COVID-19 related information

This webpage contains information to Sida bilateral and ISP students and postdocs in Sweden. The page will be updated when new relevant information is available.

We understand your concerns about the Corona virus and COVID-19 situation. Therefore, we have gathered information that we hope can be useful for you.

Please rest assured that ISP is monitoring the situation closely. We follow the information and recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

NB! From February 6, 2021, foreign nationals arriving to Sweden need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.  

This new regulation is in addition to the current entry ban for Sweden. There are a few exemptions from the test requirements and one of them is for people who have a right of residence or a residence permit in Sweden.

In addition to the requirements from the Swedish authorities, ISP strongly recommends everyone travelling to Sweden to get tested for COVID-19 beforehand. This is recommended even if you might belong to an exempted category, in order to avoid spreading of the virus.

Your home country, air company, countries in which you are transiting on the way to your destination as well as your host institution might have additional recommendations that also have to be followed.

Currently there is an entry ban to Sweden from Norway, Denmark and UK and therefore it is recommended not to transit through any of these countries at the moment.

After arrival in Sweden, you are recommended to:

  • get tested again after 5 days. To make a booking, please contact 1177 for further information about test facilities in your region.
  • Self-isolate for 7 days.

As recommendations and requirements might change with short notice it is of great importance that you keep contact with your supervisor regarding travel plans etc.

The Swedish Police Authority:

The Swedish Police Authority FAQ:

Latest update: February 18, 2021.

General information


We ask all participants to take the following necessary precautions:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (soap the hands at least 20 seconds).
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if available.
  • Limit your new close contacts.
  • Avoid any physical contact with people who are sick, and keep your distance to others in general (social distancing).
  • On working weekdays between 7:00–9:00 and 16:00–18:00, you should wear a face mask when travelling on public transport where a seat reservation is not offered.
  • Stay at home if any of your family members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please also call 1177 to get advise on how to be tested.

If you fall ill

  • If you feel COVID-19 symptoms for more than 24 hours, please call 1177 to book a time to be tested.
  • If you have temporary, mild symptoms that go away within 24 hours, you do not need to get tested for COVID-19. But you need to stay at home and be completely symptom-free for at least two days.
  • Should you develop severe influenza-like symptoms (high fever, breathing problems), please call the national health line at 1177.
  • Do not walk into an emergency room or health center
  • In the unlikely event of immediate danger for your life, call 112.

Where to find trust-worthy information in English about COVID-19

Many rumours and fake news circulate about COVID-19, but we have gathered some links where you can find trust-worthy information, with a focus on Sweden.

Healthcare providers who can issue travel certificates:

Public Health Agency:

Emergency information from Swedish Authorities:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Swedish Institute:​

News Channels:

Other sources:

You can call the national information number 113 13 if you have general questions about covid-19. You are offered to speak through an interpreter if needed. The telephone line is staffed 24 hours a day and is operated on commission by the Swedish government.

WHO’s WhatsApp information:

Flight information for Swedish Airports

Information about delays and cancelled flights (arrivals and departures) can be found on

Last modified: 2021-02-18