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Information for international arrivals

Welcome to Sweden and Umeå University! Umeå University is pleased to have you here and we are trying our best to simplify your arrival in Sweden. Please rest assured that we have your best interests at heart and are here to support you through testing upon arrival and self-isolation with the information on this page. We hope that you will have a great stay in Umeå.

General guidelines for travellers

Getting tested on arrival

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. Travellers from outside the EU or EEA are also recommended to get tested again on day five after arrival. Testing is free of charge.

If the following applies to you, you can choose to not get tested, but you must stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19 during your first week in Sweden. But, if you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible:

  • I travelled from Norway, Denmark, Iceland or Finland, and have not visited another country in the last seven days.
  • I am fully vaccinated (two doses) before arriving in Sweden.

Please note! Travellers who had to show a negative test upon entry into Sweden are recommended to get tested on arrival, and again on day 5 depending on where you travelled from.

For full details and exceptions, please read Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.

Getting tested on day five

Travellers who enter Sweden from a so-called third country that is not a member of the EU or EEA and where the spread of infection is currently relatively high are also recommended to get another test five days after arrival in Sweden and in the meantime self-isolate. Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to get tested on day five.

Self-isolation

All international travellers should stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19 during your first week in Sweden. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible and self-isolate.

Travellers from third countries

If you arrive in Sweden from a so-called third country that is not a member of the EU or EEA and where the spread of infection is currently relatively high and you have not been fully vaccinated, you should 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.

When you are in self-isolation, and as long as you do not have any symptoms, you can get your essentials, that is food or medicine, from a shop if no other options are available, and you can take walks and spend time outdoors as long as distance to others can be maintained. You can also go to the pick-up and drop-off station to receive a COVID test kit or drop off a test.

But you must not attend student activities, meet new contacts or use public transport during this period. If you need to contact the university, do so through email, chat or phone. Do not visit university premises during the self-isolation period.

Travellers from inside the EU, EEA or unlisted countries

If you arrive in Sweden from inside the EU or EEA or from third countries not listed as countries with high spread of infection, you are recommended to be careful who you meet in the week following your arrival. Especially avoid meeting people who are part of an at-risk group. You are recommended to pay very close attention to mild symptoms and keep physical distance. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible and self-isolate.

If you need to contact the university, please do so through email, chat or phone. Avoid visiting university premises during your first week in Sweden.

See a list of countries exempt from self-isolation.

Fully vaccinated travellers

Travellers who were fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival in Sweden are exempt from self-isolation. Stay alert to symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible and self-isolate.

How to get tested when you are new in Sweden

When registering your test, you need to identify yourself. To identity yourself, you need to have a Swedish personal identity number, a coordination number issued by the Swedish Tax Office or a temporary identity number issued by Umeå University.

Obtaining your temporary identity number

Your temporary number represents your birthdate followed by a four-digit code in the following format YYYYMMDDXXXX. Y is your year of birth, M is your month of birth and D is your day of birth, and X is a four-digit code composed of an initial letter followed by three numbers. For instance, 19990316T789 for a birthdate on 16 March 1999.

Temporary number for students with an Umu-id

If you are a student and have received your Umu-id – your university user account – you can obtain your temporary number online by creating a certificate of registration. Follow these instructions

  1. Go to umu.se/en/student and log on using your Umu-id.
  2. Go to My certificates.
  3. Press Create study certificate. When the box expands, press Create certificate again. Your certificate has now been created.
  4. Open your certificate (pdf).
  5. Your temporary identity number can be found next to your name.
  6. Save your temporary identity number separately. You do not need to keep the certificate of registration for testing purposes.

Temporary numbers for students without an Umu-id

If you are a student and have not yet received your Umu-id, you can obtain your temporary number by contacting the university’s Infocenter on weekdays through their web form or by phone on +46 90 786 50 00.

Temporary numbers if you have received payment from Umeå University

If you have received payments from Umeå University, for instance for salary or scholarship purposes, you have been assigned a temporary number by the payrol office at the university. This temporary number can be found on your salary specification in PASS. If you pay tax in Sweden, you will have received a coordination number issued by the Swedish Tax Agency. If so, please use the coordination number for testing instead.

If you have no temporary number

If you are not enlisted on a course and are hence not a student at Umeå University, and if you have your employment elsewhere and are hence not paid by Umeå University, we cannot provide you with a temporary number. Please contact a healthcare centre to get tested for COVID-19 and ask for a reserve number to use in contact with the health care services. They will help you.

Here is a list of some health centres in Umeå you can contact if you need help to get tested for COVID-19, to book vaccination or need other medical assistance:

All health centres on the map

Mariehems hälsocentral
+46 90 785 44 44
Morkullevägen 9, Umeå

Ålidhems hälsocentral
+46 90 785 44 58
Tvistevägen 2, Umeå

Capio hälsocentral Dragonen
+46 90 785 91 48
Ridvägen 12, Umeå

Citymottagningen hälsocentral
+46 90 785 93 21
Nygatan 19B, Umeå

Ersboda hälsocentral
+46 90 785 44 57
Hälsogränd 3, Umeå

Hälsocentralen Husläkarna i Umeå
+46 90 785 93 88
Storgatan 28B, Umeå

Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral
+46 90 785 93 22
Glimmervägen 5E, Umeå

Tegs hälsocentral
+46 90 785 44 56
Tegsplan 2C, Umeå

Central vaccinationsmottagning Umeå
Only for vaccination, will close in autumn 2021.
Nolia, Signalvägen 3, Umeå

Emergency Care Medicine
If you are seriously ill or have been gravely injured, you can seek help at the emergency care clinic (akutmottagning) at the University Hospital of Umeå (Norrlands universitetssjukhus).

Call the alarm number 112 if a person’s life is in danger and you need help straight away.

Please note! Your temporary identity number can only be used within the university and for self-testing for COVID-19, and cannot replace a Swedish personal identity number in other contexts in society.

When you have settled in, contact one of Region Västerbotten’s healthcare centres to be assigned a reserve number. The reserve number can be used for identification if you must get tested again, and in all other contact with Swedish healthcare.

If you have a Swedish personal identity number, or a coordination number assigned by the Swedish Tax Agency, these can be used for identification in all contact with Swedish healthcare.

Please note! Your temporary identity number can only be used within the university and for self-testing for COVID-19, and cannot replace a Swedish personal identity number in other contexts in society.

When you have settled in, contact one of Region Västerbotten’s healthcare centres to be assigned a reserve number. The reserve number can be used for identification if you must get tested again, and in all other contact with Swedish healthcare.

If you have a Swedish personal identity number, or a coordination number assigned by the Swedish Tax Agency, these can be used for identification in all contact with Swedish healthcare.

Getting tested

Please go to Gösta Skoglunds väg 8 to pick up a test kit from a blue cabin in the parking lot between 08:00–16:00 on weekdays. This place is located close to the university’s Campus Umeå. Please do not use public transport to get there if you are in self-isolation.

Find the pick-up station on the map.

Please note that you must use a computer and not a smartphone to register your test kit. You must also have access to a mobile phone to receive your test results. The initial part of the instructions provided in the leaflet you received with your test kit does not apply to you, please follow these instructions instead:

  1. Go to direkttest.se.
  2. Press View in English.
  3. Press Register kit.
  4. Enter the referral code, which is the number stated on the vial in your test kit. Also, note down and save your referral code separately.
  5. Fill in your information. Your temporary number, see special instructions, replaces the Swedish personal identity number. If you do not have an address, enter the zip code 09011.
  6. Go to Identification method, select Personal code. When you have registered the sample, your personal nine-digit code will be displayed. Note down and save your personal code carefully. You need the code to see your test results later.
  7. Complete the testing process by following the instructions under the section “Pre-testing preparations” and onwards in the leaflet provided with the test kit or in the online instructions for self-testing.

If you have problems registering your test kit, please contact support@direkttest.se.

Hand in your test kit

Return the test for analysis to Gösta Skoglunds väg 8 in the blue cabin on the parking lot between 8:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. Your test results will arrive in about 48 hours. While there, you may also consider picking up a test kit for your Day five test, see further information below.

Getting tested on day five

If you have visited or travelled to Sweden via or from a third country, i.e. a country outside of the EU and the EEA, with some exceptions, you are also recommended to take another test five days after your arrival in Sweden.

To pick up your test kit, please go to Gösta Skoglunds väg 8. See instructions under “Getting tested”.

Test results

You will get a text message on your mobile phone when your test results have arrived. Log onto direkttest.se/provsvar to see your test results. You will need the personal code from when you got tested and your temporary number to log on.

  • If your first test results are negative, indicating that you do not have COVID-19, you still need to remain in self-isolation for your first seven days in Sweden.
  • If your day five test results are negative, indicating that you do not have COVID-19, and you feel fully well, you can terminate your self-isolation.
  • If any of your test results are positive, indicating that you have COVID-19, you must remain in self-isolation and a contact tracer will contact you with further instructions.

If you cannot get tested

If you, 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.

Medical queries

Region Västerbotten is the medical authority that will provide your test results and have information related to testing, vaccination and health care in general. Read more in the information leaflet provided in your housing envelope or go to Healthcare Guide 1177.

Contact Umeå University

If you have queries related to Umeå University, your temporary number or your studies, please contact Infocenter using the contact form or by phone on +46 90 786 50 00.

Learn more about Umeå University’s COVID-19 measures