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UK: Authorities to deny entry of non-British nationals traveling from Denmark November 7 /update 63

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UK authorities to deny entry of non-British nationals traveling from Denmark November 7; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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UK officials announced on Saturday, November 7, that all non-British nationals arriving from Denmark will be denied entry until further notice amid concerns of a mutated strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was found in Danish mink farms. The measure follows an announcement a day earlier stating that all travelers arriving from Denmark would be required to self-isolate on arrival. Exceptions apply to those traveling in the haulage and freight sectors. The British transport department says that the ban will be reviewed after a week. Denmark joins Germany and Sweden in being removed from the government's safe travel corridors, with the two countries being struck from the list at 04:00 (local time) on November 7. 

UK authorities previously implemented a nationwide lockdown in England on Thursday, November 5, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the nation. The lockdown is to last until December 2. Nonessential businesses and the hospitality sector have closed and working from home is mandatory where possible. Workplaces where working from home is not possible have been asked to remain open. Mixing between households is limited, with each member of a household permitted to meet one person in an outdoor setting, and individuals living alone as well as single parents may have a support bubble with another household. Despite the lockdown, schools, colleges, and universities are to remain open. Regions are to return to a three-tier lockdown system depending on case numbers from December 3. 

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in certain public areas, with fines for repeat offenders rising up to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). Further information regarding the wearing of face masks in the UK can be found here.

As of November 7, there have been 1,149,808 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK with 48,565 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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