Sweden has removed the requirement for a negative RT-PCR test before entering the country, according to a recent COVID-19 travel update. The big news was announced by the Swedish government on Tuesday.
“Travelers are no longer considered to pose a particular risk of affecting the spread of Omicron in Sweden,” the government said in a statement.
Over the last few days, Sweden has reported around 20000 daily COVID cases, which is nearly double the previous record from earlier waves. The rising number had created a slew of problems for healthcare providers, but not to the same extent as before the vaccine’s introduction.
Due to an increase in Omicron cases, the country imposed some strict travel restrictions last month, in December 2021. Regardless of vaccination status, the Swedish government required all visitors entering the country to have a negative COVID-19 test report (within 48 hours).
Not only that, but because of the COVID-19 situation, Christmas and New Year parties were prohibited in the country. With social distancing between groups, the restaurant’s capacity was limited, and vaccine passports were made mandatory for many public events.
The pandemic situation has been described as “troubling” by Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who has stated that the rising number of positive cases in the country is increasing the burden on healthcare.
But now that the new rule has been implemented, travellers and vacationers who had planned a trip to Sweden can breathe a sigh of relief.