When will Sweden lift its warning against trips to the UK?

When will Sweden lift its warning against trips to the UK?
The Swedish foreign ministry still advises against non-essential travel to the UK. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Passengers from Sweden will from Saturday morning onwards no longer need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, so The Local asked the Swedish foreign ministry when it will lift its own travel warning.

At 4am on September 12th, Sweden will be added to the UK's list of travel corridors, meaning travellers coming from Sweden (or who have been to Sweden in the past two weeks) will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.

But the Swedish foreign ministry's advice against all non-essential travel to the UK, which it this week extended to September 23rd, remains in place for now.

“The advice against non-essential travel still applies to the UK. The decision we made on September 9th applies until September 23rd. The UK is part of the area we are striving to be able to lift the advisory on,” a foreign ministry spokesperson told The Local on Friday morning.

“Our starting point is to make a decision on the advisory approximately every 14 days. At the same time, we continuously monitor developments and are prepared to make urgent decisions if needed.”

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The foreign ministry's advisory 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 the validity of your Swedish travel insurance.

At the time of writing, the Swedish foreign ministry advises against non-essential travel to any countries outside of the EU, EEA or Schengen area, as well as to seven EU member states and the UK.

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 the spread of coronavirus in those countries.

For that reason, whenever an EU country has lifted its restrictions for travellers from Sweden, the foreign ministry has usually responded by lifting its own advice against non-essential travel to that country not long thereafter.

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