The coronavirus and impacts on travel, visa and permits

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international students and staff at KI. The following is a summary of the latest updates.

Check always the latest Information about the corona virus for staff and students at KI first

International PhD students and staff currently in Sweden

If you need to stay longer in Sweden than originally planned or need to leave Sweden earlier:

Residence permits and visas

The main rule is that if you already have a residence permit, you need to apply for extension before your current permit expires and you can stay in Sweden and wait for a new decision. Please, note that you have to discuss this with your supervisor or group leader first and get the documents needed. Otherwise, see the visitor's permit option below. If your passport is about to expire, you should get it renewed as you cannot get a permit for longer than your passport is valid.

If you have applied for an extension of your residence permit and have given biometrics for residence permit card, but need to travel home, you should contact your case officer at the Migration Agency and if possible, ask someone to check your post in Sweden. Normally, the decision and the card are sent to the home address in Sweden.

If you are visiting Sweden but need to stay longer than your visa or residence permit is valid:

If you have applied for an extension on your visa before your current visa expires, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Migration Agency has made a decision. Please, note that you are not allowed to combine employment with visitor's permit. 

Travel bans

The MFA has extended the advice against travel to countries outside the EU/the EEA/the Schengen area area until 31 January 2021. See the latest Changes to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice against travel

KI Housing

Information to PhD-students and staff who reside in accommodation provided by KI Housing

International PhD students and staff about to start studies or research in Sweden

The Government of Sweden has decided to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden so as to mitigate the effects of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the spread of the disease. Temporary entry ban extended until 31 March 2021 and amended due to Brexit. Note that Negative COVID-19 test result required for entry into Sweden from UK

Recommendations for those travelling or who have travelled to Sweden from the United Kingdom or South Africa

  • The entry ban applies primarily to foreign citizens attempting to enter Sweden from a country outside the EEA or from Switzerland.
  • Entry to Sweden is still allowed from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom*.
    *The right to travel freely to Sweden from the United Kingdom applies until 31 December 2020; people who are entitled to residence status in Sweden will remain exempt from the entry ban after 31 December 2020.
  • As of 4 July, the entry ban does not apply to people who
    - have a residence permit in Sweden
    people who travel for the purpose of studying; 
    researchers in health and medical care
    - highly skilled workers, if the job the alien is to perform cannot be postponed or performed remotely
    - live in one of the countries listed


The Swedish Government: Temporary entry ban extended until 31 March 2021 and amended due to Brexit

The Swedish Police: Travel to Sweden from outside EU during the corona outbreak

Please, note that most of the non EU citizens need a residence permit card to be able to travel to Sweden. Some Swedish foreign missions/Embassies may be closed due to the pandemic. They intend to open as soon as the situation permits.

Consider following: 

  • keep contact with your group leader or supervisor at KI as well as HR
  • contact the nearest Swedish Embassy or Consulate for more information. Check at for accessibility
  • check travel restrictions in the country you want to travel from
  • contact your airline to confirm whether you will be permitted to board your flight
  • contact KI Housing if there are any changes regarding the starting date of your contract


The Swedish Police Authority Border Control (the practical consequences of the entry ban): 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs (staff stationed abroad wanting to return home):, telephone 08-405 92 00.