Authorities in Sweden are extending international entry restrictions until Dec. 22 as part of the country's efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most individuals who are not citizens or residents of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of the UK are prohibited from entry until that date. In line with EU recommendations, authorities are also permitting travelers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay to enter the country; travelers from Singapore will be allowed to do so starting Nov. 2. Travelers from Canada, Georgia, and Tunisia had previously been exempt from the entry ban; however, these countries will be removed from the exempt list effective Nov. 2.
Exceptions to the ban include students, healthcare workers, cross-border workers, diplomats, freight workers, passengers in transit, and persons traveling on urgent family business. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against all nonessential travel to countries outside the EU and EEA, with the exception of the UK.
Within Sweden, individuals are permitted to travel without restriction, provided they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Travel providers have implemented strict hygiene and social-distancing measures on their services. Shops, catering establishments, and cultural sites are open, though they must limit the number of customers and comply with social distancing guidelines. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Postpone travel if affected by travel restrictions. Confirm flight status before checking out of accommodation and departing for the airport. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.