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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

Italy cuts Covid isolation period as infection rate falls further

The isolation period for symptomatic Covid cases will be cut from seven days to five as Italy’s epidemiological situation improved again, according to an update from the health ministry on Wednesday.

Italy cuts Covid isolation period as infection rate falls further

The Italian health ministry signed off on a new set of Covid isolation rules on Wednesday after months of speculation about whether the isolation period in place all summer could be scrapped.

Under the update, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and shows symptoms must immediately self-isolate for five days instead of the previous seven, and must test negative – via either a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test – at the end of that period, as well as being asymptomatic for two days.

READ ALSO: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

Should the patient continue to test positive, they must remain in isolation until they get a negative test result. The maximum length of the isolation period was however cut to 14 days, down from 21.

Testing should be carried out at a registered pharmacy or testing centre. The results of home tests are not seen as valid for this purpose.

The isolation requirement applies to everyone including those who are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid.

The changes came in a circular signed on Wednesday by the health ministry’s director of prevention, Gianni Rezza.

The circular, published on Thursday morning, said the rules had been relaxed “as a result of the cessation of the state of emergency” and based on health data analysis by Italy’s Higher Health Institute on August 24th.

The infection rate in Italy has been falling since mid-July.

The number of new infections recorded over the previous 24 hours on Wednesday was 21,817, with a test positivity rate of 13 percent.

Politicians from several parties criticised the decision to keep isolation rules in place, claiming this could affect voter turnout at elections on September 25th.

Italy’s outgoing health minister, Roberto Speranza, said this wasn’t an issue: “Just as with the last elections, there is the option of voting from home, as is done for the infirm,” he told news agency Ansa.

Italy does not currently require visitors from any country to test negative on arrival, as long as they are fully boosted, were recently vaccinated, or have recently recovered from Covid.

Read more about getting tested while in Italy in a separate article here.

For more information about Italy’s Covid health regulations, see the health ministry’s website.

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