Press release from Ministry of Justice

Amendments to the entry ban for people who travel to Sweden from El Salvador and Jordan

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The Government has today adopted amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendments mean that travellers who can present a vaccine certificate issued in El Salvador will be exempt from the entry ban and the COVID-19 test requirement. The decision also entails amendments to the exemption for people who travel from Jordan.

Exemption for fully vaccinated travellers from El Salvador

The Government today decided that people who can present a vaccination certificate issued in El Salvador are exempt from the entry ban and the COVID-19 test requirement for entry into Sweden.

According to a European Commission decision, vaccination certificates issued in El Salvador are to be considered as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID certificate, which means that such certificates can be checked and verified in the same manner and using the same technical systems as the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The amendments come into effect on 14 December.

Amendments to the entry ban for people residing in Jordan

The Government has also decided to remove Jordan from the list of countries where residents are generally exempt from the entry ban solely on the ground that they reside there. In practice this means that the entry ban will be reintroduced for people residing in Jordan. However, other exemptions from the entry ban will continue to apply to people who reside in Jordan. The decision will come into effect on 14 December.

The amendments are the result of an update of the EU recommendations regarding travel into the EU from third countries, based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

For more information on how the ordinances on temporary bans on entry to Sweden are to be interpreted and which exemptions apply, please visit the Swedish Police Authority website. See the adjacent links.

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