It is good to know whether it is COVID-19 that is making you sick. You can then make sure that you do not pass it on to other people.
Choose a region at the top of the page for more information about what applies where you live.
When should I get tested?
Get tested if you have symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19. Here are some common symptoms:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- loss of smell or taste
- muscle aches
- stomach pain
- difficulty breathing
Read more about the disease in the text called COVID-19.
You may also need to get tested if any of the following apply:
- You have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- A doctor or nurse asks you to get tested.
Most people who have had COVID-19 are immune to it for at least six months afterwards.
Immune means protected against getting infected and sick again.
Get tested if you had COVID-19 more than six months ago and you get sick again.
You should also get tested if you are vaccinated and get sick. Read more in the text called Vaccination against COVID-19.
There are special rules for anyone who has been in another country
If you are a citizen of a different country, you need to show a certificate to enter Sweden. The certificate must show that you have been tested for COVID-19 and you do not have the disease. This does not apply if you are travelling from Finland, Denmark, Norway or Iceland. Read more on the Health Agency of Sweden’s website (in English).
There are special rules that apply if you are travelling from a country outside the EU, as well as some other countries. Read more about which countries this applies to on the Swedish Police Authority’s website (in English). If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to follow these recommendations.
These are the recommendations:
- Get tested as soon as you can after arriving in Sweden, unless you get tested to be allowed to enter Sweden.
- You must stay home and not see other people for at least seven days.
- Get tested again once five days have passed since you arrived in Sweden.
If you have recently been abroad
If you have been in a country that is covered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' advice against unnecessary travel and come to Sweden in the last 14 days, you should stay at home while you wait to be able to test yourself for covid-19 and until you have received the test result. It is recommended that you take your first test immediately upon arrival in Sweden, and another test on the fifth day after your arrival.
You are recommended to stay at home for at least seven days after your arrival in Sweden. This also applies to children who would otherwise attend school or preschool. During this whole period, you should avoid coming into close contact with others.
If you test positive for covid-19, your healthcare provider will inform you of the steps you must take in order to avoid the risk of infecting others.
Order a test
The most common test is called a PCR test. You can order a PCR test.
Arranging for a test
- Begin by downloading the Alltid öppet app from Appstore, Google Play or App Gallery to your telephone or your tablet.
- You need mobilt BankID or Freja eID Plus.
- Using the app, click on Testing for covid-19.
- Answer a few questions on the telephone or tablet.
- You will be given a code. Write it down.
- Click on the link to 1177.se for ordering and scheduling.
- Choose Hemtest (home test), Drive-in-test or Hämta/Lämna på apotek (pick-up/drop-off at a pharmacy). Hemtest means that a test kit will be sent to your home and you will do the test at home. Drive-in-test means you can take a car to a place where test kits are distributed. If you choose Hämta/lämna på apotek the person who picks-up / leaves the test kit must be free of symptoms.
It is important that you remain at home if you have symptoms even if you have not been able to arrange for a test.
If you cannot schedule a test via the app or by telephone
If you don’t have mobilt BankId or a personal ID number (personnummer), or if you have a protected or confidential ID (skyddat id), you can contact your healthcare centre and get help from them.
If you have symptoms of covid-19 and live close to a drop-in testing station, you can go there. There are now four units that visit 15 location in our county on weekdays. You will need an ID and a mobile number.
- Drop-in stations - locations and open hours (in Swedish)
- Instruction of how to take the test - other languages
What about children?
All children aged at least 6 years can submit a test in this way. Younger children will not normally need to take a test.
For children aged 6-12 years you will need to act as your child’s representative both when using the Alltid öppet app and on 1177.se. It will also be your responsibility to perform the test on your child.
This is what to do to become a representative in Alltid Öppet:
- Click on “Sök vård och provtagning för ditt barn” in the app.
- Click on "Lägg till barn" and add your child´s identity number. Then click on “Sök vård och provtagning för ditt barn” to switch to representative mode.
- Select “Provtagning för Covid-19” and then “Provtagning för Covid-19 på barn”.
N.B. When you then log into 1177.se, you need to change to representative mode there too. There is thus no link between the logins in Alltid öppet and 1177.se.
If your child requires a medical assessment, you can also contact your local healthcare centre (vårdcentral) and make an appointment for the child to be tested there.
For children aged 13 or above, they will need to obtain their own Mobilt BankID. You can also contact your health centre to be referred to a testing location where you can get tested.
How will I receive the results?
The results usually come within 48 hours. You will receive a text message when your results are available and you log in to 1177.se to view them.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions about testing here (In Swedish).
How testing works
A sample is taken with a special swab in your nose, your throat or both.
It may feel strange, but it does not hurt.
A nurse can collect the sample.
You can also collect the sample yourself. If this is the case, you will get more information on what you need to do.
Stay at home until you get your results
It is important that you stay at home until you get your test results.
If you have COVID-19
If the test results show that you have COVID-19, stay at home until you are no longer contagious. You are no longer contagious when all of the following apply:
- You are feeling a lot better.
- You have been fever-free for two days.
- At least seven days have passed since you became ill.
You do not need a new test to find out whether you are still contagious.
Anyone living with you may also need to stay home if you have COVID-19. You will get information about this when you get your test results.
Read more in the text called What can I do if I have COVID-19?
During this time, you must:
- not go to work or school
- avoid meeting any people other than those with whom you live
- not go to shops or travel by public transport
- comply with special hygiene routines: be sure to wash your hands frequently, use a separate towel, and cough into your arm or into a tissue.
- notify staff of your infection when you seek medical care.
- read the rules you must adhere to in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.
Do this immediately
If you have an ongoing covid-19 infection, you must also contribute to tracking the infection, in accordance with the provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act. The most important aspect is to inform anyone you may have infected. You must therefore do the following immediately:
- Consider which people you have been in close contact with during the period when you were already contagious – i.e. from 48 hours before you first started feeling ill and experiencing symptoms of covid-19 until now. This applies to people you live with, people who have been visiting you, and those you have visited, i.e. friends, colleagues and health care professionals that do not already know about your infection.
Close contact means having been together with a person for at least 15 minutes, less than 2 metres apart, also outdoors. People with whom you live are always considered to be close contacts.
- Call, text or e-mail the people with whom you have been in close contact, and inform them that they may have been exposed to infection. You can find suggestions for what to write below.
- Ask them to read the following information: Information for anyone who has come into contact with a person with covid-19 (in Swedish).
- If they are in high school age and older; inform them that they should be tested immediately even if they have no symptoms. They should also meet as few people as possible until 14 days have passed since you met and work or study from home if they have the opportunity. If they get symptoms, they should stay home and be tested again. In case of symptoms, testing of children who go to pre-school class or primary school is also recommended.
- If someone you live with works or studies, that person must work or study from home for at least 7 days. Children must also stay home from preschool/school for 7 days. See “Information for anyone who has come into contact with a person with covid-19 (in Swedish)”. If you booked the test via the app Alltid öppet, you both can contact the Infection Tracking Team with questions via the app. Select "Kontakta smittspårningsteamet för Covid-19". If you took the test elsewhere, contact that care provider for further questions.
- If you have met people at your workplace, school, training center or similar, and it´s possible that they may have been infected, but you for various reasons can not inform them yourself, get in contact with a manager or equivalent. He or she can help with infection tracing by passing on information. Ask him or her to share the following information (in Swedish)
- If you booked the test via the app Alltid öppet and 1177.se, you´ll need to confirm that you have completed steps 1-6 above in the app. Go to "Infection tracking of Covid 19".
Please note that you may be contacted by phone by staff from Region Stockholm who work with infection-tracking.
Suggestions for what to write
Hello! I have just found out that I have covid-19. I am contacting you as part of the work to track the infection. Since we have recently met, it is possible that you have been also exposed to infection, and Smittskydd Stockholm therefore recommends that you read the following information at 1177.se/stockholm (currently only available in Swedish). It is also important for you to get tested.
Do you have any questions?
If you wish to discuss your test results, you can call or chat with your healthcare centre (vårdcentral). If your symptoms become worse, you must contact 1177 Vårdguiden by telephone. In a life-threatening situation, call 112.
There is no reason to take a new test to confirm that you are no longer contagious. Test results may continue to be positive for a long time, even after you have ceased to be considered contagious.
Information in other languages
Information for patients (issued by infectious disease specialists, including restrictions) has been translated into other languages. You can choose from ten different languages by clicking on the green button marked “Svenska” in the top right corner of the linked page.
Information and rules of conduct for household contacts
If you live with or have lived with someone who has covid-19, you may have been exposed to infection. This means there is a risk that you could become ill. To reduce the risk of infection spreading to others, you must follow certain rules of conduct.
You can choose from different languages by clicking on the green button marked “Engelska” in the top right corner of the linked page.
If you do not have COVID-19
If the test results show that you do not have COVID-19, stay at home until you feel better and do not have a fever.
Couldn´t your test be analysed or assessed?
If you recieve the answer that your test could not be analysed or assessed, the reason could be, for example, that the sample leaked, that something happened at the laboratory or that something went wrong technically which meant that the sample could not be analysed. If you wish to, you can then register for renewed testing after three days.
Continue following the authorities’ recommendations
When you are healthy, it is important that you continue reducing the risk of spreading the virus. This is true even if you are immune. Make sure you do the following:
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep your distance from other people.
- Follow the authorities’ guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.
More information about COVID-19
Call 08-123 680 00 if you have any questions about COVID-19 and want to talk to someone who speaks English. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:00.