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“Asylum Seekers” Exempt From Sweden’s Travel Ban

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Published on: March 20, 2020

In more global hysteria over the coronavirus, Sweden has put for new restrictions on those coming into the country, but they are still going to allow alleged “asylum seekers in.

In a statement from the Ministry of Justice in Sweden, “On March 17, following the call of the European Council and the Commission, the Government has temporarily banned unnecessary travel to Sweden from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland, with the aim of mitigating the effects of the coronavirus outbreak and reducing the spread of covid-19.”

Of course, the usual claim is that it is to stop the spread of the mysterious coronavirus, much of which not many people can find those on social media that actually have or know anyone that has the virus.

This means that, in accordance with what the Member States have agreed at EU level, the government is temporarily stopping unnecessary trips to Sweden from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland,” reads the statement.  “The purpose is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Swedish citizens are not covered by the entry ban. There are also exceptions for e.g. EEA citizens and their family members if the purpose of entry is to return to their home. Other people who have special needs or who are required to perform necessary functions in Sweden will still be able to travel here. This is an exceptional measure and the entry ban is temporary.”

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According to this new ban, it will apply to foreign nationals trying to enter Sweden from a country that is not part of the EEA and Switzerland.

As a result, if you are coming from one of these countries, you may enter Sweden.

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • the Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Austria

It does not apply to Swedish citizens.

However, there are many exceptions to the ban.

According to the statement:

The entry ban does not apply to people whose purpose of the trip is to return to their home if he or she:

  • is an EEA national or a national of Switzerland or is a family member of such a national,
  • holds a position permanently resident in Sweden or another EU state,
  • holds a temporary or permanent residence permit in Sweden or another EEA state or Switzerland, or
  • holds a national visa in Sweden.

In addition, the entry ban does not apply to persons who have special urgent needs or who are required to perform necessary functions in Sweden. This may be the case, for example

  • health care professionals,
  • border workers,
  • personnel transporting goods and other personnel in the transport sector,
  • diplomatic officials and certain paid consular officials and their families and employees;
  • couriers of foreign states,
  • persons working in international organizations, military personnel and aid workers,
  • passengers in transit,
  • persons with a need for family reasons, and
  • persons in need of international protection or who have other humanitarian reasons.

The list of persons who have special needs or who are required to carry out the necessary tasks is only an example and there can therefore also be other categories of persons to be exempted. It will be a matter for the implementing authorities to decide in each case how the exemptions should be interpreted and what decisions to make. The purpose of the measure is to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus. This is a temporary measure.

Here’s the really important point though.

If you are from a country outside the EEA and seeking asylum, this ban doesn’t apply to you.

The statement addresses the question, “Will asylum seekers be affected by the temporary entry ban?” and answers it, “The right to asylum is not affected by the decision.”

So, what if a person from Wuhan, China boarded a plane to enter Sweden and sought asylum, would they just be allowed?

This is more of the inconsistent and ridiculous actions of governments around the world demonstrating that either they are lying about coronavirus or they don’t know what they are doing in the first place.

The new travel ban went into effect on March 19 and will last at least 30 days.

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