Can I travel back to Sweden? Q&A about lockdown

Nov 14, 2020 by

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On Saturday the 31st of October Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London and the rest of the UK are heading into a second lockdown. New national restrictions are in place and you can read them all here.
We have had many questions in our online forums and we have tried to gather them here but we are in no means an official source of information. You can find official information on the UK Government’s website.
We are aware that the answers below are confusing and not very clear at times but to answer the subject of the article:  You can travel back to Sweden but you will have to quarantine when returning to the UK.  
Sweden was added to the quarantine list at 4 am on Saturday the 7th of November. 
As a Swedish citizen you can always travel back to your country if needed, you won’t have to give a reasonable excuse. However, take your own responsibility, only travel if it’s necessary. Holidays are banned to stop the spreading of the virus.


What does the new lockdown rules say about travelling to or from another country?


If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.

There could be potential fines for anyone who leaves England “without reasonable excuse” from 5th of November. While no specific ban on leaving the country is included in the lockdown legislation, anyone leaving home without a reasonable excuse could face a fine that starts at £200 and doubles for subsequent offences. 
You are now also required to self-isolate on return to the UK from Sweden from Saturday 7th of November. You will still need to provide your journey and contact details before you travel. See guidance on entering or returning to the UK.
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What if my circumstances have changed and I want to go back to Sweden? Can I travel to Sweden during the lockdown?


As a Swedish citizen, you can always travel back to Sweden, even during the lockdown, providing there are flights. Flights will still operate but with reduced capacity, and be aware of the big risk of flights being cancelled. Always make sure to check with your airline.


What if I want to go for a week’s holiday?


You are not supposed to be travelling anywhere for a holiday during the lockdown and fines from £200 could be given, and double for subsequent offences.


Can I travel back to the UK from Sweden during the lockdown?


If you live in the UK you will be allowed to travel back but will need to quarantine if you travel from Sweden (from 4am 7th of November). If you are planning to move here you are still allowed to enter the country but will need to quarantine so make sure to have a place to live on arrival.


I want to visit my family over Christmas, can I?


At the moment, the lockdown is in effect until the 2nd of December. However, there is a possibility that this will be extended. Should the travel restrictions be extended, you should not travel home for a Christmas holiday.
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We get many questions about whether your Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status will be affected if you spend an extended period of time in Sweden during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you have not had your Settlement status approved yet, we recommend that you remain in the UK until you have a confirmed status. We also advise that you apply ASAP –> Hur söker man Settled/Pre-settled Status?


Can you apply for pre-settled status outside the UK?


You can apply for Settlement Status under the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK. You must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify that you’re entitled to apply from outside the UK. If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you must use your UK residence card with a biometric chip.


How long can I leave the country if I have Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status?


With Settled Status, you can leave the UK for a period of up to five years. If you stay away longer, you may lose your status. However, you only have to come back to the UK for a few days to make sure you keep your status. You can apply for Settled Status as soon as you complete your five years of residence in the UK.
If you have Pre-Settled Status, you can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. You will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for Settled Status.


Follow the below links for more information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced, and the financial support available:


The Swedish Embassy links