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. Parties of maximum eight people must be able to keep a distance of at least one meter sideways, forwards and backwards from other parties.
  • Outdoor arrangements without seating: 600 participants.
  • Outdoor arrangements with seating: 3 000 participants. Parties of maximum eight people must be able to keep a distance of at least one meter sideways, forwards and backwards from other parties.
  • Races: 900 participants.
  • Private events in rented premises: 50 people.
  • 20 participants are always allowed on funerals. That is regardless if the rules of a certain distance between parties would otherwise limit the number of people further. 

If the organiser divides the area the into sections, the limits are valid for each section. 

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.

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. 

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.

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

  • Two weeks after the second dose you can leave home even if another person in the household is infected with covid-19.

  • 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 Public Health Agency of Sweden considers that onsite teaching in schools is the main rule in all forms of schooling for children and young people in the autumn term of 2021. However, preventive work against the spread of infection is still very important, especially in connection with the start of the term. 
  • 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

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. Exceptions are made for people who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or are under six years old.  People who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last six months are also exempt.

People who have been to countries outside the Nordic Region should also be extra careful in their social interactions and not spend time with people in risk groups, for example.