Emergency Assistance for Irish Citizens in Sweden
For Irish citizens who find themselves in difficulty and require emergency assistance the Embassy operates a weekend out-of-hours service. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please ring the Embassy Duty Officer at + 46 (0)733 998 960. Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at +353 (0)1 408 2000.
Loss/Theft of Passport
If your passport has been lost or stolen you should take the following steps:
· Report the incident immediately to the Embassy
· Inform the police and obtain a police report confirming that you have reported the incident
· Obtain two passport photographs
The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Sweden. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Irish Citizens should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Sweden.
You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Before going abroad:
- organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy, please see here for further information.
- obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), see www.ehic.ie for further details.
Safety and Security
Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Sweden. As an Irish passport holder you can stay as a visitor for up to three months. If you intend to stay for a longer period you should contact a Migration Board office.
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Visitors to Sweden typically experience very little crime. However, as with travelling to any country, we would advise people to use their common sense and be very careful of their passports, cash, ATM and credit cards. It is recommended that you leave your passport in a safe place in your accommodation and bring a photocopy of it when you go out. We would also advise that you bring another form of identification with you to Sweden, such as a driving licence. The loss or theft of a passport must be reported to the police as a statement of loss is required for the issuance of a new passport or emergency travel documents.
In an emergency you can call 112 and request to speak to the police. The operator will be able to respond in English. In non-emergency situations you can report a crime to the nearest police station or call 114 14 to file a police report.
Local Laws and Customs
Consumption of Alcohol
The Swedish authorities have little tolerance for public drunkenness and police have the right to detain people they judge to be very intoxicated. As in many other countries, drunk driving is a serious offence in Sweden. Driving while under the influence of alcohol (regarded as equal to or more than 0.1 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath) can result in imprisonment for a maximum of 24 months.
If you plan to drive in Sweden, be aware that conditions can be hazardous especially in winter, when you should equip your car for the severe climate. Winter tyres are obligatory from 1st December to 1st April each year. You must drive with your headlights on at all times throughout the entire year. Drivers are obliged to give priority to pedestrians at all times. When driving in Sweden, particularly in the north of the country, wild animals straying on the roads (e.g. deer, elk) can be an added danger. You are legally required to carry your driving licence with you and we advice that you should carry your vehicle registration documents and insurance details also. Pedestrians should also be vigilant and aware that the traffic will be coming from the opposite direction to traffic in Ireland. They should be particularly aware of the additional danger at night, when walking along roads without a proper pavement and when crossing roads even at a designated crossing place.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Sweden, and in particular the north of the country, does get affected by severe cold weather during the winter months. Temperatures can be extremely low, and if you visit in winter be prepared for these harsh conditions.
Weather conditions may cause delays to public transport in winter time.
Additional Country Info
Swedish Krona is the official currency of Sweden, not the EURO. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but cheques are not.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS IN SWEDEN
If you intend to stay in Sweden for an extended period of time, you are encouraged to register your presence with the Irish Embassy in Stockholm. Contact details for all Irish Missions (including Honorary Consuls) in Sweden are available here. (Opens in new window)Top