Denmark tightens travel restrictions

The Foreign Ministry aiming to significantly reduce travel as COVID-19 mutations gather momentum abroad

The government has changed its travel guideline from ‘orange’ (all unnecessary travel is not recommended) to ‘red’ (all travel anywhere is not recommended).

Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry revealed that from 17:00 today and up until at least January 17, no one would be permitted to board an airplane to Denmark without a negative COVID-19 test.

That test will need to be taken within 24 hours of travel.

“We’re seeing new mutations of COVID-19 abroad. It is a very serious development and a major risk to infection rates escalating considerably in Denmark,” said the foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod.

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Take test, self isolate
All incoming travelers are urged to take a rapid-test in one of the free facilities in Danish airports.

They are also recommended to self isolate for 10 days (or until a negative result from the more reliable PCR test can be attained four days after arrival at the earliest).

The news comes as the health authorities unveiled plans for a COVID-19 vaccine passport to be introduced in early 2021.