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Travel in the corona era: Here's what you need to know

The editors here give you answers to the most frequently asked questions about traveling in the corona era, from quarantine to travel insurance.
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Here are the main answers about traveling in the corona era

There is a great deal of uncertainty in these months about traveling. Both in Denmark and abroad. The information is changing and it is difficult to keep up with what is going on right now. If man should travel is often confused with whether one at all may not be travel, and information and attitudes fly around.

Therefore, the editors here will give you answers to the most frequently asked questions about traveling in the corona era. This guide is therefore about not about whether one should travel or dare to travel. This guide is all about whether or not you can travel.

The questions arose from questions in our travel community, where travel enthusiasts help each other, and if you want to see the current status, here is an overview of the quarantine rules inside and outside Europe.

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Can I travel to a red or orange country?

The short answer to whether you can travel to a red or an orange country is ja. As The Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself writes: “The travel guides are indicative. It is always your own decision and your responsibility where you want to go. ”

A red country means that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel there. It could be due to war, disaster or something else. In the case of corona, it can also be a general assessment of the situation worldwide and not of the individual country. The countries can easily still be open to Danes with or without entry requirements.

Yellow countries are the ones where you are encouraged to be a little extra careful and attentive and comply with local restrictions.

But what does it mean that a country is colored orange? Yes, it is immediately less simple and it may well affect your journey. Because even though you can travel well for the Danish authorities, it is not always certain that your destination has opened its borders.

Therefore, a country becomes colored orange

When a country is colored orange, it basically means that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all unnecessary tourist trips to the country. This is an advice, not a requirement, and business travel is basically always excluded.

The marking as orange can be due to three very different conditions: 1) Infection rates, 2) Entry restrictions or 3) Lack of guidance.

Infection rates

A country can be colored orange because the number of infected is over 30 per. 100.000 inhabitants of the country.

This does not mean that all places in the country are necessarily above the limit of 30, but that the country as a whole does. There can be large regional differences, and there can therefore easily be regions in an orange country where the infection is low, for example on Greek, Spanish and Portuguese islands. Also lower than at home.

Danish authorities have opened up for regional travel guides to get a more accurate picture of the situation, for example on the holiday islands. Not all countries are assessed by region, so be aware of regional differences.

This marking based on infection rates is currently only valid in relation to EU and EEA countries, ie. including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Entry restrictions

A country can also be colored orange as a result of the country itself having introduced entry restrictions for Danish citizens. It can be a long quarantine on arrival or requirements for where you can travel in the country. There are a few cases where you can only enter if you have a recognizable purpose or are a citizen. In most countries, it is the case that you can enter well, even though there are entry restrictions, but there are restrictions when you are in the country.

First and foremost, it is the country you would like to travel to that determines whether there is quarantine, test requirements or anything else upon entry. Not the Danish authorities. The majority of the world's countries are still open to Danes, and you are welcome to travel to.

Lack of individual guides

Lack of individual guidance is the third reason why a country is colored orange - or red for that matter. This currently applies. for all countries outside Europe and all European countries outside the EU / EEA, ie. the majority of all countries in the world. They are not assessed individually, but as a block.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opted out of making individual travel guides to many countries, regardless of infection rates and any entry restrictions. Among them are countries that have high infection rates such as the USA and India and also countries that have very low infection rates, such as Seychelles, Maldives and a stripe caribbean islands.

The lack of individual travel guides also applies to a number of countries Balkans.

This means that you must investigate the risk of infection and entry restrictions for the country in question; not that it is basically closed.

In this group of countries outside the EU / EEA, there are also countries where you can only enter if you have a recognizable purpose - often work-related - or are a citizen of the country. Countries like Thailand og India is currently very strict in letting people in, and the same goes Czech Republic, Finland og Norway.

There may - as always - also be other reasons why you can not enter a country, such as visa requirements, passport problems or personal circumstances that make you denied entry. It is no different today than before. Therefore, always check the current entry requirements from the destination side based on which country has issued your passport.

So if you want to travel to an orange country, you can usually travel well. Remember to follow the guidelines and developments both nationally and locally. Find the travel instructions and follow the development on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.

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Does the travel insurance cover if I fall ill on a corona-time trip?

The short answer is that it may well be, but you need to check it first. It is up to the individual insurance company. The blue EU health card - or health insurance card - is still valid in all the countries it usually covers.

So if you have a travel insurance, you can contact your insurance company and hear what it covers in the current situation. Does it cover hospitalization if you become ill abroad? Does it cover the return journey if it becomes necessary to interrupt or extend the journey? There is a big difference in insurance, so ask specifically what applies to you.

There are a number of ordinary Danish insurance companies that cover illness on the trip, just as they have always done. Also in orange and red countries. However, it may be that their cancellation rules have changed, but this usually does not mean anything for the illness coverage.

If you are not adequately covered, go to a travel insurance company and tell them how you plan to travel. Then they can usually knit an insurance together, which covers. There are several companies that currently. offers insurance for single trips, such as Gouda.

Many travel providers, airlines and travel agents have also introduced new and far more flexible cancellation rules as the situation changes as quickly and often as it does. Especially the travel agencies currently offer. often quite flexible cancellation terms.

As always, read it in small print before you book, and feel free to ask the company you book with which rules apply to cancellation.

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Can I come by plane, train or ferry?

There are still planes in the air and there are still trains on the rails so the short answer is ja.

There are not as many flights now as there were before the shutdowns, but you can still get out into the world. There are both domestic, regional and flights to other parts of the world.

The airlines and airports are subject to strict safety and health requirements, so they do a great deal to ensure that no one gets sick along the way and that everyone can feel safe on the journey. They are good at so follow their instructions. In all aircraft, there are advanced HEPA filters in the air systems, and there is a requirement for the use of mouthpieces.

Trains, buses and ferries are also subject to health and safety requirements, so you can also feel safe there. They often run with reduced passenger capacity, so there is room for distance and there is extra attention to the behavior of the passengers.

Countries have pretty much all their own entry rules - forms, test requirements, check in on arrival - so check with the airline or travel provider to see if there is anything you need to do yourself in advance or be aware of on arrival.

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Do I have to be quarantined when I get home?

If you travel to one of the countries that the Danish authorities have colored red or orange, and thus advise against either all or only unnecessary travel, you must check the rules for quarantine on return to coronasmitte.dk. Whether you are covered by the quarantine requirement depends on which country you have traveled to, whether you have been infected in the past and whether you have been vaccinated.

If you are subject to the quarantine requirement, the authorities require you to go on home quarantine for 10 days. They also add the possibility that you can be pcr-tested after no earlier than 4 days and thus be able to interrupt the quarantine after only 5 days if the test is negative.

There may be other rules if you have been on a business trip, and then in some cases it is an assessment between you and your employer that determines whether you should be quarantined after the trip. It may also be that you can settle for a test or two when you get home before you can return to work.

If you go to school or are on public support, there will usually be a requirement for quarantine, but ask in advance for safety.

Many people already work from home in full or in part, and this can be a solution if the workplace is involved.

There are currently test option on arrival at Copenhagen Airport, and if you are a traveler, it is not necessary to book an appointment. You can therefore easily be tested both before and after if you have to travel in corona time.

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Should I stay home?

The short answer is no, you should not stay at home, but you may well.

There is nothing wrong with staying home. Denmark is an attractive travel country with many fantastic experiences. We need to remember that, and many of us have really caught our eye in recent months. Denmark is wonderful, and sometimes home is best.

If you want to travel, you can often do well, and you are helping to keep an industry alive. Not just the large Danish travel industry, but to a large extent also the tourism sector in the countries we normally travel to. There are many small and large wheels that have come to a standstill at a time when there is a significant distance between the tourists - also in the known places. All countries have different ways of securing their own citizens, and of course you will also be helped by them.

It is not certain that all wheels will get going again, and it is therefore worth its weight in gold to keep going in its favorite places so that they do not close. Both in Denmark and abroad.

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You do not have to travel right now and here. If you go with travel dreams - and who does not - then talk to a travel agency about what the future looks like. When they expect to be able to send you off on the dream journey. It is perfectly normal to plan big life events well in advance and a big trip is a life event.

We get better from traveling. We are expanding our horizons and our knowledge of the world when we travel and experience something new. Of course, we can spend time getting to know the world from home by taking virtual trips, reading travel articles, listening to travel podcasts, go to travel lectures - online or in reality - and in general dream, research and plan new adventures.

But after all, it can not replace the real travel experience, where you feel the new with all the senses at the same time. That's why we travel. The choice is yours.

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