Current rules and recommendations

Here you will find a summary of the prohibitions, advice and recommendations that are in effect at the moment because of Covid-19. In the summary, we have selected the advice and recommendations that affect you as an individual.

Restrictions and prohibitions

Indoor events

Public gatherings and public events

  • For indoor events with more than 20 and a maximum of 50 participants, all participants must be seated, groups must be limited to a maximum of 8 people, and a distance of one metre must be kept between parties. Vaccination certificates can be used.
  • For indoor events with more than 50 participants, vaccination certificates must be used, together with assigned seats, and a distance of one meter must be kept between parties.
  • For public gatherings and events, as well as exhibitions/fairs indoors, with vaccination pass requirements, the maximum number of participants will be 500. If the premises are sectioned, and participants from different sections do not get in contact with those from other sections, each section can have maximum 500 participants.

Special instructions apply to religious events and are outlined in the current regulations.

Covid-19 infection control measures in January (Public Health Agency of Sweden)


Maximum 500 visitors for trade fairs. An organizer can divide the gathering or event into sections. Then the maximum ceiling applies to each individual section.

Organisers must determine the maximum number of visitors and exhibitors based on the requirement of 10 square metres per person.

Private gatherings in rented premises 

Private gatherings held in rented premises can have a maximum of 20 participants. This does not apply to funeral ceremonies. Funeral ceremonies and moments of remembrance will be exempt and can thus have 50 participants.

Venues serving food and drink

  • The size of parties is limited to eight people.
  • Guests must be seated, with at least one meter between the groups.
  • Venues must close no later than 11 pm, which means that the venue has to be empty at 11 pm. 

Indoor trading establishments and markets

Trading establishments must determine the maximum number of visitors based on the requirement of 10 square metres per person.

Places with cultural and leisure activities 

  • At least 10 square metres per person is required.
  • There are exceptions for businesses that are focused on children and young people, for example sports practice and competitions.

Long-distance public transport 

On bus and train journeys over 150 kilometers, each passenger must have an assigned seat or sleeping place.

Entry to Sweden

A ban on entry to Sweden is in effect for non-essential travel from most countries outside the EU/EEA. The ban does not apply to Swedish citizens, citizens of another EU/EEA country or citizens from a number of exempt countries. Swedish citizens and foreign nationals who are registered in Sweden are always entitled to travel into Sweden.

Read more under International travel, where you will find information about which countries are exempt from the entry ban and what is needed in order to be granted an exemption from the entry ban. 

Foreign nationals aged 18 or more travelling to Sweden from countries within the EU/EEA or the Nordic countries must present the EU Covid certificate or proof of vaccination against Covid-19 from certain other countries. Foreign nationals travelling to Sweden from other countries must be exempted from the travel ban and show evidence of a negative test of Covid-19, from within the past 72 hours. More information in Swedish at

Information on traveling to Sweden during the pandemic (The Swedish Police)

Advice and recommendations

Get vaccinated if you can

The Swedish Public Health Agency recommends that everyone aged 12 and older be vaccinated against covid-19. It reduces the risk of serious illness and death.

Stay home if you have symptoms

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and get tested. 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that the regions give lower priority to testing people who are able to work from home. During the period of illness, these people should avoid close contacts outside the household.

Keep distance from others

Keep distance from other people and avoid crowded public environments, especially indoors. 

Get tested after arrival to Sweden if you have symptoms

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that everyone with symptoms gets tested for Covid-19 as soon as possible after entry into Sweden. 

Special advice for adults

  • Limit the number of indoor contacts by refraining from participating in big dinner parties, parties, and similar events.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Use face masks on public transport if crowding cannot be avoided.

Special advice to those not vaccinated

Not being vaccinated increases the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. To avoid becoming infected, people who are unvaccinated should be extra careful and avoid crowded indoor environments.

Indoor cup competitions and camps

Sports clubs should refrain from organizing or participating in camps, cups or other major indoor activities. The advice does not apply to sports that are professional.

Training and competitions in regular series games can be carried out with risk-reducing measures.

Adult education and higher education institutions

Partially remote learning is recommended for higher education institutions, to create distance inside the lecture rooms, but will not apply as a fulltime measure.

Practical classes, such as examinations, and other adult education should be continued with risk-reducing measures in place.

Primary school, high school and special high school

  • The overriding principle is still in-person education.
  • Measures should be taken, such as being outdoors as much as possible, avoiding congregating in large groups indoors, and where possible avoiding mixing different classes.