March 31, Archived Alert Related to COVID-19 (Restrictions Removed)

March 31

The Swedish Government has made the decision, under the advice of the Swedish Health Authority, to no longer classify COVID-19 as a threat to society. This change will take place on April 1st.

Many restrictions were already lifted earlier this year. The change in classification is mostly of technical nature. With the change in classification, DIS has decided not to continue the COVID-19 surveillance testing program. DIS will continue to have COVID-19 rapid self-tests available at the Student Hub and will have the Rapid Response team available to provide guidance and support.

The following guidelines are still applicable, and all students are expected to follow them:

  • Stay home when sick! Take a self-test and follow isolation rules if you test positive or continue to have symptoms. Consult the DIS COVID-19 flowchart for up-to-date guidance.
  • PCR tests are reserved for those who cannot work or study from home, so you may not be able to get a PCR test even if you are symptomatic. Stay home even if you receive a negative quick-test result but have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Swedish border restrictions vary for entry from outside the country. Please be sure you understand the regulations, as well as any requirements for the countries you plan to visit on independent travel.
  • The recommendation to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible is still emphasized. Vaccinated people are far less likely to be seriously ill due to COVID-19. Special recommendations for those who have not yet been vaccinated will remain in effect in Sweden. Contact the DIS Care Team if you would like to get vaccinated.
  • Please continue to do what you can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the DIS community by taking your personal responsibility seriously.