Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Ministry for Foreign Affairs extends advice against travel due to the pandemic – but more countries are exempted

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to extend the advice against travel introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision means that the advice against non-essential travel to many countries around the world will be extended until 1 July. At the same time, more countries have been removed from the list.

The pandemic is not over and in many places the situation remains uncertain. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has therefore decided to extend its advice against non-essential travel to most countries until 1 July.

However, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs notes that in many places conditions for safe travel have improved and for this reason more countries have been removed from the list. As of 1 June, the advice against travel to several countries outside the EU will be lifted, based on the EU’s list of countries to which entry restrictions no longer apply. These countries are: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will continue to follow the EU’s exemption list and lift restrictions for countries added to the list or introduce restrictions if countries are removed from the list.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice to anyone planning to travel

Avoid non-essential travel to countries that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to. Travellers to countries that have been removed from the list still need to take a high degree of personal responsibility. The pandemic continues to affect travel all over the world. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs urges everyone planning to travel abroad to read up on the national entry rules for each country, follow the local rules when in the country, plan their trip home carefully, and make sure they have travel insurance.

The Ministry also urges everyone planning to travel to download the UD Resklar app. It includes country-specific information and sends push notifications providing important updates from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Swedish embassies.

Advice against travel in brief

  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs does not advise against travel in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area, and to the United Kingdom.
  • As of 1 June, Sweden’s advice against travel will also be lifted for countries on the EU’s exemption list. These are currently: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
  • The Ministry advises against non-essential travel to all other countries.
  • This decision applies until 1 July.

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