The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 2 June 2021

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

There is still a high risk of new variants of COVID-19 being introduced to Sweden. Therefore, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has issued recommendations to people entering Sweden from outside the EU, the EEA, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, and a few other countries. The Government has also decided that Swedish citizens and travellers from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test when entering Sweden.

Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden

Travellers from outside the Nordic countries must present a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter Sweden.

Swedish citizens or travellers from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry. This also applies to people under the age of 18 and people with residence permits in Sweden, regardless of citizenship. More information on exemptions to the testing requirement can be found on the Government website.

Recommendations for self-isolation and testing after entering Sweden

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to a number of countries. If you have visited one of those countries in the past seven days before entering Sweden, you are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 upon entry to Sweden, and on day five following your arrival. Travellers are recommended to self-isolate and avoid close contact with others for seven days. This means that you should:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arrival, preferably the same day. Find out how to get tested where you are located by visiting the website 1177.se. If you have taken a test no later than 48 hours before arriving in Sweden, you do not need to get tested again.
  • Get tested on day five following your arrival in Sweden. E.g. if you arrive in Sweden on a Friday you should take a second test the following Wednesday.
  • Self-isolate and avoid close contact with others for seven days. This applies even if the test shows that you do not have COVID-19. If the test shows that you have COVID-19 you will receive instructions on what to do from health care services.

Exemption from the recommendation

  • People who have only travelled in countries exempt from the ban on non-essential travel. Exempt countries can be found on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.
  • Fully vaccinated people are exempted from the recommendation. That includes people who are vaccinated with two doses and two weeks have passed since the second dose, with vaccines approved by EMA or vaccines for emergency use (EUL) approved by the WHO.
  • Children under the age of 6 are exempted from the testing recommendation. If no other exemption applies to the child, it is recommended to stay at home and avoid close contacts for seven days after arriving.
  • People who have to present a negative test result in order to enter Sweden are exempted from the testing recommendation on the day of arrival. If no other exemption applies to the person, it is recommended to self-isolate for seven days and get tested on day five after arriving in Sweden.

If for any reason you are unable to get tested for COVID-19, it is essential that you self-isolate and avoid close contact with others for at least seven days after arrival.

Self-isolate and await your test result

If the recommendations for testing and self-isolation apply to you after arriving in Sweden, you should stay at home and avoid close contact with others for at least seven days. If you do not develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you receive a negative test result (i.e. the test result shows that you do not have COVID-19) you can be around others again, after seven days. However, you should always follow the general guidelines and recommendations that apply to everyone.

If you develop symptoms

Stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19 during the seven-day self-isolation period. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible. Visit 1177.se to find out what applies to testing in your region.

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