Denmark, Israel Lift Quarantine Restrictions for Vaccinated Tourists

Denmark and Israel have announced that they will reopen their borders and lift all quarantine restrictions for vaccinated tourists.

Denmark

The Danish Government announced that it will reopen its borders for travellers from other European Union (EU) countries.

Starting on 1st May, fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel to Denmark without the need to show a negative PCR test. These travellers are also exempt from any home isolation or quarantine upon arrival in Denmark.

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A canal in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. ©Screenshot

Other tourists

EU tourists who didn’t receive their corona virus vaccine yet will also be able to visit Denmark from 1st May.

If they come from a country with low infection numbers they will be exempt from a PCR test and quarantine measures as well. However, tourists from EU countries with a high COVID-19 incidence would still face PCR test and quarantine requirements.

It is not yet known when Denmark will reopen for non-EU tourists as this will most likely be coordinated with other European Union countries at a later stage.

Bars and restaurants

Just like the UK, also Denmark is slowly reopening its society. Starting on 21st April, restaurants and cafés will be allowed to serve customers outside.

From 5th May, restaurants, pubs and cafés in Denmark will be allowed to welcome guests indoors as well.

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From 21st May, it is again possible in Denmark to enjoy a beer or a meal on an open-air terrace. ©Screenshot

Israel

Another country which outlined its path to a full reopening is Israel, which is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to its vaccination pace.

However, despite Israel’s successful vaccination campaign the country is taking a much more cautious approach towards reopening its tourism sector.

Starting on 23rd May, Israel will welcome vaccinated tourists again into the country. At this first stage, only travellers who are part of a pre-approved tour group will be allowed into the country.

Despite being fully vaccinated, these tourists must still take a PCR test prior to travel and on arrival in Israel. They also need to take an antibody test to prove they indeed received their corona virus vaccination.

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Jerusalem. ©Paliparan

Gradual reopening

Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen explained that Israel chose for this gradual reopening as tourist groups are easier to monitor than individual travellers, allowing the authorities to review whether or not foreign tourist arrivals have an impact on infection rates.

Only at a later stage will Israel reopen for individual travellers as well.

Ms Farkash-Hacohen said: “I will continue to push to open the country to tourism, which will help the economy considerably and create sorely-needed jobs for so many Israelis today.”

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The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa. ©Paliparan

Green pass

Israel works with so-called “green pass” certificates which are given to vaccinated people as well as to those who have recovered from COVID-19.

By showing this green pass certificate, locals can now enjoy cafés, pubs, restaurants and even music concerts.

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The lively food scene of Tel Aviv. ©Paliparan

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Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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