With the current rise of the extremely contagious Omicron variant sweeping throughout the globe — international locations have begun to radically alter their entry necessities for overseas vacationers. The European international locations Denmark and Czech Republic, are two of the most recent to tighten up on their guidelines and create challenges for vacationers this winter.
Denmark’s New Rules
Prior to December twenty seventh, the small and picturesque Scandinavian nation of Denmark with a comparatively excessive vaccination charge had as soon as required no Covid check earlier than departure with little to no restrictions. But now as a result of sudden spike in instances all through the nation, they’re now requiring a Pre-departure Covid-19 check regardless of vaccination standing. This check should be administered a most of 48 hours earlier than entry into the nation if it’s a fast antigen check or 72 hours earlier than entry if it’s a PCR-test. The timing of the check is one thing to have in mind, particularly with the current flight cancellations and delays that international locations such because the United States have been experiencing as of late.
There are some exceptions to the obligatory pre-departure Covid-19 check, these are:
- Children below the age of 15.
- People who’re transiting by means of Denmark inside 24 hours of their time of entry.
- People who for medical causes or psychological incapacity can’t take a Covid-19 check. To see the total listing of exemptions observe this link.
Denmark will not be the one nation that has enacted new entry necessities this week. The Czech Republic, the Eastern European nation that’s well-known for the gorgeous and bustling metropolis of Prague, has additionally made important alterations to their course of as properly.
Czech Republic Changes Entry Requirements
Beginning on December twenty seventh, overseas vacationers to the Czech Republic are required to current a destructive Covid-19 check PRIOR to journey. If it’s a PCR check it needs to be taken 72 hours earlier than departure. If it’s an antigen check it needs to be taken 48 hours previous to departure. This requirement additionally applies to vaccinated people or people who have recovered from Covid-19 up to now six months.
The exceptions to this rule are:
- Anyone who has obtained a Covid-19 booster
- Children below 12
- Those between 12-18 years of age who’re totally vaccinated (booster not required)
- Those which have not too long ago recovered greater than 14 days in the past from Covid-19.
Also word, there was a change to the principles that have been applied months in the past concerning unvaccinated vacationers. Now, these vacationers that haven’t been vaccinated ARE allowed to journey to the Czech Republic. But these vacationers who haven’t obtained the vaccine or who haven’t recovered from Covid-19 inside the final six months, should take the pre-departure Covid-19 check AND additionally a PCR check between the fifth and seventh day after arrival into the Czech Republic.
The Future of Travel
With the specter of the unfold of Omicron looming, there’s a nice chance that these entry necessities might broaden to much more international locations inside the European space. The Czech authorities has already introduced that as of February twenty second, 2022 they won’t settle for a vaccination card whether it is over 9 months from the second dose. A booster shot, nevertheless, will lengthen the validity indefinitely.
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