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Can you travel to Denmark if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19?

Denmark’s current coronavirus travel restrictions enable fully vaccinated people from a limited number of countries or regions to enter the country with no requirements for testing and isolation, and no special reason for travel.

Can you travel to Denmark if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19?
Denmark's current travel rules allow vaccinated people from a limited number of countries and regions to enter the country without the need to quarantine. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Earlier this month, Denmark moved into the third phase of lifting travel restrictions , meaning tourists from the EU and Schengen countries can enter the country.

The current rules mean that foreigners resident in EU and Schengen countries rated orange on the country’s traffic light classification (yellow, orange and red) for Covid-19 levels in the relevant countries, will no longer need a worthy purpose to enter Denmark, opening the way for tourists to come to Denmark from across the region.

Travellers from yellow countries outside the European Union, including the UK, will also no longer need a worthy purpose, opening the way for tourism from these countries. 

Denmark has also raised the threshold for qualifying as a yellow country from 20-30 to 50-60 cases per 100,000 people over the past week.  

However, the lower threshold only applies to EU and Schengen countries, which means that even though the UK only has around 30 cases per 100,000 people, it does not qualify as a yellow country.

Several regions in Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy and Poland are currently yellow under the updated country guides list, as is the whole of Portugal and Romania.

The 27 member states of the European Union announced last week they had agreed to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the bloc, but that is yet to take effect in Denmark.

A Ministry of Justice text which sets out the plan for Denmark’s phased easing of travel restrictions suggests that the fourth phase, scheduled to take effect on June 26th, will see Denmark adopt the EU’s common rules on entry for persons from outside the bloc.

READ ALSO: EU nations agree to open borders to vaccinated travellers from outside bloc

The current rules mean that travellers coming from yellow European Union or Schengen countries no longer have to show a negative coronavirus test before boarding the plane. 

You can see a summary of the current requirements for EU and Schengen countries here, and for countries outside of the EU and Schengen countries, including the UK, here

What if I have been vaccinated?

People from orange and yellow EU countries who are fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine and can demonstrate this, or who can show a positive coronavirus test between 14 days and 180 days old – which shows they have already had the virus – do not need to take a coronavirus test or go into isolation on arrival in Denmark.

They also do not need to provide a worthy purpose for entering Denmark.

People from orange non-EU countries who are vaccinated are still required to take a Covid-19 test before boarding their flight to Denmark as well as after arrival, and to isolate, according to the current rules. They also remain subject to the rule requiring them to provide a worthy purpose for entering Denmark.

Residents of yellow non-EU countries will not be required to isolate or take a test before boarding their flight, but must take a test on arrival in Denmark. They do not need to provide a worthy purpose for entering Denmark.

In both cases, a Covid-19 test must be taken ahead of travel 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.

People who arrive in Denmark from red countries remain subject to all of these restrictions, even if they are vaccinated.

Danes living abroad outside the EU who are fully vaccinated will also be exempted from testing and self-isolation requirements. 

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

 Sources: Ministry of Justice (1), (2), (3) Foreign Ministry

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Covid-19: European summer holidays threatened by rise of subvariants

A resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe, this time driven by new, fast-spreading Omicron subvariants, is once again threatening to disrupt people's summer plans.

Covid-19: European summer holidays threatened by rise of subvariants

Several Western European nations have recently recorded their highest daily case numbers in months, due in part to Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5.

The increase in cases has spurred calls for increased vigilance across a continent that has relaxed most if not all coronavirus restrictions.

The first resurgence came in May in Portugal, where BA.5 propelled a wave that hit almost 30,000 cases a day at the beginning of June. That wave has since started to subside, however.

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Italy recorded more than 62,700 cases on Tuesday, nearly doubling the number from the previous week, the health ministry said. 

Germany meanwhile reported more than 122,000 cases on Tuesday. 

France recorded over 95,000 cases on Tuesday, its highest daily number since late April, representing a 45-percent increase in just a week.

Austria this Wednesday recorded more than 10,000 for the first time since April.

READ ALSO: Italy’s transport mask rule extended to September as Covid rate rises

Cases have also surged in Britain, where there has been a seven-fold increase in Omicron reinfection, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS blamed the rise on the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, but also said Covid fell to the sixth most common cause of death in May, accounting for 3.3 percent of all deaths in England and Wales.

BA.5 ‘taking over’

Mircea Sofonea, an epidemiologist at the University of Montpellier, said Covid’s European summer wave could be explained by two factors.

READ ALSO: 11,000 new cases: Will Austria reintroduce restrictions as infection numbers rise?

One is declining immunity, because “the protection conferred by an infection or a vaccine dose decreases in time,” he told AFP.

The other came down to the new subvariants BA.4 and particularly BA.5, which are spreading more quickly because they appear to be both more contagious and better able to escape immunity.

Olivier Schwartz, head of the virus and immunity unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said BA.5 was “taking over” because it is 10 percent more contagious than BA.2.

“We are faced with a continuous evolution of the virus, which encounters people who already have antibodies — because they have been previously infected or vaccinated — and then must find a selective advantage to be able to sneak in,” he said.

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But are the new subvariants more severe?

“Based on limited data, there is no evidence of BA.4 and BA.5 being associated with increased infection severity compared to the circulating variants BA.1 and BA.2,” the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said last week.

But rising cases can result in increasing hospitalisations and deaths, the ECDC warned.

Could masks be making a comeback over summer? (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Alain Fischer, who coordinates France’s pandemic vaccine strategy, warned that the country’s hospitalisations had begun to rise, which would likely lead to more intensive care admissions and eventually more deaths.

However, in Germany, virologist Klaus Stohr told the ZDF channel that “nothing dramatic will happen in the intensive care units in hospitals”.

Return of the mask? 

The ECDC called on European countries to “remain vigilant” by maintaining testing and surveillance systems.

“It is expected that additional booster doses will be needed for those groups most at risk of severe disease, in anticipation of future waves,” it added.

Faced with rising cases, last week Italy’s government chose to extend a requirement to wear medical grade FFP2 masks on public transport until September 30.

“I want to continue to recommend protecting yourself by getting a second booster shot,” said Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza, who recently tested positive for Covid.

READ ALSO: Spain to offer fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to ‘entire population’

Fischer said France had “clearly insufficient vaccination rates” and that a second booster shot was needed.

Germany’s government is waiting on expert advice on June 30 to decide whether to reimpose mandatory mask-wearing rules indoors.

The chairman of the World Medical Association, German doctor Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has recommended a “toolbox” against the Covid wave that includes mask-wearing, vaccination and limiting the number of contacts.