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Security Status Last Updated: 22 October 2020
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COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie
Travel to Sweden
While travelling between Ireland and Sweden is possible, there are a number of considerations:
- Foreign citizens age 18 and above need to document that they do not have an active COVID-19 infection in order to enter Sweden, OR present the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or equivalent when entering from EEA. This includes Ireland. However this does not apply to entry from the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway). Further details below.
- 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.
- Full details on requirements for travelling to Sweden are available from the Swedish Police here.
I. Requirements in order to enter Sweden from Ireland:
Anyone travelling from an EU/EEA country (i.e. Ireland) needs to present either:
- The EU Digital COVID certificate (DCC). This certificate documents that the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccine certificate) or has recovered from COVID-19 (recovery certificate).
- For the vaccination certificates, at least two weeks must have passed since the first dose was administered.
- The vaccine must be either one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or one of the ones that has received emergency use authorisation from the WHO.
- Certificates equivalent to the EU DCC are acceptable as long as the relevant information is included. Please see the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden for further details here.
- A negative test result from testing for ongoing COVID-19 infection, taken within 72 hours from the time of border crossing/landing in Sweden.
- The following types of tests for COVID-19 are approved: Antigen test, PCR test, LAMP test and TMA test. Antigen testing is available in the form of rapid tests for ongoing COVID-19 infection and is usually the test referred to as a “rapid test”.
- The following information must appear on the certificate in order for it to be valid:
- The name and date of birth of the person who has been tested
- Date and time when the test was taken
- Disease or infectious agent, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
- The type of test that has been performed. It must be an antigen test, PCR test, LAMP test or TMA test
- The negative test result
- The name, telephone number and address of the issuer of the certificate or of the laboratory which has carried out the test.
- In addition, the information in the certificate must be provided in Swedish, English, Norwegian, Danish or French.
- More information is available here.
There is an exemption to the test, vaccine or recovery requirement for foreigners who live in Sweden according to the Swedish Population Registry, or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, residence right or residence status.
To be considered a resident in Sweden, you must verify that you have resided or will reside in Sweden for at least a year. This can be done e.g. with an excerpt from the Swedish Population registry.
- Therefore, if you are an Irish citizen, but registered as living in Sweden, you do not need to show the DCC or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Sweden.
- As proof of residence, you can request an extract from the population register through Skatteverket here.
The decision is currently in effect until 31 October 2021 or until further notice.
Exemptions from both the entry ban and the test requirement apply to foreigners with particularly important reasons to enter Sweden.
More information on exemptions to the testing requirement can be found on the Government website.
For a full 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 that different rules apply to those entering Sweden from outside the EEA. These can be found here.
II. Recommendations after entry to Sweden
Anyone arriving into Sweden is expected to follow the advice of the Swedish Public Health Agency.
Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad can be found here.
III. Recommendations for everyone in Sweden
Everyone staying and living in Sweden must follow the general infection control guidelines and recommendations.
One of the most important recommendations is to be vigilant regarding any symptoms. Those with symptoms should quarantine and test themselves to confirm whether they have COVID-19.
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 October 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.
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.
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 the Swedish travel restrictions from the Police
- Frequently asked questions about the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden
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. Please note that the list provided is not exhaustive.
- 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 COVID-19 information in multiple languages
General Travel Advice
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.
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.
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.
Questions regarding the entry requirements for UK passport holders should be addressed to the British Embassy in Stockholm here.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
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 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.
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).
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
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 drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
The Swedish authorities have little tolerance for public drunkenness and police have the right to detain people they judge to be very intoxicated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swedish Krona is the official currency of Sweden. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but cheques are not.
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
111 48 Stockholm
Monday to Friday 09:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you 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.