Sweden Bans Israel Travelers
Sweden is the latest European country to ban Israeli travelers.
According to i24NEWS, Israelis and visitors from other countries who have not received vaccinations for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Sweden from Sept. 6 until Oct. 31, according to government sources. This measure was implemented to prevent unvaccinated people from spreading the virus and limit its spread within Sweden itself.
Non-EU/EEA citizens will be exempted from the ban, with the exception of those with a residence permit who can present a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours before entering Sweden. Other exceptions include travel to Sweden for essential purposes like holders of Swedish residence permits as well as healthcare professionals or elderly staff employed in medical, research or health fields.
As the number of new coronavirus infections reaches an all-time high, Europe is striving to contain it with measures such as a pandemic alert system and strict enforcement of mask mandates. Unfortunately, while many cities in Europe have lifted their pandemic restrictions this past week, cases of this deadly illness remain widespread.
Other countries have taken additional measures to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS, such as Denmark which reopened nightclubs and mandated that public places must be screened for potential infections. Germany also implemented mandatory COVID-19 tests for arriving travelers and random entry checks at airports.
Furthermore, the country has cancelled flights that enter and leave it. Furthermore, its borders with Egypt and Jordan remain closed as well.
These measures aim to curb the spread of disease, yet some groups and individuals have objected. Some are unwilling to vaccinate due to financial hardship; others worry that new regulations will impact tourism in Israel.
However, the CDC remains optimistic that these changes will help curb the spread of influenza. They have encouraged countries to take these steps in order to keep cases down.
Another way to combat the virus is by educating people about its dangers and encouraging them to get vaccinated. One such strategy involves a social media campaign designed to spur people on to get vaccinated.
The International Vaccine Institute and World Health Organization have joined forces to launch this campaign, which includes videos and blogs designed to educate the public on how to stay protected against influenza.
Some of the materials will be available in Swedish, English and Chinese and can be downloaded as free PDFs.
Over the past week, other countries have implemented restrictions on nightclubs and public places alike. Denmark, Norway, Finland and Ireland have all made decisions requiring screening for potential contaminants at these establishments as well as tightening controls in public places.
These policies have been put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but they have had an unintended consequence: while some hotels have reopened, many more establishments have closed their doors.