The Swedish authorities have introduced an entry ban on unvaccinated arrivals from Ukraine and Singapore, as the countries have been removed from the safe travel list by the EU.
However, the entry ban will not apply to fully vaccinated arrivals from Singapore and Ukraine, as both countries are connected to the EUDDC gateway, meaning that vaccination certificates issued in those countries are equivalent to the EU Digital COVID certificate.
Furthermore, also starting from November 30, the government will grant restriction-free entry to fully vaccinated arrivals from New Zealand, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Singapore, as vaccination certificates issued in these countries are recognised as equally valid to the EUDCC.
In accordance with the newly updated list of countries arrivals from which are not obliged to follow the entry ban, travellers from Ukraine and Singapore will be able to skip the testing requirement when they enter Sweden. Otherwise, they need to provide valid proof of vaccination to be permitted in the country.
The Swedish authorities have also decided to extend the temporary ban for arrivals from the EU/EEA until January 31, 2022, in a bid to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 infection. The decision follows recent epidemiological developments in the EU member states, such as Austria, Slovakia and Portugal, which have marked increasing Coronavirus infection rates.
“This means that to enter Sweden from these countries, a traveller will still have to present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or a corresponding certificate showing that they have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative within 72 hours prior to arrival or recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months,” the press release explains.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) data, the total number of positive cases in Sweden is 1,194,636, with 8,254 of those being reported in the last seven days. At the same time, ten deaths have been reported, taking the death tolls in Sweden to 15,142.
In addition, ECDC data shows that 70.6 per cent of the population in Sweden is partially vaccinated, whereas 67.8 per cent is fully immunised against Coronavirus, about 1.9 per cent more than the average vaccination rate in the EU/EEA states.