COVID-19 Guide: Latest Updates
Updated on 26 June: the government will keep monitoring the epidemiological situation in all countries and update the info every 14 days. Visitors from “safe countries” will be allowed to enter Norway, Denmark and Finland without self-quarantine or testing. From 15 July, visitors from all EU and Schengen countries except Portugal and Sweden can visit Norway, Denmark and Finland. The criteria for estimating the epidemiological situation will not change; however, since the situation in any country may change rapidly, a country that appears in the red zone again would be reimposed restrictions in 24 hours.
Nordiva Tours prioritizes the health and well-being of our employees and customers. In view of the latest developments regarding the new coronavirus in the world, we have gathered here all necessary information, news, and updates that may be useful and handy to the travelers.
Our managers continue to monitor the situation in the countries where we serve our customers, and we update this page as soon as the new relevant information appears. We have constant, ongoing communication with our customers concerning their upcoming bookings and inquiries.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these trying times. Nordiva Tours continues to serve our customers and friends with the utmost dedication and diligence.
Latest News About Destinations
From 15 June, Norway opened its borders to most Nordic countries, such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Åland, and the island of Gotland in Sweden. This means that the travelers will no longer be forced to self-quarantine for 14 days or have the mandatory testing at the airport and they can freely travel from these destinations to/from Norway.
You can travel from another Nordic country to Norway through Sweden in your own vehicle. If you stay overnight in Sweden, you will be forced to self-quarantine in Norway for 10 days – regardless whether you have symptoms or not. All the quarantine and travel restrictions apply to Sweden, except for the island of Gotland.
The Norwegian government will decide whether travelers from other European countries can visit Norway by 20 July. Until then, all the quarantine and travel restrictions apply to the travelers from outside the Nordic region. The country might be opened for travelers by August 1.
Currently, only travelers from Norway, Iceland and Germany with no signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 can enter the country. Travelers from other countries can enter Denmark only if they:
- Danish nationality
- Residence in Denmark
- Job a Denmark
- Necessity to attend a business meeting
- Perform services or transport goods into or out of Denmark
- You have another legal status in Denmark (e.g. being a spouse of a Danish resident)
- Other valid reasons (read here).
Sweden has extended an entry ban to the country (except the EU countries, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Iceland) at least until 30 June. Be aware that most countries (including Nordic states) force travelers from Sweden to self-quarantine for 14 days or prohibit entry.
Iceland will start accepting visitors from the EU and Schengen Area since 15 June. It is planned that visitors from the outside Schengen Area will be able to travel to Iceland from 1 July. However, travelers will have either to self-quarantine in Iceland for 14 days or be tested for the novel coronavirus upon arrival.
Those people who are healthy and their test results are negative will be able to explore Iceland. Any traveler who receives a positive test result will have to undergo further tests to either rule out or confirm the infection.
Finland opens its borders to travelers from Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania starting 15 June. Travelers from this country will not have to self-quarantine for 14 days, nor be tested for the coronavirus upon arrival.
Work-related, essential travel, and return to the country are possible from the EU, Schengen countries and the UK, but all the travelers from these countries will be recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days. The country remains closed for travelers from all countries except the ones mentioned above. The Finnish government is expected to review and update the restrictions at the end of June 2020.
- Customers travelling in June and July: currently, we are offering you an opportunity to change the dates of your trip, and a dedicated manager will keep in touch with you shortly. There will be no tours to any of our destinations in these months.
- Customers travelling in August to Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland: as the destination countries start to open up, we will be able to provide tours to these destinations. Those interested can book tours to Norway, Denmark and Iceland in August (currently, there are 2 scheduled tours to Norway that start on 24th and 28th August).
- Customers travelling to Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland in September and onwards: our managers continue to closely monitor the situation. You can pre-book existing tours on these days, but, given that the situation remains volatile, we grant you the flexibility to change dates if the epidemiological situation changes.
- Customers travelling to Sweden this year: there will be no available tours to Sweden this year. We advise against all but essential travel to Sweden in 2020.
Do you have any questions left about the travel to Scandinavia with our company? Check out this section with the most popular questions and answers to them.
Q: I have an upcoming trip later this year. Should I cancel?
Our managers continue to monitor the epidemiological situation and travel restrictions in the destination countries and they will keep you updated on a constant basis. If the trip is cancelled due to the restrictions or epidemiological situation caused by the novel coronavirus, we will offer you alternatives (such as changing the dates of your trip or getting a refund).
Q: Can I book a trip for the future dates?
Currently, you can make a booking of a trip to Norway, Denmark, Finland or Iceland in August 2020 or onwards. However, you must be aware of the fact that the situation is volatile and we might be forced to cancel your trip for factors beyond our control. Rest assured that our managers will keep you updated about your booking on a regular basis.
There will be no available trips to Sweden until the end of 2020.
Q: Are all the tours on your website currently available to the travelers?
Unfortunately, the coronavirus crisis has pushed out many of our partners out of the business. Additionally, some destinations will remain closed in the months to come. If the tour you are looking is not available, we will notify you about it and do our best to find a decent alternative.
Q: If I have questions, can I contact you?
Of course, we understand that this situation is extraordinary and Nordiva Tours is always here to answer your questions. You can contact us by phone, in WhatsApp or Viber, or through the contact form.
National and international health organizations:
- World Health Organization: updates on the novel coronavirus
- Center for Disease and Control Prevention on COVID-19
- Center for Disease and Control Prevention: Considerations for Travelers
- COVID-19 guide for UK travelers
- Official travel advice from the government of Canada
- Australia’s department of health on COVID-19
- New Zealand’s Safe Travel Site
Health and tourist organizations of the destination countries: