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Which type of Covid-19 tests are accepted for entry to Sweden?

As of February 6th, many foreign travellers are required to show a negative Covid-19 test result in order to enter Sweden. Here's a look at the test requirements.

Which type of Covid-19 tests are accepted for entry to Sweden?
The test requirement applies to all travel to Sweden, by road, sea or air, but Swedish citizens and residents are exempt. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Hi, The Local! Could you tell me which negative test results are accepted? Are LAMP tests ok?

First of all, there are several exemptions to the requirement, including Swedish citizens and people living in Sweden.

But for those who are not exempt from the requirement, the test must be no more than 48 hours old – and that 48 hours is counted as the time between taking the test and crossing the border to Sweden.

Three types of tests are accepted: PCR, LAMP and antigen tests, which show you do not currently have an ongoing Covid-19 infection. Antibody tests, which show whether you have previously been infected by Covid-19, are not accepted, and proof of a Covid-19 vaccine is not accepted in place of a negative test.

In order to be accepted, the following information must be included on the test result:

  • The name of the person who was tested
  • The time of the test
  • The type of test carried out (PCR, LAMP or antigen)
  • The test result
  • The company or organisation that carried out the test

The result and the information above must be in English or a Scandinavian language (Swedish, Danish or Norwegian) to be accepted.

Everyone who travels to Sweden, regardless of whether you are included by the requirement of a negative Covid-19 test or not, is also asked to get tested in Sweden on the day of arrival or as soon as possible, and again five days after that. You can arrange your test through 1177.se or by calling a local doctor’s office (vårdcentral) and this should be free. 

You should also self-isolate for seven days after arriving. Self-isolating means keeping all close contact to a minimum, so avoiding going to places where you could come into contact with others such as shops or public transport; avoiding having guests come into your home; and having groceries ordered online or have a friend or neighbour bring them to you. Anyone else living in your household should also self-isolate for this week, even if they have not recently travelled abroad.

This article was written in response to a question from members of The Local. If you have any questions about Sweden’s Covid-19 rules, email [email protected] and we will do our best to answer if we can.

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BREAKING

UPDATE: SAS pilots extend strike talks until midday on Monday

Pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway have agreed to extend talks with the SAS airline until midday on Monday, after a deadline on Saturday passed without a deal. SAS flights scheduled for this weekend will fly as normal.

UPDATE: SAS pilots extend strike talks until midday on Monday

The Swedish pilots’ union SPF and other unions have been negotiating for weeks, with the deadline for a strike extended from midnight on Friday, to 11am on Saturday morning, and now until midday on Monday.

“We need to sleep, no one has slept with us for a very long time,” SAS’s chief negotiator, Marianne Hernæs, told Sweden’s TT newswire.

“We’ll meet again tomorrow. Now I am going home and sleeping, I have not slept for many hours,” Keld Bækkelund Hansen, leader of the Danish trade union Dansk Metal, told Denmark’s Ritzau newswire. 

Hernæs said that the two sides were still “extremely far away from one another” when it came to their positions. 

On June 9, the pilot unions of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark submitted their notice to strike on June 29th, with the strike then postponed until July 1st, then again until July 2nd, and now until Monday the 4th. If negotiations do not succeed, 900 pilots could go on strike at midnight.

Flights from SAS subsidiaries, SAS Connect, SAS Link, Cityjet Xfly and Air Baltic were unlikely to be directly affected by the pilot strike.

The SAS management and SPF have been in intensive negotiations for several weeks on a new collective agreement.

The Swedish pilot union believes that SAS is circumventing the right to re-employment by using staff from two subsidiaries as temporary labourers. 

Some 560 pilots who were laid off during the pandemic have not been re-employed.

After negotiations continued all night last night, the situation remains unclear but is progressing, according to the chief negotiator.

“We regret this situation we are in but we actually try everything we can,” says Marianne Hernæs.

Harsh criticism

On Friday, Norwegian put heavy pressure on SAS when the Norwegian pilot union threatened to drive the company into bankruptcy.

The Swedish pilot union also sharply criticized SAS’s negotiating position on Friday.

“An employer who tries to organize away from employer responsibility and agreements entered into by starting a letterbox company has nothing to do with the Swedish labor market and lacks justification for existence”, Martin Lindgren, chairman of the SAS section at the Swedish Pilot Association, said in a written comment to TT.

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