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 22 June 2021

Iceland

As of March 18th 2021, 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 arrival test. This includes citizens outside the Schengen area, such as the UK and the USA.

All fully vaccinated passengers arriving to Iceland are required to take a screening test on arrival, and quarantine while waiting for results (generally 5-6 hours but can be up to 24 hours during peak periods). Generally speaking, you are able to go for a short walk close by your place of quarantine, transfer from the airport and order room service during this time. Passengers who submit a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection will be required to undergo one test only upon arrival to Iceland. ** NOTE: From 01 JULY, fully vaccinated passengers will not need a screening test on arrival.

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
  • 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

Finland

Citizens and residents of the Vatican, Australia, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and South Korea are currently welcome to travel to Finland. There is no mandatory quarantine or testing for the residents from these countries. From Monday June 21st, entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries will be allowed for those who have received an approved COVID-19 vaccination series and those who have recovered from COVID-19 less than six months ago prior to entry.

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 8 days have passed since the second dose or first dose for single-dose vaccines respectively. Danish rules also apply which means having received the final dose of vaccination at least 14 days, but no more than 180 days, before departure.

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 now the free COVID-19 test upon arrival is still mandatory. Travelers are now only required to quarantine while waiting for the test results of the mandatory test upon arrival. Based on our experience so far the test results are usually communicated to all travelers within 4-8 hours (guaranteed test results 12 PM on the day after arrival at the latest).

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

Travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU has currently been suspended.

Foreign nationals must present a negative Covid-19 test result certificate, at the border, to be permitted into Sweden. The test must have been conducted a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival.

All travellers, regardless of which country they are arriving from, are recommended to:

  • Get tested in Sweden as soon as possible after arriving
  • Quarantine for at least seven days
  • Get a follow-up test after five days
  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible

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 June 01, 2021, travel was reopened to Greenland with access from Denmark and from Iceland 30 June 2021. If you are fully vaccinated you also have to be tested negative for COVID-19 with a PCR-test maximum 72 hours prior to check-in for the departure to Greenland, show a SUMUT personal locator form, and go directly into quarantine at the end-destination, as long as the end-destination is an open place (main cities of West Greenland). You also have to be retested but this can be as early as the day after arrival in Greenland, and if that test is negative then you are out of quarantine. We book this test before arrival into Greenland and our guesthouse will assist with meals and walks for fresh air.

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

Tourists from most countries in the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican can enter Estonia, provided they have no symptoms. Residents of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Rwanda can also enter Estonia if they have no symptoms.

In both cases, a 10-day self-isolation is enforced if new COVID-19 cases in the country of origin exceed 16 per 100,000 people in the previous 2 weeks. However, Estonia will waive mandatory quarantine for travellers who can provide proof of vaccination or who can prove they have recovered from the virus in the previous six months.

See the full list of countries and restrictions.

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

Latvia

Only urgent and essential travel to Latvia is currently permitted and include a 10-day quarantine period.

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

Lithuania

All leisure travel to Lithuania is currently banned.

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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