Swedish authorities have announced that travelers from Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama will be able to travel to Sweden under the same rules as citizens of EU countries since Sweden decided to recognize their vaccination passports.
The Swedish Ministry of Justice announced the decision yesterday, and it will come into effect from Monday, September 27, TheSchengen.com reports.
The government decided to make changes to the temporary entry ban into Sweden. The changes mean that additional people who can present vaccination certificates issued in some designated countries and regions are exempt from entry bans and testing requirements,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
According to a press release from the ministry, once the new rules come into effect, people coming from one of the above seven countries will not be subject to a COVID-19 test rule before entering the territory of Sweden provided that they have a valid vaccination certificate.
Regardless, from Monday, travelers from these areas will not be required to follow quarantine rules after entering the country.
However, in order to bypass the entry procedures, travelers from these areas must hold a vaccination certificate indicating that its holder has been immunized with one of the vaccine doses recognized in Sweden.
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Additionally, for those who have recovered from COVID-19 illness, their testimony must show that no more than 180 days have passed since they were last tested positive.
In line with the European Commission decision, vaccination certificates issued by the authorities of Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, Morocco and Panama are now equivalent to those issued by member states, meaning that countries have officially joined the EU COVID-19 digital certificate programme.
“As a result, the seven countries and territories will be linked to the EU system, and the COVID certificates they issue in the EU will be accepted under the same terms as the EU’s digital COVID certificates,” the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement noted in the negotiations.
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In addition, besides the seven countries in which COVID-19 will soon be recognized upon entry to Sweden, the authorities have announced that additional countries, including the United Kingdom, are awaiting the commission’s decision, which means that more vaccination certificates may be recognized.