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Sweden Prolongs Entry Ban – Recognises Vaccination Passports of 5 Third Countries

Swedish authorities have imposed an entry ban on unvaccinated arrivals from Ukraine and Singapore, as the two countries have been removed from the EU’s safe travel list.

In addition, on the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, entry restrictions will be lifted for those coming from Indonesia, reports.

However, the entry ban will not apply to fully vaccinated arrivals from Singapore and Ukraine, as both countries are connected to the EUDDC portal, meaning that vaccination certificates issued in those countries are equivalent to the EU’s COVID digital certificate.

Moreover, from November 30, the government will grant restriction-free entry to fully vaccinated arrivals from New Zealand, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Singapore, as vaccination certificates issued in these countries are recognized as valid also for the EUDCC.

According to the recently updated list of countries that are not obligated to follow the entry ban, travelers from Ukraine and Singapore will be able to skip the test requirements when entering Sweden. Otherwise, they are required to provide valid proof of vaccination to be allowed in the country.

>> Travel to Sweden: current rules and restrictions imposed due to COVID-19

The Swedish authorities have also decided to extend the temporary ban on arrivals from the EU/EEA until January 31, 2022, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. The decision comes on the heels of recent epidemiological developments in European Union member states, such as Austria, Slovakia and Portugal, which have seen high rates of coronavirus infection.

“This means that to enter Sweden from these countries, the traveler must still present an EU digital COVID certificate or a corresponding certificate showing that they have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative within 72 hours prior to arrival or recovered from COVID -19 in the past six months,” the press release explains.

>> Sweden extends internal border controls for another six months

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the total number of positive cases in Sweden is 1,194,636, of which 8,254 were reported in the past seven days. At the same time, ten deaths were reported, bringing the death toll in Sweden to 15,142.

In addition, ECDC data shows that 70.6 per cent of the population in Sweden has been partially vaccinated, while 67.8 per cent are fully immunized against the coronavirus, about 1.9 per cent more than the average vaccination rate in the EU/region countries. European economic.

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