Travel Information

International

Travel Information

Visa

Thanks to the Schengen Convention signed by its 15 member nations, a visa is unnecessary if visiting Sweden for sightseeing purposes for 90 days or less within a period of six months. A passport is required to enter the country and total duration of stay or a succession of several stays may not exceed 90 days per six months. Although no procedures are necessary when crossing borders within Scandinavia, ensure to carry your passport wherever you go.


Currency

Sweden's unit of currency is the Swedish Krona. Although it is internationally labeled as SEK, it is displayed as kr on price tags and other price indications within the country. Sweden also has an auxiliary unit, the Ore, in which 1kr = 100 Ore. There are five types of banknotes in Sweden - 20kr, 50kr, 100kr, 500kr, and 1000kr - and four types of coins - 50 Ore, 1kr, 5kr, 10kr.

The rough exchange rate between the Swedish krone and the Japanese yen is as follows. 1 Swedish krone (1kr) = 17yen (as of March, 2007).

Although Sweden is a member of the EU, it has not yet adopted Europe's unified currency, the Euro, as of 2007.


Foreign Exchange

Traveler's checks and cash in Japanese yen can easily be exchanged at banks and airport exchange counters. Certain exchange counters in towns are open daily.

Rough banking hour standards Monday to Friday: 9:30 to 15:00 (up to 16:00/17:30 on Thursdays) Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Business hours of airport exchange counters Stockholm-Arlanda Airport Arrival/Transit hall 5:30 to 20:30 (open seven days a week)


Postal service

The price of airmail to Japan is 10kr for both postcards and sealed letters up to 20 grams. Business hours of post offices Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 18:00 Saturdays: 10:00 to 13:00 (central post offices of large towns have longer business hours) Sundays: Closed

Country code 46

The minimum amount of money necessary to make a local call within the country is 2kr, and the phones are designed to accept 1, 5 and 10kr coins.


Emergency Numbers

Dial 112 and state whether you require police, ambulance or fire services.

Emergency calls can be made from pay phones free of charge.

Police - Polis

Fire Department - Brand

Ambulance - Ambulance

Stockholm emergency medical care telephone service (open 24 hours a day) Tel: 08-644-9200


Duty Free Allowances

Duty-free products up to a value of 1,700kr may be brought into the country. There are no restrictions on medical products as long as they are for use during the trip. One must be at least 20 years of age to bring alcohol into the country and at least 18 for cigarettes.


Alcohol

Up to 1 liter of spirits and 2 liters of wine, or 2 liters of wine and 2 liters of beer can be taken in tax-free.


Cigarettes

Either 200 paper-wrapped cigarettes, 100 panatelas, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of cut tobacco are acceptable.


Currency

There are no limitations on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into the country.


Duty Free Shopping

Products that are purchased form tourist shops that are a member of the Global Refund, are exempted from the added-value tax.The procedure is simple and consists of presenting your passport when purchasing the product and having a global refund check issued and the receipt attached. The purchased product cannot be opened.

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