Sweden lifts Covid-19 travel advisory for 11 more countries

Sweden lifts Covid-19 travel advisory for 11 more countries
Planes at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Sweden's Foreign Ministry has removed its advice against travel for 11 countries including Canada and Bosnia & Herzegovina, with immediate effect from July 8th.

The full list of countries affected is: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The Foreign Ministry also said it was working on a new system “where pandemic-related travel advisories are retained only for particularly vulnerable countries and regions”, but that this would only be implemented after the summer and would be dependent on the continuation of “the overall positive development in the world” regarding the Covid-19 situation.

The advisory has been extended multiple times since it was first introduced in mid-March 2020. It applies to travel from Sweden overseas, and although it is not legally binding (you are still able to leave the country), it is intended to dissuade people from non-necessary travel and can have implications on the validity of travel insurance if you travel against official advice.

All countries in the EU, EEA and Schengen area, as well as the UK, have already had the travel advisory lifted, although this does not mean travel to these places is encouraged.

Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Macao, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the USA have also been exempted from the list since previously, and are now joined by the 11 new countries.

For countries not on the exemption list, the advice to avoid non-necessary travel still applies until at least September 1st, 2021. 

Even if travelling to countries on the exemption list, the Foreign Ministry advises making a personal risk assessment, reading up on local travel restrictions and Covid-19 rules, and plan for the trip home well in advance.

A different set of rules applies for travel in the other direction to Sweden, with most of the same countries exempted from entry bans.

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