New Entry Restrictions: Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark

New COVID-19 Entry Restrictions: Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark


9/16 Update: As of 9/22, the Netherlands will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. who also have negative results from a rapid antigen test taken within the 24 hours prior to departure, or from a NAAT/PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to departure, with no self-quarantine required. See the Netherlands Reopening News.


The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark Have New COVID-19 Entry Restrictions for U.S. Travelers. The northern European countries join Italy, which tightened entry for U.S. visitors following the European Union's removal of the U.S. from its Safe Travel List.

Sweden: All U.S. Travelers Banned

Effective September 6, 2021, Sweden has banned U.S. visitors, along with visitors from Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, unless they fall into an approved exemption. Sweden is considering a future exemption for fully vaccinated travelers, but there's no ETA on if/when this may materialize.


The Netherlands: Unvaccinated Banned, Vaccinated Must Quarantine

Effective September 4, 2021, the U.S. is on the Netherlands' “Very High Risk” country list, which means that unvaccinated travelers are banned, and fully vaccinated or fully recovered travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days, with the potential to shorten the quarantine if, after 5 days of self-quarantine a COVID-19 test returns a negative result. The rules for fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. change on September 22, 2021, see above update.


Denmark: U.S. Now Orange, Unvaccinated Effectively Banned

Denmark categories countries as Green, Gold, Orange or Red. The U.S. was previously in the Gold list, but effective September 4, 2021 will be on the Orange list. Vaccinated travelers will still be able to travel to Denmark and be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements, if providing documentation indicating name, date of birth, vaccine name, vaccination status, and the date of vaccination (both first and second dose if your vaccine had more than one dose). 

Unvaccinated travelers, however, are effectively banned from traveling to Denmark, since they must have a “worthy purpose” for traveling to Denmark (which doesn't include tourism) and must quarantine for 10 days.


To date, other European countries including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, are allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers, and in most cases, unvaccinated travelers with a COVID-19 negative result. Always double check country entry requirements before booking tickets and continue to monitor closely, as entry requirements can change quickly.

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