Are you a visiting student? - Don't forget your Health Clearance

If you are attending placement on a healthcare programme within Stockholm County Council (Region Stockholm), or services that have an agreement with Stockholm County Council a Health Clearance will be required. The purpose of the Health Clearance is to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare work. The form should be completed and signed by a licensed physician and can be downloaded from this page.

Please make sure to read the information below before completing the form.

Tuberculosis (TB)

All students must undergo TB risk assessment and symptom screen. If you have symptoms of TB a referral to an infection clinic for diagnosis and treatment is required before a health clearance can be issued. If you, during the past 5 years lived in a country outside of Western Europe/North America/Australia for more than 3 months and/or if you have been exposed to tuberculosis from a family member or other close contact a TST (PPD) or IGRA (QuantiFERON) test performed within the past 6 months is required.

In case of a positive TB test (or prior diagnosis or treatment for TB/LTBI) a follow-up chest x-ray is required.

It is advisable for you to do the TB screening at least 12 weeks prior to your departure for Sweden, as symptoms of TB, positive test result and/or chest x-ray findings that are suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis require further investigation.

Please note that no restrictions apply to students with latent tuberculosis (LTBI).

For more detailed information read “Health Clearance Instructions” below.

Immunization coverage

It is highly recommended, however not mandatory, for you to be vaccinated (if not immune) against:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Measles
  • Diphtheria

Vaccination against Covid-19 is also recommended. Please note that there may apply restrictions for certain placements if not vaccinated against Covid-19.

MRSA screening

A MRSA screening test is recommended.

A new test will be done upon your arrival at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, , if applicable to you. Please visit https://education.ki.se/mrsa-screening for more information.  

Please note that wounds, eczema and damaged skin are risk factors for the spread of infections and ought to be treated before your departure to Sweden.

Upon arrival to Sweden

You do not need to visit The Student Health Centre for further clearance and can proceed directly to your clinic of placement if you fulfill all the following three criteria:

• Not obliged to undergo MRSA screening.

• Cleared from TB risk and no screening with TB-test has been done according to the instructions above.

• No prior treatment for TB or prior LTBI- (latent tuberculosis)-diagnosis.

If you do not fulfill all the criteria above, please bring your signed health clearance (original copy) with you to your drop-in appointment at The Student Health Centre.

For drop-in hour visit https://education.ki.se/mrsa-screening

Or contact us for further inquiries.

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