Summary

Authorities in Denmark are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 16 as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers are permitted to arrive from EU and Schengen Area countries - unless included on a list of “banned” countries - as well as from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

The banned country list currently includes Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, the UK, and Vatican City, as well as the Swedish counties of Blekinge, Dalarna, Gotland, Halland, Jamtland, Jonkoping, Kronoberg, Orebro, Ostergotland, Stockholm, Uppsala, and Vastmanland.

Travelers from banned countries are only permitted entry for specifically defined purposes, such as work, study, or family reasons. They 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. Authorities review and update the list of banned countries every week.

Domestic social-distancing mandates remain in force. 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.

Advice

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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