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Travel update: Denmark makes Austria yellow, more of Italy now green

Denmark will change the colour classification of a number of regions in Europe in the latest weekly update to its Covid-19 travel guidelines.

Travel update: Denmark makes Austria yellow, more of Italy now green
Denmark issues weekly updates to its Covid-19 travel restrictions based on latest infection data. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The new guidelines, confirmed by the Foreign Ministry on Friday, come into effect at 4pm on Saturday.

Austria will become completely yellow once the update comes into force. Two Austrian regions, Burgenland and Kärnten, were previously green, but these now turn yellow along with the remainder of the country.

Like Austria, Croatia will now be yellow, entirely yellow, with its only green region, Sjeverna Hravatska, changing status on Saturday.

The main difference between travelling to Denmark from a yellow country is that Danish residents who are not vaccinated or immune through previous infection (and must therefore take a Covid-19 test before travel) are required to get a test after entry.

Non-Danish citizens or residents are required to show a negative coronavirus test at border control.

Those arriving by air can get a rapid antigen test for free at the airport between the arrival gate and border control.

The region of Lazio (which includes Rome)  in Italy goes in the other direction, from yellow to green, on Saturday. Italy is yellow nationally in the ministry guidelines, but several regions are now green. These are Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Abruzzo, Molise and Trento, with Lazio now to be added.

Fiuli-Venezia-Giulia is the only Italian region to switch from green to yellow.

The Azores in Portugal also change to green on Saturday.

Countries and regions which are classified as green are not subject to any Danish entry restrictions.

Outside of the EU, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Japan and Serbia change status to orange on Saturday.

Denmark cautions against non-essential trips to orange countries.

Countries can also be “hatched orange”, which means travel to those countries is advised against because of the restrictions imposed by those countries on travel from Denmark.

Fully vaccinated travellers from orange countries are not required to take a Covid-19 test before or after entry to Denmark and do not need to isolate.

Unvaccinated people from orange countries who have conferred immunity due to previous infection with Covid-19 not required to test or isolate but, unlike vaccinated people, must provide a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark (this does not include tourism). Worthy purpose requirements do not apply to Danish nationals or people resident in Denmark.

People who are travelling from orange countries based on a negative test (and are therefore neither vaccinated nor have been previously infected with Covid-19) are required to isolate after entering Denmark. They must also provide a worthy purpose for travel (see above). As when arriving from yellow countries, non-vaccinated people in this category must take a Covid-19 test before and after travel to Denmark.

Detailed information about the rules for each colour code can be found here and on worthy purposes can be found here.

Last week saw changes to the guidelines affect Sweden and the United States among other countries.

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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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