Denmark VTL: Pre-departure test now required

From 27 December 2021, travellers to Denmark must present a negative COVID-19 ART or PCR test result, even if fully vaccinated.

Denmark has become the latest Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) country to tighten its COVID-19 testing regime, in light of the Omicron variant. This applies to all entries into Denmark from 0000 hours on Monday, 27 December 2021. 

Denmark pre-departure COVID-19 test

Copenhagen

From 27 December 2021, all non-Denmark residents must present a negative COVID-19 ART or PCR test result in order to enter Denmark. Tests must be taken in accordance with the following timeframes: 

  • ART: Within 48 hours before entry into Denmark
  • PCR: Within 72 hours before entry into Denmark

Do note that the window refers to “before entry into Denmark”, not “before boarding”. 

Children under 15 years are exempt from this requirement, as are those who have previously been infected with COVID-19 and can present documentation of a positive PCR test performed at least 14 days and at most 180 days before the time of entry.

There is also no need to take a test if you’re transiting in Denmark (defined as stays of <24 hours). 

Pre-departure antigen tests cost between S$21 to S$40 in Singapore, and if you’re pressed for time, you can even do an antigen test at Changi Airport just before flying at the Raffles Medical Clinic located at Terminal 3. 

Antigen tests at Raffles Medical cost S$30, but by entering the promo code SIARMGART (you don’t need to be flying on SIA to use this code) during booking, you can save 10% for a nett cost of S$27. 

For a detailed look at pre-departure testing costs in Singapore, be sure to bookmark the article below. 

Cheapest pre-departure COVID-19 ART and PCR tests in Singapore

Denmark does not recognise Sinovac/ Sinopharm

Denmark only recognises vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This list currently includes:

  • Pfizer BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen Pharmaceutical (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
  • Moderna (COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca).

Sinovac and Sinopharm are not on this list. Travellers from Singapore who have received these vaccines are deemed unvaccinated, and will have to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Denmark and self-isolate for 10 days. Isolation may be ended early with a negative PCR result taken at least six days after arrival. 

Denmark VTL: Overall testing regime

With the latest changes, here’s what the testing regime for round-trip travel to Denmark will look like. 

⚕️ VTL Testing Regime
LocationRemarksPrice
🇸🇬 SingaporeART: 48h before arrival
PCR:
72h before arrival
From S$21
🇩🇰 Denmark2 days before departure (ART/PCR)Varies
🇸🇬 SingaporeOn arrival at Changi (PCR)S$125
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 2 (ART)S$5
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 3 (Supervised ART)S$15
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 4 (ART)S$5
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 5 (ART)S$5
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 6 (ART)S$5
🇸🇬 SingaporeDay 7 (Supervised ART)S$15

For more information on the enhanced testing regime for VTL travellers to Singapore, refer to the article below.

Singapore to require daily COVID-19 ART swabs for all VTL travellers

Conclusion

Denmark’s new pre-departure test requirement adds a further thing to your checklist, but it shouldn’t be overly onerous since the faster and cheaper ARTs are accepted too.

You could get this done for as little as S$21.40 at a Northeast Medical Group clinic, or just before your flight at Raffles Medical Changi Airport for S$27. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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