After banning U.S tourists from entering Sweden regardless of their vaccination status in September due to rising COVID-19 cases in the U.S — Sweden has decided to end the entry ban on U.S tourists.
But Sweden has decided to maintain its entry ban on arrivals from third countries from October 31st, 2021, to January 31st, 2022. The entry ban on third countries was only supposed to last until the end of October.
The Swedish Ministry of Justice stated, “The ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA will be extended until January 31, 2022.
“This entry ban is based on a recommendation from the Council of the European Union that is in effect indefinitely. The extension is thus in line with the recommendation.”
The ban is against arrivals from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area.
However, Sweden will move the United States to the exemption list, which includes: Israel, Turkey, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, among others.
The Swedish authorities concluded it’s important to allow U.S tourists to enter Sweden after the U.S decided to end its entry ban on foreign tourists from November 8.
The Current Entry Restrictions
Travelers from EU nations and countries on the exemption list (as stated above) can enter Sweden with some entry restrictions. Travelers entering Sweden from Norway, Finland, Iceland, or Denmark don’t require a negative COVID-19 test, vaccination certificate, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
If travelers are entering Sweden from another EEA nation, the EU covid certificate is sufficient, and travelers will need to present a negative 72 hour PCR test upon entry, proof of vaccination certificate, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
However, travelers from outside the EEA — such as American, British, Canadian, and Australian travelers — will need to be covered with one exemption, present a negative 72-hour COVID-19 test, and show a vaccine certificate issued in a nation where Sweden accepts vaccination certificates.
Sweden doesn’t allow travelers from outside the EEA to enter Sweden with proof of recovery from COVID-19. Sweden also advises all travelers entering from outside the EEA to follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations regardless of symptoms.
Travelers don’t require a COVID-19 test on arrival if they’ve traveled inside the Nordics, have received their final vaccination dose at least two weeks before entering, or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous six months.
The COVID-19 Situation In Sweden
Cases of COVID-19 remain low, with a current 7-day average of 747 cases nationwide. That's a significant drop from a 7-day case average of over 5,000 early in the year. Sweden has fully vaccinated 66.6 percent of its entire population after administering 14.5 million vaccine doses.
Sweden became famous for being one of the world’s only nations to go against lockdowns in 2020. But, Sweden is still implementing some recommendations. These include keeping your distance, avoiding public transport in crowded areas, and wearing a mask in busy places if possible.
The government also suggests wearing masks on public transport, and there are some restrictions on the number of people allowed into events and public gatherings. However, accommodation remains fully open nationwide with no restrictions.
There are zero restrictions on domestic travel within the nation. That enables travelers to explore the country without worrying about restrictions, curfews, and travel bans.
Sweden allowing U.S tourists adds another winter destination for Americans this winter, along with countless other European and Caribbean nations welcoming American travelers after two years of restrictions.
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