Nordic nation to recognize 'green passport' for visitors from Jewish state starting Monday
Sweden announced that starting Monday it will allow entry for vaccinated Israelis by recognizing the "green passport" after imposing a temporary ban on all travelers from the Jewish state due to rising Covid-19 infections.
The Scandinavian nation had instituted the total travel ban on September 6 for Israel, the United States and four other countries that was set to expire on October 31 unless extended.
The move followed the European Union's recommendation to its 27 member states to reimpose travel restrictions on Israel and seven other countries due to rising coronavirus infections.
However, authorities last week decided to allow travelers from Israel, Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Morocco, Monaco and Panama entry under the same rules as EU citizens because Sweden will recognize the vaccine certificates issued by their respective governments.
“The government has decided on changes to the temporary entry ban to Sweden. The changes mean that additional persons who can present vaccination certificates issued in certain designated countries and areas are exempted from the entry ban and the test requirement,” a statement from the Ministry of Justice reads.
Holders of a vaccine passport will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test before entering Sweden and will no longer be required to quarantine after entering the country.
The vaccine passport must state that the visitor was immunized with a vaccine dose officially recognized by Sweden.