Denmark travel ban lifted after cull of 19 million mink to control mutant Covid strain

Charles Hymas
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The travel ban on Denmark is to be lifted after the country culled 17 million mink in a bid to suppress a new strain of Covid that emerged from the animals.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the air, sea and land ban would be removed from Saturday at 4am but it would not be granted a travel corridor, which means travellers will have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK.

The cull was carried out this month after a strain of Covid from the mink raised concerns that it could counter new vaccines being developed to combat the disease.

Mr Shapps also announced that Estonia and Latvia will be removed from the UK’s “green” list allowing quarantine free travel, a move that also becomes active at 4am on Saturday.

However, winter sun destinations in the Pacific Islands will be granted travel corridors including Samoa, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Also added to the “green” list are Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Mongolia and Aruba.

The UK travel ban that has prevented all but essential journeys for work or education will be lifted next Wednesday, December 2, opening up the travel corridors.

Mr Shapps also announced earlier this week that from December 15, travellers will be able to reduce their time in quarantine to at least five days if they pay for a Covid test and are negative for the virus.