- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:10 NZDT
- Still current at: 10 April 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Sweden.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
Terrorist groups have made threats to conduct attacks in Sweden and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Sweden and other countries in Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The potential for terrorist attacks still remains – they could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners.
On 7 April 2017, a man drove a truck into pedestrians before crashing into a department store in central Stockholm killing 4 people and injuring 15 others.
The Swedish Security Service maintain a national terrorism threat level for Sweden. There may be increased security measures in some public places, such as at airports and railway stations.
New Zealanders in Sweden are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places.
Sweden has a low level of crime, but petty crime is increasingly common over the summer months in tourist areas, including pickpocketing and bag snatching. Incidents of more violent organised crime have been reported in larger cities such as Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings, particularly passports, money and credit cards.
General travel advice
New Zealanders living or travelling in Sweden should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Sweden are encouraged to register their details their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Stockholm, Sweden
Street Address 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Postal Address New Zealand Embassy, 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Telephone +46 8 400 172 70 Emergency Telephone +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand) Email NZEmbassyStockholm@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz Hours Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.
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New Zealand Embassy Sweden
6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 400 172 70
Emergency Telephone: +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand)
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.