Sweden plans to welcome travellers from the United States as of 30th June 2021.
Travellers from the United States will soon have another option for European travel: Sweden.
Sweden, this week, announced plans to reopen its borders to travellers arriving from the United States, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan, starting 30th June 2021. Travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of their departure.
The announcement about the opening of borders to travellers from the above mentioned countries comes just as Sweden is heading into summer, a season where the days are long and the potential for outdoor adventures is endless.
Melinda Martino, a spokeswoman for Visit Sweden, in a statement to Travel+Leisure, said:
Summer in Sweden is truly a magical time. The long, beautiful summer days are well worth the wait.
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Travellers from almost all parts of the world, including the US, have been banned from entering Sweden for more than a year now. However, it may be easier for holders of US passport to visit the Scandinavian country than it will for some European travellers.
The country has extended its ban on entry of European travelers who are unable to present proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or recovery. This rule is set to remain in place at least until 31st August 2021.
Travel from other Scandinavian countries, such as Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, is allowed with no COVID-19 testing requirement. Swedish officials cited COVID-19 levels as their reasoning for continuing to limit travel from Europe beyond its Nordic neighbors.
Since the pandemic began, Sweden has reported more than one million COVID-19 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths, according to the latest available data from the World Health Organization (WHO). The nation has administered more than 7 million COVID-19 vaccines, the WHO reports.
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