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What happens to new students?

(Last updated 5 April 2022) Taking on university studies can be an exciting new start to a bright future. But to do so during the outbreak of COVID-19 can raise a fair few questions. This page hopes to answer some of those questions. Please rest assured that Umeå University is here to help you through these difficult times.

COVID-19 in Sweden

What are the expectations on me while staying in Sweden?

Everyone in Sweden are expected to follow the national guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government to help reduce the spread of infection.

The guidelines put an extra emphasis on those who are not fully vaccinated to be particularly careful to protect themselves and others from being infected and keep distance to others.

The recommendation that everyone, also those without symptoms, should get tested after arrival is removed. 

Current rules and regulations (Krisinformation.se - Emergency information from Swedish authorities)

What are the current regulations at Umeå University? 

From 1 March there are no longer any restrictions regarding teaching and examination due to COVID-19. However, ongoing and planned courses do not need to be replanned. After the spring semester, no further COVID-related measures will be in place and regular rules apply.

Anyone who is ill or has symptoms that could be COVID-19 must still stay at home from work and studies. Unvaccinated individuals have a personal responsibility to maintain distance to others and avoid places that are crowded.

Umeå University urges students and staff to protect themselves and others from spread of infection by following the regulations and national guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Can I get vaccinated in Sweden?

Even if you are not a Swedish citizen, you are offered vaccination against COVID-19 when you live in Sweden. Vaccination against COVID-19 is free of charge. There is also a drop-in vaccination centre on Campus Umeå.

Learn more about vaccination against COVID-19 and how to book an appointment (1177 Healthcare Guide)

Information about which vaccines are approved in Sweden, can be found at:
Swedish Medical Products Agency

Residence permit and travel 

Will the COVID-19 situation affect my chances of getting a residence permit to study in Sweden?

Residence permits are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency. You can find the general requirements for obtaining a residence permit on their website:

Studying and researching in Sweden (Swedish Migration Agency)

Any changes to the Swedish Migration Agency’s procedures will be communicated on their website and we recommend that you visit it regularly or contact them directly for updated information.

Information from the Swedish Migration Agency regarding COVID-19
Contact the Migration Agency

Please note that in Sweden, universities cannot contact the Migration Agency on behalf of students, nor are we allowed to influence the Migration Agency’s decisions or procedures. The Swedish Migration Agency is not allowed to share details of your application with universities, due to confidentiality.

Will the COVID-19 situation affect my chances of travelling to Sweden?

Entry from EU/EEA countries

On 7 February 2022, the Government decided to lift the entry ban to Sweden from the Nordic countries and other EU and EEA countries. The decision came into effect on 9 February 2022.

Entry from countries outside the EU/EEA

A temporary ban on non-essential travel from countries outside the EU/EEA to Sweden was introduced in March 2020. As of 1 April 2022, people travelling to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test, a vaccination certificate, or any other type of certificate.

Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden (Government Offices of Sweden)

Do I have to present a negative COVID-test upon entry?

Sweden lifted the entry ban from all countries on 1 April.

This also means that the requirement to present vaccination and test certificates when entering Sweden was removed.

Sweden to lift ban on entry from all countries

Do I have to get tested and self-isolate when I come to Sweden? 

There are no special recommendations in connection with entry.

Questions and comments

If you have questions or comments about the university’s information or handling of COVID-19, please contact the Crisis Management Team on corona@umu.se.