Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sweden Lifts Entry Ban For Citizens of Israel

Citizens of Israel will be permitted to visit Sweden, despite the current entry ban imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19, as the latter’s authorities have decided to exclude Israel from the list of countries subject to this decision.

“There are several exemptions to the entry ban, one of which applies to residents of certain specified non-EU countries. As a result of today’s decision, residents of Israel are exempted from the entry ban,” Sweden’s Ministry of Justice has announced through a statement, reports.

However, Israelis are still required to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test when entering Sweden. The recent amendments will be put in place on May 17.

On March 19, Sweden’s government introduced a temporary ban on entry for citizens from countries abroad, which was initially set to be applied for 30 days. Still, the authorities foresaw it necessary to extend the ban until the end of this month.

The Ministry of Justice has stressed that the Coronavirus is an emergency of international concern that requires cooperation and coordinated responses in the cross-border points.

“It is important that we coordinate action in the EU to ease entry restrictions in the best way possible as the epidemiological situation improves. Today’s decision is in line with the Council’s latest recommendation to the EU Member States,” the statement reads.

Last month, authorities in Sweden announced that they decided to extend their advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the European Union, European Economic Area, and the United Kingdom until May 31, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sweden is the 27th most affected country by the virus, with over 1,037,120 infection cases and 14,275 deaths, according to Worldometers’ figures.

The same source reveals that a total of 878,189 have fully recovered from the disease. Still, there are more than 144,660 active cases reported. Despite these figures, the country is seeking safe ways to permit more travellers to enter the country this year.

Israel’s citizens will have more options when planning to travel abroad this summer, as earlier today, Italy’s Health Ministry announced that it would permit Israelis to enter its territory, quarantine-free, from May 16, if they have been vaccinated against the virus.

Sweden’s government did not tighten its border controls just due to the COVID-19 situation but also to protect its citizens’ lives from any terrorist attack.

Last month, authorities in the country stressed that they decided to prolong internal border controls until November 11, 2021, in an effort to enhance national security.

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