Travel to Denmark, Norway and Sweden for the purposes of tourism remains difficult as the Scandinavian countries continue to struggle with their vaccination programs. At the time of writing, all citizens of non-EU/EEA countries cannot visit the region for the purposes of tourism.
Sweden is open for EU/EEA citizens, but a negative Covid-19 test is required and some tourist infrastructure remains closed. Despite this, some young travelers have made the trip, taking advantage of cheaper prices and quieter streets.
A word of warning, though. Before considering a trip to Sweden, make sure you understand the rules for returning to your home country. For example, a resident of Norway taking a leisure trip to Sweden would face a 10-day stay in a quarantine hotel upon their return.
Vaccine problems in Scandinavia
The justification for the continual closure of the borders appears to be related to the region’s vaccination difficulties. All three nations paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clot fears. Denmark and Norway have extended the suspension, while Sweden now only uses it for its most elderly citizens.
Here are the rules and regulations currently in place for anyone entering Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of March 30, a total of 228,692 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 2,415 people have died.
Vaccination progress: As of March 30, 6.40% of Denmark’s population is fully vaccinated, with 12.15% having received at least one dose.
Entry rules and restrictions: Foreign citizens not resident in Denmark can only enter the country with a “worthy purpose” and a negative Covid-19 test result, taken no more than 24 hours before crossing the border.
A worthy purpose includes employment, critical business travel, and visiting family or a partner. It does not include tourism or any form of leisure travel. Anyone entering Denmark will be required to test and then self-isolate for 10 days.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of March 30, a total of 95,208 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 661 people have died. Recent weeks have seen the highest daily number of positive tests results and hospitalization numbers almost as high as when the pandemic first struck.
Vaccination progress: As of March 30, 5.04% of Norway’s population is fully vaccinated, with 11.52% having received at least one dose.
Entry rules and restrictions: Against a backdrop of record daily positive test numbers, the Norwegian government has clamped down hard. From March 29, only Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals with documented residence in Norway are allowed to enter the country.
Among the very few exemption groups are journalists, seafarers, and commercial transport operators. Measures including mandatory testing upon arrival, entry registration, and the quarantine period continue to apply.
Latest coronavirus situation: As of March 30, a total of 796,445 positive test results have been recorded since the pandemic began. 13,430 people have died.
Vaccination progress: As of March 30, 5.9% of Sweden’s population is fully vaccinated, with 13.5% having received at least one dose.
Entry rules and restrictions: The ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU has been extended to May 31. Foreign nationals able to enter the country must provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours before crossing the border.