The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs no longer advises against non-essential travel to around 30 European countries. In addition to the Nordic countries, it also includes a number of popular tourist destinations such as France, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Spain.
Tourism is an important source of income in many countries and the hope of welcoming tourists again, with restrictions, is significant in several places. Countries such as Italy and Spain have reported significant booking pressures, albeit at lower levels than before the pandemic.
In addition to keeping in mind that the situation regarding the spread of infection and travel recommendations can change quickly, there are a lot of things to keep in mind before traveling abroad.
Different countries require different certifications and have different rules for testing and views on vaccination certifications. From July 1, Swedes will be able to apply for a so-called covid certificate, according to international standards, which will include information on the coronavirus vaccination, any antibodies and covid tests. Several European countries are planning to join the Covid certification system on July 1. Some people are already fully vaccinated without a negative coronavirus test.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a UD Resklar app with updated information from embassies in different countries about what applies to travel to each country. Information can also be downloaded swedenabroad.se. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also encourages all Swedes traveling abroad to register Swedish menu.
In addition, it is necessary to check the local infection control restrictions applied in each country, for example regarding the use of oral protection, curfews at certain times and the like.
Here are the entry rules that currently apply to some of Swedes’ favorite travel destinations:
To travel to Denmark, a negative PCR test is generally required. For people who do not live in a border area (Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Västra Götaland), the test age must be no more than 48 hours upon arrival in Denmark.
Then, a new test must be taken within 24 hours and participants must self-isolate for ten days. Quarantine can be interrupted if you can submit a negative test that is taken no later than four days after entry.
For residents of border areas, the test age may be no more than 72 hours and other testing and quarantine rules are exempted.
People who can provide a valid certificate that they have been fully vaccinated can enter Denmark without submitting a negative PCR test and are exempt from the requirement to take a new test and isolation.
Persons infected with covid-19 are exempt from testing and isolation requirements if they can provide documentation of a positive rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test which, at the time of entry, is at least 14 days and at most 180 days old.
Entry from countries classified as at-risk, such as Sweden, requires completion healthy shape And a negative covid test for a maximum of 72 hours (PCR or antigen). Countries classified as at-risk are those in which the rate of coronavirus infection exceeded 25 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks.
As an alternative to a negative covid test, evidence of covid-19 infection less than six months prior to admission, and at least eleven days must have passed since a positive covid test, was also accepted.
The rules apply to all arrivals, including Finnish citizens, those who have received two doses of the vaccine, and those who remain in an at-risk country. But children born in 2008 or later are exempt from the rules.
For entry from countries classified as red, voluntary quarantine is recommended until you have undergone a second coronavirus test which is negative The second test can be taken no later than 72 hours after entry and booking into service finentry.fi. For those who do not undergo the second test after arrival, a 14-day quarantine is recommended.
Anyone with evidence of COVID-19 and children born in 2008 or later are exempt from the quarantine recommendation.
From June 9, fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter France without submitting a negative PCR test. Otherwise, all participants over the age of 11 years must submit a negative covid test (either PCR test or antigen test) up to a maximum of 72 hours. There is no requirement for self-quarantine or further on-site testing. Travelers must also complete one health declaration.
Entry into Greece requires an approved vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test that must be no more than 72 hours old, or proof of complete covid-19 infection issued by a government or certified laboratory. Everyone over 5 years old needs one of these certifications. Even fully vaccinated Swedes currently need to be able to provide a PCR test because vaccination certificates that can be issued in Sweden do not yet meet international requirements.
Passengers must also complete the document before departure Passenger Locator Form (PLF) with contact details.
Everyone over the age of two years entering Italy must be able to submit a negative PCR or antigen test for a maximum of 48 hours. For those who cannot provide such a test, there is a requirement for self-isolation and a ten-day health monitoring with a new test five days later.
Everyone entering Italy must fill out the form EU digital passenger locator form. The form is also available in paper form. Those who travel to the country should also Report to the local health authority in the area you are visiting.
Negative PCR test, max. 72 hours, alternatively antigen test, max. 48 hours, required for entry.
Vaccination certificates are accepted for one or two doses of the vaccine. A certain number of days must have passed since the vaccination for it to be counted. We also welcome those who can provide evidence of antibodies with a dose of the vaccine.
Anyone who cannot show any can test themselves on-site upon entry, followed by self-isolation until a negative test can show.
Participants are also advised to fill out the form Intercroatia.
Norway has strict entry rules for most people who do not live in the country. Everyone traveling to Norway must register digitally prior to entry, no later than 72 hours before the flight. The covid-19 test will then be carried out at the border crossing and can be done at special border stations. Those traveling from countries or regions classified as red, according to the Norwegian classification, must be able to show a negative covid test up to a maximum of 24 hours. Sweden is currently classified as red.
Those traveling to Norway must be placed in quarantine for up to ten days. Special quarantine hotels are available for this purpose.
From June 7, Spain has opened its doors to those who can present a certificate of vaccination, regardless of which country they are traveling from.
For those traveling from an area classified as a high-risk area and not yet fully vaccinated, it is now also possible to show a so-called negative antigen test up to a maximum of 48 hours upon entry. Previously, a PCR test was required as soon as 72 hours before departure. Children under the age of 6 do not need to show a COVID test.
In addition, travelers to Spain are required to fill out a special health permit, the so-called FCS form, at most 48 hours before arrival. This applies to all travelers.