Denmark gives green light to quarantine-free tourism to Portugal

Tourists from Denmark can now travel to Portugal without having to quarantine on either leg of their trip.

Denmark gives green light to quarantine-free tourism to Portugal
Travellers arrive at Porto Airport on May 17th. Photo: Violeta Santos Moura/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish foreign ministry yesterday eased its travel advisory for the Iberian country and now longer advises against non-essential travel to any area of Portugal. This is in line with low infection rates in Portugal and Lisbon’s own lifting of restrictions on Monday, which allowed tourists to enter the country.

Entry to Portugal still requires a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.

International tourism has been severely curtailed during the pandemic for people who live in Denmark, while those with families in other countries have faced months on end without being able to see their loved ones in person.

Denmark’s requirement for travellers entering the country to quarantine for at least five days on arrival (with some exemptions) has been a significant factor in this.

The rule was introduced earlier this year in an effort to prevent infectious variants of Covid-19 from entering and gaining a foothold in Denmark.

But recent weeks have seen both Denmark and a number of other European countries, including popular destinations for tourists, ease travel restrictions.

Currently, the foreign ministry lifts its advice against tourism to regions or countries when the coronavirus infection rate of the destination falls below 50 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week. The ministry criteria also take into account the number of tests and test positivity rate.

Mainland Portugal currently has an infection rate of 23.9 per 100,000, according to ECDC figures. For islands Madeira and the Azores, the measure is 38.9 and 45.1 per 100,000, respectively.

In addition to Portugal, the Danish foreign ministry has also lifted its travel advice against tourism to Malta and parts of Spain including the Canary Islands and Mallorca.

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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.