From next Monday, October 11, Sweden will allow entry to travelers from the UK who arrive in its territory for non-essential purposes, given that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The decision was announced on Thursday, October 11, and will also eliminate the requirement to be tested for COVID-19 for vaccinated British travelers.
“Today the government adopted amendments to the temporary ban on entering Sweden. The changes indicate that travelers who can present a UK-issued vaccine certificate will be exempted from the ban on entry to Sweden and COVID-19 testing requirements,” the Swedish Ministry of Justice notes in a press release issued yesterday.
The same also shows that since March 19, 2020, travelers from third countries have been barred from entering the country, including UK nationals here, since December 31, 2020, when the country officially left the European Union, and Britons became third country nationals to member states.
The entry ban prevents travelers from entering Swedish territory, except in cases where their purpose of travel falls within one of the categories excluded from the entry ban.
While most third countries remain subject to this ban, British travelers who have been vaccinated will not return from next Monday.
The press release notes that “today’s government decision means that people traveling to Sweden who can present a UK-issued vaccination certificate are exempt from entry bans and testing requirements.”
Until now, vaccinated UK travelers were eligible for unrestricted entry only for essential purposes. Those who had not been vaccinated and who were also traveling for essential purposes were required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
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On September 24, TheSchengen.com reported that vaccinated travelers from seven third countries will be able to travel to Sweden from September 27 under the same conditions as EU citizens. These countries are Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama.
The decision followed a recommendation by the European Union Commission for member states to recognize vaccination passports for these countries. As a result, holders of vaccination passports issued by any of these seven third countries are no longer subject to quarantine and on-arrival testing requirements.
Although Sweden had a more relaxed approach to restrictions imposed on the coronavirus pandemic at the start of the outbreak in the spring of 2020, it is so far one of the European Union countries with stricter entry restrictions. While countries such as Germany and France already allow entry to vaccinated travelers from the majority of third countries, Sweden has yet to take such a step.
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