US warns against travel to Sweden due to ‘very high’ Covid numbers

US warns against travel to Sweden due to 'very high' Covid numbers
Passengers from the US arrive in Sweden in non-pandemic times. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
The United States has increased its travel warning to its peak level for Sweden and a host of other countries, due to their "very high" coronavirus figures.

“Do not travel to Sweden due to Covid-19,” wrote the US Department of State on its website.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Sweden due to Covid-19, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country.”

Sweden is not the only country to have had its warning upgraded due to Covid-19.

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The US previously listed 34 about 200 countries worldwide with the level four “Do Not Travel” warning, and this week increased the number to 150 countries based on the recommendations of the CDC.

Sweden’s Nordic neighbours Finland, Denmark and Norway, which all have a far lower rate of Covid-19 than Sweden, are also included in the “Do Not Travel” advisory.

The warning does not bar Americans from travelling to these countries. However, Sweden has banned non-essential travel for people travelling from the US, unless they are citizens, residents or fall into a number of other categories exempt from the ban.

This ban is at the time of writing in place until May 31st, but it has already been extended several times in the past year, and could be extended further.

The US on Tuesday also extended its travel ban on non-US citizens by 30 days. The restrictions have already been in place for 13 months.

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