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Denmark opens to travel from all of Sweden

Denmark will be open to travel from all of Sweden's regions from August 1st, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Denmark opens to travel from all of Sweden
An empty square in central Copenhagen, which is slowly opening to more tourists. Photo: Fredrik Hagen/NTB scanpix/TT

Sweden has met the criteria needed to be classed by Denmark as an 'open country' thanks to a low enough rate of infection, meaning that anyone may travel across the border if they can prove they have a worthy purpose.

The change was announced on Thursday but will first come into effect on Saturday August 1st.

This includes tourism, so that means permanent residents of Sweden can travel to Denmark if they can show, for example, proof of a hotel or tent pitch booking. This must be for a minimum of six nights.

Other 'worthy purposes' include work trips, transit, job interviews, studying, attending a funeral, or meeting a partner or close family member who is a resident of Denmark. For these trips there is no six-night requirement but you should bring documents that prove the purpose of your travel. More information is available from the Danish police.

Special rules still apply for border regions (Skåne and Halland), so that permanent residents of these regions can travel to Denmark regardless of purpose as long as they can prove their address.

Denmark also remains open to travel from Spain and Belgium, in contrast to Norway which made both countries 'red'. This is due to differences in how Denmark and Norway calculate the rate of infection to determine their travel criteria.

Denmark's travel criteria are updated weekly based on the rate of infection in the relevant countries, so if planning a journey it's important to check the latest information.

Another obstacle to Nordic travel was removed on July 30th as Sweden scrapped its recommendation to avoid travel to Denmark and Norway, as well as to Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Although these recommendations are not legally binding requirements, they have implications for things like travel insurance validity.

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When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

Covid-19 has not been classified as a "critical threat to society" in Sweden since April. But the Swedish Public Health Agency still recommends that everyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated. So when should you get your next dose?

When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

As winter approaches, it’s a good time to check that you’re up to date on your booster shots.

If you’re aged 12 or older, the agency recommends that you should at least have completed your primary dose of the vaccine, which comprises two shots. Because vaccine efficacy wanes over time, if you are aged 18 and above, you should have already had your third dose.

The booster dose, called a påfyllnadsdos, can be administered a minimum of four months after the primary dose or the most recent booster. A booster shot is recommended even if you have tested positive for Covid-19 since your most recent vaccination, because the protection offered by a vaccine is more reliable than that offered by an infection.

The agency has also warned that the Omicron BA.5 variant spreads more easily than previous Covid-19 mutations.

Deliveries of two of the new vaccines targeting the new variant, Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.1 and Spikevax bivalent Original/Omicron BA.1, have arrived in Sweden but have not yet reached all health regions, meaning it is not certain that if you will currently receive the updated vaccine. 

A third vaccine, an adapted version of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), is expected to arrive in Sweden in October. 

READ ALSO: When will the new Covid-19 vaccines be available in Sweden?

The höstdosen, or “autumn vaccine”

On September 1, the agency issued new guidelines for a höstdosen, or autumn vaccine dose.

During the campaign, all adults aged 18 and over who belong to an at-risk group are recommended to get a booster dose, as are seniors aged 65 and above. 

Risk categories include people who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, have heart and lung diseases, or have Down syndrome.

You can get the autumn booster regardless of how many vaccine doses you may have received, which means it might be a fourth shot for some people, and a fifth for others.

The autumn vaccine is also available for those aged 18-64 who do not fall into any of the at-risk categories but would like a fourth dose. The Swedish Public Health Agency has said that regional health providers must make booster doses available to those who want them.

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Swedish Public Health Agency

How do I get an appointment for the autumn dose? 

Region Stockholm has been offering appointments for an autumn vaccination to everyone over 18 since September 12th. You can book a dose through the Alltid Öppet app

In Region Skåne, the region responsible for healthcare in Malmö and Lund, appointments for an autumn vaccine have been available since August 22nd. Appointments are available for vaccinations in Region Stockholm, as are drop-in times at locations listed on 1177.se.

In Region Västergötland, the region responsible for healthcare in Gothenburg, health centres, or vårdcentraler, are prioritising people aged 80 and older.

Those in other categories, including at-risk adults 18 and older and seniors over 65, are requested to make their vaccination appointments with other providers through 1177.se

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