Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Sweden Prolongs Advice Against Non-Essential Travel – Abolishes Advice Against Travel to Several Countries

The Swedish authorities have once again extended the advice against non-essential travel introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The decision establishes that unnecessary travel to countries outside the European Union, European Economic Area, and the UK will be extended until July 1.

Nonetheless, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has noted that in many countries, the COVID-19 situation has improved, and for this reason, more countries will be removed from the list. Thus, as of June 1, the advice against travel to several countries will be lifted, in line with the EU’s list of countries against which entry restrictions should no longer apply.

The list of countries to which Swedish citizens are permitted to travel to includes Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

“The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will continue to follow the EU’s exemption list and lift restrictions for countries added to the list or introduce restrictions if countries are removed from the list,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Sweden has previously removed the countries mentioned above from the non-EU entry ban list, meaning that all arrivals from these countries were allowed entry. However, it is the first time that Sweden adds other countries to the list of exempted countries that Swedish citizens are allowed to travel to, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Moreover, all countries in the EU, EEA, and Schengen Area, including the UK as well, have already been permitted entry to Sweden. Nonetheless, the authorities do not encourage non-essential travel from Sweden to these countries.

Sweden has also allowed entry into the country to Israeli citizens after considering the low COVID-19 infection rate in the latter.

The Ministry pointed out that travel to countries that have been removed from the list still needs to be very cautious as the pandemic continues to affect travel not only in Sweden but all over the world.

Taking this into account, it is suggested that everyone planning to travel abroad should be informed of the national entry rules of the destination country, plan their trip vigilantly, and make sure that they have valid travel insurance.

In relation to travelling safely, the Ministry said that “a great deal of personal responsibility lies with the individual traveller” as the pandemic is continuing to affect travel conditions all over the world.

Previously, the Government of Sweden decided to extend the country’s internal border controls until November 2021 in an effort to provide better national security and protect public health.

Based on Worldometers’ figures, up to this date, Sweden has registered 1,058,341 COVID-19 cases, 14,366 deaths, and 933,940 persons have recovered from the virus.



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