Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Ministry for Foreign Affairs extends advice against travel for countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen area/the United Kingdom

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On 31 March 2021, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided to extend its advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU/EEA/ Schengen area/ United Kingdom. The decision remains in effect until 31 May 2021.

On 14 March 2020, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided to advise against non-essential travel to all countries. This is due to the extensive spread of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the conditions for international travel.

The Ministry today decided to extend its advice against non-essential travel to all countries outside the EU/EEA/ Schengen area/United Kingdom. The decision remains in effect until 31 May 2021.

“It is important to continue to carefully consider whether now is the right time to travel. Many countries still have closed borders or far-reaching restrictions on entry and exit, quarantine provisions and curfews,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

There is still great uncertainty regarding possibilities for international travel, and it is not possible to predict when it will be possible to travel safely and freely around the world in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.

The Ministry today also decided to lift the special advice against travel to Norway and the UK as of 31 March, because the uncertainty factors for Swedish travellers in these countries no longer differ from other countries in our neighbourhood.

Today’s decision

Regarding the advice against non-essential travel to all countries that was issued on 14 March 2020 and has since been extended, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided the following:

1) For all countries not covered by point 3 below, the advice against non-essential travel is extended until 31 May 2021.

2) Today, 31 March 2021, the Ministry also decided to lift the advice against non-essential travel to the UK and Norway.

3) This means that the Ministry has lifted the advice against non-essential travel to: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the Vatican City. These countries are exempt from the advice against non-essential travel.