Swedish citizens are no longer advised against travel to four other European countries after the Ministry for Foreign Affairs evaluated that the epidemiological situation in these countries has improved.
The new decision has been announced through a press release issued by the Ministry, in which it notes that the advice against non-essential travel to all countries that was issued on March 14, 2020, has been removed for Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Czechia is lifted as of July 30.
“In a previous decision, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifted the advice against non-essential travel to Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain and the Vatican City,” the press release notes.
Whereas, the advice against travel to the remaining EU/EEA countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – will remain effective until August 12.
The advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, the Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom, will also remain in force, until August 31.
According to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, Ministry’s decision to remove the advice against travel to Denmark and Norway is just another step towards the aim of a Nordic region without obstacles to the free movement of people.
“However, it does not mean that the situation is normal again. There are still restrictions on Swedes travelling to our neighbouring countries, and I would, therefore, urge all travellers from Sweden to keep well informed of the rules that apply. Naturally, all travellers must continue to follow the recommendations to keep a safe distance, wash their hands and refrain from travelling if they have any symptoms,” she said.
Sweden remains one of the most affected countries by the Coronavirus pandemic in the European Union, mostly due to the delayed decision of imposing prevention measures. It currently marks 79,782 cases of persons infected with the Coronavirus registered, and 5,730 deceased. There is no information on the number of active cases and recovered persons.