Sweden extends travel ban – and adds post-Brexit exemption

Sweden extends travel ban – and adds post-Brexit exemption
The post-Brexit transition period comes to an end on December 31st. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Sweden has extended its entry ban for non-EU countries until March 31st next year – and added a post-Brexit exception for some British citizens.

The decision was announced by the Swedish government on Thursday.

“After the post-Brexit transition period comes to an end, the United Kingdom will become a third country in relation to the EU and, as a main rule, the entry ban will apply. However, people who are entitled to residence status in Sweden will remain exempt from the entry ban after 31 December 2020,” said the government.

Sweden's temporary entry ban for travellers from non-EU countries came into force on March 19th, and has been extended several time since. The ban follows recommendations by the EU Commission and Council.

People living in the following countries are also exempt from the entry ban: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay.

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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 binding for member states, but Sweden generally follows EU recommendations.


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