As the door to Britain opens, the one to Germany starts to close!

Germany has increased its COVID-19 requirements for travellers coming from Denmark.

Anyone over 12 will need either a negative test, or proof of vaccination or positive immunity. Border commuters and those transferring through Germany are exempt.

While Germany is seeing an infection rate of 17 per 100,000, which is significantly lower than the Danish rate of around 100 per 100,000, the German government is concerned about the possibility of a fourth wave.

Changes to conditions to enter Denmark
Denmark, meanwhile, has moved certain areas in holiday destinations around Europe from green to yellow, including Madeira, several areas of France – including Paris and Provence – Geneva, and the North Aegean region of Greece. No EU countries are currently on the Danish red list.

If you are already fully vaccinated, there is no difference in the travel conditions between green and yellow regions: no tests or isolation are required.

If you are not fully vaccinated, then residents returning to Denmark from a green region will need a negative test (an EU Digital COVID certificate) prior to entry, and those returning from a yellow region will need a negative result prior to entry and the additional requirement of a test on arrival.

Travelling to Denmark from the UK
England, Scotland and Northern Island are all red regions of the UK; Wales is orange. The same requirements apply to red regions whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

As well as needing to be a Danish resident or having a worthy purpose to enter Denmark, you will need a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old. You will be tested on arrival at the airport, and have to undergo 10 days of self-isolation, which can be broken with a negative test from day 4.

A different rule applies if you have been tested positive for COVID between two weeks and one year prior to arrival. You will not need to show a negative test before departure or on arrival, but you will still need to isolate for 10 days, unless you receive a negative test from day 4.

Travelling from Denmark to the UK
Denmark is still an amber country for entry to the UK. Everyone must take a pre-departure test less than 48 hours prior and fill in the online passenger locator form.

A welcome recent change to the rules is that the UK now allows people fully-vaccinated in Denmark (and the rest of the EU and the US) to enter the UK without needing to quarantine.

However you will still need to pay for a private day 2 test (instead of a day 2 and day 8 test), as well as take the pre-departure test and fill in the passenger locator form as normal. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will still need to pay for a Day 2/8 test package and quarantine for 10 days.

Getting jabbed in the UK and Denmark
If you have received one vaccination in the UK it is possible to have your Danish doctor register the jab in Denmark.

You can then be invited to book a time for your second vaccination, giving you the Danish EU COVID passport.





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