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If you’re travelling to Sweden, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

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  • Overview
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  • Health
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  • Embassy Contact

Overview

Under the EU traffic lights approach, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publishes a combined indicator map each week which shows COVID-19 risk levels across the EU and EEA. Regions are defined as green, orange, red, dark red or grey, on the basis of agreed criteria. Further information is available on the Re-Open Europa website.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

Overview

Security Status

High Degree of Caution

Security Status Last Updated: 21 October 2020 to take effect from 00.00 on 22 October 2020

COVID-19 Status

Travel to Sweden from Ireland

While travelling between Ireland and Sweden is possible, there are a number of considerations:

  • A negative COVID-19 test is required to gain entry into Sweden, please see below for details.
  • There are a limited number of direct flights between Ireland and Sweden. Where possible, the Embassy advises that anyone travelling between Ireland and Sweden travel on a direct connection.
  • Anyone travelling indirectly, and transiting through another jurisdiction is advised to familiarise themselves with the requirements for (testing etc.) and potential restrictions on transit through the third jurisdiction, as well as requirements for arrival in Sweden from a third jurisdiction.
    • Anyone travelling through Amsterdam Schiphol between Ireland and Sweden is advised to consult the travel advice on the website of the Embassy of Ireland, the Netherlands, here before making any bookings or embarking on any journeys. Very strict testing requirements apply to those transiting Schiphol airport.
    • The Embassy in Stockholm is aware of reports of ERASMUS students facing difficulties in entering Sweden from other countries. All students travelling are advised to liaise with their universities regarding travel arrangements to ensure entry into Sweden will be allowed.

Travel to Sweden from outside the EU and certain EU/EEA Countries (NOT including Ireland)

  • There is a travel ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban is valid until 31 August 2021.The entry ban does not apply to citizens and their families from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. However it does now apply to the UK.
  • This ban does not apply to Irish passport holders.
  • The ban also 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 in Sweden.
  • There are a number of rules for entry into Sweden from EU/EEA countries other than Ireland. Please see the website of the Swedish Police here for details.

For questions about the concrete application of travel bans, please call the Swedish police at +46 77 114 14 00 and ask to be connected to the National Communications Department.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements in Sweden:

Currently, all foreign citizens 18 years or above are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result when travelling to Sweden. This requirement is in place until 30 June 2021.

However, this requirement does not apply to passengers travelling to Sweden from the Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland) regardless of nationality.

  • The negative test result must not be older than 48 hours.
    • Please note that this time limit is being strictly enforced.
  • According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the following types of tests for COVID-19 are approved: antigen tests, PCR tests and LAMP tests.
  • For the certificate to be valid, the following information must be included:
    • Name of the person who has been tested
    • Time of the sampling
    • Whether the test taken is an antigen test, a PCR test, or a LAMP test
    • Test result
    • Issuer of the certificate
  • The information must be clearly stated in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish.
  • More information is available here.

For a list of exemptions to the above requirement to show a negative test result for entry into Sweden, please refer to the website of the Swedish Police here.

Please note however that amongst the exemptions are:

  • Foreign citizens who are residents of Sweden according to the Swedish Population Registry, hold a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status.
  • Therefore, if you are an Irish citizen and registered in the Swedish Population Registry as living in Sweden, you do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Sweden.

Since 01 June, there is no requirement for passengers from the EU, EEA, Schengen, or from the UK to self-isolate or be tested again after arrival in Sweden. For more information, please see the website of the Public Health Agency here (in Swedish).

Further information on travelling to Sweden is available here.

For questions about the entry restrictions to Sweden, contact the Swedish Police on 114 14.

Information about travelling to Sweden from Visit Sweden (Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information)

Travel from Sweden to Ireland

There is an Irish Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Please consult gov.ie for information on travel restrictions and requirements for travelling to Ireland. 

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / not detected result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Further information is available here.  

If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. Arrivals from designated states , including in transit, are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine, for detailed information including costs, please visit the following link: mandatory hotel quarantine.

Further information on entering Ireland from abroad can be found on gov.ie Travel Advice

COVID-19 Testing in Sweden

  • COVID-19 tests for persons experiencing symptoms of the virus are free of charge. Healthcare in Sweden is regulated on a regional level. Information on these tests in all regions can be found here. Please select the region in which you are living.
  • PCR tests for the purposes of travel must be arranged with private healthcare providers. A list of such providers is available here.
  • For travel to Ireland, the PCR test result can be ‘any written record or evidence, in written or other electric form’. Where possible, results should be obtained in English, but this is this is not a requirement.

COVID-19 – response in Sweden

Sweden’s response to COVID-19 is a combination of legally binding measures and recommendations and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. An overview of the latest recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency aimed at curbing the spread of the virus can be found here.

  • The Swedish Government has presented a range of measures in response to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Official information on the COVID-19 virus is available from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency , which collects advice from the responsible agencies.
  • Regular updates on the epidemiological situation in Sweden are available from the Public Health Agency of Sweden here (in Swedish only).
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden have compiled a useful FAQ (in English) about COVID-19. This is available here.
  • Information Number: Call 113 13 for information regarding COVID-19
  • Healthcare advice: call 1177 if you or someone else gets ill and you need to talk to a nurse for advice

Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

1177 English Site

1177 COVID-19 information in multiple languages

Krisinformation.se – Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities

Swedish Transport Agency

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport

Malmö Airport

If you are in the south of Sweden, you may wish to monitor the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Copenhagen for travel advice.  

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Sweden by dialling 112. Dial 114 14 for other matters pertaining to the police. Further information from the Swedish Police is available here.

The Embassy provides emergency consular assistance. Please call the Embassy on +46 8 54504040.

If calling out of office hours, you will be prompted to leave a message. After the tone, record your message stating your name, a brief description of the situation and a contact number. The Duty Officer will call you back.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

You need a valid passport to visit Sweden and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay, you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. 

Learn more about what to do if your passport is lost/stolen.

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

On 18 November 2015, the Swedish authorities raised the national terrorist threat level. Visitors to Sweden can expect an increased police presence at public places such as airports and railway stations.

Although the threat from terrorism in Sweden is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. 

Crime

Crime remains relatively low in Sweden but you should take sensible precautions. 

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible

Reporting a crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Sweden, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy if you need help.

In an emergency you can call 112 and ask to speak to the police. The operator will be able to speak English. In non-emergency situations, you can report a crime to the nearest police station or call 114 14 to file a police report.

Driving

The rules of the road in Sweden are broadly similar to those in Ireland, and roads are modern and well maintained. Be aware that conditions can be hazardous, especially in winter, when you should equip your car for the severe climate.

  • Bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught. Alcohol levels equal to or more than 0.1 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath can result in imprisonment for a maximum of 24 months
  • Be aware of Sweden’s traffic laws, such as speed limits
  • Winter tyres are obligatory from 1 December to 1 April each year, but you must drive with your headlights on at all times throughout the entire year 
  • Drivers are obliged to give priority to pedestrians at all times
  • When driving in Sweden, particularly in the north of the country, wild animals straying on the roads, such as deer and elk, can be an added danger 
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Pedestrians

You should be aware that the traffic will be coming from the opposite direction to traffic in Ireland. Be extra careful at night when walking along roads without a proper pavement and when crossing roads, even at a designated crossing place.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Alcohol

The Swedish authorities have little tolerance for public drunkenness and police have the right to detain people they judge to be very intoxicated.

Health

Health

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

Apply for your EHIC and find out more information.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Sweden. You can stay as a visitor for up to three months, but if you intend to stay for longer, you should contact a Migration Board office.

Cash/banking

Swedish Krona is the official currency of Sweden. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but cheques are not.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, + 46 (0) 8 54504040 and leave an urgent message when prompted. This mailbox is monitored regularly and a duty officer will return emergency calls.

Embassy of Ireland
Hovslagargatan 5
111 48 Stockholm
Sweden

Tel: +46 8 5450 4040
Fax: +46 8 660 1353

Monday to Friday 09:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:30

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