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Information for students and staff about Covid-19

Based on current conditions and responsible authorities’ recommendations, Stockholm University has adopted the following guidelines.

Last updated on 30 October 2020. Updated information marked with "New!"

Information till studenter och medarbetare om coronaviruset på svenska

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  • New! Stricter general advice announced for Stockholm: The Public Health Agency of Sweden and infection control doctors have made a decision on stricter general advice for the residents of Stockholm. The aim is to reduce the rapid spread of Covid-19. Read more about the new advice here. 
  • Online and campus-based teaching: In line with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's current recommendations, Stockholm University will resume campus-based teaching at the pace that circumstances permit and provided that this is allowed by the relevant authorities. The plan for each course is available on the department website. Plans for the first half of the spring semester will be announced on department websites as soon as possible, and no later than 15 December.
  • Premises: The University's premises will open step by step during the autumn semester. Each department is responsible for detailed planning of the reopening of their premises. 
  • Work from home: The general advice to employers from the Public Health Agency of Sweden is that they should ensure that personnel and visitors maintain physical distance and that employees avoid unnecessary travel. The University follows the Agency’s recommendations, which means that any employees who can work from home should do so, after consulting with their supervisor.
  • Minimize the spread of infection: Everyone must take responsibility and help to minimize the spread of infection. This includes taking responsibility for reducing the spread of infection at social events in your spare time.
    The Public Health Authority urges anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection, even mild ones, to avoid social contact, as they pose a risk of spreading infection. Anyone with symptoms of illness should stay at home. Stay at home if you live in a household with someone with confirmed Covid-19. Follow the instructions from your physician.
    Staff should report sick using normal routines. The so-called qualifying period has now been removed to make it easier to stay at home during illness. 


  • Business travel: Business travels within Sweden can be granted when done in accordance with official advice and recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency. Staff who are planning international business trips are advised to follow the guidelines of the Swedish Minsitry of Foreign Affairs, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the universities concerned, and the relevant airline information. Non-necessary trips to countries which the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to should be avoided.
    See for updated information in English regarding travels
  • Bookings: All business trips must be booked with rebookable or refundable tickets. Trips should be booked through the University's procured travel agency Egencia
  • Regarding visits: Staff who are expecting visits from partners or guests from abroad are advised to follow the guidelines of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Public Health Agency, the universities concerned, and the relevant airline information.

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Stay updated

Students and staff are encouraged to stay updated via the websites of relevant authorities. These pages are updated with information on developments and recommendations on an ongoing basis. Current information is also available on WHO’s website.

Official information from Swedish authorites in English -

Frequently Asked Questions – Swedish Public Health Agency website

Guidance for non-EU/EEA international students in relation to COVID-19 – The Government Offices of Sweden

The latest information about the coronavirus and its spread – Swedish Public Health Agency website (In Swedish)

Foreign Ministry’s recommendations (In Swedish)

The latest information about the coronavirus – WHO website

Information about the Kammarkollegiet insurance for travelling students and staff

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