The Swedish Ministry of Justice announced, starting next Tuesday, October 19, that travelers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain can enter Sweden without restrictions, regardless of their vaccination status.
The ministry explained, in a press statement issued on Friday, October 15, that the decision was taken in compliance with the recent recommendation of the Council of the European Union for the member states of the European Union to cancel the ban on entry to these two countries.
The council added these two third countries to its list of epidemiologically safe third countries on October 8, after both reported a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases.
WHO data shows that the rate of newly reported cases in the past seven days per 100,000 population for all of Bahrain is 23.74 and 9.05 for the United Arab Emirates. Since the beginning of the outbreak of the Corona virus epidemic, the UAE, with a population of 9.89 million, has recorded 738,268 cases, while Bahrain, with a population of 1.702 million people, has recorded 275,862 cases of Covid-19.
“As a result of today’s decision, residents of Bahrain and the UAE have been exempted from the entry ban simply because they reside there. The ministry clarified that other exemptions from the entry ban will continue to apply to residents of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
It also notes that despite being exempted from the entry ban, travelers from the UAE and Bahrain must still show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result when entering Sweden.
Sweden first announced a travel ban from outside the region on March 19, 2020. The ban was initially supposed to last 30 days, but has been continuously extended due to the COVID-19 situation.
The current ban is set to expire on October 31.
At the beginning of this month, on October 1, TheSchengen.com reported that authorities in Sweden had added Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda to the list of countries through which travelers can enter without restrictions.
At the same time, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been removed from the list, meaning that travelers from these two countries can now only enter Sweden if they fall under one of the categories excluded from the entry ban.
Later, from October 11, British citizens who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 were allowed to enter Sweden without restrictions for non-essential purposes.
The country is currently in the process of reopening its doors to travel after the majority of its adult population has been vaccinated. Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that 85.2 percent of the adult population in Sweden has received at least the first dose of the COVID-9 vaccine, while 80.8 percent of the adult population has already been fully vaccinated.
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