Denmark Relaxes Travel Restrictions, Opens For EU Tourists


Denmark has become the latest European country to relax its entry requirements as Europe continues its slow return to reopening for tourism. Moving into its third phase of reopening, Denmark now allows tourists from EU and Schengen countries to visit the country—with some restrictions.

As of May 12, Denmark had recorded 262,159 positive Covid-19 test results leading to 2,499 deaths. Denmark’s vaccination program was hit by a delay following the decision to stop the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine. To date, 27.52% of Danish residents have received at least one vaccination dose and 16.72% are fully vaccinated.

Denmark opens to Europe

The new rules valid from May 14 allow residents of EU and Schengen countries with ‘yellow’ or ‘orange’ status to enter the country. Previously, only urgent travel was permitted.

Travel restrictions remain in place for ‘red’ countries, but at present no EU or Schengen countries fall into this category. So in practice, Denmark is now open to tourism from all EU and Schengen countries.

Travelers will still need to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a plane with the exception of ‘yellow’ countries and regions. This includes Finland, Iceland, Malta and Portugal together with three regions of Norway.

Arrivals from ‘orange’ countries who can document full-vaccination or assumed immunity from Covid-19 due to a positive test in the last six months can enter the country freely—with a negative test result. Those who cannot will be required to self-isolate for at least four days until a negative test result is obtained.

Travel from U.K. and U.S.

Tourism from countries outside the EU and Schengen area is now permitted from countries considered to be at ‘yellow’ status. At present, only Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand fall into this category.

Denmark’s foreign ministry noted that the common EU travel rules currently under negotiation should bring changes to entry requirements for both U.K. and U.S. travelers.

Given its present infection levels, the U.K. looks set to qualify as a ‘yellow’ country in the next few weeks. Fully-vaccinated U.S. travelers should also be able to visit Denmark once the common rules are confirmed.

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