With some caveats, the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are now open to many travelers from within Europe. Travel from outside Europe is permitted in some cases, although the rules vary between nations.
Scandinavia slowly opens up
After more than a year of shutdowns and entry restrictions, it seems as if the end is in sight. Some transatlantic air routes are being reinstated after more than a year and all three Scandinavian countries are taking steps to welcome back tourists. Yet fears over Covid-19 variants—most notably the Delta variant situation in the U.K.—are holding back a full reopening just yet.
As part of their entry requirements, Denmark, Norway and Sweden all now accept the EU digital coronavirus certificate. This proves the holder is fully vaccinated, has had the disease in the last six months and/or has recently tested negative.
Of course, all rules and regulations are subject to change at very short notice, so check the linked official sources for any changes before booking any travel.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of June 29, a total of 293,337 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 2,532 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of June 29, 32.28% of Denmark’s population is fully vaccinated, with 56.21% having received at least one dose.
Entry rules and restrictions: Denmark now welcomes fully-vaccinated visitors from EU/EEA/Schengen countries and OECD nations, which includes the UK and USA) In most cases, there is no quarantine requirement.
Those without full vaccination may only enter Denmark for tourism if they are traveling from a green or yellow country. A negative test result is required in this case.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of June 29, a total of 131,037 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 792 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of June 29, 28.64% of Norway’s population is fully vaccinated, with 46.28% having received at least one dose.
Entry rules and restrictions: Norway has now joined the EU digital coronavirus certificate programme. Residents of the EU/EEA/Schengen area who can digitally document full vaccination or exposure to the disease in the last six months can now travel to Norway.
Entry is also permitted from green countries, which at the time of writing includes Greenland, Iceland, Poland, Romania and most of Finland. The color code is updated weekly by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. More countries are expected to turn green from July 5, when Norway adopts the EU color code standards.
Travelers from red countries must present a negative test result from the previous 24 hours and quarantine upon arrival in Norway. At the time of writing, all arrivals from the U.K. must undertake this quarantine in a specified quarantine hotel.
Tourism from non-European countries remains not possible, but this is set to change soon. The next step will be for Norway to relax entry restrictions for the EU’s list of third countries—which includes the U.S.—but exact requirements and a specific date remain unknown. More information may come in the next government update on July 5.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of June 29, a total of 1,089,743 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 14,626 people have died.
Vaccination status: As of June 29, 36.5% of Sweden’s population is fully vaccinated, with 57.9% having received at least one dose.
Sweden travel restrictions: Residents of EU/EEA/Schengen countries are permitted to enter Sweden upon presentation of a valid EU digital coronavirus certificate, which must include a negative test result result taken within the last 48 hours.
Residents of 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 remains in place until August 31. Exemptions include those with close family connections, critical workers and residents of the EU’s third country list, which includes the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Those exempt must still show a recent negative test result.