How can you get tested for Covid-19 in Sweden without a personal number?

How can you get tested for Covid-19 in Sweden without a personal number?
You can get tests at your local primary care clinic. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
We've been getting a lot of questions from people living in or visiting Sweden about how to get tested for Covid-19 without a personal number or BankID. Here's the situation.

In Sweden, most people book a test by logging in to the regional pages of Sweden's online primary care guide www.1177.se, which requires you to have a BankID or Mobile BankID, one of a handful of foreign e-legitimisation services, or Telia e-legitimisation (which was included on identify cards issued by Skatteverket until 2017). 

You can find more on logging in to www.1177.se here

This makes getting a test a bit of a headache if you don't yet have any of these forms of identification.

But it's not impossible. 

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What should I do if I don't have a personal number or BankID? 

According to www.1177.se, if you are in Sweden, but don't have a personal identity number or your identity is protected, you should ring your nearest primary health care clinic, and try and arrange for a test by phone.
 
You can find the number by filling in your address at 1177.se's “Find Healthcare” section – there may be several options.
 
The staff at the clinic will then decide if you should be tested and advise you how to safely come to be tested at the clinic. 

However, while several people have told The Local they found the process easy, others have said that they faced a struggle.

Can I get tested if I'm not resident in Sweden? 

People who are only visiting Sweden, or who don't yet have residency permits, can still get tested for Covid-19 by contacting a primary health care clinic. 

According to 1177, it is up to each region to decide whether to charge for Covid-19 treatment in Sweden. But testing for an active infection and treatment if you are ill is usually free of charge, even for members of the EU who lack any health insurance.

If you ring the foreign language coronavirus information line on 0812368000, you can get information on how to get tested in 12 languages: English, Arabic, Persian, Dari, Tigrinja, Amarinja, Russian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Spanish.

What if I'm living in Sweden without a residency permit or valid visa?

Even if you are undocumented or have remained in Sweden after your residency permit has expired, you can still get tested by phoning your local primacy health clinic. Under Swedish law, they cannot report someone seeking care to police, border police, or the migration authorities. 

Here's a video put together by Sweden's regions on how to get tested. 


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