Sweden extends entry ban to third countries and removes entry restrictions for arrivals from the United States
The Swedish government has announced that due to uncertainty over the COVID-19 disease and its transmission, the entry ban that was previously imposed on arrivals from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area will be extended.
Last month it was announced that the ban would only stay in place until October 31, but after reviewing the current coronavirus situation, third country arrivals will not be allowed entry until January 31, 2022. Nevertheless, the ban could be extended again after January if the situation requires it, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The entry ban into Sweden from non-EU / EEA countries will be extended until January 31, 2022. This entry ban is based on a recommendation from the Council of the European Union which is in effect indefinitely. The extension therefore complies with the recommendation ”, the Swedish Ministry of Justice statement reads.
However, the authorities stressed that the entry ban does not apply to people who fall on the exemption list. This means that all travelers with a vaccination certificate issued by a so-called ‘approved country’ are allowed to enter Sweden without being required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry.
Currently, Sweden allows entry into several third countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and Singapore, among others.
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Additionally, the same ministry announced that starting November 5, fully vaccinated travelers from the United States will be exempt from the entry ban and the testing requirement.
In view of the fact that the United States intends to allow entry of fully vaccinated travelers from all Schengen area countries from November 8, Swedish authorities have concluded that it is important that Vaccinated American travelers can also travel to Sweden more easily.
In addition, the Swedish government has also decided to remove entry restrictions for travelers arriving in the country from Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey, provided they hold a valid vaccination certificate.
Regarding arrivals from EU / EEA countries, authorities have revealed that the ban will be extended for one month until November 30.
“The restrictions should stay in place a little longer, especially since some European countries have recently seen an increase in transmission,” he added. the ministry noted.
The extension of this ban means that European travelers are required to present the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate or other equivalent document indicating that they have been vaccinated, collected or tested in order to be allowed to enter Sweden. .
Travelers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are exempt from entry restrictions.