Sweden to ban travelers from 6 countries including the US

Following the example of several other European Union Member States, Sweden has also decided to reimpose stricter entry restrictions on travellers from several third countries, including the United States, upon a recommendation of the EU Council to do so, issued on Monday, August 30, according to Schengen Visa Info.

Announcing the decision, the Swedish Ministry of Justice has noted in a press release that the Government has agreed to reintroduce an entry ban to Sweden for visitors from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia, starting from Monday, September 6.

On August 27, Schengen Visa Info reported on Sweden’s decision to extend the entry ban on third-country travelers for another two months, until October 31.

Later on, on August 30, the EU Council announced its decision to remove from its list of epidemiologically safe third countries the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Lebanon after a considerable increase in the number of COVID-19 infections recorded recently in these territories. The removal from this list means that the EU Member States are advised to impose stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from the removed countries.

Several countries have already imposed the recommendation, including here Italy, the Netherlands and Bulgaria.

Thus, starting from September 6, only travellers reaching Sweden for absolutely essential purposes can enter from the US, Israel, Lebanon, and three Western Balkan countries, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Essential purposes include holders of Swedish residence permits, travellers who carry out essential purposes, travellers in transit, healthcare workers, researchers in health and medical care and elderly staff, etc.

Vaccinated travellers, however, may soon be exempted from the entry ban, the Ministry of Justice has highlighted.

The Government is now examining the possibility – taking into account the process at EU level – of exempting fully vaccinated residents of certain third countries from the entry restrictions. The Government intends to return to this issue at a later date,” the Ministry noted in the press release.

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