Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Denmark to tighten entry restrictions for some countries from Sept. 26 following increase in COVID-19 activity.

Alert Begins 25 Sep 2020 10:05 AM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 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 additional countries beginning Sept. 26. As of this date, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, and the UK are added to the list of "banned" countries. Other countries on the list of banned locations include Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, and Spain, as well as the regions of Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria, Voru and Ida-Viru in Estonia, Trentino and Liguria in Italy, Vestland in Norway, and Bratislava in Slovakia.

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 on 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. From Sept. 27, the list of open countries will include EU and Schengen Area countries, except countries indicated otherwise, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Authorities review and update the list of banned countries every week.

Authorities in Denmark previously tightened several domestic restrictions Sept. 18. The limit on public gatherings is reduced to 50, with certain seated events limited to 500. Cafes, bars, and restaurants must close at 2200 nationwide; patrons must wear facemasks when not seated. Individuals are encouraged to work from home where possible. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport nationwide.

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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