PASSPORTS / VISAS

PASSPORTS
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

If you are a single parent, or travelling with a child who is not your own, you will need a letter of consent. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration contact the Swedish Embassy in London.

Should you wish to take a pet on your journey, please see our Guide to European Camping for further information. If you intend to travel on one of our Escorted Tours, please check our Tour Pages to find out whether pets are permitted.

VISAS
If your passport describes you as a British Citizen you won’t need a visa to enter Sweden. If you have another type of passport, you should check the current entry requirements on Swedish Embassy website.

For stays of longer than 3 months, contact the Swedish Embassy for further information about entry requirements.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

Sweden is a member of the EU. To find out about customs regulations for visitors from inside or outside the EU, including restrictions on imports and travelling with pets, click here.

SHOPPING

Food shops open seven days a week, from 0800 hrs to 2000 hrs (or longer). Other shops are open Monday to Friday from 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs, and Saturdays from 1000 to 1400 or 1500.

There is no law in Sweden regulating shop opening hours, so in many towns shops are open longer and also on Sundays. Shopping areas in the outskirts of towns offer generous opening hours.

Beer (over 3.5% vol), wine and spirits are not sold in food shops and supermarkets. They are only available in state run “Systembolaget” shops.

TIPPING

Restaurant bills and taxi fares always include service charges so tipping is not compulsory, however, it is quite common to round up the bill to the nearest convenient amount.

TIME ZONES

GMT + 1 hour, with Summer time (from the end of March to the end of October) being GMT + 2 hours, so that throughout the year the country is always one hour ahead of the UK.

CAMPING AND TOURING IN SWEDEN

Facilities are generally adequate if a little small and there are plenty of campsite in the south of Sweden but the number of sites reduces the further north you go. These are very popular with tourists so make sure you book early.

RIGHT OF PUBLIC ACCESS
In Sweden, anyone may, without prior permission, walk across forests or privately owned land. Camping up to two nights on the same spot and swimming in a lake are permitted, as is picking wild berries, flowers or mushrooms (as long as they do not belong to any protected species). Fishing may be allowed, but this must be checked in advance with the land owner or local tourist offices. Littering and causing any kind of damage or disturbance is prohibited, as is going into a cultivated field or causing any inconvenience to a farmer and being too close to a private house. Dogs must be kept on a leach between March 1 and August 20.
More information is available on the website of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

We run Escorted Tours to Sweden where you can enjoy spectacular scenery in the comfort of your own unit. Find out more about our Scandinavia and North Cape tour.