The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 30 November 2021

Recommendation for all travellers to Sweden to get tested for COVID-19

The Public Health Agency recommends that all travellers from outside the Nordic countries get tested for COVID-19 after arriving in Sweden. The recommendation applies to everyone, including Swedish citizens. Special recommendations apply to travellers from some countries in southern Africa.

Get tested after arrival

All travellers who have been in a country outside the Nordic countries during the last seven days, are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden, preferably the same day.

This applies both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and also to those who have had COVID-19 in the past six months. This also applies to those who have presented a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival in Sweden. Children under preschool class age are exempt.

If you develop symptoms

Stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19 during 14 days after arrival. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible, regardless of whether you got tested on arrival or not. Visit 1177.se to find out about the testing procedures in your region. This applies even if you have been vaccinated or if less than six months have passed since you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Read what to do if you develop symptoms: 

Special recommendations to those who travel from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini

Anyone who has been to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia or Eswatini (Swaziland) sometime during the last seven days before entering Sweden is requested to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after entry, preferably the same day, and to take a new test after five days.

You are also requested to stay home for seven days after arrival. The recommendation to get tested and stay home applies both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and to people who have had a COVID-19 infection. This also applies to those who have presented a negative test result when departing from these countries. 

Exceptions to the recommendation to get tested

Children under preschool class age who have been in these countries in southern Africa are exempt from the recommendation to get tested after arrival, but should stay home.

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