Information for Swedish Lapland travellers in regards to the corona virus
As we all know, our world right now is not what it once was. The pandemic is a fact, and Covid-19 has defined our present.
Sweden, like all other countries, fights the spread of infection in a similar way. Keeping distance is essential – avoid crowded places and keep to smaller groups. It is advised not to use public transportations for unnecessary travel. It is important to be careful with hand hygiene and avoid touching your own face, this of course also applies if you choose to use a face mask. But most important of all is probably to stay at home if you feel the slightest symptoms. These simple tips can not be reminded often enough. They are the foundation for you to experience a safe and responsible journey – if you now choose to make one.
We have gathered some of the information about travelling to Swedish Lapland, as well as restrictions and recommendations when staying in Sweden.
Travelling restrictions for Sweden
There is a temporary entry ban in place for non-essential travels to the EU via Sweden until March 31, 2021. Still, travel from another EU country, a country part of the EEA and Switzerland to Sweden is possible.
From February 6 2021, all incoming travellers must demonstrate a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival to Sweden. The test cannot be older than 48 hours.
We ask you to closely monitor statements and guidance issued by your home country’s public authorities, health officials and embassy, in order to receive timely information on matters such as quarantine instructions upon arrival at home.
Flying to Sweden
Swedavia recommends you to wear face masks in all their airports, and many airline companies, among them SAS, require face masks on board. Some airline operators also may require passengers to show a health statement. Check this with your operator before travelling.
Please note that not all airports in Swedish Lapland sell face masks on-site, so you need to buy them beforehand.
Everyday life in Swedish Lapland
We welcome you to Swedish Lapland, but physical distancing applies, and all businesses must take precaution to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. There is no general requirement to wear a face mask in normal social situations but advised when using public transportation during rush hours. Here are some other restrictions that might affect your stay.
- Restaurants, bars and cafés are permitted to operate if adhering to new legislation (offering table service, adjusted seating, take-away, etc.).
- Nationally, masks are recommended in the public transport on weekdays between 7–9 am and 4–6 pm.
- Restaurants, bars and cafés are only allowed to serve alcohol until 8pm and closes at 8.30 pm.
- The size of a dining party allowed to sit at one table is limited to four people.
- Most shops and stores are open but may have limited opening hours, and they have a limit to the number of visitors in-store at the same time.
- Public transport is in operation but may be limited. Please check regional services for details and follow the guidelines on domestic travel and public transport.
- National parks are open. For more information, please visit the Swedish National Parks website.
Read more about what physical distancing means and what measures to take at the Covid-19 page of Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Tests for travel certificates
ExpressCare provides Covid-19 virus diagnostic and travel certification services. More specifically PCR tests, Antigen tests (rapid tests) and travel certificates. Booking via their website
PCR-test Covid-19 in KirunaDownload
Hermelinen Sjukvård, a private clinic in Luleå city, offers PCR-test for groups of minimum 7 persons and Antigen tests. Contact Kajsa Hartman-Pettersson for more info and bookings. firstname.lastname@example.org
MACC Scandinavia provides PCR-tests and Antigen tests in Boden. Booking via their website
Stockholm / Arlanda Airport
PCR-tests are offered at Arlanda Airport. A stay of at least 10 hours in Stockholm is required.
Nordic Ways – Read more and book here.
AirPort Sky – Read more and book here
Vaccina – Read more and book here
Most important to remember:
- If you feel unwell stay at home.
- Stay at least an arm’s length away from other people.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.