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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.


Coronavirus restrictions to be lifted further this week 

A parliamentary majority last night agreed to allow all indoor businesses in Denmark, with the exception of nightclubs, to open from this Friday.

That means all sports and cultural facilities yet to open under the previous plan to lift restrictions will be allowed to return to business this week. These include the likes of saunas and baths. Education including universities will also fully reopen.

A plan has meanwhile been presented to phase out working from home, face masks and corona passports in the longer term.

We’ll have full detail in a report this morning.

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Travel to Portugal permitted without quarantine

Tourists from Denmark can now travel to Portugal without being required to quarantine on either leg of their trip.

That is because the Danish foreign ministry yesterday eased its travel advisory for the Iberian country and now longer advises against travel to any area of Portugal. This is in line with low infection rates in Portugal and Lisbon’s own lifting of restrictions on Monday, which allowed tourists to enter the country.

Entry to Portugal still requires a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.

We’ll also detail this travel update in an article today.


VAT to be added to all goods purchased outside of EU

Value Added Tax (VAT or moms in Danish) is to be applied to all goods purchased outside of the EU from July 1st, including those with low values.

That is because the EU is to scrap a threshold which exempts low-value goods costing under 80 kroner or 10 euros purchased outside of the EU from VAT.

Anything bought from countries outside of the EU – China, the United States or the United Kingdom for example – will therefore now cost more to order online from Denmark. A VAT rate of 25 percent is applied to goods purchased outside of the EU.

Look out for a report on this on our website today.


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