Lovers and second-homers: Who can enter Denmark from this week?

Lovers and second-homers: Who can enter Denmark from this week?
The German border at Kruså, taken as controls were put in place on March 14. Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix
Residents of Germany and the Nordic countries can now enter Denmark if they have a lover, summer house, and certain types of relatives there. Here's what you need to know.

Late on Wednesday night, Norway's political parties agreed to extend the list of “worthy purposes” which allow entry to Denmark for residents of Germany and the Nordic countries. On Sunday night the Danish police updated their Q&A to explain who this covers. 

Here are the answers most relevant to readers of The Local. 

Who is now allowed to cross the border? 

Residents of Germany and the Nordic countries can now enter Denmark if they have a lover in Denmark, a summer house in Denmark, or a child, grandchild, parent or grandparent in the country. 

Do I need to be a citizen of Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland to be allowed to enter? 

No, you need only be “permanently resident”, and you also need to “otherwise have a legal right to enter Denmark”. 

Does the partner or relative living in Denmark need to be a Danish citizen? 

No, they must be “a foreigner resident in Denmark” or “a Danish national resident in or permanently staying in Denmark”. 

What constitutes a lover or sweetheart? 

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, which the Danish police say is “basically six months”, and the two partners must also have “met regularly in person”. The word “basically” indicates that the time limit might be somewhat flexible. 

“Sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and phone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions”. 

What evidence do I need to show of my love relationship? 

You will need to provide the name, address and contact details of your sweetheart in Denmark, as well as copies of emails, text messages, phone call history or photos, to prove the extent of the relationship. Obviously if you're engaged, or have lived together, that should be easier.

What you show is optional, but you are encouraged to show whatever you can to convince the border guard to let you in! 

Can I enter Denmark if I own a summerhouse in the country? 

Absolutely. Anyone living in Germany or the Nordic countries who owns a summerhouse in Denmark can now enter. 

What if I've rented a summerhouse? 

Afraid not. 
 
What if I just want to drive through Denmark, or transit through Copenhagen airport, to go on holiday in Sweden or Sylt? 
 
That's OK under the new rules. But bring some proof. 

 


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