With the latest rise of the extremely contagious Omicron variant sweeping throughout the globe — international locations have begun to radically alter their entry necessities for international 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 take a look at 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 take a look at regardless of vaccination standing. This take a look at have to be administered a most of 48 hours earlier than entry into the nation if it’s a speedy antigen take a look at or 72 hours earlier than entry if it’s a PCR-test. The timing of the take a look at is one thing to take note of, particularly with the latest flight cancellations and delays that international locations such because the United States have been experiencing as of late.
There are some exceptions to the necessary pre-departure Covid-19 take a look at, these are:
- Children beneath the age of 15.
- People who’re transiting via Denmark inside 24 hours of their time of entry.
- People who for medical causes or psychological incapacity can’t take a Covid-19 take a look at. To see the complete record of exemptions observe this link.
Denmark is just not the one nation that has enacted new entry necessities this week. The Czech Republic, the Eastern European nation that’s well-known for the attractive and bustling metropolis of Prague, has additionally made vital alterations to their course of as effectively.
Czech Republic Changes Entry Requirements
Beginning on December twenty seventh, international vacationers to the Czech Republic are required to current a destructive Covid-19 take a look at PRIOR to journey. If it’s a PCR take a look at it needs to be taken 72 hours earlier than departure. If it’s an antigen take a look at it needs to be taken 48 hours previous to departure. This requirement additionally applies to vaccinated people or those who have recovered from Covid-19 prior to now six months.
The exceptions to this rule are:
- Anyone who has obtained a Covid-19 booster
- Children beneath 12
- Those between 12-18 years of age who’re absolutely vaccinated (booster not required)
- Those which have lately recovered greater than 14 days in the past from Covid-19.
Also observe, there was a change to the foundations that had been carried out months in the past relating to 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 take a look at AND additionally a PCR take a look at 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 probability that these entry necessities might increase 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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