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Kingdom of Sweden

Last Updated: March 20, 2017

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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.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Stockholm

Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31,
SE-115 89 Stockholm, Sweden

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Six months recommended

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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Two pages required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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10,000 Euros (or equivalent)

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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10,000 Euros (or equivalent)

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U.S. Embassy Stockholm

Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31,
SE-115 89 Stockholm, Sweden

Telephone: +(46) (8) 783-5300

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(46) (8) 783-5300

Fax: +(46) (8) 783-5480

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Sweden for information on U.S.-Sweden relations. 

Visit the Embassy of Sweden’s website for the most current visa information.

  • Sweden is a party to the Schengen Agreement.  U.S. citizens may enter Sweden for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned period of stay.  
  • You must be able to demonstrate sufficient funds and a return airline ticket for entry.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Sweden.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites

 

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.

  • Most crimes involve the theft of personal property from vehicles, residences, and public areas.
  • Pick-pocketing and petty theft are common in or near major tourist attractions, especially Stockholm’s Old Town, but also at restaurants, amusement parks, museums, bars, and on public transportation, including at airports.
  • Hotel breakfast rooms and lobbies attract professional, well-dressed thieves who blend in with guests and target purses and briefcases left unguarded by tourists and business travelers.
  • Do not leave your valuables in parked cars.  Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods, even if they are widely available.  Not only are bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, but if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.
  • See the Department of State’s and the FBI’s webpages for information on scams.

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.

  • Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide information on Sweden’s Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport
  • Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

 

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.

  • You can visit a local medical center or clinic, called an “Akutmottagning” or “Vardcentral.”  Be prepared to present your passport.
  • In case of a medical emergency, dial the emergency telephone number 112.
  • You can bring personal use medicines into the country.  Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.  Ensure the medication is legal in Sweden.  For more information consult the Medical Products Agency in Sweden.
  • Stringent Swedish customs regulations prohibit the shipment of drugs to Sweden.
    • Local physicians may be reluctant to prescribe equivalent quantities or dosages.
    • Most pharmacies (“Apotek”)  are open during normal shopping hours, but major cities will have a 24-hour pharmacy.

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.

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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.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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.

  • There is no bail system in Sweden, and U.S. citizens who are arrested may be held in custody until the trial is complete.

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.

Students:  See our students abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

  • Swedish roads are comparable to those in the United States, though secondary roads may be less heavily traveled.  
  • Road signs use standard international symbols and Swedish text. Many urban streets have traffic lanes reserved for public transportation only.
  • All vehicles on the road must have their headlights turned on, no matter the time of day. You must use snow tires between December 1 and March 31, and you should be experienced driving on ice and snow, if you are going to drive in the winter.
  • You must use seat belts, and children under 135cm (4.45ft) in height must be seated in approved child or booster seats.
  • Gas stations in rural areas can be far apart.  Some stations are unattended and require a credit card with a chip to purchase fuel.
  • Slower vehicles should move onto the shoulder to allow faster moving vehicles to pass.

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.

  • The maximum speed limit is 120 kilometers per hour (approximately 75 miles per hour).
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs, is considered a very serious offense.  The maximum legal blood-alcohol level is .02% much - lower than in the United States.  Swedish police often conduct alcohol tests on roads and highways. Drunk driving rules are strictly enforced, and fines can be severe, including possible jail sentences. 

Public Transportation: Public transport in Sweden is the recommended way to travel.

  • Passenger trains, intercity buses, and airplanes provide regular service over longer distances.  Public transportation in urban centers includes buses, subways, trams, suburban trains, and taxis.
  • Taxis are more expensive than in major U.S. cities.  Most local residents use public transport in Stockholm, as parking can be hard to find and expensive.  The bus, train, and subway systems are considered safe.  Cyclists are common on many roads, especially in urban areas.

Refer to our road safety page for more information.  We suggest that you visit the website of  Sweden’s national tourist office and the Swedish Transport Administration.

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.

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