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Coronavirus – Information for Minor Field Studies

The information on this webpage is for current MFS scholarship holders, with regards to the coronavirus situation.

For information in Swedish, click here. 

Stockholm University's information for students and staff about the coronavirus can be found here: Information for students and staff about the coronavirus 

As of the 1 of October 2021 The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs no longer advises against non-essential travel to the majority of countries outside of EU/EEA and the Schengen area. Follow the updates on the following link to the Swedish Foreign Ministry website (in Swedish): regeringen.se/artiklar/2020/03/fragor-och-svar-infor-utlandsresa-under-coronapandemin/
 

The MFS scholarship is not granted to a country or a region if the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) advise against travel. The level of safety can quickly change in different countries and regions and it is the duty of the Foreign Ministry to make sure citizens are informed about of the risks of travelling to dangerous areas. 

An MFS-study cannot be undertaken when the Foreign Ministry advise against the below travel: 

  • “dissuasion from non-necessary travels to the country”
  • “all travels to the country”
  • “all Swedes to leave a country / part of the country”

Note: If the dissuasion from “non-necessary travels” and “all travels” is only applicable to one specific part of the country (a region), students may still carry out his/her field study in a secure area of the country as long as the dangerous areas are avoided also when travelling to or from the main destination. 

Note: If the advice against travel is introduced, or changed, after departure and includes a dissuasion from “non-necessary travels”, the University shall, in consultation with the relevant foreign authorities and students, decide whether it is appropriate to stay in the country or return to Sweden.

Note: If the advice against travel is introduced, or changed, after departure and includes a dissuasion from “all travels”, the students need to leave the country and return to Sweden within 30 days.

Note: If the advice against travel is introduced, or changed, after departure and “urges to leave the country / part of the country”, the University must ensure that the student immediately follows the dissuasion and leaves the country / part of the country.

Should the Foreign Ministry dissuade from travelling when you have already arrived in the host country, you do not need to meet the MFS conditions of spending 8 weeks in the field. This is specified in the MFS general terms (see the heading “What is MFS” on this link Minor Field Studies).

IMPORTANT: Even if a travel dissuasion has not been issued by the Foreign Ministry, Stockholm University should always secure that the personal safety and health of the student, and of persons concerned in the host country, is not at risk during the period of the Minor Field Study. 

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