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Denmark extends current restrictions and travel bans until April 20th

The Danish government has announced that it will extend its current entry restrictions and travel ban until at least April 20th.

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This comes amid concerns of a third Covid-19 wave across much of Europe. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the extension of these restrictions means that business travel and holidays abroad are still not encouraged. 

The Ministry continued to clarify the restrictions by saying: “There are some exceptions. For example, travel in connection with the delivery of goods and services in and out of the country”.

Sweden is set to reopen its borders with Denmark on March 31st, but the Danish government is still discouraging its citizens from visiting the neighbouring country. Border restrictions with Germany will also remain in place until this date.

The government has said that current restrictions for arrivals from outside the Denmark, which were set to finish on April 5th, will also be extended until at least April 20th. 

This includes a flight ban on anyone unable to present a negative Covid-19 test and a 10-day mandatory quarantine period.

Even before the current extension, the country’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod emphasized that an Easter holiday abroad “unfortunately is not an option”.

European countries such as France, Italy, and Germany are currently going through a third Covid wave, and Denmark hopes that these travel bans will help keep the country from following in their footsteps.

“Denmark is in a better situation than most of Europe. The government will cherish this. Continued restriction of travel activity is an essential element of the effort to control the spread of infection,” the Ministry said.

The government also said that is still working on introducing its Coronapass, its version of a vaccine passport, which it announced back in February.

At the time, acting finance minister Morten Bødskov said: “It will be an extra pass you can have on your mobile phone, which documents you have been vaccinated”.

While Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO of the Confederation Danish Industry said: “By using the digital head start we have, we can allow travel and participation in cultural life in Denmark. We will benefit from the corona passport for many years”.

READ ALSO: Denmark to introduce ‘digital passport’ to document Covid-19 vaccination

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COVID-19 RULES

Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

It will still be obligatory for passengers to wear masks on flights to Italy until mid-June, despite the end of the EU-wide requirement on Monday, May 16th, the Italian government has confirmed.

Masks to remain mandatory on Italian flights after May 16th

The Italian government reiterated on Friday that its current mask-wearing rules remain in place until June 15th, reports newspaper Corriere della Sera.

This means the mask mandate will still apply to all air passengers travelling to or from Italy, despite the end of an EU-wide requirement to wear masks on flights and at airports across the bloc from Monday.

READ ALSO: Reader question: What type of mask will I need for travel to Italy?

National regulations take precedence, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed when announcing the end of the EU rules.

“Wearing face masks at airports and inflight should be aligned with national measures on wearing masks in public transport and transport hubs,” they said in a joint statement published on May 11th.

READ ALSO: Why are so many Italians still wearing face masks in shops?

“If either the departure or destination States require the wearing of face masks on public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to comply with those requirements inflight, beyond 16 May 2022.

“Further, as of 16 May 2022, aircraft operators, during their pre-flight communications as well as during the flight, should continue to encourage their passengers and crew members to wear face masks during the flight as well as in the airport, even when wearing a face mask is not required”.

The Spanish government also said on Thursday that air passengers would have to continue wearing face masks on planes.

Italy’s current rules specify that higher-grade FFP2 masks should be worn on all forms of public transport, including buses, trams, regional and high-speed trains, ferries, and planes.

Though rules were eased in some settings from May 1st, masks also remain a requirement until June 15th at Italy’s cinemas and theatres, hospitals and care homes, indoor sporting event and concert venues, schools and universities.

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