Here’s the new list of countries Sweden warns you should avoid right now

Here's the new list of countries Sweden warns you should avoid right now
The foreign ministry's travel advisory is not a legally binding ban, but may affect your travel insurance. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Sweden on Wednesday added Cyprus to its list of countries exempt from its advisory against non-essential travel, but extended it for the UK and several other countries in the European Union.

From September 10th, the advice is lifted for journeys to Cyprus, the Swedish foreign ministry said.

That means that non-essential journeys are now ok – as far as the Swedish foreign ministry is concerned – to Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland and the Vatican.

But for other countries in the EU, EEA and Schengen (which leaves only seven EU countries: Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia), as well as the UK, the recommendation was extended on Wednesday until September 23rd.

The advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU remains in place until November 15th, for now.

The foreign ministry's advice against non-essential travel is not a legally binding ban, but has other implications that residents in Sweden may want to take into account before deciding to travel, for example that your Swedish travel insurance may not be valid if you disregard the advice.

The guidance has been in place since an early stage in the pandemic, due to global uncertainty and travel bans, so it relates to restrictions in place for travellers rather than being based on the spread of infection in the countries.

That said, it is important to remember that individual countries may also have their own rules about entry from Sweden, and that these may change quickly.

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