Checklist when planning to go WWOOFing in Sweden

Oct 17, 2023

WWOOF Sweden can NOT keep up with all the regulations around the world when it comes to travel documents such as VISAs etc so therefor we usually direct all those questions to the friendly embassies, thank you for your understanding. 

When preparing to WWOOF in Sweden, you should pay careful attention to your travel documents and ensure you have everything in order to make your trip as smooth as possible. Here are some important considerations. Even the most experienced traveller can sometimes forget crucial things that could stop the journey before it starts 😉

  • Passport Validity:
    • Ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date from Sweden. Many countries, including Sweden, have this requirement.
  • Visa Requirements:
    • Check if you need a visa to enter Sweden before signing up as a member.  Citizens of many countries, including those from the EU and Schengen Area, do not need a visa for short tourist visits. However, visa requirements can change, so check with the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information. (WWOOF or hosts can NOT help with VISAs or other travel documents).
  • Schengen Area:
    • Sweden is part of the Schengen Area. If you plan to visit other Schengen countries during your trip, be aware that you typically only need to apply for a visa in one Schengen country, and that visa should allow you to travel to others within the Schengen Area. (Please doubble-check this to make sure that its the case fo your citizenship)
  • Travel Insurance:
    • Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events. It’s a good idea to have coverage in case of unexpected situations. (WWOOF Sweden has an enhanced membership fee that could be an option for you, this insurance can only be purchased when you sign up as a WWOOFer in Sweden).
  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • Be prepared to show proof of your return or onward travel, such as a return flight ticket or itinerary, and a clear plan for your visit.
  • Accommodation Confirmation:
    • Have confirmation of your WWOOF Host in Sweden for your stay, also you may have other reservations to hostels or other accommodations that could need proof.
  • Currency and Finances:
    • Ensure you have access to local currency (Swedish Krona) for expenses during your trip. Even though most shops in Sweden prefer digital payments.  Inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid issues with your credit/debit cards.
  • Travel Itinerary:
    • Create a detailed travel itinerary that includes important contact numbers, addresses, and key information for your trip.
  • Emergency Contacts:
    • Have a list of emergency contacts, including the contact information for your country’s embassy or consulate in Sweden.
  • Health and Medications:
    • Bring any necessary medications and prescriptions. Be aware of any health requirements or recommendations for Sweden, such as vaccinations.
  • Electrical Adapters:
    • Sweden uses the Europlug (Type C) and Schuko (Type F) electrical outlets. If your devices have different plug types, you may need adapters.
  • Local Laws and Customs:
    • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs in Sweden, including any specific regulations on alcohol with a percentage below 3.5 percent can be bought in any food shop but if you would like a higher percentage you need to be 20 years old and can only be purchased through Systembolaget (the government’s monopoly). Smoking is usually prohibited everywhere you go in Sweden and very few Swedes smoke so it can be a good opportunity for you if you would like to stop smoking. Instead, Swedes have another disgustingly bad habit of using tobacco under their upper lip and it’s called Snus.
  • Language:
    • While most Swedes speak English, especially WWOOF hosts having a basic understanding of common Swedish phrases can be helpful and appreciated.
  • Travel Safety:
    • Stay informed about travel advisories and safety recommendations for Sweden. Make photocopies of your important travel documents and store them separately from the originals.

It’s a good idea to have a well-organized travel folder with your documents, reservations, and contact information to the WWOOF hosts printed and stored in one place for easy access during your trip.

Enjoy your trip as a WWOOFer through Sweden!

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