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MAP: France turns yellow and UK stays (mostly) red in latest Danish travel update

Most of Switzerland, the last three green regions of France, and the Italian island of Sardinia have all moved up to Denmark's more restrictive "yellow" status in Denmark's latest update to travel guidelines, which comes into force at 4pm on Saturday.

MAP: France turns yellow and UK stays (mostly) red in latest Danish travel update
The island of Corsica viewed from the northern tipp of Sardinia. Photo: artg55/Flickr

England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, meanwhile, all continue to be classed in the most restrictive “red category”, with only Wales classed as “orange”.

The changes mean that travellers from the newly yellow regions who are not vaccinated or immune through infection will now need to present a negative Covid-19 test on entry to Denmark.

“Once again, more areas are turning yellow due to a continuing increase in infection in several countries,” the ministry said in a press release, attributing the change to the impact of the Delta variant.

“This week it is about Switzerland as well as a number of regions in Belgium, mainland France and Greece, all of which are now completely yellow. In addition, Sardinia in Italy turns yellow.”

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In France, Center – Loire Valley, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, and Hauts-de-France, are turning yellow, in Belgium, the region of Wallonia is turning yellow, and in Greece, the regions of East Macedonia and Thrace are turning yellow.

Although Switzerland as a whole is being ranked “yellow”, eleven cantons remain “green”.

These are: Wallis, Berne, Freiburg, Solothum, Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerhoden, St.Gallen, Thurgau, Uri and Zug.

Those arriving in Denmark by air from yellow areas can take a rapid antigen or lateral flow test on arrival at the airport, and then bring the fresh, hopefully negative, result to the border control.

If you enter Denmark via a sea or land border, you must take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test no later than 24 hours after your time of entry.

Here is a zoomable map of the current situation as it will look from Saturday. (Due to formatting problems, an area in central England is marked “grey” which should be “red”. Areas in Switzerland marked “green/yellow” contain some cantons marked “green” and others “yellow”.) 

Here's a map showing how Denmark ranks countries outside Europe in its traffic light system. 

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Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

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