Travel & COVID in Scandinavia
Latest Update: April 25, 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.
The War in Ukraine and Its impact on Travel
Currently, traveling to the Scandinavian countries is considered to be perfectly safe. We, obviously, cannot make any predictions (and will not attempt, in any way shape or form, to make such predictions) about future developments. All we wish for is a very quick end to all the senseless violence and suffering for the people of Ukraine.
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).
- On February 25th Iceland lifted all COVID-related restrictions. There are no disease-prevention measures at the borders for passengers traveling to Iceland, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Additionally, travelers will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or prior infection. There are no restrictions on social gatherings or quarantine requirements for those infected by COVID-19.
For US Visitors: US Embassy in Iceland
For All Other Visitors: Icelandic Directorate of Health
- Norway’s border is now open as it was before the pandemic began. Most restrictions within the country have also been lifted. Testing before and after arrival in Svalbard will continue. The announcement came on February 12 by the Norwegian prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
For US Visitors: US Embassy in Norway
For All Other Visitors: Norwegian Institute of Public Health
- As of February 1st, 2022, there are no COVID-19 related restrictions on entry into Denmark.
For US Visitors: US Embassy in Denmark
For All Other Visitors: Danish Government
- According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, COVID-19 certificates issued outside the European Union (such as CDC U.S. Vaccination Record cards) will be accepted as COVID-19 passports in Finland beginning December 23, 2021.
For US Visitors: US Embassy in Finland
For All Other Visitors: The Finnish Border Guard
- As of April 1, there are no COVID-19-specific entry restrictions. Regular rules for entering Sweden will be applied.
- All domestic COVID mitigation measures other than for health and social care settings were removed on February 9, 2022. Please see the Swedish Heath Agency website for full details.
For US Visitors: US Embassy in Sweden
For All Other Visitors: Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities
Returning to the USA – Requirements & Suggestions
Currently, anyone entering the US is required to test negative for COVID. Tests can be performed in all major cities in Scandinavia, however we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you pre-purchase and bring with you a CDC-authorized self-test from eMed that is valid for re-entry into the United States. With these tests, you can test yourself from your hotel room while a lab technician observes via video conference and subsequently issues you PDF documentation that is acceptable by the airlines. Bringing this test with you from the US will mean you will not have to find and pay for a test in Scandinavia and will make your life much, much easier. You can purchase this specific test from https://emed.com/.
Discover Scandinavia Tours – Current Operations
We are still going strong, getting ready to send our clients to Scandinavia. Specifically, we are:
- Our logistics efforts (bookings, changes and cancellations) are focusing primarily on June and July (2022) clients.
- Currently sending clients to Iceland, Norway, 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 scenario will trigger exceptions to our standard terms & conditions for program postponement and cancellation:
- The destination (or one of the destinations) to be visited by the client has entry restrictions in place that prohibit the client from traveling, such as closed borders or extended quarantine requirements (more than 24 hours of mandated quarantine)
If the scenario described above is in place at NINETY (90) DAYS prior to a client’s departure, the client will be allowed to:
- Change their programs to a future date at no additional cost, OR
- 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;
- 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!