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MAP: What are Denmark’s Covid-19 travel rules for EU, Schengen countries, and the UK

Denmark is now changing the rankings of different regions in the EU, Schengen countries and the UK at least every other week. Keep up with the changes with our map.

MAP: What are Denmark's Covid-19 travel rules for EU, Schengen countries, and the UK
France, Lithuania and Sweden all became classified as "Green" on Saturday. Source: Datawrapper

Here are the most recent changes:

Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a new set of travel guidelines last Saturday, which reintroduced the “green” ranking to the country’s traffic-light-based travel guidance system. 

Most of the European Union and Schengen countries are now ranked as “green”, with Greece, The Netherlands, France, Lithuania, and Sweden all being moved to the lowest risk category on Saturday. 

This means it is possible to travel into Denmark without showing a test or going into self-isolation. 

The exceptions are Portugal, Latvia, Ireland and half of Spain, which are all ranked “yellow”.

It is still possible to travel into Denmark from “yellow” EU and Schengen regions for any reason at all, including tourism, without having to isolate. 

The only difference is that before entering Denmark, you need to show a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old, or a negative antigen test no more than 48 hours old. If you’re travelling by air, you can get this antigen test for free on arrival at the airport. 

The UK is the only country in Europe ranked “orange”, due to the fact that only countries on the EU approved list are ranked “yellow” by Denmark.  

This means that those travelling from the UK to Denmark need a “worthy purpose” to enter the country, which could be business, study, or meeting, close relatives. 

On Saturday, Denmark decided to keep the “red” ranking in place for four regions from the UK — Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rossendale and Bedford. 

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Denmark’s infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

Travellers from China should not need a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in Denmark, the national infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute recommended on Saturday, in an assessment sent to the Ministry of Health.

Denmark's infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

In the assessment by the State Serum Institute (SSI), it was noted that there aren’t expected to be a large number of arrivals coming directly from China and that any tests would have a marginal affect on Danish epidemic control.

However SSI wrote that it was still important to keep an eye on new variants of Covid-19 and suggested that a sample of voluntary-based PCR tests could be introduced for travellers from China.

The assessment was requested by Denmark’s health minister Sophie Løhde, following a recommendation on Wednesday by European Union experts to tighten travel rules.

Infection rates in China are high after it abolished its ‘zero Covid’ policy in late 2022, although no precise numbers are available.

Several European countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the UK, had already introduced testing requirements, while Sweden on Thursday announced a similar step, as did Germany, with an added announcement on Saturday to discourage non-essential travel from Germany to China.

The United States, Canada, India, South Korea and Taiwan have also put testing rules in place.

Health minister Sophie Løhde also asked SSI to assess testing waste water from aircraft landed from China. SSI responded that there is limited experience in this.

SSI currently analyses samples from shared toilet tanks at four airports twice a week – Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Billund. The method would have to be changed in order to detect new Covid-19 variants, which would take up to four weeks to implement, according to the assessment.

Løhde has informed the parliamentary parties about the assessment and has asked the Epidemic Commission for an advisory assessment, she said in a press release. Once this is done, the recommendations will be discussed.