Denmark opens to travel from all of Sweden

Denmark will be open to travel from all of Sweden's regions from August 1st, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Denmark opens to travel from all of Sweden
An empty square in central Copenhagen, which is slowly opening to more tourists. Photo: Fredrik Hagen/NTB scanpix/TT

Sweden has met the criteria needed to be classed by Denmark as an 'open country' thanks to a low enough rate of infection, meaning that anyone may travel across the border if they can prove they have a worthy purpose.

The change was announced on Thursday but will first come into effect on Saturday August 1st.

This includes tourism, so that means permanent residents of Sweden can travel to Denmark if they can show, for example, proof of a hotel or tent pitch booking. This must be for a minimum of six nights.

Other 'worthy purposes' include work trips, transit, job interviews, studying, attending a funeral, or meeting a partner or close family member who is a resident of Denmark. For these trips there is no six-night requirement but you should bring documents that prove the purpose of your travel. More information is available from the Danish police.

Special rules still apply for border regions (Skåne and Halland), so that permanent residents of these regions can travel to Denmark regardless of purpose as long as they can prove their address.

Denmark also remains open to travel from Spain and Belgium, in contrast to Norway which made both countries 'red'. This is due to differences in how Denmark and Norway calculate the rate of infection to determine their travel criteria.

Denmark's travel criteria are updated weekly based on the rate of infection in the relevant countries, so if planning a journey it's important to check the latest information.

Another obstacle to Nordic travel was removed on July 30th as Sweden scrapped its recommendation to avoid travel to Denmark and Norway, as well as to Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Although these recommendations are not legally binding requirements, they have implications for things like travel insurance validity.

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Danish domestic flight to reopen after airport gets state backing

A domestic flight connecting Copenhagen with the tiny Midtjyllands Airport is set to resume services around four months after it was cancelled.

Danish domestic flight to reopen after airport gets state backing

The flight from Midtjyllands, formerly Karup, Airport to Copenhagen will resume from April 17th, Copenhagen Airport said in a statement.

Four daily departures, operated by the Danish Air Transport (DAT) airline, will connect the two airports from Monday to Thursday, while there will be afternoon departures only on Fridays.

DAT also operated the route until its prior closure in December 2022. The majority of passengers who used the service were commuters, and its closure meant that most of the airport’s staff faced the loss of their jobs.

Its return comes after the government agreed a two-year deal providing state support to the tune of 4.2 million kroner per year to the airport.

“We supported reinstating the route to Midtjyllands Airport, which is an important airport that helps connect Denmark,” Copenhagen Airport commercial director Peter Krogsgaard said in the statement.

“It is therefore also pleasing that the government has chosen to support the airport financially,” he said.

The smaller airport is important for local towns, Copenhagen Airport said in the press statement, noting that 2019 saw 111,000 use the flight between the two Danish airports.

Local media TV Midtvest recently reported that 22,000 passengers took the flight in 2021, citing Statistics Denmark figures.

In December, DAT said the route was no longer economically viable due to low passenger numbers and high fuel prices.

“During the period in which it has been closed, many have realised how important the airport is, so it’s good news that planes can go to the airport again,” transport minister Thomas Danielsen told TV Midtvest on Thursday.

Midtjyllands Airport is co-owned by nine municipalities in central and western Jutland: Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, Lemvig, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Silkeborg, Skive, Struer and Viborg.

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