Denmark opens to tourism to and from all but six EU countries

Denmark opens to tourism to and from all but six EU countries
Two countries were off-limits due to infection rates and four in retaliation for restrictions on Denmark. Photo: Statens Serum Institute.
The UK, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Romania, and all of Sweden except the region of Västerbotten are all off-limits for tourism under the country's new travel guidelines, published on Thursday.
Under the new guidelines, travel to these countries is only recommended if “strictly necessary” to Danish residents, while tourists from these countries will be barred from Denmark. 
 
Travel to and from other EU and Schengen countries is now permitted without restriction. 
 
“Today's relaxation of the travel guide shows that both Denmark and most of Europe stand a significantly better place than we had dared to hope just a short time ago,” said Denmark's foreign minister Jeppe Kofod, in a statement
 
“But the new travel guidance map also shows quite clearly how variable the situation still is. There are still pockets with a high number of new infected and there are still countries with entry restrictions.” 
 
While Sweden and Portugal were marked 'orange' because Denmark's national infectious diseases agency, Statens Serum Institut, judged that they have a high incidence of coronavirus, the UK, Ireland, Malta and Romania were marked 'orange' under a new criterion barring countries which impose travel restrictions and quarantine on people from Denmark. 
 
Kofod pointed out that even open countries were marked 'yellow', meaning travellers had to be extra careful. 
 
 
 

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The guidelines will be updated every Thursday. 
 
In the press release, Denmark's government said it was working on extending the criteria so that travel could also restart to countries outside the EU. 
 
“Work is currently underway on a model for opening to certain third countries which have a reasonable infection pressure, a sufficiently developed test regime, reliable reporting and, moreover, a pandemic that is comparable to that of European countries,” it said. 
 
“In addition, it will be a prerequisite for easing the travel guide that the country in question does not have significant entry restrictions on Danish travellers.” 
 

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