Sweden’s Public Health Agency proposes lifting entry ban on travel from Denmark and Norway

The Public Health Agency has requested that the government lift Sweden’s entry ban for travellers from Denmark and Norway, so that the same rules would apply to them as to other Nordic and EU countries when the ban expires on March 31st, reports Swedish public radio.

Sweden's Public Health Agency proposes lifting entry ban on travel from Denmark and Norway
A Covid-19 test station at Arlanda Airport (foreign travellers not covered by one of the exemptions have to get tested before arriving in Sweden however). Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The rules were introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK, after a number of cases were found in Denmark and Norway.

When The Local asked the Public Health Agency’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell on Tuesday whether it was still reasonable to keep the extra travel rules for the UK, Denmark and Norway in place now that the variant is widespread in Sweden, he said:

“We have a continuing discussion about that with our foreign ministry, who are the ones having these regulations in place. Unfortunately it is not only the UK variant that makes us concerned about travel between different countries, there are also other variants out there. But we might adapt, in collaboration with the foreign ministry, there might be some adaptations to those [travel rules] later on this month.”

Listen to Tegnell’s answer:

It is in fact Sweden’s interior ministry, not the foreign ministry, that decides on border restrictions for foreign travellers. Interior Minister Mikael Damberg told Swedish public radio that the government would now look at the Public Health Agency’s request and make a decision.

Under the Public Health Agency’s proposals, travellers from Denmark and Norway would just like other EU/EEA countries have to show a negative Covid-19 test on the border, unless they are exempted (for example if they can prove they live in Sweden).

The radio report did not mention what would happen to the current entry ban for travellers from the UK or non-EU countries, which is also currently set to expire on March 31st (but could be extended, as has happened several times in the past year).

Member comments

  1. I would really appreciate if the stricter travel ban would be removed. I haven’t seen my boyfriend in a long time and love is not tourism! It really makes no sense having in mind passangers from Brazil can fly into Sweden.

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