International Round-up: Update to travel guidelines opens four top holiday destinations

Elsewhere, Denmark plays good Samaritan sending respirators and medical equipment to the Balkans, Iraq and Nepal, half a million vaccines are reserved for Ukraine, and 45 million kroner humanitarian aid promised to Syria

The summer holidays are creeping closer and, just in time, the Foreign Ministry  has announced the easing of travel restrictions for four of Europe’s most popular holiday hotspots.

The list includes some of Denmark’s most visited summer destinations, including Cyprus and Croatia, as well as the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes.

Where can I go?
The following countries have been downgraded from orange (unnecessary travel not advised) to yellow (take precautions while travelling): Cyprus, Croatia, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The change in colour category also means that travellers do not need to self-isolate on their return to Denmark, nor do they need a negative test to board the plane.

In Greece, three more regions will open: Voreio Aigaio (Chios, Lesbos and Samos), Notio Aigaio (Kos, Naxos and Rhodes) and Anatoliki.

Where can’t I go?
In Switzerland, three regions will remain orange: Appenzell Innerrhoden, Obwalden and Law.

Meanwhile, the ministry continues to discourage travel to the following five countries, as they have significant entry restrictions for those travelling from Denmark: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Get an overview of which countries you can visit here.

Denmark sends respirators and medical equipment to five countries
Following a joint decision by the foreign, health and defence ministers, Denmark has pledged to send aid to help combat the COVID-19 in Iraq, Nepal,  North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Iraq will receive 15 respirators, Nepal will be sent 26, and Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will receive medical and protective equipment.

Russian ambassador in hot water after breach of Danish airspace
The foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, has summoned Russia’s ambassador, Vladimir Barbin, to a meeting with the Foreign Ministry’s foreign policy director following a Russian violation of Danish airspace near Bornholm on June 11. “This is a shameful, completely unnecessary, deliberately provocative Russian act. International laws and regulations apply to Russia as well as to everyone else,” said Kofod.

Denmark sends half a million vaccines to Ukraine
Denmark will send 500,000 vaccines to Ukraine as part of a drive to donate a total of 3 million corona vaccines by the end of 2021. The doses are of the discontinued AstraZeneca jab. The decision follows a meeting between Danish PM Mette Frederiksen and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, where they discussed Ukraine’s lethargic vaccination pace. So far, less than 0.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University. In Denmark it is almost 25 percent.

Queen commemorates 100 years since Sønderjylland’s reunification
During a celebration of the centenary of the reunification of Sønderjylland with Denmark, Queen Magrethe passed the proverbial baton of good relations onto Denmark’s youth. “Now it’s up to the younger generations to continue the development that their parents and grandparents began,” she said in a speech at Frederikshøj south of Kolding, after having crossed the border in a ceremony with Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian. The celebration should have taken place in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Denmark sends 45 million kroner humanitarian aid to northern Syria
The Danish government is sending funds to improve health conditions and access to water in northern Syria, including in the al-Hol and Roj camps. “The work of evacuating the Danish women and children from the camps has been initiated too,” said the foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod. The minister for development, Flemming Møller Mortensen, also assured that part of the aid will be used for psychosocial support, play and activities for children in the camps.