Sweden – Immigration and Travel Restrictions Related to COVID-19

Sweden–Immigration and Travel Restrictions Re: COVID-19

As part of the efforts to manage the outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the Swedish government has decided to temporarily restrict foreigners from entering Sweden if they are coming from a country outside European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland. The restriction does not apply for individuals whose purpose for the trip to Sweden is to return to their homes, provided they meet certain criteria.



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As part of the efforts to manage the outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the Swedish government has decided to temporarily restrict foreign nationals from entering Sweden if they are coming from a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.1  The decision applies from Thursday, 19 March 2020, and the restriction is valid for 30 days.  


Due to the immigration restrictions, business visitors from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland will not be allowed to enter Sweden.  The same applies for individuals holding a visa/work permit/residence permit who are not already living in Sweden.  Consequently, individuals with a pending work permit application or a newly-issued work permit might not be able to enter Sweden as planned.  

Employees and their families who may have received offers for an international assignment to Sweden, depending on where they are coming from, may have to postpone the commencement of the assignment or may indeed already be in Sweden but on limited-term visas.  This could cause some anxiety, stress, and inconvenience, especially if plans for relocation had already been underway or where the assignee and his/her family are already in Sweden on limited-term visas.

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The restriction does not apply for individuals whose purpose for the trip to Sweden is to return to their homes (i.e., home in Sweden) if he/she:

  • is a citizen of EU/EEA/Switzerland or is a family member to such a citizen, or
  • has a long term residency in the EU, or
  • has a residence permit in Sweden or in another state in the EU/EEA/Switzerland, or
  • has a national Sweden D-visa.


What If I Already Have a Work Permit Issued/Approved or an Application under Consideration?

The recommendation from the Swedish Migration Agency for pending applications is that the employment start date in Sweden be adjusted to match the feasible date of arrival in Sweden.  In addition, if an individual has already been granted a Swedish work permit, but will not be able to arrive in the country within four months from the date of approval, the permit must be revoked.

Plans to Travel to/out of Sweden?

Travelers seeking to enter, or depart from, Sweden should regularly check the latest information with their nearest Swedish and/or home country (if they are already in Sweden) embassy or consulate.


1  For more information, including exceptions to this ban, visit: https://www.government.se/press-releases/2020/03/temporary-ban-on-travel-to-sweden-due-to-covid-19/

Another resource for measures introduced in Sweden to deal with the COVID-19 crisis is the Swedish Public Health Agency: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/.

*  Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services.  However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.  


The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Sweden.

KPMG in Australia is holding a webinar: “COVID-19: Managing Taxation Obligations – Employer Considerations”

Date: 2 April 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AES

KPMG’s Angela Wood, Partner and Regional Leader, Tax Dispute Resolution & Controversy with the KPMG International member firm in Australia will host a discussion with two Employment Tax Advisory partners Nathan Hamilton and Hayley Lock with KPMG in Australia to explore the different concessions in Australia currently available to taxpayers who may be experiencing difficulties with their taxation obligations because of COVID-19.

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