Travel Updates for Sweden, Finland and Norway

Latest Travel Updates for Sweden, Finland and Norway. Photo: Niki Bates, Nature Travels.

Last updated: 26th July 2021

NB: While we make every effort to ensure that information given below is current and regularly updated, Nature Travels accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided here. The guidance for and status of travel to/from a particular destination is often complex and may change quickly. It is the responsibility of the person(s) travelling to check the latest regulations both in the country you are travelling from (and other countries you may be travelling through en route) and in your destination country to ensure it is possible for you to travel and that you are not travelling against official advice (which may invalidate your travel insurance and could create other difficulties).


Summary:

For information on the new EU “vaccine passport” system operating from 1st July, please see this article from the European Commission website

Can I travel to Sweden at the moment?
  • Yes*, if you are from an EU/EEA country or from Switzerland or a resident of one of the following “green list” countries outside the EU/EEA: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Israel, Japan, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, and the USA.
    * provided there is no restriction prohibiting travel to Sweden in your country
  • UK travellers: Inclusion of the UK in the EU “green list” for entry and/or in the EU “vaccine passport” system is being discussed. If you are travelling to Sweden from the UK, see our blog article “How to arrange COVID-19 testing for travel to Sweden“.
Can I travel to Finland at the moment?
  • Yes*. Finland now accepts fully-vaccinated travellers from ALL countries with no requirements for quarantine or testing on arrival. If you are not fully vaccinated, some other requirements/restrictions may apply depending on the country you are travelling from.
    * provided there is no restriction prohibiting travel to Finland in your country
Can I travel to Norway at the moment?
  • Yes*, from 5th July, travellers from “green” countries can now travel to Norway without quarantine provided they show officially-recognised proof of vaccination or having had COVID in the last six months. This applies to “green” EU/EEA/Schengen countries and will shortly apply also to some other countries with suitably low level of infection.
    * provided there is no restriction prohibiting travel to Norway in your country
  • UK travellers: Inclusion of the UK in the EU “green list” for entry and/or in the EU “vaccine passport” system is being discussed. From 5th July, Norway’s classification aligns with the EU.

In Detail:

Travelling from your home country

For travellers not from the UK:

For our many guests who travel with us to Sweden, Norway and Finland from outside the UK, please check travel information from the relevant authorities in your country.

See below for information on Entering Sweden, Finland and Norway.

For travellers from the UK:

See below for information on Entering Sweden, Finland and Norway.

UK National Measures:

Inclusion of the UK in the EU “green list” for entry and/or in the EU “vaccine passport” system is being discussed.

England:

International leisure travel is once again permitted, with a “traffic light” system of Green, Amber and Red countries. See government information for the current list and further information. This list is revised regularly.

Currently, as with almost all other countries in Europe, Sweden, Norway and Finland are “Amber”. From 19th July, fully vaccinated travellers entering England from amber countries are no longer be required to quarantine. The following requirements remain in place:

  • Show a negative COVID test taken less than 72 hours before travel. You must therefore plan your trip accordingly to arrange testing before your journey back.
  • Take a test on Day 2 after your return home.

For more details, see:

Wales:

Scotland:

Northern Ireland:

Entering Sweden, Finland or Norway

Entry into Sweden:

A COVID certificate is required for foreign nationals to travel to Sweden, showing proof of vaccination, a negative test, or that the person has recovered from COVID.

Travellers from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) are exempt from this requirement.

Sweden is accepting leisure travellers from:

  • All EU and EEA countries, and Switzerland.
  • The following countries outside the EU/EEA: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Israel, Japan, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, and the USA. This list is regularly updated.

Sweden is not yet open for travellers from outside the EU/EEA area except for those countries listed above. This restriction is in place until 31st August 2021.

For UK travellers: Inclusion of the UK in the EU “green list” for entry and/or in the EU “vaccine passport” system is being discussed.

For details, see information from Visit Sweden.

For additional information, see also www.government.se and www.krisinformation.se.

Arranging a COVID test in Sweden:

If you want to arrange a COVID test when in Sweden (for example before you return home), you may find these suggestions useful. Note that other options may of course be available:

Different test centres have different costs, so you may wish to compare prices, and please make sure also that you check that the type of test you are taking is suitable for your purposes and that you also know how long you will need to wait for the results so that you can plan your travel accordingly.

Entry into Finland:

Finland now accepts fully vaccinated travellers from ALL countries without requirements for quarantine or testing.

In addition, entry is possible for unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers from all EU and Schengen countries who have recovered from COVID in the last six months.

Entry may also be possible without vaccination/previous infection based on other criteria:

  • You arrive from a low-risk country.
  • You were born 2006 or later.
  • You have received one vaccination and take a test 72-120 hours after arrival.
  • You take a pre-arrival test + a another test 72-120 hours.

For details, see information from Visit Finland.

For additional information, see also see valtioneuvosto.fi (this is the clearest summary of the entry requirements and current status) and www.stm.fi.

Entry into Norway:

Entry to Norway without quarantine is now permitted for travellers from “green” countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen area who have officially-recognised proof that:

  • They have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    or
  • Have had COVID-19 in the last six months.

In addition, entry restriction from some other countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen area which have suitably low infection levels are being lifted.

For UK travellers: Inclusion of the UK in the EU “green list” for entry and/or in the EU “vaccine passport” system is being discussed.

For details, see information from Visit Norway and Visit Svalbard.

For additional information, see also www.regjeringen.no.


Entry into/transit through Denmark:

We do not offer experiences in Denmark taking place in 2021, but travel to some of our experiences may require transit through Denmark.

For details, please see information from Visit Denmark.

For travellers from the UK, see latest FCDO guidance for Denmark.

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