Denmark to allow residents to return from UK under new entry restrictions

Denmark to allow residents to return from UK under new entry restrictions
Arrivals at Copenhagen Airport. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix
A new travel ban will prevent UK residents from entering Denmark from December 25th but residents of Denmark will be allowed to return from the UK.

A travel ban applying to residents of the UK is to be issued by the Ministry of Justice and will take effect on 25th December. The ban will not apply to Danes.

British citizens and other people travelling from the UK who are resident in Denmark will be allowed to return to Denmark, the justice ministry confirmed in a statement.

The new travel restrictions will replace a current blanket ban on all incoming flights from the UK, which is set to expire at midnight on Christmas Eve.

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The decision to tighten travel restrictions against the UK was taken due to the spread of a mutated form of Covid-19, the justice ministry said.

The new variant of the coronavirus is believed to have first appeared in London and Kent and is reported to be up to 70 percent more contagious than other strains. Based on what scientists know so far, the variant does not appear to cause more serious illness than other kinds of coronavirus.

All foreign nationals who reside in the UK will be turned away at the border once the ban comes into effect.

The following groups from the UK will be exempted and granted entry to Denmark:

  • Primary carers for children under the age of consent (upon documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Denmark)
  • Family or partners to seriously ill or dying persons in Denmark (upon documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Denmark)
  • Inward travel for the purpose of goods transport

Danish citizens and people who are resident in Denmark will be allowed to enter Denmark from the UK from December 25th.

Authorities in Denmark are “strongly recommending” travellers arriving from the UK to take a Covid-19 test and self-isolate for 10 days.

“We can unfortunately state that a new mutation of Covid-19 which appears to be particularly infectious has spread in the United Kingdom. That is serious, and in this situation it is important to limit the number of people in Denmark infected with the mutated virus as much as possible,” justice minister Nick Hækkerup said in the statement.

“We have therefore decided to implement stricter entry restrictions for foreigners who live in the United Kingdom,” Hækkerup continued.

The new restrictions on entry from the UK will be effective from December 25th up to and including January 3rd.


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