Update: Swedes in the UK during the Coronavirus lockdown

Apr 16, 2020 by

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Latest updates for Swedes in the UK during the Coronavirus lockdown

Latest update: 17th April


Do you spot any mistakes or have information about new updates that need to be made in the information below? Please email us on hello@londonsvenskar.com

No commercial flights between Sweden & the UK after 9th April


All commercial flights between Sweden and the UK were suspended on 9th April 2020.
British Airways were the last airline to suspend flights between Sweden and the UK. All other commercial airlines have already done so. If you live in the UK and wish to travel home from Sweden, there are flights that fly through Frankfurt or Helsinki. 

Please continue to consult FCO Travel Advice Pages for any updated information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-a…/sweden/return-to-the-uk

Please check the carrier’s website for the latest schedule and information on flight availability, but note that plans may change.


London in “lock-down”


At 8 pm on Monday 23rd of March, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that they are enforcing stricter rules to stop spreading Covid-19 and to fight to the virus, new regulations will be put into place. Only a few days earlier on Friday the 20th, all schools in the UK were closed indefinitely. Even though recommendations to the nation had been shared, the weekend before the decision took place, saw people on crowded beaches and in parks which led to the decision to enforce stricter rules that will last for a minimum of three weeks. On the 16th of April the government announced that the lock-down will continue at least another three weeks, until 7th May. A new decision will be taken after that date. 


Official information about Covid-19


For information about how the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak affects travel and life in the UK for Swedish citizens, please follow the Embassy of Sweden in London Facebook page and see the extensive Q&A on the Embassy website: http://swedenabroad.se/london


A temporary ban on travel to Sweden due to Covid-19

On 18 March, the Swedish Government decided to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the spread of the virus.

The decision took effect on 19 March and will initially apply for 30 days. This is an exceptional measure that will not apply for longer than absolutely necessary. The date was later postponed and will now apply to at least 15th of May. 

In Sweden, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)  is advising to cancel all un-necessary travel plans until at least 15th of June.

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from a country outside the EU or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

However, not all travel to Sweden will be stopped. The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens or people with residence permits or right of residence in Sweden, nor will the entry ban apply to people who have particularly important grounds for travelling to Sweden.


For the latest updates: https://www.swedenabroad.se/london

For a link to the initial full press release on 18th March, follow this link

For frequently asked questions, follow this link


For questions about the concrete application of the ban, call the Swedish police at +46 77 114 14 00 and ask to be connected to the National Communications Department.

Frequently Asked Questions for Swedish Citizens and permanent residents.

Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden

Information is written by  The Swedish Embassy in London


Swedish Embassy in London

(Always check their website before going, as opening hours may change with very short notice) 


Due to the Coronavirus, the Embassy is only offering limited consular services at the moment.
The online booking system (including passports) on the Embassy webpage is no longer open.
Only extremely urgent passport and visa applications will be considered. Appointments have to be made via e-mail: Ambassaden.london@gov.se

If you already have an appointment booked, you will be contacted by the Embassy staff.


Check their current opening times https://www.swedenabroad.se/london


The Swedish Church in London



On the recommendation of the UK authorities, the Swedish Church in London has suspended all activities and closed the café indefinitely. Religious services will be celebrated as usual, but the only way to participate in the services is through live broadcasts on Facebook. They will continue to follow the directives and recommendations of UK authorities and update the website on an ongoing basis. Read more here.

You can reach the church staff during normal opening hours +44 (0) 2077235681

For urgent matters and support +44 (0) 7584054143


 Swedish Chamber of Commerce



Swedish Chamber of Commerce will be offering several online webinars and have cancelled all their other upcoming events during the coming weeks.


Introducing a new series of webinars on operating and leading a business. 

These are challenging times for many businesses – as it is for society-at-large. In light of this, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce has introduced a whole new series of webinars, within the ‘Running a Business’ series, focused on informative and interactive webinars and Q&As with experts in their respective fields. These have been designed as an opportunity for members to share insight, and to support the community in a time of disruption. Organised together with member businesses, themes will span from HR challenges, Government subsidies to leading remote teams and business resilience, to mention some.

If there are themes that you would value, please contact the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. They are there to support all Swedish businesses.


For the upcoming webinars, please see:  https://www.scc.org.uk/


Swedish Shops

Please see below for some news about the Swedish shops in these times of COVID-19. Please note that opening hours and services are likely to change with very short notice; do check their websites for updates.

Scandinavian Kitchen, Marylebone


The shop is open but only for pick-up. The online shop is still open and new deliveries will be arriving to the warehouse regularly. Do not travel to the shop (if not in your own car) to get Swedish groceries, only use the store if you are a local. Please see the website for opening times.



Totally Swedish, Marylebone & Barnes



A message from Totally Swedish:

Both our shops (32 Crawford Street and 66 Barnes High Street) have new temporary opening hours: 10 am – 2 pm, from today, Tuesday 23/3 – Friday 27/3.

Please note that we’re trying our best to process online orders as fast as possible, but we’re slightly delayed. Nonetheless, we hope to get all the orders sent out this week.

Owing to a huge amount of customers and staff shortages we’re unable to answer the Crawford Street phone at present and ask that customers email us at shop@totallyswedish.com. We wish all our customers well in these difficult times.



IKEA opens food markets to help key workers (and three stores will also open to the public)

IKEA’s Swedish Food Market is now open to the public at certain times. IKEA Tottenham and IKEA Greenwich have both opened the doors of their Swedish Food Markets to help key workers and vulnerable customers access essential food items. The openings followed IKEA Croydon and IKEA Manchester that opened the first week in April, forming a trial from the retailer.



For more information about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) visit:

UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS info: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Covid-19 test: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019



Are you a Swedish citizen and are in the UK temporarily?

Är du svensk medborgare och befinner dig temporärt i Storbritannien?

• ladda ner appen UD Resklar
• anmäl dig till Svensklistan

Här finns information om UD:s arbete med anledning av coronaviruset: https://www.regeringen.se/…/information-om-uds-arbete-med-…/

Appen: https://www.swedenabroad.se/…/reseinfo…/ud-resklar-mobilapp/

Svensklistan: https://www.swedenabroad.se/sv/svensklistan/