Sweden removes UK travel ban
7 October 2021
Starting 11 October, fully vaccinated people travelling from the UK will no longer be banned from entering Sweden nor required to show a negative COVID-19 test, the Swedish Government announces. The changes mean that travellers who can present a vaccine certificate issued in the UK will be exempt from the ban on entry to Sweden and the COVID-19 test requirement.
The temporary entry ban came into force on 19 March 2020 and prevented non-Swedish citizens travelling from a country outside the EU/EES from entering the country. Prior to the Government's announcement, the latest such decision was to apply until 31 October 2021.
Travel between Sweden and the UK is of major importance for both countries from a range of perspectives, not least to facilitate mutual trade and increased investment. The UK has allowed entry to fully vaccinated Swedes (on certain conditions) for some time. By contrast, travellers from the UK cannot currently travel directly to Sweden unless they are covered by a special exemption. With the Swedish Government's announcement, this restriction will be lifted starting 11 October 2021.