Sweden will lift its advice against non-essential travel to 10 European countries from June 30, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
The countries are Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
For other European countries the advice against non-essential travel will still apply. A recommendation against travel to countries outside the EU and the Schengen open-border zone – which groups most EU member states and some non-members – will be extended to Aug. 31.
“Just as in our previous decision, this is not based on the spread of contagion but on the uncertainty regarding quarantine rules or because there are no flights, trains and boats that will allow you to come back home (from certain countries),” Foreign Minister Ann Linde told a news conference.
The recommendation against travel to neighbouring Denmark, Norway and Finland will remain, as well as for Britain.
Sweden surpassed 5,000 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday but deaths have slowed considerably since the peak in April and have for the last two weeks been around normal levels compared to a five-year average of overall deaths, Reuters reports.