Sweden bans travelers from BiH and Moldova and allows entry from 3 other third countries
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as those of Moldova, will be banned from entering Sweden except in an emergency, as the latter has excluded these territories from its list of COVID-19 exemptions, the Swedish government has confirmed. .
At the same time, the Swedish authorities announced that Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda would be added to the list, which means that travelers from these territories planning to enter Sweden will be subject to exemptions regarding the new entry rules, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the Swedish government, such a decision will be implemented on October 4 and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021.
Since the start of the pandemic, Sweden has reported a total of 1,152,027 cases of COVID-19 infection and a total of 14,856 deaths, based on figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) . Additionally, the same source shows that 854 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.
As a result of these figures, Swedish authorities have kept numerous preventive measures in place, including entry bans and other restrictions since the start of the pandemic, to stop the spread of the virus.
On March 19, 2020, the Swedish government imposed an entry ban on travelers from other countries, initially scheduled to only stay in place for 30 days. However, due to the COVID-19 situation in Sweden and other countries, the government has repeatedly extended these measures.
However, the entry ban will not apply to all travelers, as certain specific categories will be exempted from it, following the latest recommendation from the Council of the European Union to member states.
“The entry ban means that a foreign citizen departing from a state other than an EEA state or Switzerland going to Sweden will be refused entry into Sweden and turned away. However, there are a number of exemptions from the ban. Yet travelers are normally required to present a negative COVID-19 test result even if they are covered by one of the exemptions ”, the statement issued by the government of the country.
International citizens planning to travel to Sweden from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova from October 4 will only be allowed to enter Sweden if they fall under an exemption category. Exemptions include international citizens with Swedish residence permits, people who must enter Sweden for emergency reasons, and those who may test negative for the coronavirus.
As for international passengers traveling to Sweden from Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda, those who can present valid proof of residence in one of these countries and a negative COVID-19 test result, they will also be exempted from the entry ban.
Swedish authorities recently announced that they will recognize the COVID-19 vaccination passports of travelers from Andorra, Albania, the Faroe Islands, Morocco, Israel and Panama.