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.