Swansea Council says the pandemic changed its plans to enter the UK City of Culture 2025 contest.
The city bid for the title in the first three years of the competition and was shortlisted for the 2017 and 2021 years.
Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “Our current efforts are firmly focused on helping Swansea and its cultural community lead Wales out of the pandemic”.
Stewart added it is likely it will consider a bid in future years.
Wales is represented on the 2025 longlist by Newport, Powys, Conwy County, Bangor and Northwest Wales.