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Corona passport: What you need to know about Danish Covid-19 vaccine and test documentation

‘Corona passports’ are to become an essential item for certain services in Denmark in coming weeks. What are they, and how do you access and use them?

Corona passport: What you need to know about Danish Covid-19 vaccine and test documentation
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Denmark has introduced a requirement for documentation of Covid-19 immunity in the form of a so-called ‘coronapas’ (corona passport) for customers at certain service industry businesses.

The use of the passports while be further expanded as the country continues its schedule for lifting coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks. Corona passports play a key role in the rules authorities will put in place to facilitate reopening.

Starting on Tuesday, the passports will be required for people wanting to go to hairdressers, and for when outdoor service of food and drinks resumes on April 21st. They will then be needed at restaurants which are scheduled to open on May 6th and then a slew of other activities when most businesses will be allowed to reopen on May 21st.

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What does a Danish corona passport show?

The ‘corona passport’ certifies that the holder has had a negative test in the last 72 hours, a vaccination or has recently recovered from Covid-19, conferring immunity to the disease.

Paper certificates can also be given distributed to vaccinated people or those who have tested negative but do not have a smartphone. 

If you are using the passport to show you have been vaccinated, you will be able to use it from two weeks after the date of your final vaccination dose (the second dose for all types currently used in Denmark; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which will be used from this month, requires only one dose).

Recent negative tests must have been taken within the last 72 hours. Both PCR tests and rapid (antigen) tests are valid.

If you have recovered from coronavirus within the last three months, you may also be able to use this as a valid corona passport. A positive test taken within the last 2-12 weeks is considered valid documentation. If your positive result came via a rapid test, health authorities recommend you take a subsequent PCR test to confirm the result.

Where do I get the corona passport?

There are currently three options here: the MinSundhed app; the public health website sundhed.dk or; if you are exempted from using digital public services, a physical passport sent in the mail.

It should be noted that the current two digital platforms will eventually be replaced by a new dedicated technology for corona passports, scheduled to be introduced in late May.

The MinSundhed app can be downloaded from either Google Play or the App Store. You then log in to the app using the secure digital ID system used in Denmark, NemID.

Once logged in, you will be able to select “Coronapas” for the vaccine passport; or “Se dine Covdid-19 svar” for test results. Here either a positive or negative previous test may be the appropriate documentation, depending on the date of the test. The test date is displayed as “Prøvetagningstidspunkt” once you select the test you want to use as documentation.

If you do not have or do not want to use the app, you can log in, download and print (physically or as a pdf file) both vaccine documentation and test results via sundhed.dk. The website requires you to log in using your NemID, which can be done on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

It is also permissible to use rapid test results which have been sent to you by private operators as corona passports.

Non-digital corona passports are available for people who are exempted from using digital public services requiring NemID. In these cases, people who are already fully vaccinated will be sent paper corona passports by post from April 9th, and others will receive them when they complete vaccination.

Danish authorities also say that physical documentation of PCR tests is in development and that rapid test providers will soon be required to offer it if they do not already do so.

An additional option is to give a carer or loved one power of attorney to access vaccination and test documentation via sundhed.dk.

Who can be exempted from using a corona passport?

Children under the age of 15 and persons who are unable to take Covid-19 tests for medical reasons or who are otherwise advised not to take them are not required to show corona passports to use the services listed above.

Can it be used for travel?

Not universally. But Danish authorities have said that it is their “clear expectation” that the passports will at some point be used to help facilitate foreign travel, initially to other EU countries and then the rest of the world.

However, the existing documentation options on the MinSundhed and sundhed.dk platforms can be used as valid forms of documentation if needed when travelling, according to official information.

Is the corona passport here to stay?

Use of corona passports was introduced in last month’s plan, announced after an agreement was reached between the minority government and a broad section of parliament. The agreement includes a sundown clause on the corona passports.

That means that they can no longer be required (apart from in relation to travel and tourism) when everyone in Denmark has been vaccinated (or been offered a vaccine for those who decline it). That is likely to be by late July this year, according to the current vaccination calendar. The sundown clause has been set for August 2021.

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  1. How does a foreign visitor to Denmark obtain a Danish corona passport? I am fully vaccinated with the Pfizer
    vaccine in the United States. I wish to visit my girlfriend in Denmark in April under the “Solemn Declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry.” I do not belong to the Danish medical system.

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.” 

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