Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The Swedish government sets and enforces its entry rules. For further information contact their UK based embassy. Check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are travelling to Sweden for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Sweden

The Swedish Government has announced that travellers who can present a UK vaccine certificate are exempt from the ban on entry to Sweden and the COVID-19 test requirement.

Entry to Sweden if you are fully vaccinated:

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Sweden for all purposes, without the need to test or self-isolate if:

  • you received your second vaccine dose more than 2 weeks before you arrive
  • the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency

You must provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated. Children (under 18 years) accompanying fully vaccinated adults are exempted from all travel restrictions, including testing.

Entry to Sweden from if you are not fully vaccinated:

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need the following:

  • Proof you are exempt from the current travel ban under another exemption. See the Swedish Police website for further details
  • A valid test taken in the last 48 hours or proof you are exempt from the testing requirements. See the Swedish Police website for further details.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Sweden will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Entry to Sweden before 11 October

If you are travelling from the UK before 11 October, you will need both:

  • Proof you are exempt from the current travel ban. See the Swedish Police website for further details

  • A valid test taken in the last 48 hours or proof you are exempt from the testing requirements. See the Swedish Police website for further details.

On arrival

Everyone entering Sweden from the UK is recommended to get a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival. Those who have been vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival in Sweden are exempt from this recommendation.

Restrictions for neighbouring countries

Check country-specific FCDO Travel Advice for details.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
  • if you are travelling to Sweden and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
  • to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Swedish government’s entry requirements. Check with the Swedish Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit, if any, you may need
  • if you stay in Sweden with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

Any time you spent in Sweden or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

At Swedish border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Sweden. If you are resident in Sweden, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Sweden guide.

Passport validity

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

Make sure your passport is:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Sweden, or any other Schengen country
  • less than 10 years old

The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Sweden.

Travelling with children

If you’re travelling with children other than your own, you should carry a letter of consent from the child’s parent or guardian.

Pets

Check guidance before travelling with pets.

Border controls

Border controls are in place in Sweden for people travelling from Denmark via the Öresund crossing and arriving on ferries from Denmark and Germany. Make sure you carry a passport or national ID card when entering Sweden. More detailed information is available from the Swedish authorities.