Denmark Bans Unvaccinated U.S. Travelers
The Scandinavian nation of Denmark has become the latest member state of the European Union to place travel restrictions on certain American citizens, amidst the backdrop of the EU’s decision to remove the US from its list of safe countries as a result of its rising levels of Covid-19 cases. Denmark has followed the likes of EU member states Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands in introducing restrictions after the EU’s recommendations last week.
The new restrictions, which will affect unvaccinated American travelers, are just further examples of how many countries around the world have had to alter their entry rules and restrictions in the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant. Here’s a closer look at Denmark’s latest travel restrictions, why they have been made and what restrictions their fellow EU member states have introduced in the past few days.
Denmark Changes Restrictions – Information For Travelers
Whilst it may not be one of the first destinations that comes to mind when thinking of which countries American travelers like to visit the most, almost 900,000 made the trip to Denmark in 2019 – the last year to go unaffected by the pandemic – as the popularity of Scandinavian destinations continues to rise amongst North American travelers. However, with the new restrictions implemented on unvaccinated American travelers by Denmark in the past week, it seems fewer Americans will be able to take to trip in the coming month.
Denmark’s latest travel ban means that American travelers who are not fully vaccinated will be unable to visit the country for vacation purposes. The rule change comes after Denmark reclassified the US in their own travel advisory system. Now that the US has been designated as an “Orange” country by Denmark, the country is unable to allow unvaccinated travelers to enter for a vacation. Unvaccinated travelers who have a “worthy purpose” to visit Denmark can still enter – such purposes include work, education or business meetings.
Fortunately, fully vaccinated Americans are still able to visit the country for vacation or leisure purposes. Denmark considers a traveler to be fully vaccinated when 14 days or more have passed since they have completed a full course of a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medical Association (EMA). The list of vaccines that are currently approved by the EMA are Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
In order for vaccinated travelers to enter Denmark, they must show their proof of vaccination through the EU Digital Covid Certificate or a vaccine certificate that shows their name, date of birth, vaccine name and effective date. Should they be able to provide this, they will not need to test upon entry to Denmark, nor will they need to undergo any periods of quarantine or isolation when they land.
Several other EU countries have also placed restrictions on the US this week, following the EU’s decision to remove the US from the EU’s Covid-19 safe travel list. The decision was made following a worrying rise in the number of positive cases, with the US averaging more than 160,000 positive cases per day.
Sweden has banned entry for non-essential purposes, whilst the Netherlands has banned unvaccinated Americans and Italy has imposed mandatory quarantine on unvaccinated Americans, whilst other destinations have so introduced their own restrictions as well.