Sweden reopening for tourism - travel restrictions
Sweden reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Sweden might reopen for third-party countries on October 31

The Swedish Government might reopen its borders to some third-party countries on October 31 in addition to the 35 territories that are allowed entry at the moment. The date has been put off several times but the government has not announced any extra ban extensions yet.

 As of today, Sweden has not imposed a significant number of epidemiology restrictions to its nationals or to visitors. The government is confident its citizens are capable of taking care of themselves in a responsible way, so tourism is a lot easier and less cumbersome than it is in other destinations now.

 Keep reading to learn if you are one of the lucky travelers allowed in Sweden and the documents you may need to submit to be granted entry.

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What countries can travel to Sweden without restrictions?

Sweden reopening tourism - travel restrictions

As of today, Sweden is not enforcing any quarantine or use of face masks to foreign nationals visiting from the following countries.

  • Andorra
  • Austria 
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Disclaimer:  Depending on your point of departure, some airline operators may require you to show a health statement or to wear a face mask.  Make sure to check with your carrier to avoid unexpected situations.

Are Americans allowed in Sweden?

No. Unfortunately, Americans are not allowed at the moment.

Are there any exceptions?

Students, essential travelers and other travelers from countries not in the list above may be allowed entry under certain conditions, check the official announcement to find out if you belong to any of the groups allowed entry. If you do, check this link for further information.

Do I need negative COVID-19 test results to enter the country?

No. You don’t. Your carrier or airport officials at your transit airports  may still require it, so make sure to check with your airline at the moment of booking your trip.

Do I need to quarantine when arriving in Sweden?

No. You don’t. The government expects you to use your own judgment to protect your and other people’s health. Even if you have been in contact with a positive case, it is solely your responsibility to decide to self-isolate. 

Are there any restrictions set in place by Sweden authorities?

Not really. The government strongly recommends local and foreign travelers to stay within the EU and Schengen areas and exercise caution in areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases; these are, however, only recommendations and by no means restrictive.

What can I do in Sweden for tourism and fun?

Sweden reopening tourism - travel restrictions

Most tourist venues are currently open in Sweden with a few restrictions mostly related to restricted capacity in indoor spaces. Here you have some of the places you can enjoy in the country.

Retail stores

  • Shops
  • Shopping centers

Open at a limited capacity

Sports 

  • Matches and competitions 

Open with a limited number of spectators

Ceremonies 

  • Parties
  • Funerals
  • Weddings

You can technically attend those but you will be requested to observe social distancing.

  • The Sweden government also recommends that people who are over 70 years old, or who belong to other risk groups stay at home and avoid crowded places

How is the COVID-19 situation in Sweden now?

COVID-19 situation in Sweden

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COVID-19 situation in Sweden

The response Sweden has implemented to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, or rather the lack of them, has been highly debated around the world. Back in May, Sweden seemed to be the role model for its low death rate and few positive cases. However, by mid-October, the country has a death rate of  58.4 per 100,000 people, 12th highest in the world according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of today, the country has reported 103, 200 positive cases and 5,918 deaths. 74,952 citizens are currently infected showing mild symptoms and 30 of them are in hospital in critical condition.