Denmark opens border for vaccinated Americans

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Tourists from the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom are among those who are now welcome to enter Denmark, without last-minute testing or self-isolation.

Announced in a Press release by the Danish authorities on 5 June, the new rules mean that fully vaccinated residents in all OECD countries will be subject to the same rules as vaccinated people from the EU and Schengen nations. This means that fully vaccinated people will be able to enter the country without special requirements.

The 37 members of the OECD are: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , Mexico, Holland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA

The new rules explained

Before you rush to book a flight, there are a few caveats. The vaccine must be from the list recognized by the European Medicines Agency, which is Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Finally, the final vaccine dose must be administered at least 14 days before arrival in Denmark.

In addition, residents of OECD countries only gain access to Denmark if their country keeps infection levels under control. If Covid-19 infections push the country into a ‘red’ classification, a ‘worthy purpose’ beyond tourism is required. Denmark updates its list of red countries weekly.

Anyone from a non-EU / EEA OECD country who has not yet been fully vaccinated still needs a ‘worthy purpose’ and a recent negative Covid-19 test to enter Denmark, unless that country is categorized ‘ yellow’.

Travelers must also be aware of ongoing restrictions in Denmark. Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result is required to access many attractions and venues, including museums and restaurants. According to Denmark official coronavirus website, physical copies of documentation in English are accepted.

A boost for Danish tourism

Denmark’s tourism industry is among those celebrating the news. “Before Covid, the USA was actually the largest international market for Copenhagen,” said Visit Denmark’s Katinka Friis The local.

She said that there is “significant demand” from American travelers to visit Denmark: “We have so many new museums and hotels opening in Denmark around this time, so it is a good starting point for restarting American tourist travel.”

Among the notable new attractions, an immersive one new HC Christian Andersen museum in his hometown Odense opens on 30 June WorldPride and EuroGames events in august will certainly attract large numbers to Copenhagen, while Tivoli is still popular 178 years after opening.

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