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Updated Tuesday 12 July 2022

Important Travel Update

Entry restrictions to Finland that were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic ended on June 30, 2022.  Border checks have now returned to pre-pandemic procedures and, at this time, 3rd country entrants are no longer required to hold Covid-19 vaccination or test certificates.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our customers to Lapland. Should any further changes be announced by the UK or Finnish goverment regarding entry to Finland, we will update this page accordingly.

For further information relating to the current entry requirements to Finland, passport validity and Visas please visit the UK Government website for guidance at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland/entry-requirements. For other non-EU citizens, please check with your local Finnish Embassy. 

Updated Monday 20 Dec 2021

Important Travel Update

From 21st December, all fully vaccinated adults (age 16yrs+) travelling to Finland, must also present a negative Covid-19 test or will be denied entry. 

The test must be a certified, Antigen Lateral Flow or PCR test, taken within the 48hrs prior to arrival.  The test can be a self-administered test but must meet the following criteria:

The UK Government approved test certificates with the following data will be accepted for entering Finland starting from 21st December 2021

  • Name of the person
  • Date of birth
  • Date when the sample was taken (Test shall not be more than 48 hours old)
  • Test method (antigen/lateral flow test or PCR)
  • The Name of the issuing laboratory, institute or authority

For those travelling on our day tours or 2-night Christmas Sparkle tour, our previous advice to you has not changed. You should test before travel and your test for entry to Finland will also be valid for return to the UK.

Our Christmas at Luosto customers and those travelling on our New Year Arctic Adventure tours, must now ensure that they have tests in place that meet the above criteria.

Please also see the revised, info graphic:

View the approved entry requirements to Finland here

For further information, please visit the Finnish Border Guard website


Updated Sunday 19 Dec 2021

Important Travel Update

The local health authority in Rovaniemi has imposed a temporary rule, that will remain in place in Rovaniemi until the change of law on 21st December.  

For Rovaniemi airport arrivals today and tomorrow, passengers are being asked to show a lateral flow or PCR test certificate, certified by a laboratory and taken within 48hrs of arrival. 

From 21st December, the Finnish Government restriction, already announced will apply. 

If our customers are required to test on arrival, either today or tomorrow, we will assist in that process and organise this locally; the tests required are Antigen Lateral Flow Tests, to be taken within 24hrs of arrival and will be supplied free of charge. Customers may continue with their tour content and activities, there is no requirement to quarantine. 

Information about this process has been difficult to understand as the rules changed partway through the day, with no notice nor explanation to Tour Operators. 


Updated Saturday 18 Dec 2021

Important Travel Update from Canterbury Travel - Lapland 2021

You may have seen information yesterday about new entry test requirements for Finland from 21 December.

In addition, Finland has now announced that UK visitors age 16yrs+ may be tested on arrival for covid-19 with immediate effect.

To avoid the delay and disruption to your arrival that this process may cause, we urge all adults travelling with us, to try and secure a certified, antigen lateral flow test for travel to be taken before your flight. This will enable you to show proof of a negative result on arrival if asked. 

We are aware that many local pharmacies and the airport, offer this service and that many of you may already have secured spare tests, that can be used for this purpose.  The free, NHS tests are not accepted for travel. 


Updated Thursday 16 Dec 2021

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 

 
This is how it affects our customers:  

  • Our 1 day tours - not affected, you have your Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel) already, to take before travelling and that will now cover you for both your entry to Finland and your return to UK. 

  • Our 2-night tours - we are already asking our 2-night customers to take their 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.   

  • Our Christmas at Luosto 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.  

  • Our New Year tour - all customers are urged to source another Rapid Antigen Test (Lateral Flow test for travel), to be taken in the 48 hours 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. 

Latest Travel Information - Test changes - Updated Mon 06 Dec 2021

The UK government has announced a change to Covid testing requirements which will affect you before you travel and for your return home to the UK.

You now need to pre-purchase and register Lateral Flow Tests for everyone age 12 and above before you travel

For day trip customers, the Lateral Flow Tests will need to be taken within 48 hours of the departure of your return flight to the UK. This means that you will be able to get the result and complete the Passenger Locator Form, before you leave for your day trip.

For passengers travelling on our short breaks (2,3,4 and 6-night tours), pre-purchased and registered Lateral Flow Tests should be taken with you to Lapland. Local testing facilities are not readily available. We advise all our clients to take a pre-departure test with them.

You will then be ready to take the tests in the resort and the results are emailed to you ready to present at check-in, within 48 hours of the departure of your return flight to the UK. 

For example, this means if you travel directly to the UK on Friday, you can take a test anytime on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The test result must be available for boarding.

You also now need to book a Day 2 PCR Test before you come home

You must book a Day 2 PCR Test for everyone aged 5 or older

Anyone arriving into the UK from abroad must now book a Day 2 PCR Test. This test must be taken on the day of arrival in the UK (day 0), or on one of the following two days (day 1 and day 2).

You must book a test for each adult, and for any children aged 5 years or more on the date of arrival in the UK. Children aged less than 5 do not need to be tested.

On arrival in the UK, vaccinated adults and any children aged 5 years or more must self-isolate until you receive a negative result for your PCR Test. If anyone tests positive, they will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

The PCR test must be booked before your return to the UK, as you will need the reference number when you complete your Passenger Locator Form.

Your airline may refuse travel if you cannot show proof that you have booked a Day 2 PCR Test.

Please note: the testing and self-isolation requirements for unvaccinated travellers vary; you can find out more on the UK Government website

All other travel and entry requirements remain unchanged.

 


In light of the latest government travel advice coming into effect Tuesday 7 December 2021 please see below our current advice.

If you are travelling on the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th of December, we have testing capacity in resorts already. Please go ahead and enjoy your holiday; you will be updated on arrival about the process that we have put in place for all passengers age 12+ to take a Lateral Flow test in the required time frame, to return to the UK.

For those travelling from 9th December onwards, our current understanding is:

If you have a day tour booked during December, you will need to pre-purchase and register your Lateral Flow tests, to be taken within 48 hrs of your departing flight to travel back to the UK. You will be able to get the result and complete your Passenger Locator Form before you leave for your trip. 

For those booked on our 2, 3, 4 & 6 night tours departing from 9th December, pre-purchased and registered Lateral Flow Tests should be taken with you, ready to test in resort and upload results on your Passenger Locator Forms, in the correct time frame.

It is still necessary to also pre-book and take your Day2 PCR tests, after your return. 

We will continue to seek clarity on Government travel arrangements and will keep our website updated accordingly. We will also contact our clients in tour date order and by email, in due course.  

We are a small, dedicated team and we will do our best to update customers and respond to your questions, but we need your patience and understanding while we gather the information and put the necessary arrangements in place.


We are excited to welcome 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.

· Travelling to Lapland

· What to expect in Lapland

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 Nov 30, 2021.

Travelling to Lapland from the UK

· From the 21st of December the Finish government require proof of a negative covid test within 48 hours of your arrival in Finland. This can be a lateral flow test but must be purchased from a private provider. We are awaiting further clarification on whether this applies to children.

· 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 - updated 5 December 2021

· From Tuesday 7 December 2021 all passengers from the age of 12 and above will be required to take a pre-departure test in resort within 48 hours of your departure time. Please see above for full information.

· 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.

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, Irish 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:

· UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice for Finland

· Irish Department for Foreign Affairs travel advice for Finland

 

What to expect when you arrive

A magical trip in safe surroundings

Your safety and that of your children – and for Santa and his helpers! – is our most important consideration.

To ensure you have the most magical time with us in Lapland, we will be putting in place some very simple measures to offer you that extra level of safety and reassurance. We do not plan to make any adjustments to your tour itinerary that will change your experience with us, it will be as magical and as memorable as ever!

Covid common sense

· You are required to wear face coverings at the airport and onboard your flight.

· We ask everyone to wear face coverings onboard coach transfers and in crowded areas.

· Our staff will use face shields or face coverings when in close contact with you.

· Hand sanitiser stations will be available at all the locations we visit, and we recommend you bring your own supply for when you are out and about.

· Our thermal suits and boots will be sanitised, refreshed, and rotated between tours.

· Coaches and equipment will be regularly cleaned and sanitised throughout the day.

· Meal times will be staggered to ensure that restaurants are not overcrowded.

Your meeting with Santa

Santa and his Special Elves will not be wearing masks but will be carefully positioned to ensure that you feel comfortable. Santa will be seated at his desk or in his rocking chair, ready to greet you and we will ensure that you can still get that very special photograph with him, something to treasure for years to come.

Our staff

Our staff are travelling to Lapland a little earlier than in previous years for extra training to ensure that our tours operate in a Covid-safe way and comply with all the latest health and safety regulations so that our clients and staff stay safe and well. All of our staff will be fully vaccinated and tested regularly.

 

Here to help

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

You can email us at [email protected] or call us on 0800 2700150 or from Ireland 1800 827300.

We cannot wait to share the magic of Lapland with you, our preparations are well underway. Santa and his Special Elves very much look forward to greeting you all!