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Today Sweden Ends All COVID-19 Entry Restrictions for Arrivals From Other EU & Schengen Countries

Travelers from member states in Europe and the Schengen area will be able to travel freely to Sweden, where entry requirements imposed due to COVID-19 were officially lifted today.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, travelers, despite their vaccination status, can enter Sweden without being required to submit a COVID-19 test before departure or after arrival, TheSchengen.com reports.

As part of the ongoing work to phase out infection control measures against COVID-19, the government today decided to lift all restrictions on entry to Sweden from Nordic countries, EU countries and other EEA countries. The decision came after an assessment by the Swedish Public Health Agency that entry restrictions are no longer a proportionate infection control measure,” the press release stated, noting that the new measure will be in effect until March 31.

>> Sweden will cancel all entry restrictions for travelers from EU/EEA countries on February 9

However, this decision does not affect travelers from third countries, which means that they must submit a refund certificate or a negative test result made 72 hours after departure. The requirement to present a valid EU digital COVID certificate applies to all persons over 18 years of age.

Certificates of vaccination are also accepted if they are issued by the health authorities of the following countries:

Albania Andorra Armenia Cabo Verde El Salvador Faroe Islands Georgia Guernsey Isle of Man Israel Jersey Lebanon Moldova Monaco Montenegro Morocco New Zealand North Macedonia Panama San Marino Serbia Singapore Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Togo Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Vatican City

In addition, certificates of vaccination will be valid for 180 days or six months after receiving the initial course of vaccination, as decided by all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area.

Moreover, from today, Swedish citizens will no longer be obligated to respect maximum capacity or social distancing at public events where national measures have also been lifted. In addition, the requirement to wear a face mask has been abolished.

Moreover, many EU member states are entering the reopening phase today by relaxing or repealing the rules imposed for COVID-19. The Estonian government abolished the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination for participation in external events. Such a decision was made with studies showing that less than ten percent of injuries are related to outdoor events.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of positive cases in Estonia reached 47,789 in the past week. In contrast, Sweden saw an incidence rate of 128,603 infections during the same time. Half of the population of both countries has completed the initial course of vaccination. More specifically, 70.4 percent of the Swedish population is vaccinated, and 65.3 percent of Estonians are immunized with one or two vaccines.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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