Sweden: Update on Exemptions From Entry ban and Border Control

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points

  • Extension of border control measures until May 11, 2022
  • 4 countries exempt from entry ban beginning Nov. 8, 2021


The Swedish government announced it would continue current border control measures at its internal borders (considered internal to Europe, or the Schengen border) for six months as a result of perceived security threats in Sweden. In addition, the government also announced an amendment to the exemption on the entry ban for residents from the countries of Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru beginning Nov. 8, 2021. 

What are the Changes?

Under these new announcements, border control measures at Sweden’s internal border will continue until May 11, 2022. Under these measures, travelers entering Sweden from a neighboring country may be required to provide proof of the right to enter and stay in the country, in addition to a passport or national ID-card. 

Sweden placed a travel entry ban on most residents arriving from countries outside of the European Union and European Economic Area that is in effect until Nov 31, 2021. However, under this latest update, residents from the countries of Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru will be permitted to enter Sweden beginning Nov. 8, 2021, so long as they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance into the country. 

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the Swedish government website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information. 


Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.