Information regarding COVID-19 in Sweden
07 Jul 2020
There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
has a national responsibility for public health issues and works to ensure good public health. The agency also works to ensure that the population is protected against communicable diseases and other health threats.
One important mission of the Public Health Agency is to disseminate scientifically based knowledge that prevents ill-health and disease and supports society in the work against health threats. The Public Health Agency closely monitors the course of events when it comes to COVID-19, conducts microbiological analyses, and assesses risks and developments of the outbreak. Health care, regional infectious disease control units and other stakeholders are informed about the current situation and the Agency also decides what relevant measures to take. There is close collaboration with other govenment agencies (e.g. the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and the National Board of Health and Welfare), the regional infectious disease control units, as well as with the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).Please refer to their FAQs about COVID-19, including questions about quarantine etc. You can find it here.
TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS TO SWEDEN
In response to the European Council’s and the European Commission’s call for travel restrictions, the Government decided on the 18 of March to temporarily stop non-essential travel to the EU via Sweden
to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the spread of virus.
The travel ban applies until (and including) August 31. This is an exceptional measure that will not apply for longer than necessary.
Not all travel to Sweden is stopped. Swedish citizens and citizens of other EU/EEA countries (including Switzerland), and other people who are resident in Sweden or another EU/EEA country, are able to return to their homes. Nor does the entry ban apply to people who have particularly important grounds for travelling to Sweden. This includes diplomats, people in need of international protection and people who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden, such as health care professionals and people transporting goods to Sweden.
Read more: Press release from the Ministry of Justice, including link to Q&A
For more information about the entry ban, members of the public can telephone the Swedish Police on 11414 (from outside Sweden +46 77 114 14 00) and ask to be connected to the National Communications Department.
CURRENT EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN SWEDENFollow the current situation: The Public Health Agency of Sweden
.STRATEGY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
On April 6 the Prime Minister's Office released an article on Sweden's strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article here
RELEVANT MEASURES TAKEN BY SWEDISH AUTHORITIES
Measures taken by the Government
are listed on Government.se here