As a measure against the continued spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Swedish Government has extended the inbound travel ban until 22 December 2020.
The government has established a so-called “safe” list of countries, from which travel into Sweden is allowed (based on residency and not citizenship). The list is updated regularly.
In addition to individuals who hold a residence permit in Sweden, certain other categories of people are also exempted from the travel ban. These include foreign highly skilled professionals who may enter if the employer can show that they are needed urgently. Please contact IPM for the full list of exempted groups.
Further information for Sweden – this information was produced as part of the EU guide for Sweden which might help to flesh out the above “update” for Sweden.
|There will be no change in residency rules or registration procedures if you arrive in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020. If you are resident in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020, you will be able to remain.|
1. Immigration process decided for UK citizens residing in Sweden
On 11 November the Swedish Parliament passed legislation setting in place an immigration process for UK citizens already residing in Sweden. As of 1 December, UK citizens and their families have been able to apply online. The new type of right of residence established in this law is called “Uppehållsstatus”, which translates as “Residence status”. This will be a one-time application, meaning that once granted, the residence status is valid indefinitely. However, the actual permit card will have to be renewed every 5 years. It is possible to apply until 30 September 2021.
2. Residence permit cards
As of 1 December 2020, the appearance of Swedish residence permit cards will change (see specimen below). This is as a result of new EU legislation regulating the appearance of permit cards. The aim is to make it more difficult to falsify permits, as well as to make their appearance more uniform across the EU. Current permit cards remain valid until their expiry date.
There will be no change in residency rules or registration procedures if you arrive in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020. If you are resident in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. If there are changes to residency registration processes, we will update this guidance as soon as information is available. If you plan to live in Sweden for more than 1 year, you must register with the Swedish Population Register. The Swedish authorities will issue you an ID number (person number). You can only register if you have a right of residence (uppehållsrätt) for a year or more and comprehensive travel insurance. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will automatically have this right if you can support yourself, either by work or by other independent means, or you are studying. You will not be able to register if you are still looking for a job when you come to Sweden and or do not meet other requirements for residency.
Contact us for further guidance on residency for UK nationals in Sweden
Source of information: Swedish Migration Agency website (Migrationsverket)
| 4. Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):|
Developments in the coronavirus pandemic remain uncertain around the world. No travel is risk-free. We will keep the conditions in these countries, territories and regions under review. However, like other EU countries, Sweden has banned entry to non-EU and non-EEA citizens arriving from outside of the EU until at least 22 December 2020. British nationals are not affected by this ban. There is no general quarantine obligation for travellers entering Sweden.