These are Denmark’s current Covid-19 travel restrictions

Restrictions on travel in and out of Denmark have been extended up to and including February 28th. Here’s a rundown of the rules as they stand.

These are Denmark’s current Covid-19 travel restrictions
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Danish citizens and people who legally reside in Denmark do not require a stated reason to enter the country and are also not obliged to provide a negative Covid-19 test. However, it should be noted that a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours is required to board flights to Denmark, even for people who live in the country.

People who have been recently infected with Covid-19 may, however, board flights if they document a positive Covid-19 test between two and eight weeks old. That is because, although they are no longer an infection risk, they may return a positive test result due to recent illness.

People travelling to Denmark on a single journey of more than 24 hours (for example, including flight transfers) are allowed to travel if they present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of boarding the first flight.

READ ALSO: When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?

Travelling abroad

For those living in Denmark, travelling outside of the country is also restricted, though not impossible.

The foreign ministry guidelines currently have the entire world at the ‘red’ alert level. That means that the ministry is advising against all foreign travel (not just non-essential travel). This means that business travel is not exempted from the advisory, although there are some exemptions, such as for transport of goods.

The decision to place the entire world on this level is because “limitation of travel activity is a key element in the effort to control infections at the same time as mutations of coronavirus is occurring in several countries,” the ministry states.

People returning to Denmark from travel abroad are asked to take a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival in the country. Free testing facilities are available at entry points. Additionally, travellers are strongly advised to self-isolate for 10 days after arriving. The isolation can be ended if a PCR test for Covid-19 taken after four days returns a negative result. Children under 12 are exempted from the testing recommendation.

Though quarantine is not enforced at the time of writing, that is expected to change this week once parliament has voted through an amendment to Denmark’s emergency epidemic law.

READ ALSO: Denmark set to enforce entry quarantine as parliament backs move

Even if you decide to travel out of Denmark with the above in mind, bear in mind it might not be possible to cross the border of your destination country, depending on the rules in place there – check with local authorities (including in transit countries).

Visitors to Denmark

Non-residents of Denmark who want to visit the country are required to fulfil a ‘valid reason' criterion for entering the country, while non-Danes who live in either the UK or South Africa are essentially banned from entering Denmark altogether.

There are some exceptions for UK and South Africa nationals: Primary carers for children under the age of consent; family or partners to seriously ill or dying persons in Denmark; and people entering for the purpose of goods transport can cross the border.

‘Valid reasons’ for entering Denmark (also referred to as ‘worthy purpose’) can be related to work or business; attending the birth of a child; contact time with children; end-of-life visits to loved ones; funerals; continuation of healthcare; and legal matters. More specific guidance can be found here, and you can also call the Danish police on +45 7020 6044 if you can’t find an answer related to your individual situation.

A current ban on incoming flights from the United Arab Emirates is not encompassed by the extension, according to the foreign ministry statement. That ban is due to expire on February 2nd.

Non-Danish nationals who live in regions of Sweden and Germany which border Denmark can travel to Denmark with a negative Covid-19 test up to one week old, provided they have a ‘valid' reason for travel.

‘Valid' reasons for entering the country can be related to work, business, study or private matters. They are detailed in full (in English) on the police website. Without a valid reason for travel, a negative Covid-19 test no more than 24 hours old must be provided.

The border regions affected are Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Skåne, Halland, Västra Götaland and Blekinge (Sweden).

Foreign nationals who display symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever and a dry cough, will be refused entry into Denmark even if they comply with the above.

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”