Here’s another Scandinavian country that is currently open for tourism! Sweden is currently accepting tourists but only those coming from select countries.
Which Countries Can Travel To Sweden?
The Swedish Government has decided to restrict non-essential travels into Sweden except those in the EU/EEA. Non-essential travels ban is currently in effect until August 31, 2020.
Here’s the list of EU/EEA nations that can visit Sweden, as well as the third party countries that can visit as recommended by the EU council:
Sweden lifted entry restriction for the following third-party countries on July 4th
The Swedish Government has decided on several occasions to adjust the entry restrictions. As of August 15th, residents of Morocco are no longer generally exempted from the entry ban (however, other exemptions from the entry ban may continue to apply to them).
Moreover, entry into Sweden is based on residency and not on citizenship. That is to say, foreigners who can document that they reside in any of the countries above will be allowed to enter Sweden. And this is if they do fulfill the entry requirements given in the Schengen Border Code and the Visa Code.
Is There A Mandatory Testing and/or Quarantine Upon Arrival?
For the approved countries listed above, there is no current mandatory testing or quarantines upon arrival into Sweden. However, all passengers should expect health screening from border officers and temperature scans as well.
On the other hand, anyone with symptoms can get a PCR test which will determine if there is an active COVID-19 infection.
Other Health Protocols And Safety Measures
The wearing of face masks are suggested in Sweden’s Airport, but not mandatory. Social distancing guidelines have been issued as well.
Here’s the list of actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Sweden:
- Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
- Those aged over 70 are advised to limit contact with other people as far as possible.
- Wash your hands often with hot water and soap.
- Avoid touching your face and eyes. The infection is spread via mucous membranes in your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid going to parties and other social events.
- Keep your distance from other people in public places.
- Avoid traveling in rush hour traffic.
- Avoid unnecessary journeys.
Above all, public gatherings and events may have a maximum of 50 participants. The police can cancel or disband a public gathering or event with more than 50 participants.
What’s Open in Sweden?
The daily life in Sweden appears to be going on as usual.
That is to say, restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, and shops are open. Soccer teams train in parks as well. High schools and universities are closed, but preschools and elementary schools are in session. Instead of quarantines, the government has issued social distancing guidelines, including limiting large gatherings and encouraging people to stay home if they can as per The National Geographic.
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