The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 2 January 2021

Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from countries with new variants of the coronavirus

Several countries have recently identified new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC, assesses that these variants of the virus are particularly important to monitor. If you have arrived in Sweden from the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil, it is essential that you stay home, avoid close contact with others and get tested for COVID-19.

Get tested after your arrival in Sweden

Get tested as soon as possible after you arrive in Sweden, and then again five days after your departure from the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil. Visit 1177.se to find out where you can get tested in your area. Even if more than five days have passed since you arrived from any of these countries, it is important that you still get tested. The recommendation to get tested applies to children in preschool class and older, but not to younger children.

Self-isolate while waiting for your test and test results

While you are waiting for your test and the test results, you must assume that you are infected with COVID-19 – i.e., stay home, avoid close contact with others and maintain good hygiene. This also applies to children who attend preschool and school. Self-isolate for at least seven days after arriving in Sweden.

If you do not develop symptoms or test positive during the seven days after your arrival in Sweden you can move about in society, but you have to follow the guidelines and recommendations that apply to everyone. Look out for symptoms of COVID-19 during these seven days. If you have any symptoms, you must contact 1177 or a healthcare provider for testing.

If for any reason you are unable to get tested for COVID-19, it is vital that you stay home, avoid close contact with others and maintain good hygiene for at least 7 days after your arrival in Sweden.

If you live with other people who have not been in the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil, they should also stay home while you await your test results. This includes children who attend preschool and school.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the healthcare services for a follow-up. The healthcare services will notify you of the rules you must follow. This is done in different ways in the different regions. You may be contacted by telephone or by mail.

Stay up to date on the regulations and general guidelines, and other recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on how to protect yourself and others.

About healthcare and care workers

It is particularly important that healthcare workers and care workers are able to stay home and be tested for COVID-19 following a stay in the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil. This also applies to workers who share a household with someone else who has arrived in Sweden from any of these countries in the past 14 days.

Disease carrier’s benefit

If you are unable to work from home, you might be entitled to disease carrier’s benefit. Check with your local authority. Read more about the disease carrier's benefit on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) website.

About the new coronavirus variants

The new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 might be transmitted more easily, but nothing suggests that they lead to more severe illness. It is therefore important to limit the spread of the virus in Sweden as much as possible. Two of the new variants have spread rapidly in the United Kingdom and South Africa. There have also been cases in other countries.