Travel restrictions to Sweden and the EU due to the pandemic is lifted from July 4th.
The travel bans that were implemented due to Covid-19 have been lifted since July 4th – completely or partially – in most European countries. Nevertheless, the revised rules do not cover everyone and there are still obstacles for those trying to reach a destination in Europe for studies or work.
In Sweden new rules have been in force since the 4th of July 2020. They were implemented by the Government of Sweden and are enforced by the Swedish Police. The revised rules allow for tourism from certain non-European countries, but more importantly they allow international students and laborers entry to Sweden, as long as they have a residence permit card. For all categories that are not explicitly mentioned as exempted from the travel ban, the Swedish Police will make a decision on an ad hoc basis if you are to be allowed to enter the country or not. That decision will be made on arrival in the Schengen Area.
Revised rules in English, updated 2020-08-20 (here).
Frequently asked questions (here).
If you are about to receive a decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, you still want to make sure that there are no other obstacles in your way when planning for your studies or work in Sweden.
Firstly, if you are a citizen of a country that is excluded from the VISA requirement for entering the Schengen Area (EU) you should check if your country is on the list of countries exempted from the travel ban (see link, revised rules). Even though you are normally exempted due to your nationality, you currently may still require a national VISA or a residence permit card in order to enter Sweden.
If you, for any reason, are required to have a VISA or a residence permit card when entering the Schengen Area, you should check the status of your designated Swedish embassy or consulate. Most of the embassies and consulates dealing with migration matters are fully operational again, but some have restricted opening hours or restricted capacity. If there are no Swedish embassies or consulates dealing with migration matters in your country, you must then also check if there are any restrictions on entering the country where your designated embassy is located. As an example, some countries require a negative Covid-19 test to let you enter the country without quarantine.
For more information about specific embassies and consulates, visit this link and select your country and city from the drop down list.
As part of this post we also want to provide you an update about Swedworks services. We are currently running a campaign for the Swedish Language and Culture Program, offering a discount for the January, April, and June 2021 course intakes. The Swedish Language and Culture Program is tailor-made for doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals looking to live and work in Sweden. For more information and sign-up, see link.