Travel advice for the Nordic region in the age of the coronavirus

This guide has been designed assist you with planning your travels to the Nordics in these unusual times. Most of our restrictions have lifted now in the Nordic Region and we welcome you to visit soon. Just plan ahead as our region is now busy with happy travellers.

UPDATED 21 JUNE 2022

For the most part, the Nordic region (especially Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) has handled the coronavirus pandemic in praiseworthy ways and is one of the forerunners of safer travel. This area is not only sparsely populated by most standards, but also has many other benefits, such as:

• Option to travel to more remote destinations (avoiding crowds)

• Very clean air and water

• Spectacular nature and lots of space

• Wide range of outdoor activities

• Well prepared and small accommodation options

• Easy to travel by road, rail or sea if wanting to avoid unnecessary flying

• Sustainable destinations

• World class hygiene and other safety standards

CLICK HERE TO READ SPECIFIC DETAILS ON WHICH BORDERS ARE OPEN IN SCANDINAVIA AND THE NORDIC REGION.

Below are some resources to aid you in planning and preparing for travel to the Nordic region in these unusual times.

What do I need to take into consideration when planning a trip to the Nordics?

Before you travel, you should check the details of your travel insurance with a fine-tooth comb to ensure that you are covered in the case of Covid-19 related delays or cancellations. We recommend that you purchase a 'cancel for any reason' (CFAR) travel insurance policy.

You should also check the travel advice and restrictions in place in your country of origin as well as your transit destination.

Other things to consider include:

  • Making sure you can access funds to cover emergencies and unexpected changes and delays. Do not rely on a single form of payment (e.g. just one credit card).

  • Being prepared to follow the advice from local authorities while abroad, e.g. being ready and willing to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements.

  • Making sure you have enough medication with you in case your trip becomes longer than initially planned.

  • Being prepared for financial and logistical disruptions to your travel.

  • Arranging extra support for family members or pets who may need care if you are overseas longer than planned.

  • Remembering that if you are older or have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you may be more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus.

  • Checking the latest public health advice in the destination (country-specific links are found further down this page).

  • For Australian travellers: Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with Finland, Norway and Sweden, and therefore you are entitled to publicly funded medically necessary care in those countries.

  • Being prepared to fill out pre-registration forms when entering a country, detailing contact details, travel dates, all hotels and other accommodation during your travels, and information on where you have travelled recently, whether you have any potential symptoms, and whether you have been in contact with an infected individual.

What measures are airports and airlines taking to help protect passengers and staff?

Airlines are working hard to ensure your safety when travelling with them. Additional measures and requirements in place include:

• Additional flight screening at the airport to make sure you are fit to fly

• Contactless check-in options and self-serve bag drop

• Physical distancing reminders and markers

• Hand sanitation stations and kits (e.g. sanitation wipes) at airports and inside the planes

• Enhanced disinfection of surfaces, both at airports and inside planes

• Adjustments to food and drink service to minimise touchpoints for staff and passengers

• Where possible, the middle seats will be left empty (however, this is subject to passenger numbers and may not always be possible). If you have a seat in the middle, you may be asked to move to a window or aisle seat instead.

• Covid Testing for departure flights are becoming readily available and convenient across our region. Ask us for specific locations during booking.

Iceland Black Mountain

Is it safe to travel to Scandinavia and the wider Nordic region right now?

Most countries in the Nordic region have opened their borders completely, and you can feel confident that it is safe enough to do so – provided that you continue to adhere to precautionary guidelines, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing. Travellers also need to respect any local regulations in place.

What measures are in place to keep travellers safe while in destination?

These are some of the commonly adopted measures that are in place in the Nordics:

• Sick people are required to stay at home

• Recommended distance between people is 1-2 meters

• Good hand hygienic is a must

• Queues (at reception, toilets, activities) are usually organised so that each person is at least 1m apart from those behind and in front of them

• Preferred payment method is contact free, i.e. credit cards

• Group sizes are kept small

• Employers will be cleaning between guests and during the day

• Rental equipment will be cleaned between guests

• Recommendations on busses: Handle your own luggage, use the back door. The first two seats are to be kept vacant to ensure the safety of the driver. Only 50% occupancy is preferred in order to keep appropriate distance between passengers

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What travel related restrictions are in place in Scandinavia and the wider Nordic region?

Iceland

From Friday, February 25, there are no longer any COVID-related border restrictions for travel to Iceland. All visitors are welcome, with no requirement for a PCR test to board aircraft, or testing or quarantine upon arrival. There is no longer a requirement to present a certificate of vaccination or of prior COVID-19 infection.

Travellers who must show a negative COVID-19 test when returning FROM Iceland will NOT be allowed onto a return flight from Iceland without presenting negative test results. From the 1st of April onward, Covid rapid tests in Iceland cost ISK 6.980 (about EUR 50).

Finland

Having a COVID-19 certificate is the best way to make travel easy and effortless. If you have a certificate of a full vaccination series* or of having recovered from COVID-19, you do not need to get tested at the border.

A certificate of a completed and approved COVID-19 vaccine course before entry means you can arrive in Finland from all countries. A certificate of a full series of vaccinations is valid for 9 months. After this, a booster shot is required. After the booster shot, the certificate is valid until further notice.

You can present a certificate of having received the full COVID-19 vaccines 7 days prior to arriving in Finland. Or a recovery certificate verifying recovery from the COVID-19 within the last 6 months and one approved COVID-19 Vaccine. Or an EU Digital COVID Certificate for a COVID-19 disease had less than six months ago.

However, due to frequent changes in Finland's policies, please check Visit Finland's latest advice regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Finland.

Also, if you are travelling to Finland, the FINENTRY site provides travellers with information and instructions on self-quarantine and coronavirus testing (including a link to make a booking for a test).

Norway

Everyone who has a valid visitor’s visa, or who is entitled to visit Norway without a visitor’s visa, or who holds a valid residence permit in Norway, can enter Norway without having to quarantine, test, fill out forms or vaccination certificates.

See this map for more details on exemptions.

Sweden

There are no longer any restrictions in Sweden due to Covid-19.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Sweden from Krisinformation
and Visit Sweden.

Denmark

With effect from Tuesday the 1st of February 2022, the rules for entry into Denmark will be changed.

Vaccinated and previously infected: Can enter without testing or isolation from all countries. However, requirements for testing and isolation are still in effect if you have been in a country / area with a virus variant of concern. At the present, there are no such countries or territories.

Travelers who have not been vaccinated or previously infected: Must be tested within 24 hours of entry. When entering from a country in the EU / Schengen, you may instead choose to be tested before entry. Upon entry from COVID-19 high-risk countries, isolation is required for travellers who are not vaccinated or previously infected.

Approved vaccines: The list of vaccines approved for entry into Denmark is expanded and now includes both EMA- and WHO-approved vaccines.

However, due to the frequent changes to allowed / banned nationalities, please check the updated entry rules for Denmark.

Also see the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Denmark.

Greenland

From June 01, 2021, travel was reopened to Greenland with access from Denmark and Iceland. From 10 August, only fully vaccinated persons may travel to Greenland. Persons with residence in Greenland are exempt. Fully vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine or re-test upon arrival to Greenland.

Children between the age of 2 and 11 years are required to follow the same travel restrictions as their adult travel companions. This means that if the adult travel companion is fully vaccinated the children can also be retested the day after arrival to Greenland.

Note that you must have received the vaccination’s final injection at least 14 days prior to travel in order to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Greenland.

Faroe Islands

Lifted all COVID-19 restrictions as of 28th February 2022.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to the Faroe Islands.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Border requirements have changed recently with regard to the omnicron variant. A 10-day quarantine is in place for non-EUDCC arrivals now in Lithuania and Latvia regardless of negative test and full vaccinated. Estonia is now fully open for everyone, no testing for if fully vaccinated less than 12 months ago.

If you aren't fully vaccinated or are recovering from covid, please ask us for further details.

Also see the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia.

Check the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Lithuania.

Iceland Northern Lights

If I book a trip with 50 Degrees North, what would happen if my travel plans needed to change?

Rebooking can be done up to 18 months into the future if the postponement request is due to forced amendments (e.g. closed borders). In this case, the full deposit will be held in credit or transferred to a new booking, provided that we have not incurred any unrecoverable costs with some of the suppliers.

If the booking is cancelled by you for other reasons, the deposit is usually non-refundable and our normal booking conditions will apply. However, see our Book with Confidence page for more details on flexible booking conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also note that some exceptions / special terms and conditions are also available in some cases. Please contact our team to find out more.

We recommend purchasing a "cancel for any reason" travel insurancy policy.

What happens if I test positive for Coronavirus after arrival?

If a passenger tests positive, they may be offered to undergo further tests to determine whether they have an active infection. In this case, the passenger must self-isolate and provide detailed information on who they have come in close contact with, up to two days before the onset of their symptoms.

Needless to say, you will not be able to travel home until you are fully recovered. However, medical care in the Nordics is first class and you would be in good hands should you require treatment.

What should I expect when returning to my home country?

You should check the latest public health advice in your home country both before travelling and upon your return (links at the start of the page).


IMPORTANT NOTE - DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY:
It is a requirement that you hold a valid passport and any required visas for your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited. It is your responsibility to obtain vaccinations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the trip.
The information contained on this page is provided in good faith, and is collated from various official sources. Every effort has been made to provide information that is accurate. However, materials contained above are subject change at any time by concerned authorities. We accept no liability or responsibility to any person as a consequence of any reliance upon the information contained above.

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