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IN DETAIL: Who from outside Europe and the US can travel to Denmark for tourism?

Denmark last Saturday opened the way for fully vaccinated people from OECD countries to entry the country for tourism. We look at how Denmark's framework for travel for countries outside Europe now looks.

IN DETAIL: Who from outside Europe and the US can travel to Denmark for tourism?
Tourists photograph the Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen in 2019. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark has in the last month been slowly opening up for tourism, first removing the need to have a “worthy purpose” for travel from citizens of the European Union and Schengen countries. 

Right now, there are several categories of people in countries outside the EU or Schengen countries who can come to Denmark for tourism. They include: 

People travelling from countries outside the EU or Schengen countries classed as “yellow” 

In its latest amendments to its travel guidelines, which came into force on June 5th, Denmark classed eight countries outside the EU or Schengen region as “yellow”,  Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Rwanda. 

All of these are on the European Union’s list of epidemiologically safe countries. China is also on the list, but the EU has decided that opening to China is “subject to confirmation of reciprocity”, meaning China must first lift restrictions on travel from EU countries. 

If your plane to Denmark departs from a “yellow” country, you do not need to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding the plane.

If you are a resident of a “yellow” country, you do not need to have a “worthy purpose” to enter Denmark. (Note however that this depends on country of residency rather than country of departure, so if, for instance, you are resident in Malaysia (orange), you still cannot come to Denmark as a tourist, even if you fly from Singapore (yellow). 

People who are fully vaccinated and are resident in OECD countries which are not classed as “red”.

In its June 5th amendment, Denmark opened the way for residents in countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency to travel to Denmark without a “worthy purpose”.

At least 14 days needs to have passed since their final dose of vaccine. 

Denmark seems unique in building the OECD grouping into its travel guidelines. Although the group is often described as the “rich countries club”,  the 11 members who are not part of the EU or Schengen zone include some middle income countries such as Columbia and Costa Rica, as well as more obvious “rich world” nations such as the US, UK, and Canada. 

In the amendment, the foreign ministry said that vaccinated OECD residents, as well as vaccinated residents of “yellow countries” are “equated with those vaccinated from EU and Schengen countries”. 

As well as not needing a “worthy purpose”, this means that, so long as your country of residence is not classed as “red”, there is no need to show a test before boarding the aircraft, to go into self-isolation on arrival, or to take a test on arrival in Denmark before entering the country. (At Copenhagen Airport, there is a test centre between the arrival gate and border control). 

None of the OECD countries is currently in Denmark’s list of “red” countries with the highest levels of infection. 

Children, pregnant women and breastfeeding women travelling with a fully vaccinated national from an OECD country, or from a “yellow” country, can also travel without a worthy purpose. They still need, however, to get tested before flying and on arrival in Denmark. 

Below is a useful table from the Danish police’s guide for travellers to Denmark. 

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Everything you need to know about travel to, from and around Denmark this Easter

Whether you're driving to the in-laws in northern Jutland, taking the train, or flying to your family elsewhere in the world, here's everything we know about travel to, from, or around Denmark this Easter.

Everything you need to know about travel to, from and around Denmark this Easter

Track work between Copenhagen and Odense 

From 11pm on Maundy Thursday (April 6th) till midnight on Easter Sunday (April 9th) there are replacement buses on the line between Copenhagen and Odense, as Denmark’s track operator Banedanmark carries out renovation work on the tracks. 

Express InterCity trains between Copenhagen and Aalborg and Esbjerg will also no longer stop in Valby, Ny Ellebjerg or Køge Nord from March 31st until April 10th.

From Easter Monday until April 29th, the InterCity InterCityLyn+ to Aarhus is suspended, with travellers instead advised to take the PendlerLyn during rush hour. 

You can find the details of the disruptions between Copenhagen and Slagelse here, and between Slagelse and Odense here

Check your journey on DSB’s Rejseplaner web app for the latest information. 

Roads 

The Danish Road Directorate warned in its Easter traffic forecast of heavy traffic on Friday March 31st, particularly during the evening rush hour, when normal commuting traffic in and out of Copenhagen will be made even worse by people travelling to visit relatives over Easter.

Traffic is also expected to be heavier than usual on Saturday April 1st, Wednesday April 5th, and Thursday, April 6th.

The directorate expects return trips to Copenhagen after Easter Sunday on April 10th to be spread over several days, reducing the risk of traffic problems.  

It expects particularly heavy traffic on the E20 between Copenhagen, Odense and Esbjerg on the Jutland coast, and also on the E45 between Kolding and the German border at Padborg.

The coastal roads where many Danes have summer houses are also likely to be affected, with the directorate warning of traffic on national road 11 on the west coast of Jutland between Ribe and Ringkøbing, national road 16 between Hillerød on the outskirts of Copenhagen and northern Zealand, and national road 21 between Copenhagen and the Sjællands Odde peninsular in northwest Zealand. 

Here are the roads where heavy traffic is expected. 

Source: Danish Roads Directorate

Air 

While there are no strikes planned at Danish airports or among staff at the airlines servicing them, anyone flying to Spain, Germany, Italy, or the UK’s Heathrow airport should check to make sure that their flight is not going to be disrupted. 

Between now and April 13th, ground services and cargo handling unions in Spain working for Swissport are mounting 24-hour walkouts every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

This will impact most Spanish airports, including Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Reus, Alicante, Valencia, Murcia, Málaga, Almería, Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Logroño, Zaragoza, Huesca, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur airports. It is not yet clear which flights will be affected. 

The German transport unions Ver.di and EVG mounted a 24-hour mega strike on March 27th and have threatened further strikes around Easter if they do not get a better pay offer from transport operators. 

Those flying to Italy should keep in mind that air traffic controllers working for the company Enav are planning to strike from 1pm to 5pm on April 2nd. 

READ ALSO: Calendar of the transport strikes expected in Italy this spring

Finally, 1,400 security guards at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport plan to hold rolling strikes for 10 days from March 31st until April 9th, threatening “huge disruption and delays… throughout Easter.”

Heathrow’s management have said that they aim to keep the airport “open and operational despite unnecessary threats of strike action by Unite”.

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