Denmark opens up for border shopping trips to northern Germany

Denmark opens up for border shopping trips to northern Germany
A shopper loads up on cheap soft drinks on the day borders were closed on March 14th last year. Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix
Danes will from Saturday afternoon be able to stock up on cheap booze, tobacco, sweets and soft drinks at shopping centres on the German border, after the province of Schleswig-Holstein was ranked "yellow" in a new travel update.

In a press release issued on Friday evening, the Danish foreign ministry said that the provinces of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia in Italy, Burgenland in Austria, and Podkarpackie in Poland would all be ranked “yellow” from 4pm on Saturday.

This means that Danes who travel there will no longer need to self-isolate on their return to Denmark.

“As Germany allows cross-border travel and stays lasting less than 24 hours without special restrictions, this means shopping across the border will be possible again,” the ministry noted. “There will no longer be a requirement for isolation after entry back into Denmark from Schleswig-Holstein.”

It noted, however, that anyone staying longer than 24 hours in Germany would need to follow Germany restrictions, which in Schleswig-Holstein means showing a rapid coronavirus test no more than 48 hours old, or a PCR test no more than 72 hours old. 

Under Danish restrictions, those returning to Denmark from “yellow countries” should get tested after their return. 

Residents of Schleswig-Holstein (together with those from Skåne in Sweden) are already excused the requirement to self-isolate after arrival in Denmark. 

Sardinia is the latest in a long list of Mediterranean holiday islands which the ministry has classified as “yellow”, opening the way for isolation-free foreign holidays for Danish residents in the Balearics, Canaries, Azores, and in Malta. Portugal has also qualified for isolation-free travel. 

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