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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

Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, which has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, reported deeper losses in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Net losses amounted to more than 1.2 billion Swedish kronor ($117 million) in the August-October period, compared to a loss of 744 million kronor a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

“As with previous quarters in 2022, the currencies (foreign exchange) and jet-fuel price have brought strong headwinds for our business,” said SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff.

The airline, however, saw the “highest number” of passengers since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, with healthy demand in the summer, van der
Werff said.

The airline, which cut 5,000 jobs in 2020, is preparing for “substantial recruitments and rehirings” to meet the expected increase in demand next
summer, he added.

SAS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States in July — a move allowing a company to restructure its debts under court
supervision.

Van der Werff said the airline expected to complete the court-supervised process during the second half of 2023.

Earlier this year, The airline posted a net loss of 1.84 billion kronor ($170 million) for the May-July period, compared to a loss of 1.33 billion kronor a year earlier.

Earnings were “severely affected” by the 15-day pilot strike between July 4th-19th, which led to the cancellation of some 4,000 flights affecting more than 380,000 passengers, the company said in a statement.

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