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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden

09/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2020 08:07

Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to Finland and Slovakia

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to lift the advice against non-essential travel to Finland and Slovakia. The decision comes into force today.

The easing of restrictions that have applied to Swedish travellers has been taken into account in the assessment leading to this decision.

Finland has changed its COVID-19 case notification rate threshold and, as a result, travellers from Sweden are currently allowed to enter. Swedish travellers to Slovakia are no longer required to quarantine or test for COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has lifted the advice against non-essential travel to several countries in Europe. This does not mean that the situation is back to normal. Local rules, restrictions and quarantine requirements affecting Swedish travellers can be re-introduced at short notice if the situation changes.

A high degree of personal responsibility must be taken by travellers regardless of where they travel. Before travelling, every traveller should prepare thoroughly, keep well informed about the entry rules that apply and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities when abroad.

Follow the embassies' travel information on swedenabroad.se and in the UD Resklar app.

Today's decision

1. The advice against non-essential travel to Finland and Slovakia is lifted as of 21 September 2020.

In previous decisions, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifted the advice against non-essential travel to: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Vatican City.

2. For other countries in the EU, the EEA (European Economic Area) and the Schengen area[1], the advice against non-essential travel is extended up to and including 7 October 2020.

3. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs previously issued advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU/the EEA/the Schengen area up to and including 15 November 2020. This decision still applies.

[1] Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovenia.