Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts pandemic-related advice against travel

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice against non-essential travel to every country in the world was introduced on 14 March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first time a decision on advice against travel had applied to the whole world. As the situation has improved, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has successively lifted the advice against travel to a number of countries, primarily in Europe. With today’s decision, the pandemic-related advice against travel to the rest of the world will be lifted as of 1 October.

“The advice against travel to every country in the world was an extraordinary measure in a difficult and unpredictable time. The ambition has always been to lift the advice against travel as soon as possible and our assessment is that we have reached that point. However, it is important to remember that the pandemic is far from over, which will still affect travel,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided to lift the advice against travel because the global pandemic situation has improved, and many countries have lifted their restrictions. Sweden has a high vaccination rate, and travellers and the travel industry have adapted to the new situation.

“Travellers still have a major responsibility to find out for themselves what applies at their travel destination and follow the rules and recommendations that are in place,” says Ms Linde.

Even without broad pandemic-related advice against travel in place, many countries still have restrictions that can affect travel, such as requiring a mask or the presentation of a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate. Some countries still have an entry ban in place for foreign travellers. In general, it is easier to travel if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that unvaccinated international travellers get tested when they return to Sweden.

Embassy travel information for each country is available on swedenabroad.se and in the UD Resklar app. This includes information on any conditions? for entry or reference to where this information can be found.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs remains prepared to reintroduce pandemic-related advice against travel to countries or regions if the situation deteriorates significantly. The Ministry’s decisions on advice against travel for reasons other than the pandemic are not affected by today’s decision and remain in effect. You can find the countries and regions to which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travel for security reasons via the link under Shortcuts.

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