Current rules and recommendations

Here you find a summary of the advice, recommendations and prohibitions that are in effect at the moment because of the pandemic. You will also find links to more detailed information. In the summary, we have selected the advice and recommendations that affect you as an individual.

Statutory restrictions and prohibitions

Size of general gatherings and public events

The number of people that may participate in a general gathering or public event depends on whether the gathering will take place indoors or outdoors and whether the participants have designated seats:

  • Indoor arrangements without seating: 50 participants.
  • Indoor arrangements with seating: 300 participants (groups must be able to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre on each side. Each group may contain no more than eight individuals).
  •  Outdoor arrangements without seating: 600 participants.
  •  Outdoor arrangements with seating: 3 000 participants.
  •  Races: 900 participants.
  • Funerals may have up to 20 mourners, regardless of the size of the venue, or 50 mourners if each group can keep a physical distance from other groups of at least 1 metre on each side, in front and behind. Each group may contain no more than four individuals.
  • Private events in rented premises: 50 people.

Shops, gyms and sports facilities

  • Businesses with premises that are so large that they can let in 500 or more customers or visitors should perform a special risk assessment to determine whether there is a risk of crowding in the business premises, parts of the premises or close to the premises. The businesses should take special infection control measures to reduce the risk of crowding in such places.
  • Must have clear signs indicating how many people are allowed to be in the premises at the same time.

Venues serving food and drink

  • Must take measures to prevent the spread of infection. For example, no more than eight people may be allowed to sit at the same table.

Travel bans

  • Travellers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway are exempt from the requirement for Covid-19 testing.
  • Entry ban to Sweden 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.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that those who have traveled outside the Nordic region take a PCR test when returning to Sweden. This applies even if you do not have any symptoms. 

Read more on the web page International travel where you will also find information about which countries are exempt from the entry ban and which other exemptions there are.

More government employees to work from home

  • Government agencies must take measures to increase opportunities for employees to work from home.

National recommendations

  • Everyone in Sweden must follow the national recommendations on, for example, staying at home if symptoms arise, keeping your distance and working from home. 

If you are vaccinated

  • Three weeks after the first dose, individuals who have been vaccinated can meet people from several different households indoors. It is also all right to go shopping in shops. 
  • However, vaccinated individuals should otherwise follow the basic advice to stay at home if they are unwell, wash their hands and keep their distance from others.

Read more about what to consider after vaccination (WHO)

Face masks

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden no longer recommends that face masks should be used on public transport. 
  • How to use face masks safely


  • The principal of each school decides how teaching will be conducted. The senior level of compulsory school and upper-secondary schools can conduct distance education.
  • Graduation ceremonies and similar events connected to upper-secondary education can be carried out if this can be done in a Covid-secure manner. 

Read more on the web page Schools and childcare.

If you have been abroad

  • Swedish citizens and foreign nationals who have travelled within the EU/EEA, Schengen area, UK or specific third countries are exempt from the recommendation to get tested and self-isolate after entering Sweden.

Fully vaccinated people without symptoms are exempt from the recommendation for testing and self-isolating regardless of where they have been before arrival in Sweden.

For travellers from all other countries, the recommendation remains for people entering Sweden to get tested and self-isolate for a week after arrival, even if they have no symptoms.