Friday, June 25, 2021

Sweden Extends Advice Against Non-Essential Travel – Announces Additional Exemptions

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the country will extend its advice against non-essential travel to most countries until September 1.

Consequently, this means that citizens of Sweden are advised to avoid travel to countries against which the advice has not been lifted yet.

“The international situation is still uncertain and rapidly changing. The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. For this reason, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to extend the advice against non-essential travel due to the pandemic. The decision remains in effect until September 1, 2021,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Simultaneously, the same Ministry decided to remove the advice against travel to countries and regions that have recently been added to the European Union’s white list of countries. Thus, since June 24, non-essential travel for Swedish citizens will be advised only to the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Lebanon
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • The United States
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Taiwan

Through a press release, the Ministry noted that the country would continue to abolish the advice against travel for additional countries as soon as they are added to the EU’s exemption list, reports.

In previous decisions, the Ministry lifted the advice against non-essential travel to another 43 countries:

European countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the Vatican City State

Non-European countries: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom

“The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is working with a view to transitioning to a system in which pandemic-related decisions to advise against travel are strictly reserved for especially vulnerable countries/administrative regions,” the Ministry added.

Based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), until now, Sweden has registered 1,088,518 Coronavirus infection cases and 14,616 deaths.

As of June 25, the country has administered around 7,229,002 COVID-19 vaccine doses with a rate of 71,990 doses per day during the last week. According to these numbers, 438 per cent of the entire population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, whereas 26.5 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

Previously, the Swedish authorities announced that travellers from the EU/EEA who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test result, a vaccination certificate, or a certificate proving previous recovery from the virus will not be allowed to enter the country. Such an entry ban will remain in place until August 31.

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