Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Denmark to tighten coronavirus disease-related entry restrictions for some countries from Sept. 19 following increase in disease activity.

Alert Begins 17 Sep 2020 04:59 PM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International travel disruptions, business disruptions

Authorities in Denmark will tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related entry restrictions for travelers from several countries beginning Sept. 19. Travelers from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Portugal will be prohibited from entering the country. Travelers from "banned" countries are only permitted entry for specifically defined purposes, such as work, study, or family reasons, and may be required to self-isolate or present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Exact entry requirements depend on the purpose of the visit and country of origin. Travelers from "open" countries are permitted entry to Denmark for any reason and are not subject to self-isolation requirements. As of Sept. 17, the list of open countries includes all of the EU and Schengen Area countries, except countries indicated otherwise. Additionally, travelers from the UK, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay will be permitted entry. Danish nationals and residents are permitted to enter the country from any location and without restrictions. Authorities review and update the list every week.

Denmark previously tightened certain COVID-19 restrictions in a number of municipalities following an increase in infection rates. From Sept. 17-Oct. 1, protective face coverings will be required at bars and restaurants in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Tarnby, Dragor, Hvidovre, Brondby, Vallensaek, Ishoj, Rodovre, Glostrup, Albertslund, Hoje-Taastrup, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Ballerup, Herlev, and Lyngby-Taarbaekas. Patrons may remove thier masks when seated. These establishments must close by 2200. All private gatherings must also end at 2200. Gatherings are still limited 50 persons in these areas.

Most nonessential business and facilities in Denmark have reopened, subject to strict hygiene and social-distancing measures. Protective face coverings are mandatory on public transport nationwide, and public gatherings of more than 200 people remain prohibited until at least Oct. 31 unless otherwise specified.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Danish government are similar to actions taken by other governments in the region in recent weeks based on assessments of the evolution of disease activity globally. As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities could reintroduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks.

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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