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Sweden

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.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling.  Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Overview

Security status

Avoid non-essential travel

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Novel Coronavirus

A very significant number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Sweden; over 78,000 cases as of 20 July. There have been over 5,600 deaths to date.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency has set the risk of the spread of the coronavirus to very high – its highest risk assessment level. Community spread of the virus is occurring throughout the country and even outside of the larger cities. This has increased the pressure on the healthcare system.

If you are in Sweden, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See recent updates, travel advice, dedicated phone lines and links to relevant websites below.

Updates:

  • 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 banned gatherings of more than 50 people, and visits to nursing homes.
  • Strict social distancing is now enforced in bars, cafes and restaurants.
  • The situation remains very unpredictable and new measures may indeed be brought in swiftly, as they have been in other European countries.

Travel Advice:

  1. A.     Irish Travel Advice – International Travel

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice.

Irish citizens in Sweden who are planning to return to Ireland, are advised to make arrangements to return home as soon as possible.

  1. B.      Irish Travel Advice – Connections between Sweden and Ireland:

Please note that the following information is based on flight information gathered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from airline websites and is subject to change at any time.

Direct flights between Sweden and Ireland are not guaranteed. In recent months, direct routes were unavailable. However, a limited number direct options appear to be available once again. These include:

  • Stockholm to Dublin with SAS
  • Gothenburg to Dublin with Ryanair

Please be aware that direct flights may not be available daily.

It appears that connections between Stockholm and Dublin are also available with the following indirect routes:

  • Stockholm to Dublin via Amsterdam. KLM are providing flights from Stockholm to Amsterdam. Onward connections to Dublin are available with Aer Lingus, Ryanair and KLM. If you are considering this route, we would urge you to monitor airline websites and the website of the Embassy of Ireland in the Netherlands for the latest travel advice.
  • Stockholm to Dublin via Frankfurt with Lufthansa. If you are considering this route, we would urge you to monitor the airline websites and the website of the Consulate General of Ireland in Frankfurt for the latest travel advice.
  • Stockholm to Dublin and Cork via London. SAS are providing flights from Stockholm to London. Onward connections to Dublin and Cork are available with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. If you are considering this route, we would urge you to monitor the airline websites and the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Great Britain for the latest travel advice.

Please be aware that indirect routes may involve long layovers between connecting flights.

We advise all travellers to exercise caution when booking flights between Sweden and Ireland and to monitor the airline websites closely.

You may wish to monitor the scheduled departures pages of the various airports to identify scheduled flights, or recent successful departures, before making any bookings;

  • Information on departures from Stockholm Arlanda can be found here.
  • Information on departures from Gothenburg Landvetter can be found here.
  • Information on departures from Malmö Airport can be found here.
  • Links to the websites of all airports in Sweden can be found here.

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, particularly with regards to transiting through Copenhagen Airport.

  1. C.      Swedish Travel Advice
    1. Domestic Travel within Sweden

From 13 June, those without symptoms can travel in Sweden. Travellers are urged to follow the recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency and local authorities surrounding social distancing and limiting the spread of the virus. More information is available here.

  1. International Travel out of Sweden

Inside the EU/EEA/Schengen:

From 14 March 2020, the Swedish MFA has been advising against all non-essential travel to all countries.

From 15 July, this advice has been lifted in respect of the following countries: Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Hungary and the Vatican City.

The advice to avoid non-essential international travel to all other countries in the EU, EEA, Schengen Area, and the UK, remains in place until 29 July 2020. This includes Ireland.

Outside the EU/EEA/Schengen:

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is advising against all non-essential travel to non-EU, EEA and Schengen countries until 31 August.

  1. International Travel into Sweden

On 17 March, the Swedish Government decided to temporarily ban non-essential travel into Sweden from all countries except European Union Member States, the UK, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The ban has been in effect since 19 March and has been extended again until 31 August. This ban does NOT include Ireland. Further information is available here.  

You can find further details on the implementation of measures here.

Services in Sweden:

  • 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

Further Information Sources:

 

HSE Medical Advice:

Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

Do:

  • wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

Further Information Sources:

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

Latest Travel Alert

Sweden is a relatively safe country; however, all European countries now face an ongoing risk of terrorist attacks. The terrorist threat level against Sweden is 3 ("Elevated") on a 5-point scale. This assessment is made by the National Centre for Terrorist Threat.

Five people were killed in an attack on Stockholm in April 2017, and recently a number of people have been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack in Sweden. Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise increased vigilance, especially if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. Attacks could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas.

As of 04 January 2016, the Swedish government are mandating that all rail, bus and ferry operators carry out ID checks on all passengers travelling to Sweden. Any Irish citizens intending to travel to Sweden, including by train from Copenhagen via the Öresund Bridge, should make sure that they are carrying their passport or passport card in order to ensure that they will be allowed to enter Sweden.

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.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • 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.

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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