(Last updated 30 September 2021)
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?
Please find more information about things to consider when arriving in Sweden on the webpage Information for international students on arrival, for example information about getting tested on arrival, getting tested on day five, self-isolation and how to get hold of a test kit and where to hand it in.
What are the current regulations at Umeå University?
Umeå University has removed most of its COVID measures from 30 September. The underlying reason is that the Swedish Government has decided to lift most national restrictions.
Umeå University urges students and staff to protect themselves and others from spread of infection by following the regulations and general advice on avoiding infection issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Can I get vaccinated in Sweden?
You do not have to be a Swedish citizen to be offered vaccination against COVID-19 in Sweden. Anyone who lives in Sweden will be offered vaccination. You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.
Please note that in Sweden, universities cannot contact the Migration Agency on students’ behalf, 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 ban into Sweden
There is a temporary ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from all countries except from EU countries and a few others.
The entry ban does not apply to people with an essential need or function to visit Sweden. The Swedish Government has announced that people who travel to Sweden for the purpose of studying can be considered to have an essential need or function and therefore may be exempted from the entry ban.
The travel ban is enforced by the Swedish Police Authority at the border control point. The decision in each individual case will be made upon arrival at the border control point based on the presented documentation. The Swedish Police Authority does not issue any kinds of pre-approvals or notifications.
For further details regarding the exemption for students, please visit the Swedish Government’s and the Swedish Police Authority’s websites before beginning your travels to Sweden:
If you are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in your country of residence, we encourage you to stay updated on developments to those restrictions.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-test upon entry?
The Swedish Government has decided that foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the Nordic region, but within the EU/EEA, must have tested negative for COVID-19, be vaccinated against the disease, or have a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19. The requirements depend on the country from which the foreign national is travelling. At present, this regulation applies until 31 August 2021.
Entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway is not subject to any entry restrictions.
Foreign nationals entering Sweden from outside the EEA and outside exempt countries must be able to present a certificate at the border showing that the traveller has tested negative for COVID-19. A maximum of 48 hours may have passed between the time of testing and the border crossing. This applies regardless of previous disease and vaccination.
For details about testing and entering Sweden, please stay updated through the Swedish Government’s website, the Public Health Agency of Sweden or the Swedish Police Authority. Please note that the conditions and exceptions can change, so please stay updated on reliable sources.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that everybody entering Sweden from outside the Nordic countries are to be careful of who you meet in the week following your arrival. Especially avoid meeting people who are part of a risk group.
If you enter Sweden from a so-called third country, you may also need to self-isolate for seven days after your arrival.