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Sweden Permits Entry for Vaccinated Salvadorans, Bans Travellers From Jordan

From December 14, next Tuesday, fully vaccinated travelers from El Salvador will be eligible to enter Sweden without being subject to entry restrictions such as COVID-19 testing and quarantine, even for non-essential purposes such as tourism.

The Swedish government made the decision today, having made the same amendments to the temporary ban on entry to Sweden.

The Swedish Ministry of Justice noted in a press release that the move to allow unrestricted entry for Salvadorans follows the European Commission’s decision to recognize vaccination certificates issued by this country as equal to those issued by EU member states.

“According to the decision of the European Commission, vaccination certificates issued in El Salvador should be considered equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate, which means that these certificates can be verified and verified in the same way and using the same technical systems as the EU digital COVID certificate,” the ministry explains.

To date, Sweden recognizes certificates issued by the following countries and thus allows unrestricted entry to their holders: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia , Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States or Vatican City.

At the same time, Sweden raised Jordan from its list of third countries that are safe from an epidemiological point of view. This means that travelers from Jordan can no longer enter the country, except for absolutely necessary purposes.

This decision was also taken in accordance with the EU Council’s recommendation on travel to the EU from third countries, based on information from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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“In practice, this means that the entry ban will be reinstated for people residing in Jordan. However, other exemptions from the entry ban will still apply to people residing in Jordan,” the ministry notes.

Exempt from the ban on entry into the European Economic Area and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, citizens of Vatican City, those with long-term residence in Sweden or another EU member state, or those with a Swedish residence permit or permit issued by a region Other economic state, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City, as well as those who have a national visa for Sweden or a national visa in another country in the European Economic Area, Switzerland and European small states, valid for more than three months.

Likewise, the excluded are those who arrive in the country for essential purposes such as people with important family reasons, those in transit, border workers, students, transport sector employees, seasonal workers in forestry sector, agriculture and horticulture, health care workers, etc. .

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