Like many other EU member states, Sweden has also decided to reintroduce stricter entry restrictions on travelers from several third countries, including here the United States, based on a recommendation from the EU Council to do so, issued on Monday, August 30. .
When announcing the decision, the Swedish Ministry of Justice indicated in a press release that the government had agreed to reintroduce an entry ban into Sweden for visitors from the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia, effective Monday, September 6. .
“Today the government adopted amendments to the temporary ban on entry to Sweden. The amendments relate to the exemption of residents of certain non-EU countries and are in line with the recent EU Council recommendation for EU member states,” the press release explains.
It also recalls that the entry ban on non-essential travel from outside Sweden began on March 19 last year, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The ban was initially imposed for only 30 days and has been continuously extended since then, although arrivals from certain countries and certain groups are exempted from it.
On August 27, TheSchengen.com reported on Sweden’s decision to extend the entry ban for travelers from third countries for another two months, until October 31.
Later, on August 30, the Council of the European Union announced its decision to remove the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Lebanon from its list of epidemiologically safe third countries after a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 infections. Recently registered in these areas. Removal from this list means that EU member states are advised to impose stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from the countries removed.
Several countries have already enforced the recommendation, including here Italy, the Netherlands and Bulgaria.
Thus, as of September 6, only travelers arriving in Sweden for very essential purposes can enter from the United States, Israel, Lebanon and three western Balkan countries, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Primary purposes include Swedish residence permit holders, essential purpose travelers, transit travelers, healthcare workers, healthcare and medical researchers and elderly employees, etc.
The Department of Justice has confirmed that vaccinated travelers may soon be exempted from the entry ban.
“The government is now studying the possibility – taking into account the process at the EU level – to completely exempt vaccinated residents in some third countries from entry restrictions. The ministry indicated in the press release that the government intends to return to this issue at a later time.
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From September 6 onwards, apart from travelers arriving in Sweden for essential purposes, who are exempt from the entry ban are residents of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan or Ukraine.
UK nationals and their family members are also exempt as they are covered by Article 10 of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union.
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