban does not apply if you are a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa to Sweden.

There is no quarantine obligation for travellers to Sweden.

Read more: Krisinformation

Minimising the spread of covid-19

Stockholm and Sweden have adopted a coronavirus containment strategy that puts a lot of trust in individuals to make responsible choices and keep abreast of official recommendations.

  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill with symptoms such as nasal congestion, respiratory infection, coughing, or fever, even with mild symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
  • Those aged over 70 are advised to limit contact with other people as far as possible.
  • Wash your hands often with hot water and soap.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes. The infection is spread via mucous membranes in your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid going to parties and other social events.
  • Keep your distance from other people in public places.
  • Avoid travelling in rush hour traffic.
  • Avoid unnecessary journeys.

Coronavirus advice in Stockholm in 29 languages 

If English is not necessarily your go-to language, it might be helpful to know that Region Stockholm has made information and advice available in 29 different languages. 

Read more: 11 77 Vårdguiden

The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten)

The Swedish government has relied heavily on the advice of the Public Health Agency throughout the coronavirus crisis. The agency maintains a comprehensive English-language site featuring the latest recommendations. 

Read more: The Public Health Agency of Sweden

Sveriges Television 

Public broadcaster SVT has published an English-language site tracking the spread of Covid-19 in Sweden and the rest of the world. The figures in the top section featuring Sweden are updated regularly every day. 

Read more: SVT - The spread of the new coronavirus  

Radio Sweden 

The English-language section of Sveriges Radio has a special Covid-19 page linking to all its latest news stories and radio bulletins about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Sweden.

Read more: Radio Sweden - The Coronavirus outbreak

The Local Sweden

English-language news site The Local Sweden offers a day-by-day summary of the main developments in Sweden. This includes information on case numbers, fatalities, testing capacity, and the latest official recommendations. 

Read more: Coronavirus LATEST: What you need to know about the outbreak in Sweden