‘Fit to fly Covid tests’: What you need to know for travel from Denmark to the UK

'Fit to fly Covid tests': What you need to know for travel from Denmark to the UK
Passport control in Arrivals in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London on July 16, 2019. Photo: Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
The UK has rules for Covid tests for those travelling from Denmark. Here's what you need to know.

Travellers from Denmark to England need to take a Covid test, fill out an arrival form, and schedule and pre-pay for two Covid-19 tests that will be administered after their arrival.

Yes, even if you’re already vaccinated. 

Covid test

The British government has strict requirements for the specificity and sensitivity of “fit to fly” tests, and both the PCR and antigen/rapid tests offered by official test centres in Denmark meet them, Statens Serum Institut told the Local by email.

However the UK guidelines do carry a caveat: “You must make sure that the test provider you choose can meet the standards for pre-departure testing.

“The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.”

Tests need to be conducted within 72 hours of your scheduled departure, and home tests are not allowed. Find an official test centre near you here

Your test results must be in English, French or Spanish, with no translations accepted. It should include the following information, according to the UK government travel requirements:

  • Your name (as written on your travel documents)
  • Your age or date of birth
  • The result of the test 
  • The date the sample was collected 
  • The test provider’s name and contact details 
  • Confirmation that it was a PCR test or the device used for another qualifying test 

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Passenger locator form

The passenger locator form is an online questionnaire that needs to be complete before you check in for your flight. It includes your passport information and the details for your travel, accommodation and arrival testing in the UK.  

Schedule and pre-pay for arrival testing

Travellers from Denmark (non-UK residents) arriving in the UK will need to quarantine for 10 days, however the UK government says it’s still working on plans to allow travellers vaccinated outside the UK to skip quarantine, but only when “it is safe to do so”.

You’ll need to book and pay for Covid tests for days two and eight of your quarantine in advance. However, through the UK’s “test to release” scheme, you can pay for a private Covid test on day five. Negative tests on days two and five allow you to end quarantine, but you’ll still need to report for your day eight test. 

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No quarantine for vaccinated UK residents 

UK residents returning to England on or after July 19th won’t have to quarantine if they were previously vaccinated by the UK National Health Service. They’ll still need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England and a PCR test on or before day two after their arrival. 


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