The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 5 February 2021

Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad

In several countries new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading. Therefore, the Public Health Agency recommends people who enter Sweden to avoid close contacts and get tested for COVID-19.

Get tested after your arrival in Sweden

Get tested as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden, and then again five days after your arrival. Visit to find out where you can get tested in your area. If you have tested positive for antibodies you are still recommended to get tested again after your arrival. If you got tested in connection with your departure for Sweden, you do not have to get tested again in connection with your arrival, but you should still get tested five days after your arrival.

The recommendation to get tested applies whichever country you have visited. It 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 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 test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the healthcare services for a follow-up. This is handled in different ways in the different regions. You may be contacted by telephone or by mail. The healthcare services will notify you of the rules you must follow.

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.

Commuters who are tested regularly

Those who commute to other countries, including students, should carefully follow the Public Health Agency’s general guidelines and recommendations. However, they do not have to avoid contacts with others if they are tested regularly (at least once a week).

Commuters who are not tested regularly should get tested when arriving in Sweden and avoid close contacts while waiting for the test result.

Professional drivers who occasionally cross a border and unload a cargo and then return to Sweden, should get tested for COVID-19 on returning home. They are not included in the recommendation to avoid contacts. Professional drivers who regularly cross the border should get tested once a week.

About the new coronavirus variants

The new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 might be transmitted more easily. 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.