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Denmark to ease travel guidelines: Here’s how rules will change

Authorities in Denmark are to ease national travel guidelines on Wednesday, but the foreign ministry will continue to advise against most trips outside of the country.

Denmark to ease travel guidelines: Here’s how rules will change
A KLM aircraft taking off from Copenhagen Airport in January 2020. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Travel to and from some countries will become easier under the relaxed rules, but many restrictions will remain tight.

All foreign travel is cautioned against by the ministry currently, with the entire world designated a ‘red’ zone due to risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.  

As such, the ministry advises against all foreign travel (not just non-essential travel). This means that business travel is not exempted from the advisory, although there are some exemptions, such as for transport of goods and special personal reasons.

Non-residents of Denmark who want to visit the country are required to fulfil a ‘valid reason’ criterion for entering if they enter from a ‘red’ country.

When guidelines change on Wednesday, April 21st, the advice to avoid all foreign travel will mostly switch to advice against non-essential travel.


That is because a regional model will be reintroduced (having previously been used last year), with travel advice split into three categories based on the infection situation in the areas in question.

The three categories are: yellow (‘be careful’); orange (‘avoid non-essential travel’) and red (‘avoid all travel’).

Iceland and some parts of Norway (the counties of Nordland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark) are the only areas in the EU and Schengen area that will be ‘yellow’ at the current time.

Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand also become ‘yellow’ on April 21st. The recommendations for so-called ‘third countries’ outside of the EU are based on the EU’s list of countries which can fulfil requirements for safe travel.

Travel from yellow countries to Denmark is exempted from the requirement to present a valid reason for travel (effectively allowing tourism from those countries), as well as from the quarantine requirement. Testing on arrival remains mandatory.

It should be noted that Denmark is still advising against non-essential travel from Denmark to Iceland and the Norwegian regions and to the worldwide ‘yellow’ countries, however. That is because all of those countries are still enforcing restrictions on travellers from Denmark. That advice will be eased if the local restrictions are eased.

Most of the world will be classified as ‘orange’ on Wednesday April 21st, the ministry confirmed on Monday. This means that the government will continue to advise against travel for leisure purposes, such as holidays. But business travel and travel to visit sick relatives will now be considered necessary forms of travel.

Although the list of valid reasons for entry has broadened a little, people travelling from these countries to Denmark will still be required to isolate and test for Covid-19 on arrival and before boarding flights.

The ministry will continue to advise against all travel to a number of red countries, due to high risk of infection combined with concerns over new variants of the coronavirus.

Those countries are Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as French island Réunion.

For these countries, only a very restricted list of exemptions provides a valid reason for entry to Denmark.

Official guidance on testing and isolation requirements, as well as on the valid reasons for entry from ‘orange’ and ‘red’ countries can be found in English here.

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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.”