Note dated 13 July 2020
During the autumn of 2019 we prepared a note with some information about travel to Sweden in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. As members will know, the UK is presently in the “Transition Phase” and travel to and from Sweden remains essentially the same as during the UK’s EU membership (except of course for the effects of the pandemic!). The outlook for 2021 and thereafter is unclear, but a no deal end to the transition, or perhaps a very restricted deal, remains a distinct possibility. The British Prime Minister did not seek any extension to the Transition Phase, while commentators have suggested that the time remaining is inadequate to negotiate a long-term agreement.
The outlook thus remains most uncertain. However it is reported that the UK Government is shortly to undertake an advertising campaign about foreign travel in future and that this will be based, in effect, on a no-deal scenario.
Travel to and from Sweden in the event of a No-deal Brexit
Revised to 13 July 2020
Many of the arrangements concerning travel to and from Sweden will change if, as seems increasingly likely, the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This note is written in good faith to offer guidance to our members, and links to more detailed information. However, it is important to be aware that the Society is not an official body and has no special expertise in these matters. You should consult the UK and Swedish authorities for definitive statements. The postal address for the Swedish Embassy is: 11 Montagu Place, London W1H 2AL, the telephone number is 020 7917 6400, and the email address is email@example.com
This note covers our understanding of the position. Brexit will make everything more complicated and certain things more expensive, so please let us know if you spot any errors and we will check to see if we need to amend anything. We aim to cover only the most common circumstances, but if there are other areas which you think we should also cover, please let us know. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Entry and exit formalities
UK citizens will need a passport to enter Sweden. It must both be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Sweden, and also must have been issued less than 9 years 6 months prior to that date. Thus a normal UK passport will, in effect, expire earlier than the date printed on it. Be particularly careful if your passport states that it is valid for more than 10 years as sometimes happens. You may wish to see the UK Government guidance about passport validity at:
You will not need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days in any period of 180 days. But you may well need a visa for longer stays or to work or study in Sweden. Check with the Swedish Embassy.
Starting in January 2022, UK citizens are, however, likely to require ETIAS authorisation before travelling to a Schengen area country of which Sweden is one. ETIAS will be a “visa waiver” system which requires making an application on-line before travel. and so it will closely resemble a multiple entry visa. A fee of €7 will be charged in most cases. If granted, authorisation will last until your passport expires or for 3 years, whichever is shorter. Details can be found at:
The Swedish authorities may wish to see your return ticket and to be satisfied that you have sufficient funds for your stay.
General advice for UK citizens travelling abroad after Brexit is available at:
Swedish citizens will need a valid passport to enter the UK. Note that a Swedish ID card will no longer be accepted. They will not need a visa for visits of less than 3 months. Check with the UK authorities for longer stays. However, the UK authorities have announced their intention to introduce a “visa waiver” system in the longer term, and this would apparently be similar to the EU’s proposed ETIAS arrangement (see above).
Information for EU citizens planning to move to the UK after Brexit can be found by following this link:
Swedish citizens who have been granted Settled or Pre-Settled Status and who are re-entering the UK after a short period abroad will not require a visa. However, we suggest that people in this category keep with their passport the letter from the Home Office that tells them of their status so that this can be shown in the event of questions being asked when they enter the UK. If they have been issued a new passport since they applied for Settled Status, it is very important they inform the Home Office of their new passport number. The letter mentioned explains how to do this.
If you are travelling with a young person under 18 years old, or if a young person is travelling to the UK on their own, you should obtain further information by following this link:
It is particularly important to consult the guidance if the young person’s surname differs from that of the accompanying parent/guardian.
General advice about travel to the UK for Swedish citizens is available at:
Travel with animals
The existing EU pet passport scheme will no longer apply. It will take at least 4 months to obtain the requisite documents. Follow this link for further details concerning both travel to EU countries and back to the UK with a pet.
We have not seen any reference to special provisions for guide or assistance dogs, so have to conclude they will be subject to the same rules as ordinary pets.
2. Your Health
The EHIC card which provides entitlement to certain health services for UK resident visitors to Sweden and Swedish visitors to the UK will not be valid after Brexit. It is possible that a broadly equivalent bilateral agreement will be reached in future, but there is no such agreement at present. Personal travel insurance will therefore be particularly important. It is likely to be more expensive than previously as no medical costs will be covered by the EHIC system.
Swedish residents in the UK who have Settled or Pre-Settled status will continue to be eligible for NHS services. Swedish residents in the UK should also note that, with the ending of the EHIC system for UK residents they will usually not be eligible for health services in Sweden and so they too may wish to obtain travel insurance when visiting.
3. Your Car and Driving
Photocard, but not paper, UK Driving Licences will continue to be accepted for visits of up to 6 months to Sweden following Brexit. For longer visits, or if you still have a paper licence, you should obtain an International Driving Permit in advance. This can be obtained at large Post Offices. Note that there are various sorts of International Driving Permit and be careful to have the right one (“The 1968 Convention”) for Sweden. The countries that Scottish people are likely to transit on the way to Sweden by car, that is the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, will also accept UK Driving Licences for short visits, though the exact time that counts as “short” varies from country to country. For details consult:
If you are taking your car you will need a Green Card after Brexit. This can be obtained from your insurance company.
You will also need a GB sticker.
4. Your baggage.
You will no longer be entitled to carry unlimited amounts of tax-paid dutiable goods, such as tobacco and alcohol, that are for your own consumption. The UK Government is reported to have said that the old “Duty Free Allowance” will be re-instated. That covers, for example, 1 bottle of spirits. We do not know the Swedish position, but speculate that it will be the same.
Prior to Brexit, you can bring any fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or other animal products (eg fish, eggs and honey) into the UK if you’re travelling from a country within the EU, but the rules are more restrictive for imports from elsewhere. A similar position applies in Sweden. We have been unable to find guidance concerning the position after Brexit. It may be prudent to assume the rules will be those presently applying to “other” countries in both direction. See:
5. Your Mobile Phone
After Brexit, your mobile phone company will be permitted to charge roaming fees for using your phone in Sweden. In the past, before the EU outlawed roaming fees between EU countries, these had been high. You may wish to check in advance with your firm as some have stated they will not impose these charges.