Travel ban update
Admitted to study in Sweden and need a residence permit? Great news. When you get your residence permit for studies, you’ll be allowed to travel into Sweden.
On 2 July 2020, the Swedish government announced new exceptions to the non-EU travel ban. And it’s great news if you’ve been admitted to a Swedish university. Why? Because it means that if you have a new residence permit for studies, but have not yet moved to Sweden, you’ll be allowed to enter the country. This exemption has been in place since 4 July 2020. You can find more information on the Swedish government’s website↗️.
Applying for a residence permit? Some Swedish missions abroad are still limited in helping process applications.
It’s great that those with a residence permit for studies are exempt from the travel ban. But we know that you might have questions about your residence permit application. The Swedish Migration Agency has a handy FAQ ↗️ about residence permit applications/renewals.
But it’s important for you to know that some Swedish missions abroad are still closed. And because of limited resources, some Swedish missions abroad are not able to assist the Swedish Migration Agency in processing residence permit applications. At least, not within the normal timeframe. So, what does that mean? It means that you might have to wait longer to go for an interview or leave biometric data. This may change as the situation evolves, and as soon as we have more answers, we’ll update this information. You can also follow Sweden Abroad ↗️ for updates from your local Swedish embassy.
Will I be able to travel to Sweden? Do I need to show a negative test result to enter the country?
Moving to a new country is a huge deal. And moving during a pandemic? This brings up a whole load of new questions and complications. We’ve put together a list of resources where you can find answers to your questions:
- The Government of Sweden has answers to your questions about exemptions to the travel ban and entry into Sweden ↗️
- The Swedish Police has information about travel to Sweden during the pandemic ↗️
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden has recommendations for anyone travelling to Sweden from abroad ↗️