The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 29 November 2021

COVID-19 infection control measures as from 22 November and 1 December

The recommendations for testing will be extended as from 22 November. On 1 December more infection control measures will be introduced, such as a possibility of using vaccination certificates at public gatherings and events, and recommendations to operators to make it easier for visitors to keep a distance.

This applies as from 22 November

Both those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated should get tested when they experience symptoms

Also those who are vaccinated are recommended to get tested when they experience symptoms. The following recommendations apply:

  • Pay attention to new symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, fever, cough, or feeling generally unwell.
  • Stay home if you develop any of these symptoms, or other symptoms of a respiratory infection.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms. This applies both to those who are vaccinated and to those who are not vaccinated. Children who have not yet started preschool class and those who have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past six months do not need to get tested. At 1177.se you can read about testing procedures in the region where you live.
  • By staying home when you develop symptoms you reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infections such as influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
  • Stay home from work, school, preschool and other activities when you have symptoms of a respiratory infection even if you have received a negative test result for COVID-19. It will reduce the spread of other infections.
  • Call telephone number 1177 if you need help assessing your symptoms or advice on where to seek medical care. This is particularly important for people in a risk group who may need care for diseases other than COVID-19, e.g. influenza.

This applies as from 24 November

The guidelines for contact tracing, issued by the Public Health Agency, have been updated. Members of a household with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home for seven days and get tested for COVID-19.

This applies:

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, those who live in the same household will get rules of conduct from the health care services about staying home for seven days from the day on which the person who tested positive took the test. This applies both to those who are vaccinated and to those who are not vaccinated, regardless of whether you have symptoms or not and regardless of age.

Everyone is recommended to get tested. Those who experience symptoms are recommended to get tested immediately when symptoms appear. Those who do not have any symptoms should get tested five days after the person in the household who tested positive took the test. Children who have not yet started preschool class do not need to get tested, but should stay home.

Anyone who does not experience symptoms and has received a negative test result can return to work, school or other activities seven days after the day on which the person in the household who tested positive took the test. It is still important to pay attention to new symptoms.

People who have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past six months do not need to get tested or stay home in connection with contact tracing. However, they need to stay home if they experience new symptoms of respiratory infection.

The recommendation for vaccinated people and for those who have no symptoms to stay home and get tested if anyone in the household test positive for COVID-19 will be introduced in the regions gradually.

This applies as from 1 December

As from 1 December new regulations and general guidelines against the spread of infection at public gatherings and events apply. They cover public gatherings and public events, and include environments where many people gather. From 1 December it will be possible for organisers of indoor public gatherings and events with more than 100 participants to use vaccination certificates.

Public gatherings and public events with vaccination certificates

Indoor public gatherings and public events with more than 100 participants can either use vaccination certificates or apply more extensive infection control measures. If they use vaccination certificates, they still have to comply with the basic infection control measures. These include putting up information on how to avoid the spread of infection, providing the possibility of hand washing and informing staff. They also need to have procedures for handling vaccination certificates. People under the age of 18 do not need to present a vaccination certificate.

By requiring vaccination certificates from participants, an organiser can continue to operate without limiting the number of participants.

The possibility to use vaccination certificates with be introduced on 1 December.

Public gatherings and public events without vaccination certificates

Indoor public gatherings and public events with more than 100 participants that do not use vaccination certificates need to take more infection control measures.

These include following the basic infection control measures, such as informing visitors about how to avoid the spread of infection and providing the possibility of hand washing. They also need to offer visitors an assigned seat, have a maximum of eight people in each party, and at least one metre distance between groups.

They are also covered by the general guidelines to avoid crowding. These include spreading participants’ arrival time, having specific entrances and exits, marking distances and have other alternatives to physical queues.

Indoor fairs are covered by the regulation and general guidelines

Indoor fairs are covered by the regulation and general guidelines against the spread of infection. These include providing information on how to avoid the spread of infection, offering a possibility of washing hands and designing passages between for example stands to avoid crowding. Foreign visitors also need to be informed about the Public Health Agency’s recommendations.

Activities covered by the general guidelines against the spread of infection

Leisure and cultural activities, trading venues and markets are also covered by the general guidelines but not by the possibility of using vaccination certificates.

They have to inform their visitors about how to avoid the spread of infection and to provide the possibility of hand washing. They are also recommended to take measures to reduce the risk of crowding. These include alternatives to queues, spreading visitors’ arrival time, guide visitors to apply an even throughput of people at markets, or marking an appropriate distance on the floor.

Vaccination certificate requirements

Vaccination is a prerequisite for a vaccination certificate and cannot be replaced by a certificate of recovery or a negative test result. 

In Sweden “vaccinated” means having received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. At least two weeks must have passed since the second dose. People who are not vaccinated or have only received one dose are considered unvaccinated and cannot get a vaccination certificate.

You can download your vaccination certificate at E-hälsomyndigheten

Reasons for the changes

COVID-19 prevention measures should not be more restrictive than is justified by the threat to human health. They must also take the best interests of the child into account. The Public Health Agency is therefore continuously adapting the measures against COVID-19 to the current situation. In mid-November, a rise has been seen in European countries despite high vaccination coverage, and there has been an increasing spread of infection in some Swedish regions. The Public Health Agency therefore considers that further actions are needed.

The Public Health Agency’s general guidelines as from 29 September

Protect others from the risk of COVID-19 infection

Everyone should stay alert to the symptoms of COVID-19. If you suspect you have COVID-19, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people.

Limit the spread of COVID-19

Vaccination is the best way to avoid becoming seriously ill and spreading COVID-19.

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should be especially cautious around people in risk groups and those aged 70 or above. You should also take the necessary precautions to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19. Where possible you should:

  • keep your distance from other people
  • take extra steps to avoid close contact with people in risk groups and those aged 70 and above.

This advice does not apply to people aged under 18 or for those who have been advised against the COVID-19 vaccination on medical grounds.

Recommendations to those entering Sweden from abroad

The recommendation to get tested upon arrival in Sweden applies up until 31 December. This recommendation applies to those aged 6 or above who are not fully vaccinated or who have not had confirmed COVID-19 in the past 6 months.

Recommendation for all travellers to Sweden to get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19