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

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
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.

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.

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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. 

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

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