The Swedish foreign ministry's advice against non-essential international travel was earlier this summer lifted for Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
And on August 13th Austria and Liechtenstein will be added to the list of countries to which people may travel freely from Sweden as far as the foreign ministry is concerned (but individual countries may have their own rules – see below), it said in an announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
The ministry's recommendations against non-essential travel to other countries in the EU, EEA and/or Schengen area (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), as well as the UK, were extended until August 26th.
For countries outside the EU, recommendations against non-essential trips remain in place until August 31st.
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The foreign ministry's advice against non-essential travel is not a legally binding ban, but has other implications that residents in Sweden may want to take into account before deciding to travel, for example that your Swedish travel insurance may not be valid if you disregard the advice.
The guidance has been in place since an early stage in the pandemic, due to global uncertainty and travel bans, so it relates to restrictions in place for travellers rather than being based on the spread of infection in the countries.
That said, it is important to remember that individual countries may also have their own rules about entry from Sweden, and that these may change quickly.
For example, Greece on Tuesday announced travellers from Sweden would have to show a negative coronavirus test, and Norway requires travellers from 18 Swedish regions to quarantine on arrival.
The foreign ministry's travel warning only applies to travel to, not from, those countries. Sweden has remained open to all EU countries throughout the pandemic – read more about travel to Sweden from outside the EU here.