Sweden becomes 22nd country to scrap all entry requirements
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From April 1, all international travelers will not be subject to any entry requirements to visit Sweden.
The Swedish government released a statement on Friday saying that the current ban on travelers from outside the EU/EEA (European Economic Area) will not be extended. As the ban expires on March 31, 2022, this will subsequently lift all restrictions for travelers coming to Sweden from outside the EU.
Proof of vaccination or test is no longer required since April 1
Once the new travel rules come into force, it also means that from April 1, all proof of vaccinations and Covid tests for entry will no longer be required to travel to Sweden, regardless of the country of origin. origin of the traveler.
With the restrictions currently in place, only travelers on the list of approved third countries (non-EU/EEA) can enter Sweden with a valid Covid vaccination certificate. This will no longer be the case once the ban expires at the end of the month.
Sweden another European country to drop Covid travel restrictions
This news will make Sweden the 22nd country to drop all Covid-related travel requirements. It will end two years of restrictions on international travelers to Sweden due to the pandemic, which was put in place in March 2020.
Sweden’s Justice and Home Affairs Minister, Morgan Johansson, made this statement following this week’s news: “We have already lifted the ban on entry into the EU. Now the government has decided not to extend the ban on entry from third countries. This will make it much easier for anyone who has been prevented from coming to Sweden in recent years due to the pandemic. »
We are entering a new phase of the pandemic – officials say
According to the local report, Covid-19 will no longer be classified as a public health warning from next week on April 1. The claim is that high vaccination rates combined with a lower risk of serious illness due to the latest variant of Omicron no longer make the virus a serious threat.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson expressed the same sentiment in early February when the government announced it would lift all internal restrictions for residents and travellers.
the deletion internal restrictions, including wearing a mask and vaccine passports came into force on February 9 across Sweden. In a statement, Prime Minister Andersson explained that if the pandemic is not over, “we are heading into a new phase”.
This new tone and approach to “living with the virus” is apparent in a number of countries across Europe, many of which have relaxed or completely removed all Covid-related travel restrictions in recent months. This includes the neighboring Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland.
And with more and more internal travel restrictions being lifted in countries around the world, it looks like many aspects of international travel, as we know will be back in full swing by summer 2022.
Sweden eased travel restrictions in early 2022
In January, Sweden scrapped its pre-departure testing requirement for all international travelers, including those from the United States and Canada.
Although authorities maintained the requirement for proof of vaccination for incoming international travellers, this was the first step in relaxing all entry requirements nationwide.
Summary of entry requirements for Sweden as of April 1, 2022
All travelers can enter Sweden from April 1, 2022, without any covid-related travel restrictions. Only the normal immigration processes that existed before the pandemic are in effect. This means that travelers of any nationality or country of origin can enter Sweden with
- No test before departure
- No test on arrival
- No test after arrival
- No quarantine
- No proof of vaccination
- No health forms or covid questionnaires
Destinations that removed restrictions this month
Along with the other Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Ireland, Romania, Hungary and the United Kingdom are among the list of countries that have recently eased their external and internal travel restrictions. This is however only in Europe. Earlier in March, Jordan and Curacao eliminated all entry requirements for international travellers. And the list of countries without any travel restrictions keeps growing.
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