Sweden allows non-essential travel to Denmark

Sweden’s decision, which takes effect Thursday, comes after Denmark allowed travel to more Swedish regions

Sweden is allowing non-essential travel to Denmark starting on Thursday, July 30, lifting travel restrictions on its neighbouring country.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday that it was lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The travel restrictions were issued in mid-March when the Coronavirus Crisis hit Europe.

“The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ decision to lift the advice against travel to Denmark and Norway is a further step towards the desired goal of a Nordic region without obstacles to the movement of people,” said Sweden’s foreign minister, Ann Linde.

More Swedish regions open
Sweden’s decision comes after Denmark allowed Danes to travel to more Swedish regions, and for people from these regions to enter Denmark.

Last week, Denmark eased travel restrictions to five more Swedish regions. Twelve Swedish regions are now approved while travel to nine other regions is still discouraged.

The easing of travel restrictions also comes after Stockholm previously lamented its Nordic neighbours’ decision to bar entry to people from Sweden, which saw a rise in coronavirus infections as it refused to impose a hard lockdown.

Drop in Sweden infections
Wednesday’s announcement coincided with a drop in coronavirus cases in Sweden.

Swedish authorities report having only about 100 daily coronavirus infections in the last days of July compared to 1,000 new infections a day at the end of June.