FAQ REGARDING COVID-19 IN ARJEPLOG & ARVIDSJAUR

2022-01-19 09:48

FAQ REGARDING COVID-19 IN ARJEPLOG & ARVIDSJAUR

IN GENERAL

 

Do I have to present a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter Sweden?

Yes. All foreign travelers, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or have recovered, who are 12 years of age or older must be able to present a certificate at the border showing that they tested negative. A maximum of 48 hours must have passed between the time of sampling and the border crossing.

The following types of tests for COVID-19 are approved: PCR/NAAT and Antigen.


Antigen tests are available in the form of rapid tests for ongoing COVID-19 infection and are usually the tests called rapid tests. However, self-tests are not accepted, as the test must be analyzed by a laboratory and the test certificate must be issued by an authorized laboratory.)

 

The following information must be provided on the certificate for it to be valid: name and date of birth of the person tested, the date and time of sampling, disease or infectious agent, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants) the type of test used. The negative test result. The name and address of the certifying authority or laboratory that carried out the test. The certificate must be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French. Translations are not accepted.

 

All residents are also advised to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arrival in Sweden. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and even if COVID-19 has been had in the last six months. The recommendation also applies to those who have presented a negative test in connection with entry. Children under the age of 12 are exempt.

 

ARVIDSJAUR AIRPORT

 

Air traffic:

Nordica flies regular services from December, double trips Monday-Friday and single-hours Sunday.

This is valid until further notice. Timetables are available.


Nordica flies the ATR72 (turbo propeller aircraft) until April, and from May 1 it will be jet again. Nordica is an interliner with SAS, which makes it easier for those who fly on to/from Arlanda.


Charter services are offered and have mostly accepted separation in slots, as last year. This means a better flow of passengers both outside and through the terminal.

 

Service in terminal:

The restaurant on the 1st floor will be open on charter days. Restrictions and recommendations will be followed. Face masks are recommended, which can be taken off when seated or during meals

The bar/café at the gate will be closed all season.

The opening hours of the shops are still uncertain (souvenir and meat/fish)

 


These are the general routines right now:

Arriving and departing passengers are separated, there are different entrances. Signs and stickers urge to keep distance. Clear delimited aisles for the areas that create queues so that distances can be kept, e.g. at check-in and security check.

At the Airport, recommendation applies but on board it is a requirement with face mask for both staff and passengers.

 

Arvidsjaur Airport will follow the authorities' recommendations, which means that these rules of conduct may be changed at short notice.

 

TRANSFERS TO/FROM THE AIRPORT


What measures are the bus companies taking?

They will help you as a traveler to keep your distance and avoid congestion. You should also not travel if you are sick or have symptoms. Adults are advised to wear face masks if congestion cannot be avoided. Also the transport companies will adapt to the wishes of customers, so it is up to each individual company/customer to describe requirements and needs so that the bus and taxi companies can adapt accordingly.

ACCOMMODATION

 

Is there a mandatory quarantine requirement after arriving in Sweden?

No, there is no law/rule requiring travellers to self-isolate after arrival. However, all travelers are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arriving in Sweden, preferably on the same day.

 

While waiting for your test result, you should be especially careful and keep your distance from other people, especially avoiding close contact with people at risk and people aged 70 and over. Pay special attention to symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from arrival in Sweden.

 

Is there the possibility of care in the hotels if someone is sick and tested positive for COVID-19? 

Yes there is, each facility has an action plan in place to handle a situation where a guest needs to stay in their room. Extra rooms/cabins are prepared for this eventuality with catering possibilities from the restaurant.

 

Is an automatic extension of the stay due to sickness possible?
Yes, it will be possible.

 

Will the bandwidth and wifi capacity in the hotel rooms be sufficient for use as a home office?
Our hotels have different types of solutions regarding this, but according to the information we have received, it should be possible for those who are ill or for other reasons need to work from their hotel room to have internet access with satisfactory bandwidth.

 

Can increased cleaning frequency be arranged with the owners of private villas and apartments? 

The local companies responsible for private house rentals, have in collaboration with each other and local support companies developed updated cleaning procedures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

What if I have been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Meet as few people as possible in the next 7 days from when you were in contact with a person with COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people outside your own home. Refrain from all leisure activities that involve close contact with others. Work from home if you can. If you are unable to work from home, it is especially important that you try to keep a distance to other employees. Pay attention to symptoms for a total of 14 days. The likelihood of falling ill is highest during the first week after being exposed to infection, but the onset can sometimes occur up to 14 days after. Pay attention to symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay home waiting for test results.

 

What if I have met someone with confirmed COVID-19 and rent a private house?

In the agreement that the homeowners are part of when renting out their private houses, they approve to the Covid-policy that says that guests/guest will stay in the house indefinitely if they have tested positive. They will be isolated until they are symptom-free or indicate a negative test. At larger companies, they’ve arranged for isolation accommodation and the guests will be moved there.

 

What if someone in the household has confirmed COVID-19

If someone you live with gets COVID-19, you also need to stay at home. You also need to get tested even if you don't have symptoms and even if you are vaccinated.

You should stay home from work, school, preschool and other activities if you get symptoms that may be signs of a respiratory infection. Stay at home even if you received a negative test response for COVID-19. It reduces the spread of other infections.

 

The recommendation to stay at home applies to everyone, including those who are vaccinated and regardless of age. The aim is to avoid the spread of COVID-19, but also respiratory infections such as RS virus and influenza. Another aim is to protect those who are most at risk of serious illness.


CATERING

 

Measures at serving points

-All serving is done to guests who are seated. Serving over the bar is allowed if there is no crowding.

-Groups shall be limited to a maximum of 8 people, if there are more than 8 in the party, it will be divided by a maximum of 8 people/table.
-Between the parties, a distance of at least 1 metre shall be kept.

-Serving places should be closed for ingestion between 23:00 and 05:00. For restaurants with an alcohol permit, this means that the last order will be taken at 22:30 and that the premises must be emptied at 23:00.
(This is valid for four weeks to begin with, from 12 January)

 

What actions/ hygiene concepts have the restaurants planned?
They must ensure that distance can be kept. At most restaurants/hotels/serving outlets the staff use face masks. Access to hand sanitizer is ensured.

 

Who is responsible for ensuring that restaurants and shops take nessecary measures?

The company owners themselves are responsible for taking adequate actions to stop virus transmission. The municipality's environmental and health inspectors are responsible for monitoring restaurants and serving places. They have the power to shut down the activities if restaurants/serving places do not apply the necessary regulations.

 
Is there a maximum number of people allowed in shops & gyms at the same time?

Yes, at present, the number of customers should be limited so that it is safe from the point of view of infection control, this based on the size of the store/premises. (requirements of at least 10 sqm per person) The premises must be adapted so that distances can be kept and congestion avoided

 

Other measures?
Public gatherings and public events indoors. For events of more than 20 participants, only seated participants are allowed and the participants must be divided into groups of a maximum of 8 people. There should also be at least 1 meter between the parties. Exceptions are available for religious ceremonies where standing participants are allowed. For events with more than 50 participants, vaccination certificates are required in addition to other regulations.

 

Advice is added that all adults are encouraged to limit the number of close contacts indoors by refraining from larger dinners and parties as well as similar social contexts. There are also general advice to avoid congestion, keeping distance, working from home if possible and travelling at times other than rush hour.

 

Could a food truck be set up? 

Food trucks are already available in both Arjeplog and Arvidsjaur.

 

How about delivery services? 

There are local companies that can make food and sandwiches upon request and also arrange delivery. Some companies also have the possibility to arrange catering. A tip is to contact the shop/restaurant/grocery store from which you want to buy goods directly and discuss possible solutions.

 

Public gatherings and public events

At public gatherings and public events, only seated participants are allowed. (Applies to indoor venues). In addition, there are regulations regarding additional infection control measures to be taken, such as offering the possibility of hand washing and informing about how the spread of infection can be avoided.

 

HEALTHCARE

 
Are there enough COVID-19 tests available? 

Yes, there are. PCR-tests for symptomatic individuals are offered at the Health Centers in Arjeplog & Arvidsjaur. A symptom-free person can get a rapid Antigen test via Avonova Hälsa or FlyCar and Mobile Health Care Logistics. You may also contact Avonova to get a PCR test taken in Piteå.

 

Contacts to the Health care center?

Arjeplog Health center at +46 961-14801 or Arvidsjaur Health Center at +46 960-57502.
Note! - If you are sick or have symptoms, always contact the Health Centre before visiting.

 

Evenings and weekends you have to call +46 961-148 02 (Arjeplog) or +46 961-575 01 (Arvidsjaur)

And remember:
-The emergency number 112 shall be used in emergency situations.

-Mandatory to wear a face mask when visiting the Health Centers

 


How long does it take to get the test result?

PCR at the Health center takes about 2 days. For antigen it takes a couple of minutes. PCR at Avonova in Piteå, approximately 24 hours.

 

How do I get the result from my test?

Standard procedure for the Health Centers is to present the results on “My pages” at 1177 (applies to people with a Swedish personal identity number and bank ID ) while they will call foreigners if the test is positive, and send you a letter if you are negative. Therefore, it is important to provide all relevant contact information when you are being tested and also remember to bring your passport.

 

For an antigen test you get a written certificate within ten minutes (Avonova) and a digital copy.


If you have had COVID-19 in the last six months

You usually don't need to get tested again if you know you've been sick with COVID-19 in the last six months. But you should stay home as long as you are sick. In some cases, a doctor may still ask that you get tested.

 

What to do if you have tested positive?
If you have taken a sample that shows that you have COVID-19, you should stay at home until you get well, at least seven days after you experienced symptoms. This applies both if you have taken a PCR test or an antigen test (rapid test).The seven days you should stay home counts from the day you noticed your symptoms. And if you have had a fever, you should have been fever-free and in good general condition for at least 48 hours before going back to work and leisure activities.

If you have taken a sample that shows that you have COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms, the seven days you should stay home counts from the day the test was taken.

If I am sick but have taken a PCR test that shows that I do not have covid-19, negative test response?

Stay home until you are healthy. You must have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. Some respiratory symptoms may persist even after the infection.

 

Who is responsible for the contact tracing procedure?

The health centers are responsible for the contact tracing when a person has tested positive.

 

What happens in severe cases when a person needs to receive intensive care?
Those in need of intensive care will get it. 

 

Where do you get advanced/intensive care for COVID-19?
That is given at Piteå or Sunderby hospital.

Who decides who needs advanced health care?

This is determined by the staff at the health centre based on the patient's general condition, not on the basis of Covid testing.

Is there a reporting chain, if you have severe symptoms?
If COVID-19 has been detected, yes. 

What if I experience mild symptoms that passed quickly, before I had the chance to be tested?
If you experience symptoms that pass quickly and can’t be related to a known cause such as physical activity or allergy, you must still stay at home, get tested and be completely symptom-free for two days before returning to work. This is to ensure that the symptoms really were temporary.

Are there any alternatives to the public health centers if I require a faster test result, for certificates or if I want to be tested without experiencing any symptoms?

Avonova Hälsa AB, Piteåoffers Antigen testing for individuals without active symptoms. The tests are performed by trained professionals and the test result is presented directly. These tests may be used for obtaining travel certificates. Certificates are printed directly on site after testing, provided that the test is negative. In case of positive test, the Health Centre must be sought for PCR testing and infection tracing.

 

FlyCar and Mobile Health Care Logistics provides tests in Arvidsjaur and Arjeplog at:
Laponia Hotel, Arvidsjaur: Thursdags & Sundays 17:00-19:00
Arvidsjaur Airport: Mondays, Wednesdays (from 19th of Jan), Fridays 10:30-15:00.

For appointments, please call + 49 151 53937560

Arjeplog, Kraja Summer reception:  days and times upon appointment - please call

+ 49 151 53937795

 

How do I book a time for Antigen testing?
Avonova Hälsa AB, Piteå
You have to prebook the test by sending an email to patrik.berglund@avonova.se or susanne.marklund@avonova.se that includes: your passport number, date of your test, name and social security number - in the following order: year, month, day.

They will be in Arjeplog Thursdays and Sundays from 5 PM, during the period January 13th to April 3rd 2022. If there is a need for tests before or after this period, please contact Avonova directly for a discussion.

It is desirable, if possible, that each individual company/organisation appoints a contact person to handle the booking of tests for its staff.

 

Booking price SEK 1 100/person (VAT not included)

 

FlyCar and Mobile Health Care Logistics

For appointments in Arvidsjaur, please call + 49 151 53937560

For appointments in Arjeplog, please call + 49 151 53937795

 

Antigen Tests with digital certificate by QR code: 39 Euros/test

PCR Tests with results in 24hrs with digital certificate by QR code: 89 Euros/test

PCR testing without symptoms?
If you need a PCR certificate, you have to do that via Avonova Hälsa AB, in Piteå before lunchtime, the samples will be collected no later than 14.00. You will get the test result next day at 13.00. Those who need a PCR certificate must take the test on a Monday if they go back home on Wednesday, the test is valid for 72 hours so it is valid until Thursday if the sample is taken on a Monday.






How do I get in contact with:
Avonova Hälsa AB?

By sending an email to patrik.berglund@avonova.se or susanne.marklund@avonova.se

FlyCar and Mobile Health Care Logistics

Arvidsjaur, please call + 49 151 53937560

Arjeplog, please call + + 49 151 53937795

 

 

This document is compiled in co-operation between Arjeplog and Arvidsjaur municipalities, the local business organisation Argentis and the Swedish Proving Ground Association. The information is subject to change and will be updated regularly during the season. The latest version is published online on the following sites:

www.arjeplog.se

www.arvidsjaur.se

www.argentis.se

 

 

 

 

 

 


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