The Swedish Companies and Travel Organization (SRF) announced that booking numbers had increased by 80 per cent compared to last week. The increase came on the heels of the State Department’s decision to end the travel advice effective October 1.
The restriction has been in effect since March 14, 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the Secretary General of the Sudan Revolutionary Front, Diederik von Seth, a sharp increase in bookings was observed immediately after the announcement of the cancellation of the travel advice from next month.
“The increase in bookings this past weekend was more than 80 per cent compared to last week and the focus is on travel a little further away. The Minister noted that the Maldives, for example, is showing a 250 per cent increase in one of our members.
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During the pandemic, due to entry and travel restrictions, booking numbers have hit rock bottom. Statistics from Statistics Sweden show that the travel sector is the hardest hit, with declines of up to 90 per cent.
The industry hopes that the upcoming winter season will begin to return to somewhat normal levels in a number of destinations. Travel is important to jobs, growth and prosperity in many countries, including Sweden.”
According to Statista, tourism in Sweden is expected to increase the country’s GDP to 603 billion kunors by 2028.
However, the easing of entry restrictions, and thus the termination of travel advice, was also possible due to the successful vaccination campaigns carried out across Europe and other countries.
Previously, Sweden decided to allow entry to travelers from seven third countries, provided they could show vaccination passports. This means that vaccination passports issued in Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco and Panama have been recognized by the Swedish authorities, and therefore those coming from these countries can enter Sweden without the need for quarantine or testing on arrival.
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According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 15,313,485 doses were administered to Sweden, of which 13,547,906 or 88.4 percent were given to the population.
Furthermore, about 84.3% of Sweden’s population received their first COVID vaccine, while 77.8% were fully vaccinated against the virus.
Since January 2020, 14,821 people in Sweden have lost their lives due to the repercussions of COVID-19, while 1,143,407 positive cases have been recorded, data from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals.