Even with the vaccination rollout going well, with new variants appearing and the constant changes to travel restrictions from and to the UK, it is still not as easy to travel post-Covid-19 as it was before. This can be frustrating; we know that only too well here at Pure Testing. As much as we would love to say that there was considerable freedom when it comes to travelling – at the moment at least, that’s not the case.
Therefore, if you are travelling to Sweden or are interested in booking a trip to the Scandinavian country any time soon, we recommend you take a look at the information on this page and also available from www.gov.uk.
Can You Travel to Sweden?
At the present time, the answer unfortunately to this question is that no, the Swedish government have placed a ban on entering the country from the UK. Although that sounds very strict, there are exceptions to this rule.
For instance, if you are exempt as outlined by the Swedish Police or have taken a valid test within 48 hours before arriving or have official proof you do not need to have tests.
What Covid-19 Test Do You Need to Travel to Sweden?
Although it is heavily restricted, travel to Sweden is still possible from the UK. You need to get a Sweden Fit to Fly Test in the form of a PCR test. You need to make sure you have it within 48 hours before arriving in Sweden. There is a recommendation that you also have a test once you have arrived. However, if the last test you had was within 48 hours or 3 weeks you do not need it.
What Documentation Do You Need to Travel to Sweden?
Apart from the Sweden Flt to Fly Certificate or evidence that you do not need a test, there are no other Covid-19 restrictions-related forms or documentation you need. In terms of normal documentation though, it depends on how long you will be staying in Sweden.
As of January 1st, 2021, the rules changed regarding travelling or working in European countries. You are allowed to travel to Schengen countries, including Sweden for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days and do not need to get a Visa. This rule applies whether you are travelling as a tourist, visiting friends or family, attending business meetings, sports, or cultural events, or participating in short-term training or studying.
If you are looking at the prospect of staying longer than 90 days for any of the reasons, there are entry requirements outlined by the Swedish government. To find out more information about the type of work permit or visa you might need, if any, you can speak with the Swedish Embassy.
As well as all of the above and your valid passport, you may be asked by Swedish border control to show your onward or return ticket and evidence that you have sufficient money for the entirety of your stay.
Where Can You Get the Sweden Fit to Fly Certificate and Covid-19 Test?
Although the NHS offers free Covid-19 tests, these are only for people who suspect they may have the disease and clear them if they don’t. You cannot get NHS Covid-19 tests for travelling purposes. Therefore, you need to make an appointment with a private testing practice.
Many Covid-19 testing clinics have cropped up since the start of the pandemic. So many, in fact, that you may feel overwhelmed with the choice there is out there. To choose the best of the bunch, there are various factors you need to consider.
First and foremost it’s important to choose a facility that is backed by the Government and certified to perform accurate tests. This can give you real peace of mind. At Pure Testing, we are happy to say that as well as fast and accurate results, the team that administers your test are highly skilled and fully trained healthcare professionals.
Booking your test is easy and can be done online. Simply select the time, day, and date that’s best for your situation and trip and you’re good to go.
With the efficient service, we offer at Pure Testing, there’s no reason why you can’t travel abroad.