Sweden’s Non-Essential Travel Ban Is Still In Progress Until 31 March, 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

Before Coronavirus, Sweden’s travel industry was doing quite well. It included a moderately small part of the Swedish economy in 2011 at 2.9% of the nation’s GDP. That year, the country produced 264 billion Swedish krona (98.8 billion) of which was foreign guest expenditure.

In Sweden, over 7% of family unit income is spent on homegrown tourism. As per the CIA World Factbook, Sweden was the 21st most-visited country in the world, with 7,627,000 visits in 2006.

2020 has not been favourable to Sweden just like all other countries around the world with regards to the travel industry. Coronavirus has affected essentially everything including travelling, accommodation, and other activities in Sweden, eventually affecting national income.

Due to Coronavirus, the Swedish Government decided to suspend unnecessary travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban is still ongoing until March 31 2021. The ban has been introduced to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 episode, and to diminish the spread of the pandemic.

However, the entry ban doesn’t apply to residents and their families from European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) nations including Switzerland. Additionally, the ban doesn’t make a difference if you are a perpetual occupant or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU nation, or if you have a national visa in Sweden.

The ban implies that all people with the exception of Swedish residents coming from the United Kingdom or Denmark will be ousted should they try to visit Sweden. That said, exemptions will be feasible for people who transport merchandise and others. For Denmark, those who work or live in Sweden will also be absolved.

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