Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Denmark to deny entry to most foreign nationals from 1200 March 14 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Denmark

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 10:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 13
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, limited services, event cancellations

Summary
Authorities in Denmark will close its air, land, and sea borders from 1200 March 14 as the latest effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The closure is in place through April 13; officials will bar all non-nationals from entry. Persons wishing to leave will be allowed to do so. The rule does not apply to Danish passport holders, EU citizens holding a Danish social security card, and third-country nationals carrying a Danish residency permit. Authorities will make exceptions for foreign nationals in some emergencies, such as attending a medical visit or persons in transit with onward travel documentation. The restriction does not apply to the movement of goods and will not impact supply chains. Authorities have suspended cruise ship travel.

Denmark officials also ordered the closures of all kindergartens, schools, and universities from March 13 and have instructed all noncritical public employees to stay home. In addition, authorities have banned all gatherings of more than 100 people through at least March 31. The order impacts concerts, sporting events, and conventions, among other events, throughout the country. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also recommended people to work from home if possible.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or amendments in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Older individuals, infants, and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission can occur, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Danish Police: politi.dk

Copenhagen Airport: www.cph.dk