International tourists return to enjoy the historic cities and natural attractions of Scandinavia, but there are still many limitations.
In general, residents of EU / EEA / Schengen countries can enter the three Scandinavian countries, although quarantine periods are required for some travelers arriving in Norway. In some cases, it is allowed to travel outside Europe, although the rules vary between nations
Travel restrictions in Scandinavia
As transatlantic air routes were reintroduced after more than a year and an increasing number of vaccinated citizens, governments in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have all taken steps to welcome international tourists.
But fears of the covid-19 Delta variant are holding back a full reopening, especially in Norway, where the vaccination program is relatively slow and a national election is only weeks away.
As part of their entry requirements, Denmark, Norway and Sweden now accept all EU digital coronavirus certificates. This proves that the holder has been fully vaccinated, has had the disease for the last six months and / or has recently tested negative.
All entry regulations can be changed at very short notice. They are usually updated weekly, so check the linked official sources for changes before making any bookings.
Recent situation with coronavirus: Pr. As of July 30, a total of 316,807 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 2,548 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of 30 July, 54.39% of Denmark’s population is fully vaccinated, of which 71.92% have received at least one dose.
Entrance rules and restrictions: Denmark now welcomes fully vaccinated visitors from EU / EEA / Schengen and OECD countries (which include the United Kingdom and the United States). In most cases, there is no requirement for quarantine. At present, visitors from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are among those required to isolate for 10 days on arrival.
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Those without full vaccination may only enter Denmark for tourism if they travel from a green or yellow country. A negative test result and a test on arrival are required for travelers from yellow countries
Recent situation with coronavirus: Pr. As of July 30, a total of 137,471 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 799 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of 30 July, 33.4% of Norway’s population is fully vaccinated, of which 66.13% have received at least one dose.
Entrance rules and restrictions: Norway distinguishes between its entry restrictions and quarantine obligation. Residents of the EU / EEA / Schengen area who can digitally document full vaccination or exposure to the disease during the last six months can now travel to Norway for any reason without a quarantine period. On 6 August, Norway announced that it would soon start accepting the British NHS Covid Pass on the same terms as the EU documentation.
Entry is also allowed for all travelers from ‘green’ countries. The color code is updated weekly by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, even though it follows EU color code standards.
Arrivals from other EU / EEA / Schengen countries that do not have a digital coronavirus certificate must serve a quarantine period in appropriate accommodation. Those from ‘dark red’ countries – including Spain and the UK – must serve the first three days of quarantine at a designated hotel. Requirements for quarantine and testing can be checked at the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
Tourism from non-European countries is still not possible. Travelers from ‘purple’ countries outside Europe can visit close family and partners in Norway, although prior registration is required.
Recent situation with coronavirus: Pr. As of July 30, a total of 1.1 million positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 14,617 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of 30 July, 51% of Sweden’s population is fully vaccinated, with 78.1% receiving at least one dose.
Entrance rules and restrictions: Residents of EU / EEA / Schengen countries are allowed to enter Sweden upon presentation of a valid EU digital coronavirus certificate, which must contain a negative test result taken within the last 48 hours. Residents of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway) are exempt from this requirement and can travel freely to Sweden.
The ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from outside the EU will remain in force until 31 August. Exceptions include people with close family ties, critical workers and citizens on the EU list of third countries, which include the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The exempted must still show a recent negative test result.
Updated August 7: New information for travelers from the UK entering Norway.