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Coronavirus FAQ – incoming exchange students

This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout autumn 2021 and spring 2022. Due to new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, and new decisions taken regularly at the University, we cannot always answer your questions and many answers will change over time. Please check back regularly for updates!

The FAQ was last updated on 14 January 2022. 

General questions about Lund University 

Lund University remains open. 

In light of the recent new rise in the spread of infection, the government and the Swedish Public Health Agency have decided on new infection control measures. Lund University is therefore adapting its activities in order to carry out its teaching, research, external engagement and administrative undertakings as safely and responsibly as possible. Based on this, a new Vice-Chancellor decision was made on 14 January 2022.

Among other things, the decision states that:

  • teaching and assessment of study performance continue to be conducted as planned on University premises. For teaching, physical gatherings are to be managed to ensure social distancing and avoid crowding. In cases where sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied, teaching, as well as examinations, may be conducted digitally with no physical attendance on University premises.
  • Libraries, study spaces and computer rooms are to remain open and accessible to the greatest extent possible while ensuring social distancing and avoiding crowding.
  • The University will receive students from other countries for education at Lund University to the extent possible while taking into consideration any travel restrictions.
  • Meetings, conferences and other gatherings with physical attendance are to be arranged so as to ensure social distancing and avoid crowding, or otherwise to be implemented digitally.
  • An assessment is to be made for all activities as to the risk of spreading infection, and adequate measures are to be taken to avoid the spread of infection. The regulations, general advice and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 are to be followed.

Learn more about how Lund University is handling the coronavirus pandemic

The government emphasises that all members of society have a responsibility to reduce the spread of infection. Everyone must stay at home and get tested if they have symptoms, maintain social distancing at large gatherings and avoid crowding. There are specific recommendations for those who are not vaccinated. Please visit the links below to learn more.



Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). In order to ensure a safe study and working environment for students and employees, the University is making decisions on a continuous basis, based on current recommendations from the responsible authorities.

See the University's decisions and measures

Questions related to the education

Yes, the admissions process remains unchanged and Lund University can accept incoming exchange students.

The Orientation Weeks will take place both online and in person. All new international students will be given access to Canvas one week before Arrival day on January 10th where the whole Orientation Weeks programme will be published.

Make sure to stay in contact with your exchange coordinator about your situation. Some courses may be able to accept students arriving slightly late, but this depends both on the structure of the courses and on how the specific course will be taught in spring.

The Orientation Weeks will take place both online and in person. All new international students will be given access to Canvas one week before Arrival day on January 10th where the whole Orientation Weeks programme will be published.

If you are an accepted exchange student and later change your mind about coming to Lund this spring, first check with your home university and your coordinator at Lund University to see if deferment is possible. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you can postpone your exchange studies to autumn 2022 since it is a matter of capacity. Until you have decided, follow procedures and information from your coordinator.

If you have decided not to come, inform both your exchange coordinator at Lund University and at your home university. If you have applied for housing, make sure to inform your housing provider.

Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided.

For the autumn 2021 semester, the University planned for teaching and assessment of students performance being conducted both on University premises and digitally, all with reference to current regulations and recommendations from the public authorities responsible and to the current rate of infection.

It is up to each Dean to plan the education for their faculty and all students admitted to studies at Lund University will be informed before the start of the semester how their studies will be conducted.

A Vice-Chancellor decision was made on 22 December 2021 stating that teaching and assessment of study performance continue to be conducted as planned on University premises. For teaching, physical gatherings are to be managed to ensure social distancing and avoid crowding. In cases where sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied, teaching may be conducted digitally with no physical attendance on University premises.

Please contact your exchange coordinator about what options are available for your specific studies.

There is unfortunately no guarantee at this point that you can postpone your exchange studies to autumn 2022, as it is a matter of capacity. We can therefore not make any decisions about postponements until later on.

However, if you despite the uncertainty want to try to change exchange semester you must first contact the exchange coordinator at your home university and ask them if they can change your nomination to the autumn semester instead.

No. In order to be able to attend accepted courses at Lund University, you must fulfil the prerequisites by the time the courses start. You must also be able to submit a transcript of records to prove that you are eligible for the course.

Practical questions (flights, arrival, orientation, housing) 

Yes. There is a general entry ban for travellers entering Sweden from all countries. However, there are exemptions, including exemptions for people coming to study in Sweden. Foreign citizens who hold a valid Swedish residence permit, are exempted from the entry ban and Covid-19 negative test requirement.

If you are travelling from another EU/EEA-country, it is sufficient that you can present an EU covid certificate documenting that the holder either: 

  • has been vaccinated against covid-19 (vaccine certificate),
  • has a negative test result from testing for ongoing covid-19 infection, taken within 72 hours from the time of border crossing, or
  • has recovered from covid-19 (recovery certificate), 
  • or can present an equivalent certificate. 

Please note that as of 21 December, travellers from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) are subject to the same requirements for entry into Sweden as travellers from other EEA countries. This means that all travellers currently will have to present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or a corresponding certificate showing that they have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative within 72 hours prior to arrival or recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. It is, however, very important that you carefully check any requirements and restrictions set by Danish authorities if you are travelling to Sweden via Denmark. 

You will find more information about the testing requirements and exemptions on the Swedish Police’s website. The entry ban and required negative covid test for travels to Sweden from non-EEA countries are valid until 31 January 2022. From an EEA country, it is possible to enter Sweden with a negative covid-19 test max 72 hours old or an EU covid certificate or equivalent. 

Please see the links below to find out more about the entry rules and Covid-19 testing for travellers from all countries:

Read more about travel restrictions and the exemptions on the Swedish Police's website

Read Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden on the Swedish Government website

Read more about EU's Covid certificate and its validity on ehalsomyndigheten's website

Read more about entering from Denmark under the question below about travel via Copenhagen airport.


There is a general entry ban for all travellers entering Sweden (currently valid until 31 January 2022). Please note that as of 21 December, the Swedish government changed the entry ban so that foreign travellers entering from a Nordic country is no longer exempted from the test or vaccine requirement. However, there is still a list of exemptions. If you fulfil any of the exemptions listed by the Swedish police, you can fly directly to Sweden. The exemptions include people coming to study in Sweden and who have a valid residence permit to live in Sweden.

The burden of evidence lies on the traveller (meaning, you have to show sufficient documentation supporting that you should be exempt from the travel ban) and that the assessment of the evidence will be done on-site, based on the circumstances in the specific case at hand.

Examples of documentation that might strengthen your case are: notification of selection results, your residence permit, registers that the police authority has access to, certificate of employment, tickets, excerpts from the residential register, salary receipts and other forms of certificates and documentation. The police will not give any assurances on what sort of evidence will be deemed sufficient until you show it to them. This is done on a case-by-case basis, on the spot.

Read more about the exemptions at the Swedish police website

Note that you must also check the entry restrictions and testing requirements announced by the Danish government before entering Denmark. There may be different rules for specific countries, so make sure to check the restrictions that apply to you, depending on where you are travelling from. This is both with regards to your entry to Sweden, as well as when transferring through Denmark. Note that, for example, although you may be exempt from presenting a negative covid 19-test when entering Sweden, the Danish authorities may have other rules that you need to follow. 

More information regarding travel restrictions is available on the Danish authorities' joint website

No, we do not recommend trying to enter Sweden before the start date of your permit. If you do, there is a high risk that the border police will not let you enter.

If your family member has a residence permit to join you in Sweden, he/she should be able to enter during the permit validity period, as Swedish residence permit holders are exempt from the entry ban. However, if your family member is planning to come only for a short visit (not on a residence permit), they will most likely not be allowed to enter as long as the entry ban is in place.

Due to uncertainty both globally and locally, we recommend that you wait as long as possible with booking your trip to Lund University. When booking any tickets, we encourage you to select rebookable/refundable tickets, as the situation may change rapidly. 

The Public Health Agency recommends that all travellers to Sweden get a PCR test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arrival. Visit the link below to learn more.

Swedish Public Health agency's recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

How to get tested after your arrival in Sweden

If you have a Swedish personal number and a BankID, Foreign eID, Freja eID plus or Telia e-legitimation, you can book a test at .

If you don’t have a Swedish personal number

On the Arrival Days and at the International Desk after the Arrival Days, we will hand out a self-test which you can use. Please notice that you cannot take public transportation to visit us at the International Desk since you are supposed to be self-isolated for at least 7 days.

If the self-test turns out to be positive, you need to contact the nearest “Vårdcentral”, Health Care Center, to do a PCR test.

If you arrive more than 6 days before Arrival days, which means you can’t get the self-test from us in time to make the test on day 5, you need to contact the closest Health Care Center “Vårdcentral” to book an appointment.

Vårdcentraler in Lund

Central Lund

  • Blomman vårdcentral Lund. Phone: 046-71 30 00. Address: Sankt Laurentiigatan 10
  • Capio City Clinic Lund Clemenstorget. Phone: 046-270 00 00. Address: Clemenstorget 5
  • Helsa vårdcentral Laurentii. Phone: 046-280 57 00. Address: Stora Södergatan 4 
  • Vårdcentralen Getingen. Phone: 046-17 72 00. Address: Entrégatan 3
  • Södertull vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 19 00. Helgeandsgatan 16

 Northern Lund

  • Hälsocentralen Sankt Hans. Phone: 046-19 93 00. Address: Fäladstorget 22
  • Nöbbelövs vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 22 50. Address: Nöbbelövs torg 1

 Western Lund

  • Vårdcentralen Måsen. Phone: 046-275 19 50. Address: Tärnvägen 10B
  • Läkarhuset Lund. Phone: 046-15 04 10. Address: Bondevägen 5A

 Eastern Lund

  • KRY vårdcentral. Phone: 046-378 28 00. Address: Scheelevägen 4
  • Linero-Östra Torn vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 20 50. Address: Linerovägen 2

 Southern Lund

  • Vårdcentralen Sankt Lars. Phone: 046-275 22 00. Address: Sankt Lars väg 6

  Vårdcentraler in Malmö

  • Vårdcentral Granen. Phone: 040-623 42 00. Address: Grangatan 11 (Near Segepark)
  • Vårdcentral Rosengården. Address: Von Troils väg 1. Phone: 040-623 43 00 (Near Malmö Studenthus)
  • Vårdcentral Törnrosen. Address: Bennets väg 8. Phone: 040-623 48 80 (Near Malmö Studenthus)
  • Vårdcentral Sorgenfrimottagningen. Address: Nobelvägen 56 b. Phone: 040-623 46 60 (Near Folketspark)
  • Vårdcentral Eden. Address: Möllevångsgatan 44. Phone: 040-623 91 00 (Near Folketspark)
  • Capio Citykliniken Malmö Singelgatan. Address: Singelgatan 2A. Phone: 040-600 28 00 (Near Rönnen)

 Vårdcentraler in Helsingborg (city center)

  • Capio Citykliniken Helsingborg. Address: Söder Södergatan 11 A-D. Phone: 042-17 31 00
  • Vårdcentralen Tågaborg. Adress: Tågagatan 47. Phone: 042-406 04 00

Yes, Arrival Day for international students will be held on 10 January 2022. The Orientation Weeks for spring 2022 will take place both online and in person.

More information about the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks



Yes. When you arrive in Lund and Sweden you can call Region Skåne's Call Center on +46 (0)771 320 320 to book an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday–Friday between 09:00–15:00. We kindly ask you to direct all questions regarding the vaccination to them. The vaccination is free. However, we do recommend all students to get vaccinated before coming to Sweden.

Even if you have accepted a room offer and paid the deposit, you can change your mind and get the deposit back, as long as you inform LU Accommodation at the latest on the day before the start of the contract.

It is important that you apply for accommodation, accept your offer – if you get one – and pay the required deposit. However, please remember to inform LU Accommodation as soon as possible if your plans have changed.

When it comes to other landlords, other regulations may apply.

No. The insurance only applies in Sweden.

General questions about Sweden

The Swedish Government and government authorities are taking new measures on a daily basis. New measures will be taken as necessary.

Some of the measures that have been taken during the pandemic include cancelling large gatherings, limiting the number of persons who can sit together in a restaurant, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden, recommending face masks while using public transportation during rush hour and transitioning high school and the majority of higher education studies to digital learning.

The government has presented an action plan for the introduction of additional infection control measures against the spread of Covid-19, which applies as of December 8. New measures were also introduced on 21 December. Everyone still has a personal responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and those who are not vaccinated have a particular responsibility to follow specific recommendations. Please visit the links below to read more about the measures taken:

Public announcements are made regularly, instructing the public how to stay safe and how to best protect the elderly and other risk groups. Swedish authorities are collaborating closely and working proactively to prepare our healthcare system to ensure that it will have the capacity to offer care to infected individuals who need it.

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in Sweden is being tracked at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website, which is updated daily. Numbers change every day, as testing proceeds and new cases are reported.

There is a high vaccination rate in Sweden with more than 81% of adults (over 16 years old) fully vaccinated, as of December 2021.

Yes, all incoming exchange students will have insurance provided by the Swedish Government, called Student IN. Visits to a health clinic generally cost from SEK 120 to SEK 400. 

Read more about the Student IN insurance