Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Denmark maintaining international entry restrictions as of July 24; most domestic businesses operating with social distancing requirements.

  • Alert Begins: 24 Jul 2020 04:33 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 05 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International travel disruptions

Denmark is maintaining international travel restrictions as of July 24 as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have removed entry restrictions on travelers from all EU and Schengen Area countries, except Portugal and Luxembourg. Swedish residents from outside of Blekinge, Kronoberg, Skane, and Vasterbotten counties still face restrictions. Travelers from locations outside of the EU and Schengen Area, with the exception of those arriving from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK, and Uruguay, also remain subject to restrictions. For those locations where restrictions remain in place, arrivals are only permitted for essential purposes, including for urgent family and business reasons; proof of the reason for travel is required. Danish nationals and residents are permitted to enter the country without restriction from any location.

Most nonessential businesses have reopened in Denmark, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Indoor sports venues, higher education facilities, and nightclubs will remain closed until at least early August, when authorities are expecting to move into the fourth and final phase of their COVID-19 de-restriction strategy. Public gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited.

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
As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities could begin to reintroduce sporadic, targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to local government areas, neighborhoods, or even specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks. Mandatory social distancing procedures in public places and on public transport, as well as widespread voluntary "self-policing" by residents, will assist in reducing the potential for contagion, likely negating the necessity for a large-scale, blanket reintroduction of significant restrictions.

The measures taken by the Danish government are similar to actions taken by other governments in the region in response to lower infection rates of COVID-19. 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. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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