Sweden puts three non-EU countries back on coronavirus travel ban list

Sweden puts three non-EU countries back on coronavirus travel ban list
People line up and check in for an international flight at Pearson International airport in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
Residents of Canada, Georgia and Tunisia, who were earlier exempted from a ban to enter the EU through Sweden, are no longer automatically allowed into the country.

The amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden were decided on by the Swedish government on Thursday, and are in line with Council of the European Union's latest recommendations to EU member states.

The change will come into effect on November 2nd.

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The temporary entry ban came into force on March 19th and initially applied for 30 days. The ban has subsequently been extended several times, following EU recommendations. Sweden last week extended the ban until December 22nd, 2020, but it could in theory still be extended further or scrapped before that date.

Other exemptions to the ban all remain in place. Those include people from the following countries, regardless of their purpose of travel (which means anyone, including tourists, from those countries can travel to Sweden):

  • EU/EEA, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay

Photo: Virginia Mayo/TT

Exemptions to the ban also apply to people who are for example moving to live in Sweden, working in certain key jobs, or travelling for urgent family reasons, regardless of which country they are resident of or travelling from.

You can read more about the exemptions (in English) from the Swedish police here, and more detail on the entry ban from the Swedish government (in Swedish) here.

Sweden does not have any quarantine rules in place for foreign visitors and no proof of a negative coronavirus test is required. However, everyone is expected to follow coronavirus health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing and avoiding public transport, especially at busy times, and be aware that some regions may have local guidelines. You can read more about the latest coronavirus-related news in Sweden here.

Border control remains a national competence and is not decided at EU level, so its decisions are not legally binding for member states, but Sweden generally follows the European Council's recommendations. 

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