Information for Swedish Lapland travellers in regards to the corona virus
As we all are aware of the pandemic is still a part of our everyday life. But for the responsible traveler, there is a chance for new and exciting trips. Traveling in Sweden right now basically means using a mask on the airlines, keep to a smaller groups, washing your hands, avoid public transportations, keeping the social distance and – above all – if you feel any symptoms, staying home and safe.
Here you will find information about travelling to Swedish Lapland, as well as restrictions and recommendations when staying in Sweden.
Travelling restrictions for Sweden
There is a temporary entry ban in place for non-essential travels to the EU via Sweden until 31 mars 2021, but travel from another EU country, a country part of the EEA and Switzerland to Sweden is possible.
The Swedish government announced entry bans to Sweden from the UK and Denmark, entry bans applies until 21 January 2021 or until further notice. The Public Health Agency urges travelers from the UK, from 12 December onwards, to get tested for covid-19 as soon as possible. Travelers from the UK are advised to stay in home quarantine and avoid contacts for at least seven days. The testing should be repeated on day five from return.
You do not need a health statement or health certificate in order to enter Sweden.
We ask you to closely monitor statements and guidance issued by your home country’s public authorities, health officials and embassy, in order to receive timely information on matters such as quarantine instructions upon arrival at home.
Flying to Sweden
Swedavia recommends you to wear face masks in all their airports, and many airline companies, among them SAS, require face masks on board. Some airline operators also may require passengers to show a health statement. Check this with your operator before travelling.
Please note that not all airports in Swedish Lapland sell face masks on site, so you need to buy them beforehand.
Everyday life in Swedish Lapland
In every sense, your Arctic destination, Swedish Lapland, is a place to unwind in, with plenty to experience over the seasons. We are open and welcome you here as a guest, but physical distancing applies and all businesses must take precaution to reduce the risk of spreading covid-19. There is no general requirement to wear a face mask in normal social situations, in public places, in public transport etc.
- Restaurants, bars and cafés are permitted to operate, if adhering to new legislation (offering table service, adjusted seating, take-away, etc.).
- Resturants can’t serve alcohol after 8 pm and closes at 8.30 pm.
- The size of a dining party allowed to sit at one table is limited to four people.
- Most shops and stores are open but may have limited opening hours.
- Public transport is in operation, but may be limited. Please check regional services for details and follow the guidelines on domestic travel and public transport.
- National parks are open. For more information, please visit the Swedish National Parks website.
Read more about what physical distancing means and what measures to take at the covid-19 page of Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Recommendations from The Public Health Agency of Sweden (“Folkhälsomyndigheten”)
- those who are feeling unwell stay at home
- stay at least an arm’s length away from other people
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water