Travel to Denmark: The health rules and guidelines tourists should know about

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Travel to Denmark: The health rules and guidelines tourists should know about
The canal running through the centre of Christianshavn was modelled on Amsterdam. Photo: Malin Poppy/Darcy Mörner

Tourists from most of Europe and some countries beyond are now welcome back in Denmark, but they must respect a number of national health rules and guidelines. Here's a list of things to know if you're planning a trip here this summer.


Who can now travel to Denmark? 

From June 27th, Denmark's borders are open to tourists from all EU and Schengen countries except Portugal and most of Sweden, with the exception of the regions of Västerbotten, Kronoberg and Blekinge. 
From July 4th, Denmark's borders have also been open to tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand. 


What do you need to bring? 
Unless you are from the so-called 'border regions' of Denmark's neighbours, you need to bring documentation showing that you have a valid accommodation booking for a minimum of 6 nights in Denmark. 
What do I need to enter Denmark if I am from a Nordic country? 
If you are from one of the open Swedish regions, you will need proof of address to show at the Danish border, as well as your ID or passport, in order to prove that you are from one of the open regions. As all regions of Norway, Iceland, and Finland are currently "open", a passport will do. But if an outbreak means that changes in future, people from these countries will also need a proof of address. 
What if I am from 'border region'? 
People for the border regions' of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Skåne, Halland and Blekinge in Sweden, and the whole of Norway can enter Denmark even if their regions is marked 'orange' if they bring along a negative coronavirus test received in the last 72 hours. People from these regions are also excused the requirement to book six nights of accommodation. 
Do I need a visa? 
The only one of the countries whose residents are allowed to come to Denmark as tourists which also requires a visa is Thailand. The visa processing centre in Bangkok reopened for Thai's applying for short stay, residence and work permit applications on July 4th. See here for details.


Do I need to bring a face mask? 
Face masks are mandatory at airports in Denmark, with passengers from June 15th required to wear then from the moment they enter the terminals until they leave the terminals again. But they are not otherwise required or even recommended. You may even encounter some negative comments and stares if you decide to wear one. 
What is the distance requirement? 
People are asked to keep their distance and to stand at least one metre apart. As a result, some shops have a limit on the number of people who can enter them at any one time, and restaurants and bars are also operating with fairly strict guidelines to reduce the spread of infection.
Restaurants which fulfil the guidelines agreed between the health authorities and the restaurant industry should display a "Safe to Visit" sign.  
What are the hygiene guidelines? 
The guidelines in Denmark are little different from those elsewhere in the world: stay at home if you feel ill; wash you hands or use sanitiser as often as possible; cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm not your hands; limit physical contact; clean diligently. 
What's still closed? 
Big events such as rock festivals and some concerts are cancelled, as are nightclubs, otherwise almost all restrictions have been lifted in Denmark. 
What about museums, galleries and theme parks? 
Most of Denmark's museums, galleries and theme parks are offering discounted entry this summer, after receiving government subsidies to try and kickstart the tourism season. Legoland, one of the country's most popular destinations,  is offering family tickets for just 220 Danish kroner a person, a 45 percent discount on the normal price. 
Tickets, though, generally have to be bought in advance online to reduce queueing, and the number of tickets issued is limited according to the safe number of people who can be inside the theme park. You should keep your distance from other customers and use hand sanitiser before and after all rides.
The park has put up 'Coro-Ninja' signs everywhere using the popular Ninjago Lego characters to teach hygiene and social distancing. See the Legoland guidelines here. 
What do I need to know about transport? 
You need to reserve a seat before travelling on intercity and regional trains, to ensure that they do not get too crowded. It's free and can be done on the website of DSB. The seats are then filled so as to minimise how close passengers get to one another. 
If you are travelling on the S-trains around Copenhagen's suburbs, you do not need to book a seat, but there are signs and markings on the floor indicating how you should seat to minimise the spread of infection. There is also a web app called 'Plads på rejsen' (Space on your journey), which you can use to check which trains are crowded. 
If you are travelling on buses or the Copenhagen metro, it's best to travel outside peak hours to reduce crowding. If possible, it might be better to hire or borrow a bicycle for short trips. 


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