The Migration Agency is the only authority responsible for registering an asylum application. Asylum applications can be made at designated offices of the Migration Agency in Stockholm (Sundbyberg and Märsta), Gävle, Boden, Norrköping, Gothenburg and Malmö. If a person seeks asylum at an airport or port, they are referred to the Migration Agency.
In 2021, 11,412 preliminary applications for international protection were lodged in Sweden. This marks a decrease of 12% compared to 2020, where 12,991 applications were lodged. This is mainly due to the impact of COVID-19, as travel restrictions made it difficult to reach Sweden. Nevertheless, the possibility to apply for asylum was maintained throughout the year despite the Covid-19 situation.
In 2021, 11,419 applications were lodged in Sweden, with the majority being lodged in Stockholm (5,408), in Malmö (2,263) and in Gothenburg (2,120). 
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Source: Swedish Migration Agency, Applications for asylum received 2021, available at: https://bit.ly/2NUZ8PU.
There are no specific time limits laid down in law within which a claim must be made. In reality, however, if a late claim is made, the applicant must put forward reasons for the delay during the asylum interview, and risks having his or her credibility called into question for not having sought protection earlier.
There have been no problems reported for asylum seekers regarding the registration of their claim in practice in 2021, i.e. registration remained accessible during COVID-19.