Kingdom of Sweden
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Six months recommended
Two pages required for entry stamp
Not required for stays under 90 days
10,000 Euros (or equivalent)
10,000 Euros (or equivalent)
Visit the Embassy of Sweden’s website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Sweden.
Sweden has been subject to terrorist incidents in the past, and the potential for a terrorist incident remains. Like other countries in the Schengen area, Sweden's open borders with its Western European neighbors could permit terrorist groups to enter and exit the country with anonymity. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Crime: Sweden has a low crime rate. Violent crimes, such as homicides and sexual assaults, do occur in Sweden; however, the majority of violent crimes occur in larger cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact local police authorities by dialing 112. Crime victims should contact the U.S. Embassy at +(46) (8) 785-5300 after they have contacted local authorities.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
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Medical care in Sweden is comparable to that found in the United States. Though it is state-sponsored, it only covers the medical costs of Swedish citizens and residents. Non-residents are expected to pay their own medical costs in full.
The Embassy does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested or prosecuted if you break the law.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Compulsory Military Service: In March 2017, Sweden reintroduced military conscription for men and women. Enrollment will begin July 1, 2017, and Sweden plans for 4,000 recruits annually in 2018 and 2019. Dual U.S./Swedish citizens are also subject to conscription, though persons who have previously done military service may be excluded from the requirement and should contact the Swedish Ministry of Defense for more information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Sweden. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section six of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility to public facilities and transportation in Sweden is good. The Swedish Government actively funds programs promoting disability access to streets, public buildings, stores, restaurants, and public transportation. For more information on accessibility in Sweden, visit the Tourist Bureau’s website.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers
Road Conditions and Safety: Driving is on the right in Sweden, as in the United States.
Traffic Laws: You can use a valid U.S. driver's license while visiting Sweden, but you must be at least 18 years-old to drive.
Public Transportation: Public transport in Sweden is the recommended way to travel.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Sweden’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Sweden’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.