The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 5 March 2021

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

New variants of COVID-19 have become widespread in several countries. Therefore, the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that travellers to Sweden avoid close contact with others for at least seven days. You must take a COVID-19 test upon entry to Sweden and on day five after arrival. These recommendations apply to both Swedish citizens and foreign nationals.

Recommendations

The following rules apply for Swedish citizens or foreign nationals included in the group who are exempt from the requirement for a negative test upon entry to Sweden and who have not been tested before arrival:

  • Get tested as soon as possible after arrival. You will then need to take a second test on day 5 (does not apply for people born in 2014 or later).
  • Self-quarantine and avoid close contact with others for seven days. You must do this even if you have not tested positive for COVID-19. 

The following rules apply for Swedish citizens or foreign nationals included in the group who are exempt from the requirement for a negative test before entering Sweden and who have been tested before arrival:

  • Get tested on day 5 following your arrival (does not apply to people born in 2014 or later).
  • Self-quarantine and avoid close contact with others for seven days. You must do this even if you have not tested positive for COVID-19. 

The following rules apply for foreign nationals who are not included in the groups exempt from the requirement for a negative test before entering Sweden:

Get tested and self-quarantine

You must get tested as soon as possible after you have arrived in Sweden. A second test is required five days after your arrival. Find out how to get tested where you are by visiting 1177.se.

Self-quarantine and avoid close contact with other people for at least seven days after arriving in Sweden. This also applies if both of your COVID-19 tests were negative. Children, regardless of their age, must also follow the recommendations and stay at home and avoid close contact with other people. You will receive special instructions from the healthcare services if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

The testing recommendations apply regardless of which countries you have visited. Even if you have previously had COVID-19 you must still get tested. The recommendation also applies to preschool and school children. Younger children are exempt.

While you wait for your tests and test results, you should act as if you have COVID-19. Stay at home, avoid close contact with other people and maintain good hygiene. After the seven-day period, if you have not developed symptoms or tested positive, you may leave quarantine. However, you must always follow the regulations, general guidelines and recommendations that apply for everyone.

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

Always stay up to date on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations, general guidelines and recommendations about how to protect yourself and others.

Exemptions from the recommendations

If you have taken a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to arriving in Sweden, you do not need to get tested upon entry. However, you should still get tested five days after arrival. Remember to follow the recommendations: self-quarantine for seven days and avoid close contact with others.

Cross-border commuters including students and school children, professional drivers and other workers who regularly cross international borders are exempt from the self-quarantine and the two test requirements if they are regularly tested for COVID-19 (at least once per week). Cross-border commuters including students and school children, professional drivers and other workers who regularly cross international borders who are not tested regularly should get tested upon entry Sweden and then five days after arrival. They should also stay home and avoid close contact with others.

Reindeer herders, mountain rescuers, frontier-zone workers and children who alternate living with parents in different countries are exempt from the recommendations to self-quarantine and get tested twice. They also do not need to be tested regularly.

If you develop symptoms

Stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19 (in Swedish) 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.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the healthcare services for follow-up. Different procedures are in place depending on the region. For example, you might receive a telephone call or written information. The healthcare service will give you instructions.

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