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Sweden scraps demand for negative COVID-19 test to enter country

/ 09:16 PM January 18, 2022
Sweden scraps demand for negative COVID-19 test to enter country

FILE PHOTO: Travelers walk at Arlanda International Airport following the coronavirus concern and canceled flights, in Stockholm, Sweden, March 12, 2020. TT News Agency/Fredrik Sandberg via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM Travelers to Sweden will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country, the government said Tuesday.

Sweden introduced rules for a recent negative COVID test on December 28, 2021, in a bid to slow the spread of the more contagious Omicron variant. Since then, Sweden has repeatedly set new daily case records with Omicron now the totally dominant variant.

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“Travelers are no longer considered to pose a particular risk of affecting the spread of Omicron in Sweden,” the government said in a statement.

Sweden has recorded more than 20,000 new daily cases over the past few days, roughly double the previous record from earlier waves. The number of cases has put a strain on healthcare services but not to the same extent as before the vaccine rollout.

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