Thus Sweden became another country in the line of European Union countries imposing a travel ban from the United Kingdom. The measure was confirmed for SVT by Interior Minister Mikael Dampberg (S).
We are preparing to take a decision on the UK travel ban. Damberg says it should take effect as soon as possible.
Earlier this weekend, countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Italy announced that they would halt all flights to and from the UK. Several other countries are considering similar travel bans.
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The reason is the new strain of Coronavirus that was discovered in the United Kingdom and that Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned about on Saturday. It is said to be 70 percent contagious, but it should not cause more serious disease.
The seriousness of the situation is also illustrated by the fact that the European Union countries were summoned to a meeting on Sunday evening. The meeting will discuss whether the European Union needs to take joint action on this new alternative to the Coronavirus.
M and L demanded a ban
On Sunday, both liberals and moderates demanded that Sweden impose a ban on travel to and from Great Britain.
During the day, the government followed the development and discussed the issue and now decided tonight to impose an entry ban.
It’s unclear how the ban was designed
Exactly how the decision will be formulated remains unclear. It will be applied to travelers by car, boat and plane. Swedish citizens cannot be stopped, but the rules that will apply to them are not clear. They may be quarantined upon arrival in Sweden.
The government is expected to make the official decision on Monday.