Denmark scraps quarantine requirement for business travellers – but only at work

An easing of restrictions in Denmark will reduce restrictions on people travelling out of and back to the country for business purposes, though they will still be required to quarantine when not at work.

Denmark scraps quarantine requirement for business travellers – but only at work
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Travel guidelines and restrictions will change from Wednesday as part of a number of changes to the current rules in place to control the coronavirus epidemic.


The new rules make it easier for people who return to Denmark after business travel to break the self-isolation period in order to go to work.

But the isolation requirement will continue to apply during their leisure time, the Danish foreign ministry confirmed to news wire Ritzau.

All foreign travel is cautioned against by the ministry currently, with the entire world designated a ‘red’ zone due to risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, the ministry advises against all foreign travel (not just non-essential travel). This means that business travel is not exempted from the advisory.

Danish citizens and legal residents of the country cannot be denied entry but must follow requirements to be tested for Covid-19 and quarantine for 10 days when they return from travel abroad.

When guidelines change on Wednesday, April 21st, the advice to avoid all foreign travel will mostly switch to advice against non-essential travel.

That is because a regional model will be reintroduced (having previously been used last year), with travel advice split into three categories based on the infection situation in the areas in question.

The three categories are: yellow (‘be careful’); orange (‘avoid non-essential travel’) and red (‘avoid all travel’).

Most of the world will be designated ‘orange’, with some important exceptions. More detail can be found in this article.

The relevance of the easing of restrictions for business travellers is that, because it will be considered a necessary type of trip, business travel to most countries is no longer advised against.

“Business travel to both orange and yellow countries can take place,” the ministry said in a written comment to Ritzau.

“Secondly, business travellers who return from a trip may break their isolation when they are at work,” it added.

“Mandatory test and isolation requirements remain, but the isolation requirement will only apply in leisure time,” the ministry stated.

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Denmark’s infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

Travellers from China should not need a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in Denmark, the national infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute recommended on Saturday, in an assessment sent to the Ministry of Health.

Denmark's infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

In the assessment by the State Serum Institute (SSI), it was noted that there aren’t expected to be a large number of arrivals coming directly from China and that any tests would have a marginal affect on Danish epidemic control.

However SSI wrote that it was still important to keep an eye on new variants of Covid-19 and suggested that a sample of voluntary-based PCR tests could be introduced for travellers from China.

The assessment was requested by Denmark’s health minister Sophie Løhde, following a recommendation on Wednesday by European Union experts to tighten travel rules.

Infection rates in China are high after it abolished its ‘zero Covid’ policy in late 2022, although no precise numbers are available.

Several European countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the UK, had already introduced testing requirements, while Sweden on Thursday announced a similar step, as did Germany, with an added announcement on Saturday to discourage non-essential travel from Germany to China.

The United States, Canada, India, South Korea and Taiwan have also put testing rules in place.

Health minister Sophie Løhde also asked SSI to assess testing waste water from aircraft landed from China. SSI responded that there is limited experience in this.

SSI currently analyses samples from shared toilet tanks at four airports twice a week – Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Billund. The method would have to be changed in order to detect new Covid-19 variants, which would take up to four weeks to implement, according to the assessment.

Løhde has informed the parliamentary parties about the assessment and has asked the Epidemic Commission for an advisory assessment, she said in a press release. Once this is done, the recommendations will be discussed.