Denmark is opening up for travel from Thailand, Singapore, and parts of the Nordic Region

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For several months the whole world has been a red zone according to The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines which means that all travel from Denmark is discouraged. These restrictions will, however, change from 21 April and Denmark is again opening up for travel to Denmark from several countries including Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the Nordic Region, Danish media TV2 news reports.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign affairs, from Wednesday the majority of the world will now be considered an orange zone and entry is open from the following countries and regions in the EU and Schengen: Iceland and the Norwegian regions Nordland, Trøndelag. Travelers from these countries and regions will be allowed to enter Denmark from 21 April without a requirement for recognizable purposes, just as travelers from the above countries and regions are exempted from the isolation requirement after entry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guide will still describe Iceland and the Norwegian regions as orange zones when it comes to Danes traveling there. The colors in the model for the EU and Schengen countries are updated weekly based on data on the latest infection rates from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Statens Serum Institut.

The individual countries’ entry restrictions for Danish travelers are also included in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘travel guidelines. Only regional breakdowns are made in the countries that report regional data to the ECDC.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also updated the travel guides based on the EU’s list of third countries which means that entry to Denmark from Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand will also open on Wednesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines for travel to the countries remains orange however because these countries still have travel restrictions in place for Danish travelers entering these countries.

The agreement to ease travel restrictions also includes a red zone for countries with a particularly worrying infection development. That decision will be made by a task force across several ministries, and as of Wednesday, they have assessed that Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the region of La Réunion, which is an overseas French territory off southeastern Africa are all red zones.

Denmark will also introduce a new risk assessment that can come into effect if a country is plagued by “worrying” variants of the coronavirus. This means that if you are entering Denmark from a country with a “red” or “orange” risk assessment, you must fulfill the isolation requirement after entry. If you enter Denmark from a country with a “yellow” risk assessment, however, you only need to be tested for coronavirus.

A yellow zone country means that one must pay special attention when traveling in the country. An orange zone country means that all unnecessary travel is not recommended. A red zone country means that all travel is discouraged.

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