TUI, Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, BA latest: Travel rules for Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland
As Christmas approaches by leaps and bounds, many will be looking for a winter trip.
While travel restrictions have mostly been lifted here in the UK, there are still a number of rules and expectations in Scandinavia and Central Europe that travelers should be aware of.
For anyone returning to the UK, the rules now depend on one’s vaccination status rather than the destination.
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People who have been double-vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to isolate themselves, while those who have not received both stings must be quarantined for 10 days.
Other countries also have different entry rules for travelers depending on their vaccination status.
Although travel restrictions have eased in England, it is also important to check the entry requirements for Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Here is everything you need to know about traveling to each country.
Travelers from the UK can enter Switzerland for all travel purposes as long as they are fully vaccinated and can show proof.
Those who are not fully vaccinated can only enter the country for a number of limited reasons, such as whether they are Swiss citizens, EU citizens or those with a residence permit.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet any of the exceptions do not have the right to enter Switzerland.
All travelers must also fill out a form to find passengers.
Vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination upon entry if they want to avoid having to isolate themselves.
For single-use vaccines, such as Johnson & Johnson, you must show that you received the vaccine more than 21 but no more than 270 days before arrival.
For double-injection vaccines, such as AstraZeneca or Moderna, you must show that you received the second injection no more than 360 days before arrival.
Travelers who are not vaccinated must show proof of recovery from Covid and self-isolate for 10 days.
They may leave self-isolation after five days with a new negative PCR test result.
The Swedish government has announced that travelers who can present a British vaccine certificate are exempt from the entry ban to Sweden and the requirement for a covid-19 test.
Vaccinated travelers can enter Sweden for all purposes without having to test themselves or self-isolate themselves, as long as they are fully vaccinated for at least two weeks.
Travelers who are not vaccinated will need to show proof that they are exempt from the current travel ban.
They must also have a valid test taken within the last 48 hours or proof that they are exempt from the test requirements.
Your ability to enter Norway depends on your personal circumstances, for example whether you are vaccinated or not.
Those who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to Norway by showing their Covid passport, and will not have to present proof of a negative test, fill in a registration form, be tested at the border or quarantine after arrival.
Travelers from the UK who cannot show proof of complete vaccination must complete a self-declaration form within 72 hours of travel and can be tested on arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers must also be quarantined in their home or hotel for 10 days after arrival.
However, they can end the quarantine early with a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after entry.
Entry to Finland also depends on vaccination status.
Vaccinated travelers must show proof that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
Travelers who are not vaccinated must present proof of a significant or compassionate reason to enter the country.
If they have received a negative Covid test within 72 hours before the trip and / or a first dose of Covid vaccine at least two weeks before arrival, they will need to take a Covid test between days three and five in Finland.
If the traveler has no evidence of a vaccination dose or negative Covid test, he must perform a Covid test no later than 24 hours after arrival.
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