Get tested if you have symptoms
To trace infection and reduce the spread of infection, the Public Health Agency is encouraging everyone with symptoms to get tested for an ongoing infection, a so-called PCR test. This also applies to young children and youth of school-going age down to preschool age.
The regions are responsible for conducting the PCR tests. It is also possible for people to take a PCR test sample themselves at home – so-called self-sampling or self-test.
A so-called antigene test can be used as a complement to PCR-tests by the healthcare in some regions.
Advice for testing
- Stay at home if you have symptoms. Avoid contact with others. More information
- Let someone who is healthy collect your test kit.
- Behave as though you are infected from the moment you develop symptoms until you have received a negative test result or are healthy.
If you have been abroad
You should take a PCR test if you have recently been abroad. More information: international travelling.
If you have met someone who has Covid-19
If you have met someone who has been verified with Covid-19, you should take a PCR test at once, and after five days. This even if you have no symptoms. Work from home during this period, if possible.
How to book a test
The booking of PCR-tests differs depending on which region you belong to. In some regions you must book a test by logging in to 1177.se and in others you must contact a health centre to book an appointment. You can read more about testing in your region at 1177.se. You can call 1177 if you have questions about healthcare, but they cannot answer questions about your test results. Check the information about testing in different Regions (in Swedish).
Antibodies against Covid-19
A serological test can show whether you have had Covid-19 and developed antibodies to the disease. If you have no symptoms and have antibodies, it means that you have a lower risk of being infected by Covid-19 and thus a lower risk of passing the infection on to others.
Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies should still follow the restrictions and recommendations in order not to spread the disease to others.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden currently deems that the protection that antibodies can provide may last up to six months from the time an individual has received a positive test result. Information about Covid-19 from The Public Health Agency of Sweden.