Now that spring is well and truly underway, you may be eager to plan an idyllic getaway to celebrate. As major concerns around Covid appear to be leveling off, there are a number of countries you can now easily visit – as long as you are aware of the latest travel rules.
Here’s all the latest information if you’re planning an exciting spring trip to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland or Iceland departing from any of London’s airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow. Some countries have no restrictions, others still require proof of vaccination, and others simply require a negative lateral flow test from visitors. Exemptions apply in certain cases.
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One thing to remember before traveling to Denmark is that travelers must wear a medical mask in all Danish airport terminals, on board the plane and until you leave the airport, although children under six years are exempt. Fully vaccinated tourists from the UK can enter the country without Covid testing or self-isolation.
Go to the Danish coronavirus website to see if you are fully vaccinated. Denmark will accept proof of the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination card and visitors must have completed their full vaccination course at least 14 days previously. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or has not recovered from Covid must take a test 24 hours before arriving in Denmark and self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in the country.
To end self-isolation, you can take a negative PCR test at least four days after arrival. Those who have recovered from Covid will need proof of a positive PCR test taken more than 11 days ago but less than 180 days ago.
Fully vaccinated holidaymakers traveling to Finland can enter for any reason, provided they have proof of vaccination at least seven days before. Find out what qualifies as “fully vaccinated” on the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare website, as well as any exemptions.
Finland accepts proof of UK’s Covid-19 vaccination record. Proof of Covid recovery is not accepted by UK travellers. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter the country with proof of an essential or humanitarian reason for entry, excluding tourism. The Finnish Border Guard website has more information.
Children born in 2007 or later are exempt from entry requirements to Finland and do not need to prove their vaccination status, as long as they are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult guardian. Visit the FINENTRY website to check entry requirements and book Covid-19 testing on arrival, if required.
Good news for anyone traveling to Norway – there are currently no restrictions on entering the country. Entry requirements are the same for all travellers, regardless of their Covid vaccination status.
Tourists do not need to provide proof of their vaccination status, which means anyone who is not fully vaccinated can enter Norway. There are also no specific requirements for children or young people. Have a good trip to Norway!
Fortunately for holidaymakers traveling to Sweden, there are currently no entry restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors. Tourists can enter the country for any reason without needing to test or self-isolate.
Travelers can find out if they are fully vaccinated in Sweden on the Swedish Police website. It should be noted that 14 days must have passed since the second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency.
Sweden will accept proof of UK Covid-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in Crown Dependencies.
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is not allowed to enter the country without proof of exemption – visit the Swedish Police website for details. In case of exemption, Sweden also requires proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out no later than 72 hours previously. There are instances where travelers could be exempt from testing, found on the website.
Children aged 17 and under are exempt from the entry ban and do not need to show vaccination status or proof of a negative test to enter.
Many tourists will be relieved to know that there are currently no Covid-related travel restrictions for UK travelers to enter Iceland, regardless of their vaccination status.
You don’t need to provide proof of vaccination status to enter Iceland – the same lack of rules applies to anyone who has had Covid in the past year. There are also no specific rules for children or young people.
Be sure to check the entry rules carefully before traveling to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, as some countries may change their restrictions without notice. Travel safely!
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