The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 16 July 2021

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

Anyone entering Sweden from outside the Nordic countries is advised to get tested on arrival. If you enter Sweden from a so-called third country, you may also need to self-isolate for seven days after your arrival.

Recommendation for all travellers to get tested after arriving in Sweden

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that everybody, including Swedish citizens, entering Sweden from outside the Nordic countries take a PCR test after arriving in Sweden.

Also, be careful who you meet in the week following your arrival. Especially avoid meeting people who are part of a risk group. If you are infected, you risk spreading the infection further, for example at your place of work and within your immediate social circle. Therefore, pay very close attention to mild symptoms and keep physical distance.

Exceptions to the recommendation to test after arrival

Anyone who has been vaccinated with a dose at least three weeks before arriving in Sweden or those who have had COVID-19 in the last six months do not need to get tested after arriving in Sweden. This also applies to people who have presented a negative test for entry into Sweden and children six years of age. Whereas, like everyone else, you should get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19. 

This recommendation is valid from 12 July to 31 August.

Recommendation to get tested and self-isolate after arriving in Sweden. Applies only after entry from certain countries, so-called third countries

In addition to the recommendation above, it is also recommended that those who, seven days before arriving in Sweden, have visited or entered from a so-called third country outside the EU that is not on the EU list of exempted third countries. That is, from a country that is not a member of the EU or EEA and where the spread of infection is currently relatively high. In these cases, you should:

  • get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden, preferably on the same day. Find out how to get tested by visiting 1177.se
  • get another test five days after your arrival in Sweden. Find out how to get tested by visiting 1177.se
  • Self-isolate and avoid close contact with other people for at least seven days after arriving in Sweden. You must do this even if your COVID-19 test is negative. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive special instructions on what to do from the healthcare services.

Read more at 1177.se

For those who, for some reason, are unable to get tested for COVID-19, it is particularly important that you self-isolate and avoid all close contacts for at least seven days after you arrive in Sweden.

Exemption from self-isolation for seven days after arrival in Sweden

Travellers vaccinated with two doses, with the second one being taken two weeks ago, do not have to self-isolate for seven days after arriving in Sweden. This applies to vaccination with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or vaccines that have been issued with emergency authorisation by the WHO.

Travellers from the following countries, regardless of nationality, do not need to self-isolate for seven days either after their arrival in Sweden:

  • Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Vatican City and Austria.
  • EU list of exempted third countries.

If you develop symptoms

Stay alert to symptoms of Covid-19 during the seven-day self-quarantine period. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible. Visit 1177.se to find out what you need to do in your region. This applies even if you have been vaccinated.

Read what to do if you develop symptoms: If you or a family member has fallen ill

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