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Lapland 2021 Travel Update

We are so excited to send you to Lapland for a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We hope you are just as excited, but we understand that you may have some questions as you prepare for your trip.

Lapland Travel Advice

Updated 16 December 2021

Travelling to Lapland

Can I travel to Lapland?

Yes! Finland is on the UK's green list, accepts the European Covid passport, and is welcoming visitors from the UK, Ireland, and many other countries.

There are still some specific requirements in place for travellers. We can't predict how these will change, but have summarised the key things you would need to know if you were to travel to Lapland from in December 2021.

Travelling to Lapland from the UK

  • It has been announced that Finland will require a negative Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel) to be taken within the 48hrs, prior to entry to Finland and this comes into effect on Tuesday 21st December.
  • Over 18’s require a vaccination certificate and negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel) taken within 48 hours
  • Children born in 2005 or earlier (age 16-17) require negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel) taken within 48 hours
  • Children born in 2006 or later (15 and under) are exempt
  • How this affects your trip
    • Customers on a 1 day tours - take a Rapid Antigen Test before travelling and that will now cover you for both your entry to Finland and your return to UK.
    • Customers on a 2-night tour - take a Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel), in the early morning, before your flight. Your negative result now covers you for your entry to Finland and your journey back home again.
    • Customers on a 3-night or longer tour - all customers are urged to source another Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel), to be taken in the 48 hrs before your flight, to enter Finland.
  • This test to enter Finland, is in addition to the tests required to return to the UK and the Day2 PCR, as required by the UK Government.
  • As with all testing for travel, you must purchase a Rapid Antigen Lateral Flow test, specifically for travel. You cannot use the free, NHS version, although we encourage all customers to test regularly in the run-up to their trip.
  • You cannot enter Finland with a Covid recovery certificate alone, you must also be fully vaccinated.
  • You can enter Finland from the UK if you were fully vaccinated 7 days or more before your arrival date. A Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate for Travel is required.
  • Children aged 17 and younger can travel to Finland when accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.
  • You will not be required to quarantine/isolate.

Returning to the UK

  • From Tuesday 7 December 2021 all passengers from the age of 12 and above will be required to take a pre-departure Covid test in resort within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time of your return flight to the UK. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you could take a test any time on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The test result must be available for boarding.
    • Day Trips: you will need to pre-purchase and register your Lateral Flow tests. The tests should be taken within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time for your return flight to the UK. This allows you to take the test, get the results and complete your Passenger Locator Form in the UK before you start your trip.
    • Short Breaks: for 2 day trips and longer, pre-purchased and registered Lateral Flow Tests can be taken with you, for you to test in resort and upload the results prior to completing your Passenger Locator Form.
  • Trips departing on 6, 7 and 8 December: we will contact you directly, in departure date order, to confirm any specific testing arrangements for your tour.
  • Trips departing 9 December and later: we will email you on Monday, 6 December with further information on the updated testing requirements.
  • NOTE: our phone lines are very busy: we ask you please to avoid phoning us at this time, and to wait for us to contact you. We will be in touch with you directly by email or phone.
  • Along with a pre-departure test to be taken in resort the following is still valid:
  • If you are returning to an airport in England you have to order a Day 2 PCR Test for each member of your party aged 5 and over, to be taken on either of the two days following your return. Each member of your party aged 5 and over must self-isolate until they receive a negative result of their PCR Test.
  • If you are returning to an airport in Scotland you have to order a Day 2 PCR Test for each member of your party aged 11 and over, to be taken on either of the two days following your return. Each member of your party aged 11 and over must self-isolate until they receive a negative result of their PCR Test.
  • You must complete a Passenger Locator Form for your family, before your journey to the UK, including the reference number of your Day 2 test.

You can find a quick link to your Tour Operators latest travel advice below

Travelling to Lapland from Ireland

  • You can enter Finland from Ireland if you were fully vaccinated 14 days or more before your arrival date. An EU Digital Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate is required.
  • You can also travel to Finland if you have recovered from Covid-19 within the six months prior to your trip and have a Covid-19 Recovery Certificate.
  • Children aged 17 and younger can travel to Finland when accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.
  • You will not be required to quarantine/isolate.

Returning to Ireland

  • You must have proof of vaccination or proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months.
  • If you are unable to provide either of the above, you will be required to provide a negative RT-PCR test. This test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.
  • Children age 12-17 years will be required to take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travelling to Ireland unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.
  • Further information regarding travelling to Ireland with children can be found HERE
  • You will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form for your family before returning to Dublin.

Note: if anyone in your party does not meet the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate, Recovery Certificate, or age requirements at the time of travel, we may be unable to accept them as a guest, and they could be denied boarding at the airport. If you feel this circumstance may apply to anyone in your party, please contact us to discuss the options available.

Passports Requirements For UK Passengers

Check your passport dates now!

Any UK citizen entering Finland, including children, must have a full passport, valid for at least 3 months after your arrival date.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, the expiry date may have had extra months added. Those extra months do not count towards the minimum 3 months needed for travel in Europe: the expiry date will be measured based on the issue date plus 10 years. You can check if your passport is valid via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe

Passport Requirements for Passengers from Ireland

You can check if your passport is valid for travel via the following link: https://www.dfa.ie

The rules for citizens of other countries vary.

Check the names on your booking match the names on the passports

It is important that the first name and the last name given when you book your trip match the names shown on your passport. If they do not, you may not be allowed to board the aircraft.

Please check your booking confirmation and your travel documents now. If there are any problems, please contact us as soon as possible.

Where do I find Lapland travel updates?

We continually check the official guidance from the UK and Finnish governments, the local health authorities, and ABTA, and will update this page when there are significant changes. We understand that you may wish to keep an eye on the travel guidance for peace of mind or to check how it applies to your specific circumstances. For more travel and health information regarding your Lapland trip, please see the links below:

Here to help

If you have any questions which have not been answered above, please get in touch: our Lapland experts are here to help!