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Sweden extends non-EU entry ban until October

Sweden has again extended its entry ban on travel from non-EU/EEA countries.

Sweden extends non-EU entry ban until October
Sweden also extended its advice against non-essential travel to certain countries. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

The entry ban was previously set to expire on August 31st, but the government on Thursday extended it until October 31st.

The ban has been in place since March last year, and was introduced in line with EU recommendations at the time to curb the spread of coronavirus across the union. There are however several exemptions to the ban, including if you live in Sweden or the EU, if you’re travelling for certain purposes such as urgent family reasons and vital work, or if you’re travelling from certain low-infection countries which are decided at the EU level. There are also exemptions for athletes and esports players taking part in elite competitions.

People from EU countries, as well as the following non-EU/EEA countries, are exempt from the entry ban: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Canada, Kosovo, Libanon, Macao, Moldova, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine or the United States of America.

You must also show a negative Covid-19 test, unless you fall into a category that is exempt from this too (this includes Swedish citizens and residents, and you can find a full list on the Police Authority’s website), if you are travelling from a non-EU country. If you are travelling from an EU country, you can alternatively show proof that you have been vaccinated against Covid-19, or recovered from it in the past six months.

If you are travelling from one of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Norway, Finland or Iceland – you can enter Sweden freely for any reason and you don’t have to present a negative Covid-19 test.

In addition to the entry ban, Sweden also has a set of test-and-isolate recommendations in place for people travelling to Sweden. You can read more about those on the Public Health Agency’s website.

Sweden on Thursday also extended its advisory against non-essential travel from Sweden until October 15th.

All EU countries as well as the UK, EEA and Schengen are exempt from the advisory, as are the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macao, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA. 

Although the advice against non-essential travel abroad is not legally binding, it is intended to dissuade people from non-essential travel and can have implications on the validity of travel insurance if you travel against official advice. Even if travelling to countries on the exemption list, the Foreign Ministry advises making a personal risk assessment, reading up on local travel restrictions and Covid-19 rules, and plan for the trip home well in advance.

Member comments

  1. Am I understanding correctly , can I travel from Stansted via Copenhagen( without staying overnight in Copenhagen )

    and then get bus or train to Gothenburg and be allowed in so I can visit my young granddaughters and my daughter who really needs my support since she split with Swedish partner at the start of Covid March 2020 .

    I have flight booked Sept 9 th to Goteborg , its my 7th attempt and this time it has not been cancelled , so I am going to loose the flight money as I assume I will not be allowed over the border .

    I am double vaccined since March but in England so not recognised in Sweden . Any advice gratefully received .

    I am desperate to go and support my daughter who has no other family there.

    Michelle

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Covid-19 has not been classified as a "critical threat to society" in Sweden since April. But the Swedish Public Health Agency still recommends that everyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated. So when should you get your next dose?

When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

As winter approaches, it’s a good time to check that you’re up to date on your booster shots.

If you’re aged 12 or older, the agency recommends that you should at least have completed your primary dose of the vaccine, which comprises two shots. Because vaccine efficacy wanes over time, if you are aged 18 and above, you should have already had your third dose.

The booster dose, called a påfyllnadsdos, can be administered a minimum of four months after the primary dose or the most recent booster. A booster shot is recommended even if you have tested positive for Covid-19 since your most recent vaccination, because the protection offered by a vaccine is more reliable than that offered by an infection.

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The höstdosen, or “autumn vaccine”

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During the campaign, all adults aged 18 and over who belong to an at-risk group are recommended to get a booster dose, as are seniors aged 65 and above. 

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You can get the autumn booster regardless of how many vaccine doses you may have received, which means it might be a fourth shot for some people, and a fifth for others.

The autumn vaccine is also available for those aged 18-64 who do not fall into any of the at-risk categories but would like a fourth dose. The Swedish Public Health Agency has said that regional health providers must make booster doses available to those who want them.

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Swedish Public Health Agency

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