Denmark turns away at least 100 at German border over new Covid-19 rules

Over 100 people have been refused entry to Denmark in recent days due to rules requiring documentation of a negative Covid-19 test.

Denmark turns away at least 100 at German border over new Covid-19 rules
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The refusals occurred at the two harbours of Rødby and Gedser, Ritzau reports. They do therefore not take into account overland borders in South Jutland.

Acting police senior inspector Peter Compen confirmed the figure to public service broadcaster DR.

Travellers were denied entry to Denmark due to new rules which came into force on Saturday January 9th. Those rules require people travelling into the country to produce a negative Covid-19 test and have a valid reason to travel.

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Compen told DR that most people were disappointed about being denied entry but had generally taken the situation well.

He added that he expects most to return after taking a new coronavirus test.

Foreign nationals who are not resident in Denmark must have documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours at entry to Denmark, according to the current rules.

For air travel, the negative test must be taken within 24 hours of boarding the incoming flight.

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Struggling Scandinavian carrier SAS gets $700m loan

Ailing Scandinavian airline SAS, which filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States in early July, said Sunday it had secured a 700-million-dollar loan.

Struggling Scandinavian carrier SAS gets $700m loan

The move follows a crippling 15-day pilot strike, also in July, that cost the carrier between $9 and $12 million a day.

The pilots were protesting against salary cuts demanded by management as part of a restructuring plan aimed at ensuring the survival of the company.

READ ALSO: SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

SAS said it has entered “into a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing credit agreement for $700 million with funds managed by Apollo Global Management”.

SAS had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States and said the “DIP financing, along with cash generated from the company’s ongoing operations, enables SAS to continue meeting its obligations throughout the chapter 11 process”.

“With this financing, we will have a strong financial position to continue supporting our ongoing operations throughout our voluntary restructuring process in the US,” SAS board chairman Carsten Dilling said.

SAS management announced in February the savings plan to cut costs by 7.5 billion Swedish kronor ($700 million), dubbed “SAS Forward”, which was supplemented in June by a plan to increase capital by nearly one billion euros ($1.04 billion).

Denmark and Sweden are the biggest shareholders with 21.8 percent each.

“We can now focus entirely on accelerating the implementation our SAS FORWARD plan, and to continue our more than 75-year legacy of being the leading airline in Scandinavia.”

SAS employs around 7,000 people, mainly in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It has suffered a string of losses since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.