Updated Border Restrictions for the Nordic Region

Wondering if it is possible to travel to Iceland at the moment? Here is the latest news for border requirements for Iceland and the Nordic region (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greenland) and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Before you travel, you should check the details of your travel insurance with a fine-tooth comb to ensure that you are covered in the case of Covid-19 related delays or cancellations. We recommend that you purchase a 'cancel for any reason' (CFAR) travel insurance policy.

You should also check the travel advice and restrictions in place in your country of origin as well as your transit destination.

Country Specific Travel Related Restrictions

UPDATED 13 OCTOBER 2021

Iceland

All those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures other than an test before arriving. This includes citizens outside the Schengen area, such as the UK and the USA. All travellers are required to present a negative test, that is not more than 72 hours old at boarding. For vaccinated individuals and those who have overcome infection they can present either an antigen test (rapid test) or a PCR test. You also need to register before you arrive. https://visit.covid.is/registration/

Individuals who have not been vaccinated or overcome an infection must present a negative PCR test prior to boarding (can not use an antigen test), test on arrival and undergo a 5-day quarantine.

You need to have your vaccination certificate (hard copy or electronic) ready with one of the following vaccines with marketing authorization in Europe:

  • Comirnaty; Pfizer BioNTech
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (European and Indian)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later shall be tested at the borders. When the co-traveller is not required to stay in quarantine (ie. fully vaccinated) the same shall apply to the child. While waiting for the test results the child needs to follow the rules for quarantine.

If a negative viral test is required by your airline or home destination, this can be arranged before you depart and adapted into your itinerary. While we understand that testing can be arranged at client´s accommodations in some travel destinations, unfortunately that service is not available in Iceland, and travelers will have to book tests personally at designated testing centres.

However, before booking / travelling to Iceland, please check the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Iceland.

Finland

In line with the Government decision of Monday 15 July, persons who are able to present a certificate of a completed and approved COVID-19 vaccine course before entry can arrive in Finland from all countries starting on Monday 26 July 2021.

People travelling to Finland must take into account that a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 is an acceptable justification for entry into the country only for citizens of the EU and Schengen countries and for people residing in an EU or Schengen country.

However, due to frequent changes in Finland's policies, please check Visit Finland's latest advice regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Finland.

Also, if you are travelling to Finland, the FINENTRY site provides travellers with information and instructions on self-quarantine and coronavirus testing (including a link to make a booking for a test).

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands’ authorities have announced that travelers who have fully received an approved COVID-19 vaccine are no longer required to quarantine for 6 days upon arrival in the Faroe Islands. This applies to all travelers who have received a full dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 2 weeks have passed since the second dose or first dose for single-dose vaccines respectively.

For EU and Schengen travellers who are not vaccinated, self-quarantine has been removed however, this depends on the country you are coming from.

As of September 1st, 2021, the travel recommendations are as follows:

  • Test up to 48 hours before departure to the Faroe Islands
  • Test two days after arrival to Faroe Islands
  • Travellers are encouraged to avoid large crowds and to be extra careful until the result from their second day test is available

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to the Faroe Islands.

Norway

From Thursday, June 24, people residing in EEA (European Economic Area) with a valid EU corona certificate will be able to enter Norway without having to quarantine.

From July 5, borders open for travel to and from EEA/Schengen countries and the UK and some few more countries on the EEA third party list that meet the criteria for low infection levels and a controlled virus situation.

You can travel to Norway without having to quarantine if you come from a “yellow” or “green” area on The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website’s colour-coded map. There are not a lot of countries currently on this list.

Everyone on arrival needs to test and register their arrival with an online form.

The advice against non-essential travel for all countries outside the Schengen area/EEA and UK will be extended until 10 August.

See this map for more details on exemptions.

Also check the latest info regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Norway.

Sweden

There is a ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA until 31 October. A number of countries are exempt from the entry ban such as Australia an NZ. Entry regulations for Sweden are based on the country the traveller is entering from, even if it is a transit country. A U.S. resident travelling from the United States to Sweden via another country such as Denmark will be considered as entering Sweden from that transit country, as long as they are processed through the transit country’s border control.

Entry from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway is not subject to any entry restrictions.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Sweden from Krisinformation
and Visit Sweden.

Denmark

Fully vaccinated persons who are permanent residents of orange or yellow countries (currently UK, USA, Canada, EU and AU/NZ are in this category) are no longer required to present a negative test or have a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark, and they are exempt from the testing and isolation requirements on entering Denmark.

However, due to the frequent changes to allowed / banned nationalities, please check the updated entry rules for Denmark.

Also see the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Denmark.

Greenland

From 10 August, only fully vaccinated persons may travel to Greenland. Persons with residence in Greenland are exempt. This is valid through 24 August. Fully vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine or re-test upon arrival to Greenland.

Children between the age of 2 and 11 years are required to follow the same travel restrictions as their adult travel companions. This means that if the adult travel companion is fully vaccinated the children can also be retested the day after arrival to Greenland. Note that you must have received the vaccination’s final injection at least 14 days prior to travel in order to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Greenland.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

All three Baltic countries have reopened their borders for tourists and have lifted quarantine requirements at entry for tourists who can present a certificate confirming the completion of vaccination or recovery from covid-19!

Travelling to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania is possible for the following persons:
• Citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican and asymptomatic individuals with a long-stay visa and their family members.
• Citizens of countries recommended by the Council of the European Union: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Singapore.

For vaccinated persons:
• Covid-19 test before the flight and when entering Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – not required;
• Self-isolation when entering Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – not required;
• International certificate or document proving the vaccination or recovery from covid-19 or EU Digital Covid Certificate – required;
• The electronic questionnaire must be filled before the actual arrival to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

For those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it, please ask us for the latest details as the rules for this group have been changing over the last few weeks.

See the full list of countries and restrictions for Estonia.

Also see the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia.

Check the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Lithuania.

Russia

It is our understanding that citizens from Switzerland, South Korea, Turkey, Serbia, Japan, United Saudi Emirate, Egypt, and Cuba can travel to Russia, however they will need a tourist visa and a negative coronavirus test made under 48 hours before arrival.

See the latest regarding COVID-19 and travelling to Russia from the Russian Embassy in the UK and from the waytorussia travel guide.

Additional info

For an overview of the situation per country, especially the 14-day case average per 100,000 people per country (within Europe), please see the data at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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If I book a trip with 50 Degrees North, what would happen if my travel plans needed to change?

Rebooking can be done up to 18 months into the future if the postponement request is due to forced amendments (e.g. closed borders). In this case, the full deposit will be held in credit or transferred to a new booking, provided that we have not incurred any unrecoverable costs with some of the suppliers.

If the booking is cancelled by you for other reasons, the deposit is usually non-refundable and our normal booking conditions will apply. However, see our Book with Confidence page for more details on flexible booking conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also note that some exceptions / special terms and conditions are also available in some cases. Please contact our team to find out more.

We recommend purchasing a "cancel for any reason" travel insurancy policy.

For further information about travelling in our region in the age of coronavirus, please see our comprehensive guide here.


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It is a requirement that you hold a valid passport and any required visas for your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited. It is your responsibility to obtain vaccinations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the trip.
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