Denmark may lose UK quarantine-free travel status

Denmark is at risk of losing its travel corridor with the UK this week, with its seven-day infection rate on Sunday hitting 30 per 100,000, far above the UK's threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people.

Denmark may lose UK quarantine-free travel status
UK passport control at Heathrow Airport. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP
The prospect was raised by the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Sunday. 
If the UK reviews Denmark's travel corridor status this week, that means that travellers from Denmark to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 
Denmark was exempted from the UK's quarantine regulations on July 4th, when the country brought in its first travel corridors for low-infection countries.  
The risk to Denmark's status comes as travellers from Sweden were on Saturday exempted from the UK's quarantine requirement following a sharp drop in its seven-day infection rate. 

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Denmark tightens rules on travel from UK to slow Delta variant

Denmark is to tighten restrictions for travel from the UK in response to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, which was first detected in India, and has now become the dominant variant among samples sequenced in the UK.

Denmark tightens rules on travel from UK to slow Delta variant
A member of staff at the UK's Heathrow Airport helps a passenger in May. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The new tighter restrictions will apply from midnight on Thursday and will remain in place until June 26th, the Danish foreign ministry said in a press release issued late on Tuesday.

Under the new restrictions, travellers from the UK to Denmark will need to show a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old before boarding a flight from the UK. Previously it was also possible to show a negative antigen, or rapid, test. 

Anyone resident in the UK who enters Denmark by sea, land or plane will also need to show a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old.

The country is also changing its travel advice to warn Danish residents and citizens against travelling, even for business reasons, to four hard-hit areas: Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton and Rossendale. These areas will be classed as “red” in Denmark’s traffic light system.

Anyone entering Denmark from these areas, or who lives in these areas, will also be subject to the guidelines for “red countries”, Denmark’s toughest restrictions, meaning only those whose reason for travel is included in the country’s shortest list of “essential reasons” can enter Denmark.

The travel guidance for the rest of the UK will remain “orange”, with all unnecessary travel to the UK for Danish residents discouraged.

The ministry does not advise Danish travellers currently in the UK to travel home, but asks them instead to be aware of whether they have stayed in one of the four high risk areas during their trip.

The stricter travel rules for the UK do not affect the decision from June 5th to allow UK citizens who have been fully vaccinated to travel to Denmark without needing to prove a “worthy purpose”, show a negative test result before boarding, or self-isolate on arrival.