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Travel & COVID in Scandinavia

Latest Update: Jan 3, 2022

The team at Discover Scandinavia Tours keeps working hard through these difficult times. We are also keeping a close eye on all the developments in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Here we will share those developments with you, in the most useful and condensed form possible. Our goal is to provide you with accurate information that you can use, not just generalities.

This page will be updated as frequently as possible.

Note to Our Current Clients

We have been getting numerous emails from many of you (well, since March 2020!) asking us the question: “if I can’t travel, what are my options?”
Most commonly, we have talked about 2 options: postpone the trip or cancel it. However, there is a 3rd (very nice) one, which I would like to introduce to you now. Here it is:
  • Essentially, the only Scandinavian country still imposing quarantines to vaccinated travelers from the US is Norway. Technically, actually, they are not, as long as the visitor can show an EU COVID Passport when arriving there (not the same as any digital passport obtained here). The problem is: it is not possible for us, here in the USA, to obtain that passport.
  • It is possible to enter Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Sweden with our CDC (paper) vaccination cards, though.
  • Therefore, if your current program includes Norway and you would like to travel in 2022, we can replace it with another vacation program including any combination of Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
    • Your new program will be quoted based on 2022 prices .
    • Any payments made to this point will be transferred to the new program.
  • Alternatively, of course, depending on when you are scheduled to travel, it is perfectly fine to wait and see what will happen still this year.

 

Border Closures, Quarantines and Other Restrictions

The following conditions address, specifically, tourists coming from the USA. Conditions may be different IF:

  • You are a citizen or legal resident of one of the Scandinavian countries;
  • You have a travel need considered “essential.”

These conditions may vary depending on the visitor’s country of origin (departure).

ICELAND

  • Answer the questions on this QUICK GUIDE to see what your requirements are when entering Iceland
  • Vaccinated visitors (from all countries followed here) are permitted into the country
  • A negative test is required upon entry (PCR or antigen)

For US Visitors: US Embassy in Iceland

For All Other Visitors: Icelandic Directorate of Health

NORWAY

  • Vaccinated visitors must present a valid COVID-19 certificate (Norwegian COVID-19 certificate, The EU digital COVID certificate, UK NHS COVID-pass)
  • Visitors must complete a travel registration form and be tested upon entry
  • For additional scenarios, please refer to the link below (official source)

For US Visitors: US Embassy in Norway

For All Other Visitors: Norwegian Institute of Public Health

DENMARK

  • Vaccinated visitors (from all countries followed here) are permitted into the country
  • Visitors must be tested before entering the country

For US Visitors: US Embassy in Denmark

For All Other Visitors: Danish Government

FINLAND

  • Vaccinated visitors (from all countries followed here) are permitted into the country
  • Visitors must be tested before entering the country

For US Visitors: US Embassy in Finland

For All Other Visitors: The Finnish Border Guard

SWEDEN

  • Vaccinated visitors (from all countries followed here) are permitted into the country
  • A negative test is required upon entry

For US Visitors: US Embassy in Sweden

For All Other Visitors: Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities

Discover Scandinavia Tours – Current Operations

We are still going strong, getting ready to send our clients to Scandinavia. Specifically, we are:

  • Rescheduling vacation programs originally scheduled for January through March, 2022.
  • Currently sending clients to Iceland, Denmark, Finland & Sweden
  • Booking new vacations through the winter of 2023.

Discover Scandinavia Tours – New Cancellation & Rescheduling Policies

We have made our policies more flexible and accommodating than ever. If you want all the details, please refer to this LINK.

With many clients scheduled to travel in 2021 (including many clients who were originally traveling in 2020), a common question has been: “What if COVID is still impeding travel in 2022?

To address this particular question, we created exceptions to our policies. They are as follows:

The following scenarios will trigger exceptions to our standard terms & conditions for program postponement and cancellation:

  • The U.S. Department of State issues a Level 4: Do Not Travel Global Health Advisory, or the government in the client’s country of residence restricts all but essential travel;
  • The U.S. Department of State issues a Level 4: Do Not Travel due to COVID-19 for the destination the client is travelling to, or the government in the client’s country of residence issues a comparable advisory;
  • The destination the client is travelling to has entry restrictions in place that prohibit the client from travelling, such as closed borders or extended quarantine requirements;
  • International flights are cancelled without alternative routing available for client to use to reach the destination(s) in the itinerary;

If any of the scenarios described above is in place at NINETY (90) DAYS prior to a client’s departure, the client will be allowed to:

  1. Change their programs to a future date at no additional cost, OR
  2. Cancel their programs and receive a reimbursement of payments made to Discover Scandinavia Tours, minus $1000 USD per traveler.

Discover Scandinavia Tours – Payment Protocols

We have also eased our payment protocols, in order to increase your peace of mind. We understand that travelers cannot wait to explore the world again, but concerns exist. Our new protocols are, for ALL of our tours:

  • First payment: $1000 USD per passenger, due at the time of BOOKING;
  • Balance:
    • 50 % due 120 days prior to the start of your program.
    • 50 % due 60 days prior to the start of your program

Do you have other QUESTIONS?

Please do not hesitate: get in touch with us and we will be happy to address any questions you may have. We cannot wait to send you to Scandinavia!