To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the outbreak, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Government today decided to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travelers. Today's decision was taken following a Council of the European Union recommendation.
The temporary entry ban came into force on 19 March and initially applied for 30 days. It was subsequently extended following European Commission recommendations. The Government has now decided to further extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020.
The Government also decided to ease the entry restrictions. Entry is thus allowed for EU citizens and people with Swedish residence permits regardless of the purpose of travel.
Today’s decision also means that more examples are added to the list of people who may be exempted from the entry ban if they have an essential need or function. These include people who enter for the purpose of study.
The COVID-19 virus is a matter of international concern that requires cross-border cooperation and coordinated measures. Today’s decision is in line with the Council of the European Union recommendation to EU Member States.
The amendments will enter into force on 4 July 2020.