NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST REQUIRED FOR ENTRY FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM

From 1 January 2021, new rules apply for entry from the United Kingdom through a new regulation which means that the persons who are allowed to enter Sweden must present a certificate of negative covid-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in the country, to the border police. This change does not affect the Public Health Agency’s recommendations for travellers from the UK, to test themselves on arrival at the destination in Sweden, to stay isolated for 7 days after arrival and to test again after 5 days.

The flight ban from the United Kingdom expires from 1 January 2021. However, the entry ban for arrivals from the United Kingdom remains.

The exceptions to the entry ban are:

  • Swedish citizens
  • anyone transporting goods from the UK
  • people who live or work in Sweden
  • people who have urgent family reasons
  • diplomats

On 30 December 2020, the Swedish government decided on new rules for those entering the United Kingdom that are exempt from the entry ban. These rules enter into force on 1 January 2021 and mean that non-Swedish citizens who are covered by the exemption from the entry ban must show a negative test result for covid-19 infection taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Sweden, before they are allowed to enter the country.

The requirement does not apply to those who transport goods, so they can travel in without having a negative test result. This is to not impede the transport of important goods, such as medicines or medical equipment.

The requirement also does not apply to Swedish citizens, who always have the right to travel into Sweden. However, the Public Health Agency’s call still applies to EVERYONE who has recently been to the UK to test for covid-19 immediately upon arrival to their destination in Sweden, stay isolated for 7 days after arrival and test again after five days.

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