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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.

The Importance of Implementing Personal Responsibility

Our guests are very important to our destination and now we ask for your help. We ask that everyone takes the concept of personal responsibility seriously and follow any restrictions and recommendations in effect. Find out more  about what this entails below. Protect each other and protect our village! 

The following general recommendations are still in effect:

  • Keep your distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly and use hand disinfectant when necessary.
  • Uphold safety measures when meeting with people outside of our personal circuit. 
  • Avoid crowding.
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing symptoms. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of covid-19, make sure to test yourself. 

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


Traveling to and from Sweden

If you are a Swedish citizen

  • If you’ve traveled from outside of the Nordic countries, the Swedish Health Agency recommends taking a PCR-test when you arrive in Sweden, regardless if you are experiencing symptoms or not. This recommendation does not apply if you are fully vaccinated or if you have had covid-19 some time during the last six months.
  • If you are traveling to Sweden from countries that the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advise against traveling in/to, you are recommended to take a covid-19 test at arrival and again, five days after your arrival to Sweden. You are also recommended to isolate yourself after arriving in Sweden, for one week.
  • All rules and recommendations also apply to foreign citizens registered in Sweden, or who live in Sweden with a valid residence permit, right of residence or residence status.

Read more about traveling to and from Sweden here >>

Starting from July 1, 2021, fully vaccinated people can download a covid pass that proves that they are vaccinated. Read more about the Covid Pass here >>

If you are a citizen of another country

From July 1, 2021, you can acquire a Covid Pass that proves that you are fully vaccinated. It also means that traveling to Sweden without a vaccination certificate or a certificate that shows that you have been tested or that you have recovered from Covid-19. These rules apply to those who travel to Sweden from EU/EES countries, excluding Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. 

You can only acquire a Covid Pass if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more about traveling to and from Sweden here >>

If you are a foreign citizen, traveling to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EES

  • All non-necessary travels are prohibited. Persons that can prove they need to travel to or perform necessary functions in Sweden may be excepted from this rule.
  • A number of countries are excepted from the rules described above. See more here >>
  • Foreign citizens can travel to Sweden no earlier than 14 days after receiving the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine from EU/EES countries. 
  • Citizens of countries outside the EU/EES can travel to Sweden from EU/EES countries if they can provide a certificate showing they have tested negative for Covid-19. The test can be no older than 72 hours.

Visit the following websites 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)


Safety Precautions & Rules in the Biking Area

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.
  • Everyone needs to keep their distance while queuing for the lifts. The distance should be, at least, the equivalent of one bike.
  • The lifts will run att full capacity to reduce crowding and queuing
  • If you are having symptoms of a cold or stomach issues you need to stay at home until you are symptom free or until you are allowed to break quarantine.

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


National Restrictions in Place (July 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 >> 

Restaurants & Bars

  • From 1 July 2021, restaurants and bars can decide their own opening hours. 
  • There are no longer any restrictions concerning how many people that can sit together outside. 
  • A maximum of eight people can sit together inside restaurants and bars. 
  • All guests are to be served while seated only.  
  • Guests need to be able to keep a distance of at least one meter from each other. 
  • Tables are to be placed with at least one meter’s distance.

Social Gatherings  

  • At private parties and gatherings in rented facilities such as club houses, the maximum number of participants allowed is fifty.
  • Conferences and working trips are allowed and need to be carried out in accordance with current restrictions.
  • At public gatherings, more people can attend as of July 1 2021. The number of people allowed depends on whether the event takes place in – or outside and whether the attendants are seated or not. 

Indoors: 50
Indoors, seated: 300
Outdoors: 600
Outdoors, seated: 3000

Restrictions phased out from July 15 2021

  • Any restrictions regarding the number of passengers for long-distance public transportations are no longer in effect.
  • The rules concerning the number of people allowed on a given number of square meters (indoor and outdoor) are no longer in effect.
  • The municipalities’ rights to prohibit visitors in certain places are no longer valid.

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 >>

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


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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

 


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.

Avoid a Crowded Vacation

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.

Last updated 25 August 2021

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