Sweden throws away demand for negative COVID-19 test entering the country

Travelers will walk Arlanda International Airport on March 12, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden, following coronavirus concerns and canceled flights. (TT News Agency / Fredrik Sandberg via Reuters)

Travelers to Stockholm-Sweden no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country, the government said Tuesday.

Sweden introduced a recent negative COVID-19 testing rule on December 28, last year, to slow the spread of the more contagious Omicron mutants. Since then, Sweden has repeatedly set new daily case records that Omicron is a completely predominant variant.

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

Sweden has recorded over 20,000 new daily cases in the last few days. This is about twice the previous record of the previous wave.