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Information Regarding Covid-19

Information Regarding Covid-19: Due to the ongoing pandemic we are experiencing changes to our normal way of life. In Åre, we are doing everything we can to be able to offer our visitors a great experience while making sure that visitors, locals and seasonal workers can feel safe. Together, the business community in Åre are taking precautions to make Åre a safe destination to visit. Below, we have gathered information about what we do and which restrictions apply, so that we can stop the spread of Covid-19, together.

Apart from reading the information below, you can find out more about how to experience Åre safely here >>

Travelling to Sweden and Åre

If you are planning to travel to Sweden and Åre you should stay up to date on which rules apply during the covid-19 pandemic.

Requirements for Negative Covid-19 Tests

From 00.01, Saturday 6 February 2021, new rules for entering the country are in effect in Sweden. All non-Swedish citizens, including citizens from other EU and EEA member states, are required to present a negative covid-19 test no older than 48 hours to be able to enter the country.

Exceptions to the test requirements include Swedish citizens (general recommendations and restrictions apply), people who are not yet 18 years old and people who can claim humanitarian reasons for entering Sweden, such as emergency health care needs. The Swedish authorities make individual assessments of such reasons. Commuters need to be able to present a negative covid-19 test which is maximum one week old. 

The test requirements in short

  • All non-Swedish citizens need to present a negative covid-19 test from before crossing the border to Sweden.
  • The test cannot be performed on arrival in Sweden but must be presented on arrival. 
  • The test cannot be older than 48 hours when the traveller cross the Swedish border. 

Read more about the requirements here >>

Visit the following website for more travel information:

Visit Sweden (Sweden’s official website for visitors)

Krisinformation (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)

Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency of Sweden)

Sweden Abroad (Official Website for Sweden’s Embassies and Consulates)


The Importance of Taking Personal Responsibility

Our guests are very important to our destination and that is also why we are asking for your help. We urge all of you to take the concept of personal responsibility seriously and follow any restrictions and recommendations that apply. You will find more information about what this entails below. Protect each other and protect our village! 

The following general recommendations are in effect:

  • Travel and stay only with those closest to you (family and people you meet on a daily or weekly basis)
  • Avoid close contact with any outside of your “social bubble” as far as possible (neighbors, cashiers, people in public transportation etcetera)
  • Follow the restrictions and any local recommendations
  • Keep your distance, especially indoors. You need to keep a distance of, preferably, two meters from others
  • Exercise general caution
  • Take extra care to wash your hands and use hand disinfectant solutions

Read more about Sweden’s regulations and general guidelines for preventing the spread of covid-19 here >>


Following the Guidelines

Any development concerning the coronavirus is carefully monitored by the business community in Åre. We also take great care to follow any current restrictions that have been implemented by the Swedish authorities. This also apply to the pandemic law which was introduced in mid-January. Precautions have been taken to ensure that visitors, locals and co-workers can feel safe in Åre.

Examples of General Prevention Measures in Åre

  • The number of customer allowed in shops at any given time is limited and specified in accordance with the Swedish Pandemic Law.
  • Systems for counting the number of people on the premises at any given time, such as the obligatory use of shopping baskets in certain stores, have been implemented.
  • Pre-ordering, takeaway and home delivery is possible  (see more here >>).
  • Extended concessions in need of cancellation (check with your host before booking – read more below).
  • Restaurants have decreased the number of tables and seats to create additional space on their premises.
  • A maximum of four persons are allowed seated at each table.
  • Only seated guests are allowed in restaurants and bars unless the guests can collect their food and drinks while keeping a distance from others.
  • Alcoholic beverages can be served until 22.00 CET (as described under National Restrictions in Place).
  • Digital queuing systems have been implemented to avoid crowding.
  • The options for testing for covid-19 have been extended in central Åre (as described below).

Restaurants and accommodation

Restaurants and accommodations are following the guidelines developed by, among others, the industry organisations Visita and HRF together with the Swedish Public Health Agency, in order to make Åre a safe place to visit. Current general restrictions issued by the Swedish authorities are implemented.

You can help by:

  • Checking any notes posted at the entrance before you go in to a restaurant or your accommodation and make sure you respect any specific rules that may apply. If you are unsure of what these are, please contact the staff.
  • Asking if any specific rules applies to the accommodation of your choice when booking.

Safety Precautions & Rules in the Ski Systems

The ski system operator SkiStar has taken a number of precautions to minimize the risk of crowding in the lifts, shops and other. Below are some examples of measures taken and what regulations apply in the lift queues etcetera.

We would like to ask you to help us to minimize the risk of crowding and queueing. By pre-booking your products, such as the Lift Pass and equipment, you can help reduce the risk of spreading the Corona virus.

  • It is possible to pre-book equipment and Lift Passes. Any bookings are possible to re-schedule up until one day before the date set for your booking. Read more here >>
  • Using SkiStar’s app, you can charge your Lift – and Trail Pass if you have your physical SkiStar Ski Pass with you. If you don’t have it, you can use the app to book a new card and pick it up in one of the automatic machines which you can find in proximity to the lifts.
  • All shops and stores have a system for controlling the number of people on the premises at any given time

In the Lifts

  • Everyone needs to keep their distance while queuing for the lifts. The distance should be, at least, the equivalent of one bike.
  • Designated hosts will be on site during the busiest periods to assist guests in following the regulations.
  • The number of passengers in the gondola (Gondolen) is limited and the tramway (Åre kabinbana) is closed until further notice due to current general restrictions.
  • If you are having symptoms of a cold or stomach issues, or if you are in quarantine after traveling to Sweden, you need to stay at home until you are symptom free or until you are allowed to break quarantine.
  • The lifts will run att full capacity to reduce crowding and queuing.

Read more about SkiStar’s safety measures and more here >>


National Restrictions in Place (May 2021)

Below is a summary of the national restrictions that are currently in effect in Sweden. You can also click the link below to find out more about national restrictions in Sweden. Click here to read more about the current national restrictions >> 

You need to stay at home and, as much as possible, isolate yourself from others if you have any symptoms of being ill, such as (but not exclusively) a runny nose, headaches, a sore throat or other influenza-like symptoms. This also apply to members of your family or others you might have been in contact with before the symptoms occurred. 

You can help shop owners, staff and others by: 

Paying extra attention to any information posted at entrances or other places in restaurants, bars, shops or other facilities, such as the maximum number of people that are allowed on the premises at any given time. Sometimes, additional special measures have been implemented, that you need to respect. One such example is that you might need to pick up a shopping basket (regardless of whether you need one or not) before you enter a store so that the staff may be able to count how many visitors are on the premises at any given time. If you are unsure if there’s anything you need to pay special attention to, please contact the staff.

Restaurants & Bars

  • Food and drinks are to be served to seated guests only. Guests may be allowed to order and collect their own food if this can be done without causing a scrum. All guests and personel need to be able to keep at least one meter’s distance from each other.
  • Visitors should be able to keep a distance of at least one meter to other visitors and staff while seated or standing.
  • A maximum of four people are allowed to be seated at each table. This also applies to small children. If a company of more than four visits a restaurant, they will be divided and seated at different tables.
  • The distance between tables is required to be at least one meter.
  • Visitors need to be able to wash or disinfect their hands on the premises.
  • Visitors need to be informed about how to decrease the risk of spreading the virus when visiting an establishment, such as by posted signs at the entrance and at the tables. 
  • Alcoholic beverages can be served until 22.00 CET.
  • Restaurants and bars ned to close no later than 22.30 CET.

Private Social Gatherings  

  • At private parties and gatherings in rented facilities such as club houses, the maximum number of participants allowed is eight.
  • Up to 20 participants are allowed at funerals

Accommodation 

The basic rule is that you should only stay with people you normally spend time with, such as your immediate family. 

Gyms, Sport Facilities, Bath Houses & Shops/Stores

  • Each facility providing activities such as training, swimming, shopping and other are obliged to calculate the maximum number of people that can be on the premises simultaneously.
  • Each person on the premises should have at least ten square meters at their disposal.
  • It is a requirement that visitors have access to water and soap or to hand disinfectant.
  • Only one person per company/party is allowed to enter a shop in order to reduce the number of people inside. Children are excepted from this rule.

Face Masks on Public Transportation

Face masks should be worn in public transports between the hours of 07.00 and 09.00 CET and 16.00 and 18.00 CET. Face masks should also be worn if seat booking is not available.

Find out more about the national restrictions here >>


 

Testing for Covid-19

Anyone who are showing influenza-like symptoms or symptoms of a cold need to be tested, independent of whether the person is a Swedish citizen or not. If you are experiencing symptoms you should stay at home and stay away from others to prevent spreading the disease. Read more about the general guidelines issued by the Swedish Public Health Agency here >>

Persons with symptoms consistent with the coronavirus or symptoms of a cold cannot visit the Health Care Centre without calling in advance. Call the local Health Centre at +46-647-166 00. You also need to call to book a covid-19 test in advance.

Non-Swedish citizens can also call the National Health Service at +46 771-11 77 00 for instructions and additional help. Click here for more tips and information about the coronavirus >> 

In Åre village, there are a number of test stations for covid-19. Learn where to find the test stations when you book your appointment. There’s also a test station in Järpen, next to the Health Care Centre there >>

Different types of Covid-19 Tests 

Find out more about testing for covid-19 here >> 

 

PCR- & Antigen Testing

A so called PCR-test is used to decide whether a person is currently infected with the coronavirus. It cannot decide whether you have developed antibodies after the infection is over. The PCR-test is the most commonly used for testing for ongoing infections.

An antigen test is a quick test which is used to decide whether a person is carrying the coronavirus. It is mostly recommended for persons displaying symptoms.

Testing for Antibodies

Antibody-testing can decide whether a person who has suffered from covid-19 has formed antibodies. This test can only be performed two to three weeks after a person has become ill. These tests are regulated locally. If you have been free from symptoms for at least 14 days you can book an antibody-test via the Jämtland/Härjedalen Region. Antibody testing is performed by Vaccina in Jämtland/Härjedalen. Visit their website (in Swedish only) >>

PCR-testing for Travel Certificates

Anyone who suspect they have been infected with the coronavirus need to be tested independent of whether the person is a Swedish citizen or not. For more information about how this is done, see above  (Testing for Covid-19). If you are experiencing corona-related symptoms you should stay at home and stay away from others to prevent spreading of the disease. Read more about the general guidelines issued by the Swedish Public Health Agency here >>  

The public health care system does not provide PCR-testing for travel certificates in Åre. Instead, you need to contact a private health care provider to receive a travel certificate.

Veronicare in Östersund provides PCR-tests for SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) health certificates for private or work-related travels abroad for Swedish and non-Swedish citizens. They also provide antigen tests for covid-19. You may be able to book your test with Veronicare on site in Åre. Please contact Veronicare for more information.

In July 2021, Vaccina will be on site in Åre to provide antigen testing for travel certificates. Book and pay via their website.

Self-tests for ongoing infections and antigens can be provided via the pharmacy. Find your local pharmacy in Åre here.

 


Åre Health Care Centre

Åre Health Care Centre is usually open for drop-in every day of the week during the winter season. The centre offers orthopaedic and first response emergency medical care.

Persons with symptoms consistent with the coronavirus or symptoms of a cold cannot visit the Health Care Centre without calling in advance. Call the local Health Centre at +46-647-166 00. Click the link below to read more about opening hours and more.

Click here to visit their website >>


Important links for further reading

krisinformation.se (Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities)

1177 Vårdguiden – information about the corona pandemic (National Health Care Advisory Service)

1177 Vårdguiden – general information for foreign citizens (National Health Care Advisory Service)

SkiStar (Ski Arena Operator)

Åre Hälsocentral (in Swedish only)

Folkhälsomyndigheten (Sweden’s Public Health Agency)

Utrikesdepartementet (Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Sweden Abroad (Sweden’s Embassies and Consulates)


Tips

Check the Cancellation Protection Before You Book

Before you book your trip, accommodation and activities, make sure to check which cancellation rules apply. Many businesses offer more generous cancellation rules this year, due to the pandemic, but it is important for you to know what applies. Check with the business so that you know their rules and also which level of protection your insurance offers. It might be a good idea to purchase extra cancellation protection in case you, or your travel companion(s) become ill before you go.

Follow the Rules

When we’re on vacation we relax and often do things a bit different from what we do back home. Right now, however, it is important to precent spreading the Coronavirus, by mutual efforts. So remember to follow the restrictions, keep your distance and follow any local recommendations/restrictions that might be in effect, while you’re enjoying your time in Åre.

Avoid a Crowded Vacation

Do you wish to avoid crowding during your vacation? Here are some tips on how to experience Åre in an alternative but safe way, by making use of offers of takeaway, personal shopping and more: Experience Åre in a Safe Way

Travel During Less-Booked Periods

Some weeks are more popular than others and therefore the village is more crowded during said periods. It might be a good idea to find a time to go when less people are in Åre. Check with the accommodation of your choice. They will be able to inform you about when there’s less pressure.

Know What to do if You Get Sick

  • Make sure to take a test before you go on your holiday to reduce the risk spreading the virus. If you get sick when on site, the same rules apply as when you get sick at home (isolate yourself and take a test).
  • Do not drop in at the Health Care Center before speaking to them. Call the center at +46-647-166 00 for more information.
  • Make sure to inform the people responsible for your accommodation that you have become ill so that they can take any necessary precautions to avoid spreading the virus. Plan ahead for what to do on site if anyone in your travel party should get ill during your stay.

Keep an Eye Out for Local Rules and Recommendations

Make sure to check for signs and instructions that might have been posted by local businesses. An example might be that all customers need to bring a shopping basket with them inside so that the staff can keep count of the number of people on the premises.

Last updated 23 June 2021

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