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UPDATE: Everything you need to know about travel between Denmark and the US

Travel between the US and Denmark remains logistically complex, and misunderstanding the rules can have you turned away at the airport or border control. Here's what you need to know.

UPDATE: Everything you need to know about travel between Denmark and the US
Tourism between the US and Denmark is not possible even for those who aren't vaccinated. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Our guide applies to travel directly between Denmark and the United States, so if your travel plans will take you through a third country, look into their requirements for people “transiting.” If you’ve recently spent time in a third country prior to departure, it may affect your eligibility for entry and requirements for testing and quarantine at your destination. 

United States Denmark

According to Denmark’s infection risk category scheme, the United States is currently classed as “yellow.”

Starting June 19th, even unvaccinated travellers from the United States can come to Denmark for vacation. Travellers who have spent time outside the United States in the weeks preceding their flight to Denmark should check this list updated weekly by the Danish government and this click-through guide to determine whether they need to test or quarantine. 

US and Danish residents who are vaccinated or have recently recovered from the coronavirus don’t need to test before their flight, and won’t need to test or quarantine on arrival in Denmark.

READ MORE: What you need to know about Denmark’s colour-coded travel rules 

US residents and Danes who aren’t vaccinated or recently recovered will need to present a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old or a negative rapid/antigen test less than 48 hours old to enter the country.

In order to access restricted facilities and activities in Denmark – from indoor seating at restaurants to cultural institutions like museums – you’ll need to carry your CDC vaccination card and some government issued ID (such as a driver’s license) with you. Employees checking for valid Coronapas, the Danish vaccination passport, at checkpoints will readily accept them, based on government policy and our personal experience. 

READ MORE: Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark? 

Denmark → United States

Travellers from the EU/Schengen area, including Denmark, currently cannot enter the United States unless they fall under one of several exceptions.  

Exceptions include: 

  • Citizens, lawful permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals of the US,
  • Spouses of a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • Parents or guardians of a US citizen or permanent resident, (provided the resident is unmarried and under the age of 21) 
  • Children, foster children, or wards of a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • People travelling at the express request of the US government or for certain diplomatic reasons. 

President Joseph Biden announced on July 15th that the ban on travellers from the EU is under review and could be phased out soon, but no timeline has been established. 

Travellers entering the United States do need to present a negative PCR or rapid/antigen test less than 72 hours old, even if vaccinated. Visit coronasmitte.dk to find a test center near you. Anyone in Denmark, even tourists, can receive rapid tests for free and without an appointment – just be sure to bring a copy of your ID, and the results will be emailed to you within 15-30 minutes. 

Danish residents should download a copy of their vaccination records from sunhed.dk and carry a printed copy. 

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‘A game changer’: Airlines demand EU explain new border system for non-EU travellers

Industry associations representing airlines have called on European authorities to plan a “public communications campaign” to alert non-EU nationals about new requirements to enter and exit the Schengen area.

'A game changer': Airlines demand EU explain new border system for non-EU travellers

The EU Entry/Exit System (EES) will record the biometric data (finger prints and facial recognition) of non-EU citizens travelling for short stays to the Schengen area (EU countries minus Ireland, Romania and Bulgaria, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), each time they cross the external borders.

Fully digital, the system will enable the automatic scanning of passports replacing manual stamping by border guards. The data collected will be kept in a centralised database shared among the Schengen countries.

The EES was created to tighten up border security and will ensure the enforcement of the 90-day limit in any 180-day period for tourists and visitors. But it requires changes in the infrastructure at the external borders, including airports, and the setting up of a new digital infrastructure to connect authorities in participating countries.

Its entry into operation has already been delayed several times. The latest date for the EES launch was May this year, but last week European authorities decided to postpone it again “due to delays from the contractors”. It is now expected to enter into force at the end of 2023, as The Local reported this week.

Airline associations including European region of Airports Council International (ACI), Airlines for Europe (A4E), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the delay and said further preparations are needed.

“The EES will be a game changer for how the EU’s borders are managed. There are, however, a number of issues which must be resolved to ensure a smooth roll out and operation of the new system so that air passengers do not face disruptions,” a joint statement says.

Things to be resolved include a “wider adoption and effective implementation of automation at national border crossing points by national authorities, funding by member states to ensure a sufficient number of trained staff and resources are deployed to manage the EU’s external border, particularly at airports,” and the “deployment of sufficient resources” to help airports and airlines with new procedures.

Airlines also said there needs to be a public communications campaign to inform non-EU citizens about the changes.

In addition, industry groups called on EU-LISA, the agency responsible for managing the system, to “strengthen communication” with airlines and with international partners such as the US “to ensure IT systems are connected and compatible.”

The decision to postpone the EES entry into operation until after the summer “will give airlines, airports and EU and national authorities the opportunity to resolve these issues and ensure the system is fully tested,” the statement continues.

The EU-LISA is currently preparing a revised timeline for the launch, which will be presented for approval at the Justice and Home Affairs Council, the meeting of responsible EU ministers, in March 2023.

This article was prepared in cooperation with Europe Street News.

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