Swedish foreign ministry updates coronavirus travel warnings

Swedish foreign ministry updates coronavirus travel warnings
A woman on a flight from Gothenburg, Sweden. File photo: Adam Ihse/TT
Sweden on Wednesday lifted its advisory against non-essential travel to Slovenia and Malta, but extended it for the EU countries that have not yet been removed from the list of travel warnings.

The decision comes into effect on October 8th, said the Swedish foreign ministry.

This means journeys for any reason, including tourism, will now be ok – at least as far as the Swedish foreign ministry is concerned – to Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Vatican.

For other countries in the EU, EEA and Schengen (which now leaves only Estonia, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania) the warning was extended until October 21st. The advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU remains in place until November 15th.

Those deadlines are not set in stone, and could be extended or scrapped early.

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. But travel warnings for more and more countries have been lifted in the past couple of months.

“This does not mean that the situation is back to normal. Local regulations, restrictions and quarantine requirements that affect Swedish travellers could be reintroduced at short notice if the situation changes,” said the Swedish foreign ministry in a statement on Wednesday.

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