Friday, May 14, 2021

Denmark Begins Phase 3 of Gradual Reopening of Travel Activities

The Danish authorities have announced that phase three of the gradual reopening of travel activities to and from Denmark will begin today, May 14.

The second phase of Denmark’s reopening plan started back on May 1, which enabled fully vaccinated travellers and children under the age of 18 who are permanent residents in Denmark to travel to orange-listed countries.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was revealed that from today the restrictions for countries and regions placed on the yellow list would be relaxed. Consequently, more travellers will be exempt from quarantine requirements after entering Denmark.

“The incidence limit for opening/closing yellow and orange countries/regions in the EU and Schengen countries is raised from the previous 20/30 to 50/60 (100,000 / 7 days). The country and regional colours as a result of the new incidence limit will be announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday afternoon and will be valid from Saturday at 16.00,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Moreover, the Ministry announced that now persons residing in a European Union or Schengen Area country placed on the orange list will be allowed to enter the country without an essential purpose. However, they will still be subject to post-entry self-isolation and testing requirements unless they have been previously infected or fully vaccinated.

The isolation requirement for entries from orange EU and Schengen Area countries expires on June 26, during phase four, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

On the other hand, the requirement for yellow countries’ arrivals to undergo testing before boarding the aircraft is abolished. Nevertheless, the requirement to undergo COVID-19 testing after landing in Denmark continues to remain effective.

In contrast, children under the age of 15 are not required to undergo testing before or after landing in the country.

The same Ministry pointed out that new exemption rules for quarantine requirements have been introduced for pregnant and breastfeeding women who travel together with their vaccinated partner. The partner still has to follow the restrictions set up for those who are fully vaccinated.

In terms of the travel restrictions, the Danish citizens who have completed the vaccination process by a European Medicines Agency (EMA) vaccine in a country outside the EU or Schengen Area are equal to those vaccinated in an EU/Schengen Area country. This means that they are exempt from testing and isolation requirements when entering Denmark.

Similarly, tourists from a border country will also be exempt from the self-isolation requirement after entering Denmark.

The exemption from the travel advice for fully vaccinated and previously infected people does not apply when travelling from a country placed on the red list due to concerns regarding virus variants.

Last week, the Danish authorities decided to allow Israeli travellers to enter the country without an essential purpose after the country was added to the orange list.

In contrast, Denmark decided to ban entry to all arrivals from India after the latter registered record numbers of COVID-19 infections.



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