Entry conditions in Sweden: COVID-19 negative PCR test presentation

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EMERGENCY: No. The risk of spreading the infection in the community is still assessed by the Swedish authorities to be "Very High", the highest grade.


From 6:2021 on 00 February 00, all foreign nationals traveling to the Kingdom of Sweden must present at the border a test with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, carried out cu maximum 48 hours prior to arrival (be careful not to embark!). 

Strict observance of the validity period of the test is mandatory, in practice there are situations in which the Swedish Police did not allow the entry of persons who presented a negative test whose validity exceeded even by 15 minutes the allowed interval of maximum 48 hours before arrival in Sweden. 

The types of tests accepted against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are the following: PCR, antigen or LAMP. In order for the test to be considered valid, the following information must be entered on the certificate: the name of the person tested, the date and time of the sample, the test method (PCR; antigen or LAMP), the test result and the issuer data. The languages ​​accepted for the presentation of the test are: English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.

In the event of failure to take the test or failure to comply with the above requirements, entry into the Kingdom of Sweden will be refused.

The measure applies to all types of travel: air, road, sea and rail.

The following categories of persons are exempted from the mandatory measure of presenting a test with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection:

  • people up to 18 years old (minors);
  • persons resident in the Kingdom of Sweden (for at least one year and who can prove this by presenting proof of registration with the Swedish Tax Agency or by another document, for example a residence permit);
  • cross-border workers, subject to regular testing (at least once a week);
  • persons who are involved in a medical transport;
  • carriers of goods and other categories of personnel in the transport sector;
  • people moving for urgent family reasons;
  • persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
  • persons who are subject to medical intervention or other types of medical care in the Kingdom of Sweden who cannot be postponed;
  • navigators (sailors);
  • personnel involved in international police cooperation, customs or rescue operations.

The Swedish authorities strongly recommend that everyone be isolated

The Swedish authorities also strongly recommend that all persons, regardless of nationality, whether or not exempted from taking the SARS-CoV-2 virus test who arrive in the Kingdom of Sweden, isolate themselves and avoid social contact for a period of seven days and perform a new test on the fifth day. The isolation recommendation also applies to those living with people arriving in Sweden.

The Swedish authorities recommend that persons falling into one of the above categories, who are exempted from the mandatory measure of presenting a test with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, perform a test either before the journey or soon after arrival, isolate avoiding social contacts for 7 days and test again on the fifth day.

Entry of all persons (except Swedish nationals) traveling from Norway, the United Kingdom or Denmark to Sweden is prohibited until 31 March 2021, including for persons in transit (the list of exceptions can be found below). 

All unnecessary entries into the territory of Sweden for citizens of non-member states of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Swiss Confederation have been suspended. The measure is valid until 31 March 2021 and does not include a group of 7 third countries.

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