Sweden - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction category relative to Sweden

  • Countries without restrictions

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV testing on entry. In case of doubt, the health authorities may force a foreign national to undergo an HIV test. According to Swedish law, persons who come to Sweden and who have reason to believe they could be HIV positive must consult a doctor and follow that doctor's advice.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Sweden

There are no specific entry or residence regulations for people with HIV/AIDS. Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country. Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations. There are no regulations regarding the control, deportation or expulsion of those concerned. 

Antiretroviral medication can be imported for personal use. Precise regulations are online at www.tullverket.se/en/startpage/keywordsaz/az/medicines.

(Source: 1) 

According to Swedish law, persons who come to Sweden and who have reason to believe they could be HIV positive must consult a doctor and follow that doctor's advice. 

(Source: 3) 


HIV treatment information for Sweden

Every province in the country has a clinic for infectious diseases. The two clinics in Stockholm:
  • Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Huddinge
    Infektionsmottagning 2
    S-141 86 Huddinge
    Phone: +46 8 585 800 00
  • Södersjukhuset
    Venhälsan (Gay Men's Health Clinic)
    S-118 83 Stockholm
    Phone: +46 8 616 25 00
Treatment is possible in almost every hospital with a division for infectious diseases. For information, contact the The Noaks Ark Foundation.

(Source: 2)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Sweden

  • Stiftelsen Noaks Ark
    (The Noaks Ark Foundation)
    Eriksbergsgatan 46
    S-114 30 Stockholm
    Phone: +46 8 700 46 00
(Stiftelsen Noaks Ark / Röda Korset is the largest and oldest HIV/AIDS organisation in Sweden)

There is also a research fund as well as the Association of doctors for AIDS. Both can be contacted by those concerned.

(Source: 2)
  • Hiv-Sweden
    Tjurbergsgatan 29
    118 56 Stockholm
    Phone +468 714 54 10
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: www.hiv-sverige.se
  • Stiftelsen Forskningsfond – Läkare mot Aids
  • Föreningen Läkare mot Aids

    The same address for both:
    Villangatan 5
    Box 5610
    114 86 Stockholm
    Phone: +46 8 790 3300
    Fax: +46 8 24 0002
There is also a telephone counselling service
  • Noaks Ark Direct/Aidsjouren
    Phone: 020 – 78 44 40 or from outside Sweden +46 771 78 44 40
(Source: 2)


Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan

The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.

Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/.



  1. Embassy of Sweden, Berlin, March 4, 2008
  2. Peder Ahlin, Stiftelsen Noaks Ark, Stockholm, by e-mail, November 19, 2008
  3. Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labour and Social Affairs, Stockholm, 18 January 2000


updated: 11/22/2008
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