Danish government to propose ending Covid-19 travel restrictions for vaccinated persons

The government wants to allow Danes and foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be allowed to travel in and out of the country without being subject to quarantine or testing rules.

Danish government to propose ending Covid-19 travel restrictions for vaccinated persons
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Foreign-based partners of people who live in Denmark could also be subject to more lenient travel rules, even if not vaccinated, under new rules drafted by the government.

The eased restrictions would apply to persons from “yellow” countries in the EU and Schengen area, including tourists, according to a draft proposal seen by news wire Ritzau.

A “yellow” country signifies one considered to have an acceptable incidence of Covid-19 variants for travel and a new model outlined in the proposal. “Orange” and “red” countries would have higher incidences, with “red” countries described as having “concerning variants of Covid-19”, according to the draft.

The rule change would be subject to it being considered safe at the time of its implementation. Travellers would be required to provide documentation of having been vaccinated.

The draft is subject to change during negotiations between the government and the other parties, whose backing would be needed to pass it.

But the Liberal party, the main party in opposition, has said it wants to provide for international travel to resume as soon as possible.

“We want everyone who is vaccinated to be able to leave the country right now and go on holiday,” the party’s foreign policy spokesperson Michael Aastrup Jensen said.

The draft proposal also includes a provision for easier business travel, with business travellers allowed to return to workplaces after travel without having to isolate first. That would come into effect on April 21st.

This date would also see the list of so-called “worthy reasons” (anerkendelsesværdige formål) for travel extended, potentially allowing international students, partners of people resident in Denmark and owners of summer houses to enter the country more easily.

Current travel restrictions expire on April 20th, meaning a deal for new or extended restrictions must be agreed by that date.

The draft also envisages an EU-wide “corona passport” facilitating travel within the bloc by June 26th.

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US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Authorities in the USA have announced the end of the Covid-testing requirement for arrivals from Europe, meaning that fully vaccinated people will soon be able to travel between Europe and the US without needing pre-travel tests.

US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Most of Europe had dropped the testing requirement for fully-vaccinated arrivals in the spring, but the US has maintained the requirement to show proof of a negative test for all arrivals.

However on Friday, the Biden administration announced that it would not renew the testing requirement.

The new rule is expected to come into effect at 12.01 Sunday EDT, until then passengers will still need to show a negative Covid test before they can board a plane to the US.

The US currently bars unvaccinated travellers from entry – although this does not apply to US citizens, US residents or those travelling for essential reasons – there was no announcement on lifting this restriction. 

The CDC said that testing requirements could be reinstated if new variants of Covid emerge, and added that it continues to recommend pre-travel testing. 

Covid travel rules vary between individual countries in Europe, but most countries now only require pre-departure tests for unvaccinated travellers. Check the rules of the country you are travelling to for full details. 

To be counted as ‘fully vaccinated’ travellers must have received both doses of an EMA-approved vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (or a single dose of Janssen).

If their vaccination was more than nine months ago, they need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated – people who have had a booster do not need a second, even if their booster shot was more than nine months ago.