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Regional approach to travel advice for Europe

22.12.2020  09:19
A regional approach to travel advice in the EU and Schengen countries as well as the UK has been introduced. The Danish Health Authority’s new main recommendation has now come into force.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark updates weekly the travel advice for the EU and Schengen countries as well as the UK on the basis of the latest infection figures published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
 
For the countries that provide regional test data to ECDC, it could be opened up for travel to low-risk regions in quarantine countries. It could also be possible that travel to high-risk regions in open countries is discouraged. Furthermore, all non-essential travel to countries with extensive entry restrictions for travellers from Denmark is advised against. The assessment of whether a country or region is open or in quarantine also takes into account a number of technical criteria on test frequency, positive percentage and data availability.
 
A more detailed description of the Danish travel restrictions for the EU and Schengen countries as well as the UK, including clarification of the technical details, can be found in this factsheet.
 
The travel advice is updated on Fridays and takes immediate effect after being posted. 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod states:
 
“Our current travel advice reflects the serious infection situation facing Europe right now. The prospects for travelling at the present time look bleak, because developments are quite simply moving in the wrong direction in many places both in terms of increasing infection rates and tight restrictions, making it difficult to travel. The new regional approach will enable us going forward to adapt our travel advice in a more targeted way, particularly once the infection situation in Europe improves. But our paramount consideration is and will continue to be the health and safety of the Danish population. We will not compromise on this.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regards business travel as essential travel. Business travel can therefore be undertaken to all countries. Business travellers should, however, always check the relevant Danish Embassy website to see whether the country has entry restrictions for business travellers.

A new general health recommendation has been introduced. The previous recommendation of self-isolation for 14 days after arrival back in Denmark from an orange country or region has been revised. Instead, travellers are encouraged to self-isolate for 10 days after returning to Denmark. However, the isolation can be broken by a negative COVID-19 test taken earliest on the fourth day after entry into Denmark. In practice, this now means a self-isolation period of five days compared to 14 days previously. The new health recommendation applies both to essential and non-essential travel. The Danish Health Authority recommends a PCR test for people returning from a country or region to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel.