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Sweden Shortens Vaccination Certificates’ Validity to 180 Days

Just like the other European Union countries and the Schengen area, the Swedish authorities announced that the country decided to shorten the validity of vaccination certificates.

According to the Swedish Electronic Health Agency, a certificate of vaccination is valid for 180 days in Sweden.

This means that those who received their last vaccine dose within the past 180 days are considered fully immune when entering Sweden and, therefore, do not need to follow additional entry rules.

On the other hand, people who completed the two-dose vaccination more than 180 days ago are required to get a booster dose for their viability upon arrival in Sweden, reports.

Sweden currently allows entry to all travelers from the EU/EEA for travel purposes.

Travelers arriving in Sweden from the EU/EEA are required to present an EU digital COVID certificate upon arrival. This indicates that EU/EEA travelers can provide a document proving that they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from the virus.

The requirement to present a valid EU digital COVID certificate applies to all persons over 18 years of age.

Apart from the above requirements, travelers are also required to follow the general guidelines during their stay in Sweden.

All travelers from abroad are required to follow the general guidelines and recommendations applicable in Sweden. There is currently no recommendation for asymptomatic testing. Note that there is a requirement to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate before arriving in Sweden for foreign nationals,” the Swedish Public Health Agency said in a statement.

Travelers from dozens of non-EU countries can enter Sweden for travel purposes provided they are covered by one of the exemptions.

The Swedish authorities revealed that third-country travelers who fall into certain categories are not subject to the entry ban. This means that travelers from countries outside the EU/EEA can enter Sweden under the same rules as Europeans, provided their COVID-19 certificates are recognized.

Currently, Sweden recognizes COVID-19 permits for all third countries that have been successfully linked to the EU DCC as well as those issued by countries that are part of the EU safe list.

The authorities noted that “certificates equivalent to EU Covid certificates must contain the same information except for the unique identifier.”

Previously, Sweden abolished the pre-test requirement. Since January 21, travelers arriving in Sweden are no longer required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival.

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