What are the current rules for travel between Denmark and the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom this weekend increased restrictions on arrivals from abroad, the second change to its travel rules since the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. Denmark has also tightened travel rules although these changes do not directly affect travel from the UK.

A passenger at Terminal 2 of London Heathrow Airport.
A passenger at Terminal 2 of London Heathrow Airport.Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Travel from Denmark to the United Kingdom 

The British government announced on Saturday December 4th it would demand pre-departure tests for all arrivals from 4am on December 7th onwards.

These tests, which were scrapped only weeks ago, must be taken within two days of travel to the UK. They can be PCR or antigen tests and must be carried out by all travellers regardless of their vaccination status.

The requirement applies for those arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The pre-departure testing requirement is the second change to UK travel rules since the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

A requirement to take PCR tests and self-isolate after arrival in the UK came into force at 4am on Tuesday, November 30th.

This means that if you’re travelling to the UK, you need to book and take PCR tests after arriving (instead of lateral flow tests, which were previously accepted).

You’ll need to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arriving in the UK and self-isolate until you get a negative test result.

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Travel from the United Kingdom to Denmark

Denmark last week implemented some new travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant. These are currently effective against travel from 10 southern African countries and arrivals from Middle Eastern hubs Dubai and Doha. Although these rules do not directly change rules on travel from the UK, British citizens should be aware of them.

On its official Covid-19 travel information page, Danish authorities advise travellers to stay “regularly updated as the rules for travel restrictions on your destination may change as well as the requirements for test or isolation upon return to Denmark”.

Permanent UK residents or people travelling from the UK who are fully vaccinated (or infected within the last 12 months) against Covid-19 can currently enter Denmark without any testing or isolation requirements. This assumes that travellers have not been in countries with higher restriction levels in the 10 days prior to travel to Denmark.

The UK is not grouped with EU and Schengen countries in Denmark’s travel rules and is therefore considered a “high risk” Covid-19 country.

This means unvaccinated people coming from the UK with no prior infection documentation must take a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Denmark. This is free and testing is available at Danish airports.

Additionally, a 10-day isolation period applies to unvaccinated arrivals. The isolation period can be ended early with a negative test on the fourth day after entry. Business travellers and children can be exempted from isolation requirements.

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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

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.