Swedish language students can still enter Sweden
Temporary travel ban
Sweden and the European Union have had travel restrictions in place since early 2020 due to Covid-19. In July 2020 the restrictions changed in Sweden, in order to allow more non-Europeans to enter the country. It has now been confirmed that the more generous rules will keep applying, but they will not yet allow everyone to travel freely to Sweden. Updates about possible changes to the restrictions in the future, will arrive at or around the 22nd of December 2020.
What are the current rules and how am I affected?
The current rules have been in place since the 4th of July 2020, and can be summarized by stating that anyone with a strong reason to enter Sweden will be allowed into the country. One such category of people allowed to enter Sweden is those with a valid residence permit. If you have a residence permit for studies, work or for any other reason, you will be able to enter Sweden without any issues. If you have a national long-stay visa, also called a D-visa, you will also be able to enter Sweden.
If, however, you have a general tourist visa for a shorter stay, also called a C-visa, or if your citizenship allows for visa free travel in the Schengen area, you will need a strong reason to enter Sweden. You can not currently enter the country for tourism or general leisure.
The Ministry of Justice has released an update concerning the current travel restrictions.
Voices for a more effective process for medical staff
The people working at Swedworks are always happy to see voices promoting a faster and smoother process for non-Swedish medical professionals that are seeking to obtain a Swedish license to practise.
Recently we’ve seen more opinion articles from people working with the licensing process or Swedish language education in Southern Sweden, expressing how much value we can find in foreign medical professionals wanting to work in Sweden. Over the past few years, there have been quite a few suggestions for making the process smoother and faster. There have also been suggestions to further involve different actors in the medical field to a larger extent (e.g. hospitals and healthcare facilities), in order to make the process more qualitative and organic.
We agree wholeheartedly with the suggestions and think they would make for a better journey for the foreign medical professionals, as well as creating natural opportunities for employment once the license has been obtained.
Start your process of obtaining a Swedish license to practise
If you want access to a high quality Swedish language program, and help getting started on the process of obtaining your Swedish license to practise, contact Swedworks today!
If you have inquiries about visiting Sweden, contact your local Swedish embassy or consulate.
Are you a medical professional interested in working in Sweden?
Apply here for access to the Swedish Language and Culture Program. Swedworks will bring you all the way!