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

The UK has rules for Covid tests for those travelling from Denmark. Here's what you need to know.

'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

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 

READ MORE: Danish police complain of ‘misinterpretation’ of EU travel rules

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. 

READ MORE: What you need to know about Denmark’s latest travel rules

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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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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