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COVID-19 Travel restriction update

From 1 February the entry restrictions for foreigners travelling to Denmark have been eased and some important changes have been made.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

As COVID-19 is no longer classified as a critical illness, the Danish entry restrictions have been adjusted to the new situation.

However, the Danish Government is still monitoring foreign virus developments and the easing of restrictions now runs until 28 February 2022.

The most important is that testing is no longer a mandatory requirement regardless of the travellers vaccine status or travel origin when entering Denmark as a foreign traveller. Also more vaccines have been approved as valid for entry to Denmark.

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This means that foreigners travelling to Denmark, who have received their full vaccine shots from not only the five EU approved vaccines but also from a further four vaccines; Covishield, Covaxin, Sinovac and Sinopharm can enter Denmark without restrictions, without testing or isolation requirements.

Their vaccine status is enough to enter the country. This brings the number of approved vaccines for entry to Denmark up from five to nine vaccines.

The above is also valid for cruise ship travellers who may enter the country on the same basis as above.

Entry without testing or isolation is also valid for those who have proof of a past covid-19 infection. Proof of previous infection is a positive PCR test taken at least 11 days prior to entry but no more than 180 days prior to entry.

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Travellers from an EU/Schengen country, who do not have proof of vaccination or former infection, must take a test no later than 24 hours after entry unless they have a valid test prior to entry, a valid test is either an antigen test no older than 48 hours or a PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to entry.

For those who enter from a country outside of the EU/Schengen area who do not have proof of vaccination with one of the nine valid vaccines, nor proof of a former infection: they must take note of the status of the country they are travelling from.

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Denmark defines risk and high-risk countries and for those who are arriving from a COVID-19 risk country (at present there are 13 such countries outside of the EU/Schengen area) they will be subject to testing 24 hours after arrival.

For those arriving from a high-risk country, this is the rest of the world, they will be subject both to testing as well as 10 days in isolation.

There are exceptions to the rules for test and isolation for instance for children below the age of 15.

As of 31 January 2022, the following COVID-19 risk countries are: Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, The United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Uruguay. And risk regions are Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan.

Upon entry from COVID-19 high-risk countries for travellers who are not vaccinated or previously infected, testing is still a requirement, and it can be either prior to entry (for non-residents the prior to entry test remains mandatory, for Danish residents the test can be after entry) and isolation for 10 days is required.

The isolation is both for Danish residents and those who are not residents. The isolation can be broken on the sixth day with a negative PCR test.

All countries that are not EU/Schengen countries, COVID-19 risk countries or risk regions or countries with a cause for concern virus variant are high risk countries.

The Danish language version on the website has been updated but the English language version is not yet fully updated,

Your Danish Life has based the information in this article on the updated Danish language coronasmitte site and the press release from the Danish authorities.

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