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What happens to new students?

(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?

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

What should I consider when arriving 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.

Learn more about vaccination against COVID-19

Can I get a second dose of vaccine in Sweden?

When you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine that requires two doses, it is important that both doses come from the same vaccine provider.

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

Information on how to book an appointment for a second dose will be available upon arrival.

Documentation of the vaccine from your home country is necessary.

Admissions and education 

Will my studies be campus-based?

Answers to questions regarding the autumn semester can be found on
FAQ for current students

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 to obtain 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 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:

Information from the Swedish Government about the travel ban

Information from the Swedish Police Authority

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.

Do I have to self-isolate when I come to Sweden? 

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.

Recommendations for those travelling to Sweden from abroad

You can find updated information about entry requirements to Sweden at and specifically the page about international travel restrictions