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Ireland has adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19, known as the EU traffic lights approach. Based on this, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will publish a combined indicator map each week which will show COVID-19 risk levels across the EU and EEA. Regions will be green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of agreed criteria. In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Further information is available on the Re-Open Europa website.
Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.
Information about the EU Recommendation (‘traffic lights’ system) which applies to EU / EEA countries is available here. Anyone considering travel to Sweden should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.
On 17 March 2020, 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 2020 and has been extended again until 31 March 2021. This ban does NOT include Ireland. Further information is available here. You can find further details on the implementation of measures here.
Sweden has not yet implemented measures associated with the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions (‘traffic lights’ system) in the context of COVID-19.
While travelling directly from Ireland to Sweden is possible, anyone travelling indirectly, and transiting through another jurisdiction is advised to familiarise themselves with the requirements (testing etc.) for transit through the third jurisdiction, as well as requirements for arrival in Sweden from a third jurisdiction.
Anyone travelling through Amsterdam Schipol between Ireland and Sweden is advised to consult the travel advice on the website of the Embassy of Ireland, the Netherlands, here before making any bookings or embarking on any journeys. Very strict testing requirements apply to those transiting having come from Ireland.
Sweden imposed an entry ban on 22 December 2020 for travels to Sweden from Denmark and the UK. All travels from Denmark or the UK are included, including transit, until 21 January 2020. Very few exemptions are applicable. Foreign citizens entering from Denmark and the UK will be allowed entry if they can document that they live or work in Sweden, e.g. by holding residence permit or have applied for residence status. Foreign citizens traveling from the UK must, in addition to being covered by an exemption, also present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection performed within 72 hours prior to arrival by an authorized lab. Swedish citizens do not need a negative test result since they have an unconditional right to enter Sweden. It applies, however, to their family members who are not Swedish citizens. Further information on this is available here.
The Embassy is aware of reports of ERASMUS students facing difficulties in entering Sweden from both the UK and Denmark. All students travelling are advised to liaise with their universities regarding travel arrangements to ensure entry into Sweden will be allowed.
Public health guidelines continue to apply for anyone arriving in Ireland from a non-green region. For information on arriving in Ireland from abroad, please visit the website of the Irish Government (www.gov.ie) or the Health Service Executive (HSE) www.hse.ie
High Degree of Caution
Security Status Last Updated: 21 October 2020 to take effect from 00.00 on 22 October 2020
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
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 has been compiled by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and is available here.
Please note that results of the RT-PCR test for entry into Ireland must include identifying details and be in English.
Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
1177 COVID-19 information in multiple languages
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.
Please note the information above on the ban on entry into Sweden from Denmark for those who are not resident in Sweden.
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.
The Embassy provides emergency consular assistance. Please call the Embassy on +46 8 54504040.
If calling out of office hours, you will be prompted to leave a message. After the tone, record your message stating your name, a brief description of the situation and a contact number. The Duty Officer will call you back.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- 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.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
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.
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.