One by one, the countries of Europe are opening their doors to vaccinated travelers ahead of what looks like a long-overdue summer of travel. With countries like Greece and France opening their doors to vaccinated travelers, the domino effect is well and truly underway, following the news that Denmark is now set to join them.
Announced just yesterday and set to come into effect from the 5th of June, here’s everything you need to know about the news coming out of Denmark, and a reminder of other changes that are affecting the continent.
Denmark’s Update – What Travelers Should Know
Among the first European nations to impose a nationwide lockdown on March 13th, 2020, Denmark has managed the pandemic well, handling it with caution before embarking on a slow and steady easing of restrictions since April of the year. Peaking with a daily case record of 4,508, Denmark now finds itself with rolling 7-day averages safely below the 1,000 mark.
As a result of the improvement of the situation, the country has decided to begin allowing vaccinated tourists to enter the country once more. It was revealed on June 4th that Denmark will reopen to vaccinated travelers from both Britain and the U.S., with the policy starting immediately on June 5, 2021, with no tests and no quarantines.
The new policy is only applicable to travelers who have been fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine, and it has to have been at least 14-days since the final course of the vaccine. At present, the EMA has only approved four types of vaccines:
- Comirnaty (Pfizer)
- Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
There are currently some other vaccines under rolling review. These are:
- Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac)
- COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated
Fully vaccinated travelers entering Denmark will now be exempt from any tests upon arrival, nor will they have to go through and periods of isolation or quarantine. They are permitted to enter for vacation, with no more restrictions placed on entering for essential or worthy purposes. However, unvaccinated children who are traveling with their parents are still permitted to enter but will be subjected to tests. The same rules also apply to pregnant and breastfeeding women. A 48-hour PCR or antigen test will be required.
EU Travel Changes Travelers Should Know
This is not the first time that Denmark has been on the forefront of the fight for the resumption of travel. Back in February, the country was among the first in Europe to announce its own plans for a vaccine passport, alongside neighbors Sweden. Now, months later, the EU has its own form of vaccine passport that has already begun its European rollout.
Despite being penciled in for a July 1st launch date, seven EU member states have already begun distributing the EU’s Digital Covid-19 Certificate (EUDCC) as Europe looks to get back to normal as quick as possible. More member states are expected to start using the travel certificates in the coming days and week.
Traveling in the EU isn’t only for Europeans this summer either. Two weeks ago, the EU announced its intention to allow travelers from “third countries” to be able to visit the continent this summer. A realignment of the framework that determines whether a country is safe – moving the goalposts from having fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 to lower than 75 cases per 100,000 people – would mean that more countries could make the EU’s “white list” in the near future.
American tourists are now welcome in 7 EU nations, with 3 more potentially added to the list over the next few days.
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