Vacationers from outdoors the EU hoping to go to Sweden this summer season will probably be upset following the announcement that the nation’s entry ban will be extended to August 31.
Previous exemptions proceed to use. Which means vacationers from low-risk nations together with Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand can enter Sweden, as can individuals with pressing household journey wants. Nonetheless, all vacationers exempt from the ban should nonetheless current a unfavorable Covid-19 check taken not more than 48 hours earlier than arrival.
British vacationers ought to observe that the non-EU/EEA journey ban additionally applies to journey from the UK.
Nordic vacationers welcome
The information is a lot better for residents of Sweden’s Nordic neighbors. Vacationers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway can enter Sweden with out presenting a unfavorable Covid-19 check from Could 31.
“Sweden was the final to introduce journey restrictions in opposition to our Nordic neighbors and now we’re the primary to take away them. Once we open up for journey, we prioritize the Nordic area,” mentioned Swedish inside minister Mikael Damberg on the press convention saying the adjustments.
Whether or not the entry guidelines will probably be reciprocated by the opposite nations stays to be seen. At the moment, vacationers from Sweden face travel restrictions throughout a lot of the Nordic area together with a quarantine period in Norway. Such restrictions on the return journey will seemingly delay mass tourism into Sweden in the intervening time.
Sweden nonetheless battling in opposition to the coronavirus
Demand for worldwide tourism to Sweden additionally stays unsure as Sweden was hit arduous by a 3rd wave, recording one of many highest charges of coronavirus infections in Europe only a few weeks in the past.
On the time of writing, 14,451 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Sweden, a quantity many occasions greater than all the opposite Nordic nations mixed.
Regardless of the scenario, Damberg is optimistic a few reciprocal settlement: “I do know they wish to open up when potential. We’ve got had a better unfold of an infection and that’s an argument for having more durable guidelines. We respect that the Nordic nations make their very own selections.”
EU selections anticipated
Vacationers from different EU/EEA nations are additionally permitted to enter Sweden, however the requirement to current a unfavorable Covid-19 check not more than 48 hours outdated stays in place through June. Nonetheless, the advice to get examined once more upon arrival and self-isolate from seven days is relaxed from June 1.
Proof of full vaccination just isn’t accepted within the place of a unfavorable check end result, though that is anticipated to alter when the EU introduces its vaccination certificates in June.