Denmark Borders Stay Closed For Most Through August 31, 2020

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European countries are in the process of opening their borders first for neighbors, then to Schengen/European Union, and finally for non-citizens/residents of the block.

Denmark was one of the first to close and have let people very selectively in. Now the country is slowly addressing the border that stays close for most through August 31, 2020.

You can access Visit Denmark’s website here.

Here’s the announcement from the Danish Government:

Controlled re-opening of the Danish borders

Updated 29/5/20

The Danish government closed the borders with Denmark to control the spread of the corona virus. Danish citizens are allowed to re-enter the country and visitors from other countries can now enter Denmark again under certain conditions.

From June 15 2020, tourists from Germany, Norway and Iceland are allowed to return to Denmark and must show documentation of a valid booking on their arrival. This booking must be for a stay taking place outside the capital Copenhagen (Copenhagen Municipality and Frederiksberg Municipality) and must last at least six nights. Residences with the postcodes 1000 through to 2500 are considered to be in those locations. Tourists are allowed to visit Copenhagen but their stay must be outside it.

If a tourist wishing to enter shows clear signs of sickness, for example a cough, fever, or similar, they will not be allowed to cross the border.

For all other countries, the border closure is in operation until August 31. Borders may reopen earlier for Sweden and Finland.

From May 25, people with a permanent residence in one of the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or Germany will be allowed to re-enter Denmark if they fall into the following categories:

  • People who own a summer house in Denmark
  • Persons who have a relationship with a person living in Denmark or who are engaged to a person living in Denmark
  • People who have grandparents in Denmark
  • Business trips to and from Denmark if they are carried out responsibly in terms of health, may be resumed if the applicable precautionary measures are followed. Business trips must comply with industry-specific security precautions.

Except for the above, general family visits, tourism trips, business trips, study trips or similar are not grounds for entry into Denmark that are worthy of recognition. For further information on the documentation required to prove you have a relationship with someone living in Denmark, see the Danish Police website here.

We are following the latest news and you can find the most up to date information here: https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark.

Conclusion

I am still confused because business trips are both allowed and banned simultaneously. Germans, Norwegians, and Icelanders are welcomed from June 15, but only if they stay a minimum of six nights and have their accommodation outside of Copenhagen (day trips to the city allowed).

Denmark keeps the option open to allow Swedes and Finns country earlier. I am surprised that the border between Malmö and Copenhagen is not opened earlier, however, considering how close ties these two cities have.

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