How is Covid-19 affecting studying in Sweden?
We know that Covid-19 is on many people’s minds. It’s certainly on ours as well. We’re still in the middle of a major development across the continent, so we’re monitoring the situation very closely.
Keep up to date with what’s happening in Sweden
For the latest updates on how the coronavirus/Covid-19 is affecting Sweden, please go to krisinformation.se ↗️ for official emergency information from Swedish authorities.
Applying for a residence permit?
You don’t need to worry about your residence permit application if your courses will be moved online due to Covid-19. The Swedish Migration Agency does not have requirements for minimum amount of on-campus attendance ↗️ for the academic year 2021/2022. But you do still need to meet their other requirements↗️ and plan to come to Sweden when the situation allows.
But, several Swedish missions abroad ↗️ may still be limited in their capacity to assist in the processing of residence permit application within normal time frames. So, what does that mean? It means that you might have to wait longer to go for an interview or leave biometric data. This may change as the situation evolves, and as soon as we have more answers, we’ll update this information. You can also follow Sweden Abroad ↗️ for updates from your local Swedish embassy.
Temporary travel ban
So, as you know, there’s currently a temporary ban on all non-essential travel to Sweden due to Covid-19. The good news is that there are some exemptions to this non-EU travel ban. It means that if you have a new residence permit for studies in Sweden, but have not yet moved to Sweden, you’ll be allowed to enter the country.
Check official resources
Moving to a new country is a huge deal. And moving during a pandemic? This brings up a whole load of new questions and complications. We’ve put together a list of resources where you can find answers to your questions:
- The Government of Sweden has answers to your questions about exemptions to the travel ban and entry into Sweden ↗️
- The Swedish Police has information about travel to Sweden during the pandemic ↗️
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden has recommendations for anyone travelling to Sweden from abroad ↗️
- The Swedish Migration Agency has a handy FAQ about how residence permit applications and renewals are affected by the pandemic ↗️
- Last but not least, don’t forget your university’s website! Your university is gonna keep you updated throughout your entire journey. When will your first course start? Will it be on campus? What will happen if you can’t travel to Sweden as planned? Then what will happen with the student room you’ve booked? And the tuition fees you’ve paid? Your university might not have answers to all these questions right now, but once they have, they’ll inform about it. You can also always contact your university to clear up your doubts.
Currently studying at a Swedish university?
Business as usual? Well, not quite. Teaching is continuing, though much of it is online. Unsure what this means for you? Don’t worry. You’ll receive more info from your university.