Travelling to Sweden
When travelling to Sweden there are goods you may bring and others that are restricted.
Goods to which special rules apply can be declared to Swedish Customs by choosing the red, blue or green lane through the surveillance area when you cross the Swedish border. Certain goods can also be declared via the internet.
Alcohol and tobacco
There are different regulations in place concerning how much alcohol you may carry with you depending on whether you are entering Sweden from another EU country or entering from a country outside the EU.
You must be at least 20 years of age to bring alcohol into Sweden.
There are different regulations in effect concerning how much tobacco you may carry with you depending on whether you are entering Sweden from another EU country or entering from a country outside the EU.
You must be at least 18 years of age to be bring tobacco into Sweden.
It is important that animals crossing the borders are not carrying infectious diseases. It is also important to combat illegal trade. The regulations applicable for the import of live animals depend on where the animal is coming from and whether it is a pet or other type of animal. We conduct checks at the border for the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
The Swedish Board of Agriculture is the public authority responsible for regulations on importing animals into Sweden. Please contact them for further information.
Report your pet to Swedish Customs
Report online – choose the green channel or lane
If you live in an EU country, you can report your dog or cat to Swedish Customs here on our website. When you arrive in Sweden you can then use the green channel or lane when going through Customs. If a customs official carries out a check, you must be able to produce the registration number you received when you reported your pet.
Report at the border – choose the red channel or lane
When you arrive in Sweden, you should contact a customs officer by going to a so-called "red point". You find the red point in the red channel or lane in the passenger surveillance area.
If there is no customs officer there, contact Customs in one of the following ways:
- Use the phone in the red channel or lane in the passenger surveillance area.
- Call the phone number specified on the poster in the red channel or lane in the passenger surveillance area.
- Go to the nearest customs clearance office.
- If you cannot take the red channel or lane, such as when you are travelling on a direct train between Denmark and Sweden, contact a uniformed customs officer on the train. If you do not see a uniformed customs officer on the train, you must call the customs officer on duty on +46 40 661 32 25.
Firearms, ammunition and dangerous articles
Firearms, ammunition and dangerous articles can not be brought into or out of Sweden without permission. The Swedish Police are responsible for this particular issue.
The word firearm means weapons with which bullets, buckshot, harpoons or other projectiles can be fired with the aid of gunpowder charges, CO2 charges, compressed air or similar firing agents.
Tear gas, pepper spray devices and crossbows are also counted as firearms, as are starting and signalling weapons that are loaded with cartridges. Ammunition means items such as cartridges, projectiles, and blasting caps.
Hunting and shooting competitions – temporary import of weapons to Sweden
If you plan to bring your weapon into Sweden temporarily, or are travelling through, certain rules apply. Keep in mind that the weapon you plan to bring into Sweden must be approved for hunting or shooting competitions in Sweden.
When temporary importing weapons to Sweden, remember to declare your firearm and ammunition to Swedish Customs
Once you have received your import permit, all that remains is that you submit a declaration for the firearm and ammunition to Swedish Customs.
Firearms Declaration to Swedish Customs via the internet
If weapons declaration is made via the internet (only for citizen of an EU country or Norway) you do not need to notify customs in person upon arrival in Sweden.
A citizen of an EU country or Norway who has a valid firearms license (European or Norweigan Firearms Pass), a permanent possession permit and permission from the Swedish Police can register weapons and ammunition online.
You can register weapons and ammunition online when you intend:
- to hunt or compete in Sweden for a duration of less than three months
- to travel through Sweden in order to hunt or compete in Denmark, Norway or Finland
- to hunt or compete in other countries (applies to those who have a Swedish firearms license).
Due to the fact that in Sweden a license is required for silencers, unlike Norway and Finland, you must apply for an import permit for the silencer when you travel to Sweden. The application process is then the same as for a non-Nordic citizen.
Declaration at the border crossing
Upon arrival in Sweden, a declaration must be made at the port of entry as well as a completion of the Customs form Declaration for Firearms and Ammunition. Persons declaring weapons must also show the weapon, the weapons passport and the import permit that has been issued by the Swedish police authority to customs officials.
If no customs official is available at the border crossing, declaration must take place in one of the following ways:
- Via the telephone at the border crossing which is provided for such purposes
- By calling the telephone number that is provided at the border crossing
- At the closest Customs clearance office
Air weapons, paintball guns, airsoft guns and other weapons
A permit is required for air weapons, airsoft guns and paintball guns (as a general rule, with some exceptions).
These types of weapons, which are typically powered by carbonic acid, air or springs and shoot off bullets, arrows or paint ampoules, can in some cases be regarded as being limited-power under the Swedish Weapons Act.
Knives and other dangerous objects
The legislation in this area deals with knives, stabbing weapons, cutting weapons and other dangerous objects intended to be used as a weapon for a criminal threat against someone’s life or health.
It is prohibited for anyone to have a knife, stabbing weapon, cutting weapon or other dangerous object with them in a public place, in areas around schools, or in vehicles in a public place, unless having such a weapon may be considered justified or appropriate under the circumstances. The prohibition applies to items intended to be used as a weapon for a criminal threat against someone’s life or health.
CITES – Endangered species
Animals and products from animals of endangered species are not allowed to be taken into Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
There is extensive illegal trade in endangered animals and plants, both living and dead. Tourists or consumers need to be vigilant to avoid contributing to this illegal activity both in Sweden and in other countries.
Foodstuffs and plants
Within the EU there is almost free movement of plants and seeds. However, you still need to comply with several rules. You are NOT allowed to bring plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers och seeds into the EU without a phytosanitary certificate. Authorisation from the Swedish Board of Agriculture may be required to bring certain foodstuffs into Sweden.
Travelling to Sweden from another EU country
In principle, travellers may bring food and plants into Sweden from other EU countries without restriction.
Travelling to Sweden from countries outside the EU
Different rules apply for food and plants entering Sweden from countries outside the EU. A health certificate is generally required for meat, milk, and similar products. The food must also undergo a veterinary inspection at the border. Please note that you are not allowed to bring plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers or seeds into the European Union without a phytosanitary certificate.
Certain exceptions apply for powdered infant formula, baby food and special foods required for medical reasons. There are also some exceptions for food from Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.
Importation from Norway, Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Switzerland is subject to the same regulations as other EU countries, including the 4 700 SEK or 3 300 SEK value limit.
When travelling to Sweden you can take your medicines with you as long as they are for you or your accompanying pet, and you need them for medical reasons.
Generally, when bringing medicines into a country, you need to be able to show that the medicines you are carrying are for your personal use. This can be done for example by leaving the pharmacy sticker with your name on the medicine, by bringing a copy of your prescription or a certificate from your doctor.
In the same way you need to be able to show that medicines for your accompanying pet have been prescribed to your pet by a veterinary surgeon.
All travellers entering or leaving the EU with € 10 000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs in order to comply with European Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005.
You have to give notification to Swedish Customs if you are carrying the equivalent of EUR 10,000 or more in cash or equivalent assets when travelling across an EU border.
The notification duty is one element in Sweden’s initiatives not only to prevent money laundering and organised crime, but also to combat terrorism.
Besides notes and coins, “cash and equivalent assets” here also means, for example, traveller’s cheques, cheques, promissory notes, debt instruments, debentures, shares, money orders and securities.
Cash control (paper form)
The Right of Public Access
You have a Right of Public Access whenever you visit Swedish nature – whether you’re going for a walk, kayaking, climbing a mountain or simply enjoying nature.
The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside. But with this right come responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. The Swedish EPA sums up the Right of Public Access in the phrase ‘Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy.’
Other goods brought by travellers from outside the EU, including the Åland Islands, the Canary Islands and similar territories
Goods that you are using during your trip like clothes, cameras can be brought into Sweden duty-free. If you are arriving to Sweden from a non EU-country you can only bring goods with you (not alcohol or tobacco) for a maximum of (470 €) 4 700 SEK if you travel with a commercial airline or ferryline or (330 €) 3 300 SEK if you travel in any other way without paying any duty or tax.
This amount includes snuff and travel items purchased during the trip. It is not possible to split up the value of separate purchases.
Goods that travellers brings into Sweden for personal use during the trip and will be brought back abroad with the traveller are not included in the above mentioned value.
Tax-free shopping in Sweden
For more information about tax-free shopping in Sweden, please contact a tax-free company.