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Move your belongings to Sweden

Before moving to Sweden, it is important to know what you can and can’t bring into the country.


Swedish Customs (Tullverket) is the agency responsible for monitoring goods coming into and out of Sweden. What you may or may not bring depends on if you enter Sweden from another EU country or from a country outside of the EU.



If you want to bring animals with you to Sweden, there are certain rules that apply. The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has detailed information on the rules for importing dogs, cats, horses, birds and various other animals into Sweden.



You may bring tobacco and alcohol into Sweden duty-free if the items are for personal use (or for your family's use), and you are personally transporting the products into Sweden. If you have travelled from a country outside of the EU, there is also a "travellers’ allowance" where you will pay duties and excise if you exceed a certain amount. For more information see: Swedish Customs tobacco and alcohol.



You may bring prescription drugs with you, but only if you intend to use them for a medical reason and for personal use. If you are travelling from another country within the EEA, you may bring in the equivalent of one year’s supply. If you are travelling from a country outside of the EEA, you may bring in a quantity equivalent to three months’ supply. You can read more on: Swedish Customs – medicines.



If you import a vehicle, you can use it for one week from the date of entry into Sweden, provided it has a valid foreign registration and insurance cover. If you are entering Sweden from a non-EU country, you need to report the vehicle to Swedish Customs upon entry.

Once a vehicle is in Sweden, among other things, you will need to get insurance, verify the origin of your vehicle, have your vehicle tested and get it registered. The Transport Agency website has a step-by-step guide on the entire process.


Last updated: 14 January 2021