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Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark?

Vaccinated tourists from the United States hope to avoid the headache of repeated rapid tests during their stay in Denmark. Could their crumpled CDC card do the trick?

Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark?
The Danish coronapas scheme controls access to activities and cultural centers such as indoor dining, museums, gyms and hair salons. Photo: Signe Goldmann/Ritzau Scanpix

As Denmark gradually reopens, the Danish coronapas scheme controls access to various activities and cultural centres, from indoor dining at restaurants to museum visits to haircut appointments.

To enter restricted areas, Danes who are vaccinated, have recovered from a coronavirus infection, or have recently tested negative for the virus just have to scan an app connected to their national health accounts.

Unfortunately for visitors, the coronapas system is currently only available to residents of Denmark with a CPR number. While residents of other EU countries can use their slick European digital Covid certificates, tourists from the United States are finally arriving on the Danish isles and realising their handwritten CDC notecard doesn’t look terribly official. 

“Legally, it should be enough,” a representative for the Joint Danish authorities’ Corona Hotline told the Local Denmark in a July 14th phone call. But whether the people checking coronapases at the café, gym or museum you’re trying to enter are aware of that may vary. 

READ MORE: How tourists and visitors in Denmark can get a Covid test

The Danish government’s Covid guidance website, coronasmitte.dk, informs tourists that documentation of vaccination works like a coronapas as long as a few conditions are satisfied: the vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (all the US vaccines are), and a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 12 months have passed since completion of the vaccine programme.

The Corona Hotline representative explained that CDC cards should do the trick since they contain your name, date of birth, name of the vaccine you received and the dates for your first and second doses. 

Have you tried to use your CDC vaccination card in place of a coronapas? How did it go? Let us know at [email protected] or in the comments below. 

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SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

More than 3,700 flights where cancelled and 380,000 passengers where affected by the 15-day strike which hit Scandinavia's SAS airline last month, the company has revealed.

SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

“We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected by the July strike,” Anko van der Werff, the company’s chief executive, said in a press release. “We are happy operations returned to normality again allowing us to start regaining our customers’ trust.”

According to the release, 1.3 million passengers travelled with the airline in July, which was still a 23 percent increase on the same month last year, when Covid-19 restrictions were still reducing tourism levels.

“In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased with 32 percent and capacity was decreased by 23 percent, which was a result from the 15-day pilot strike,” the release read. 

Pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, went on strike for 15 days last month over pay, conditions, and the company’s refusal to rehire pilots laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic on the same terms as before. 

The strike, which cost the airline between €9m and €12m a day, was ended on July 19th, after which it took several days to get flights back to normal

Van der Werff said company said it would now continue putting in place its restructuring plan, SAS FORWARD, and push ahead with restructuring in the US, where the company has filed for Chapter 11. 

He said these would both “accelerate the transformation process that will lead to a financially stable airline, that will be able to deliver the service our customers are expecting”. 

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