CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
NORDIC & BALTIC COUNTRIES
NORWAY

​The Norwegian borders are still closed for all but Norwegian citizens and foreigners that possess a residence permit or a work permit. Travel advice for leisure travel from the Nordic countries will be updated by June 15th and by July 20th for other nearby European countries.

  • The government has closed the borders to foreign nationals who lack a residence or work permit in Norway and as a general rule, this will apply until August 20th. Foreigners will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. 

  • By 15 June, the Norwegian government will decide whether or not to open up the borders for travellers from the Nordic countries. Before 20 July, the government will decide if travellers from other nearby countries can visit Norway at all this summer.

  • People with Norwegian passports or residence/work permits who have arrived in Norway from another country must stay in quarantine at home for 10 days after arrival, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. If they have symptoms, they must be isolated immediately.

  • All travellers coming from abroad must undergo quarantine if they wish to stay in Norway. One provision in the regulations provides that persons who travel in connection with work between their home and workplace, and in so doing cross the borders between Norway, Sweden and Finland, are exempt from the duty of quarantine.

  • Norwegian main airports are not closed. All Norwegian citizens and persons who live or work in Norway will continue to be let into the country. Exemptions will, therefore, be provided for European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and their family members who reside in Norway. Exemptions are also being prepared for EEA citizens who work in Norway

DENMARK

The borders to Denmark remain closed to foreign visitors but a slow re-opening inside the country has begun.

The Danish government has closed the Danish borders to control the spread of the coronavirus. Danish citizens are allowed to re-enter the country, but visitors from other countries are denied entry. The Danish government will reassess the temporary border controls and the related entry ban as well as the existing travel warnings by June 1st at the latest.  According to the government's published statement, people wishing to visit family members in Denmark are also denied entry unless they are visiting a seriously ill relative.

 

On May 7, the Danish government announced a relaxation of corona protection measures in shops, restaurants and schools from May 11 and 18, 2020.

It means that:

• Shopping centers are allowed to open from Monday, May 11th.

• Restaurants and cafés may reopen from May 18th.

• Students from the 6th grade should be allowed to go back to school from May 18. After school ("Efterskoler") may also open.

• Libraries, churches and religious communities may reopen from May 18.

• Popular outdoors sports and professional sport without spectators are also allowed.

• Safari parks, where guests drive around in cars, are allowed to open.

• In order to open, organisations and institutions must comply with guidelines regarding distance and hygiene.

To contain the coronavirus, the Danish government had taken steps to close all public facilities and encourage as many people as possible to stay at home. This included restrictions that prohibit the gathering of more than 10 people. Public venues such as galleries, attractions and concert venues are also closed, and many festivals and events for 2020 have been canceled or postponed.

From June 8, further easing has been agreed.

SWEDEN

Sweden currently has imposed travel restrictions. In light of the continued uncertainty regarding international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA has extended the advice against non-essential travel from Sweden to all countries that was decided on 14 March 2020 until 15 July 2020.  EU citizens and people who have a residence permit in Sweden may still enter the country for the purpose of returning to their homes. Secondly, people with particularly urgent needs or who are to carry out essential functions in Sweden may enter the country. This may be healthcare professionals, staff transporting goods or people with imperative family reasons, for example.​

FINLAND

Finland is opening up one step at a time after declaring a nationwide state of emergency due to the Covid19/Coronavirus outbreak.

International travellers from the EU Schengen Area may enter Finland from 14 May onwards if they have a permanent work contract in Finland or essential reason to do so. Proof of employment needs to be presented at the border when entering Finland. Those entering Finland are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, spending time only at home or at their work place.

International passenger flights will continue to arrive only at Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn airports. Finnish airports strongly recommend using face masks. In all transport, passengers must remember to avoid physical contacts, maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. When leaving the airport or harbour, using your own car or taking a taxi is recommended. Ticket sales for maritime passenger traffic are being reopened. Tickets may be sold to anyone who has the right of entry. The conditions for entry will be verified at the port.

Restaurants in Finland can gradually begin serving customers on location starting 1 June but restrictions to opening times and customer numbers may apply. Currently many restaurants are closed or sell takeaway.

Cultural venues will also gradually open as of 1 June. However large events of over 500 people will not be allowed until 31 July. Gatherings of over 50 people will also become possible as of 1 June until further notice.

ICELAND

​Icelandic authorities have taken preventive steps to contain the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country. As Iceland has few entry points and the lowest population density in Europe, the country has been able to move swiftly to identify, communicate with and, where necessary, quarantine Icelandic residents.

On 12 May, The Government of Iceland announced that it expects to start easing restrictions on international arrivals no later than 15 June 2020, while from 15 May some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine. The exact details of the revisions will be decided by the Government’s multisector working group, however it is expected they will give travellers the choice between a test for the virus on arrival or a two-week quarantine. More information here.

You can find further information on these pages:

ESTONIA

Estonian borders are slowly opening towards the neighbouring countries and as the emergency situation is ended, there still will remain restrictions.

The Government approved an order extending the restrictions on crossing the Estonian state border and 14-day quarantine requirement for persons who had previously been subject to this requirement. Latvian or Lithuanian citizens, holders of residence permits, or persons with a right of residence in these countries who have no symptoms of the disease, may enter Estonia without an obligation for quarantine.


Finnish citizens, holders of residence permits or persons with a right of residence in Finland, who have no symptoms of the disease, who come to Estonia to work, study or for unavoidable family reasons such as meeting with their close relatives, attending a funeral or a wedding, or need to visit due to a case of illness, can also enter Estonia.


A foreign national without any symptoms of the disease, travelling to their home country is also allowed to transit through Estonia.


People without symptoms of the disease, who have had the right to enter Estonia previously without an obligation to stay in quarantine, may continue to do so. For example, people transporting goods and raw materials, persons involved in the international carriage of cargo and passengers, persons involved in the technical work of a company operating in Estonia, health care providers, diplomats, people arriving within the framework of international military cooperation, etc.

LATVIA

​The Latvian government has declared a state of emergency in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 i.e. coronavirus epidemic. The situation means special measures, some of which also affect tourism in Latvia. 

  • State of emergency in Latvia is extended until June 9, but restrictions are eased. After May 12, people will be allowed to gather indoors and outdoors for both public and private events (still ensuring 2 meters distancing), but their number should not exceed 25. Indoor events should not last longer than three hours, while there are no limits for outdoor events.

  • Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania agreed to open their mutual borders to each other from May 15 and resume air, sea, bus and rail transport between countries. People arriving from Estonia and Lithuania to Latvia will not have to stay in isolation for 14 days.

  • Also it is decided to allow to organize tourism services for trips within the Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

  • People using public transport in Latvia will be required to cover their mouth and nose (with mask or scarf). This includes international flights, buses etc. 

  • Culture, entertainment, sports and other facilities will be allowed to be open from 7 a.m. until midnight. People still must observe a distance of two-by-two meters (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces). Please, follow information published by providers.

  • Strategy of Latvian government for the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions

  • Travelling to Latvia

LITHUANIA

​Lithuania announced a nation-wide quarantine from March 16 to May 31. During this time period, foreign citizens, except those having a residence or work permit, won't be allowed entry.  

  • foreign citizens cannot enter the country (exempt from the ruling are those that have a valid residence permit, as well as truck drivers, diplomats, NATO enlisted and support personnel as well as their family members);

  • transit of people returning to their country via Lithuanian territory is possible;

  • Lithuanian citizens are barred from exiting the country, except citizens returning to their country of residence or work;

  • all mass events are banned with the exception of events in open spaces where participants do not exit their vehicles;

  • movement of goods is unrestricted;

  • inter-city buses are instructed to limit the number of passengers;

  • all public institutions will provide services only remotely;

  • all cafes, bars and restaurants to provide takeaway services only.

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WTTC works alongside its Members, governments, health experts and other industry associations are working together to achieve effective recovery protocols by developing meaningful action plans that optimise sector-wide recovery efforts.

 

Part of the WTTC protocols include providing the public & private sectors with the insights & toolkits for interaction & implementation to ensure that people are and feel safe. It is paramount to have common rules. Ultimately, we envision a future of travel which is safe, secure, seamless and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to the traveller across the journey; one which supports the livelihoods of millions and contributes to sustainable economic growth.

We will create short protocol reports for at least nine industries within Travel & Tourism to align the private sector behind common standards to ensure the safety of its workforce and travellers as the sector shifts to a new normal.

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