Denmark will be open to travel from all of Sweden's regions from August 1st, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Sweden has met the criteria needed to be classed by Denmark as an 'open country' thanks to a low enough rate of infection, meaning that anyone may travel across the border if they can prove they have a worthy purpose.
The change was announced on Thursday but will first come into effect on Saturday August 1st.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against all unnecessary travel to Bulgaria and Romania, with infection levels in these countries now over the rate deemed as safe by Danish infectious disease institute SSI.
In general, Denmark is only allowing entry to people from countries with a low spread of coronavirus.
Under Denmark's guidelines, SSI judges countries 'open' if the rate of new coronavirus infections per head over the preceding week is less than 20 cases per 100,000 people, meaning Danish residents can travel there for leisure purposes and will not be advised to spend 14 days in home isolation on their return.
Countries where the rate of new coronavirus infections per head over the preceding week is more than 30 per 100,000 people, will be judged 'quarantine' or ‘closed’, meaning non-essential travel is not advised and travellers are advised to be tested for Covid-19 and stay home for 14 days after visiting them.
On top of this, there is a Nordic mechanism and special rules for border regions. This will mean that the regions of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Germany will all also be judged “open” or “quarantine”, in the same way as countries.
This means travellers from these regions can enter Denmark, and Danish citizens are advised that they can travel to these regions for tourism.
Ireland meets the criteria for low infection rates but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all unnecessary travel there due to Ireland’s 14-day quarantine requirement for foreign arrivals.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs originally advised against all unnecessary travel abroad on March 13th, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Restrictions were eased at the end of June, enabling travel to most EU countries and countries in the Schengen area.
You can find country-by-country travel guidelines on the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Here's where you can currently travel from Denmark. Underneath the map, there will be more details on the restrictions different countries in Europe are imposing on tourists.
Austria extended its entry policy on June 16th, where borders opened to a total of 31 countries without any need for quarantine, including Denmark. Read more about the situation from Austria's Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Belgium dropped its entry restrictions for travellers from EU countries, including Denmark on June 15th.
Bulgaria opened its borders to tourists from several countries including EU countries on June 15th.
Croatia opened its borders to tourists from EU countries, with tourists from Denmark allowed entry without restrictions. Read more about the situation from the Croatian tourist board
Cyprus has categorised countries into A, B and C according to their epidemiological situation. Denmark is currently in category A, meaning tourists can enter Cyprus, so long as they complete a flight pass form before travel.
The Czech Republic has created three groups based on the current level of infection. At the time of writing, Denmark is in the lowest risk group (check the latest information here
), which means that tourists are allowed entry,
Estonia opened its borders to EU tourists back on June 1st, as long as the travellers were symptom-free. However, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival for visitors from countries with a high infection rate (more than 15 people per 100,000 inhabitants infected in the country over the previous 14 days). You can find the list here
, and at the time of publication tourists from Denmark are not required to quarantine.
Finland allows people from Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to enter the country with no restrictions. Read more about the situation from the Finnish Foreign Ministry
. Denmark judges regions in Finland individually as 'open' or 'quarantine'. Currently all are open.
France opened to EU tourists on June 15th. It only requires people to quarantine if they are citizens of countries that require French visitors to quarantine, which at the moment is just the United Kingdom.
The German-Danish border opened to tourists on June 15th. Read more about the situation on The Local Germany
. Denmark judges regions in Germany individually as 'open' or 'quarantine'. Currently all are open.
From 15th June, people have been allowed to fly from large parts of Europe to Athens and Thessaloniki, with randomised testing done on arrival.
Iceland no longer requires arrivals from Denmark to quarantine for 14 days or take a Covid-19 test on arrival. Denmark judges regions in Iceland individually as 'open' or 'quarantine'. Currently all are open.
Ireland has also kept its borders open throughout the pandemic, but all foreign tourists are asked to complete a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form and to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, with fines for non-compliance. Denmark classes Ireland as “quarantine” in retaliation for the requirements put on Danish residents.
All EU citizens are welcome to travel to Italy from June 3rd, without any quarantine as long as the traveller has not visited a non-EU country within the previous 14 days. It has also been possible to travel between regions from the same date.
Other restrictions, for example on museums and beaches, may vary between local and regional areas, and could change quickly.
Latvia has opened its borders to EU tourists, but those coming from countries with a high infection rate must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. At the time of writing, Denmark was not on the list.
Lithuania's borders are also open to EU tourists, but only for those where there have been fewer than 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days. At the time of writing, Denmark was not on the list.
Malta opened its borders for Danish tourists without quarantine on July 1st. Read more about the situation from Malta's tourist board
. Denmark currently classes Malta as “quarantine” in retaliation for its delay in opening up to Danish residents. Danish authorities said they would change it to “open” on July 1st, but they haven't yet, so this may have to wait until the next assessment.
The Netherlands has opened its borders for tourists from EU or Schengen countries, with only tourists from Sweden and the UK required to show a health-declaration form and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Norway opened its border to Danish tourists from June 15th, and will from now on assess the infection levels in each region of Denmark, with an update expected on June 29th. Currently all regions of Denmark are considered to have “acceptable” levels of coronavirus infection. You can find the advice here
As of June 13th, Poland opened its borders for travel from EU countries, dropping its quarantine requirement, with international air travel restarting on June 16th.
Portugal reopened air travel from EU countries on June 15th, though its land border with Spain remains closed until July 1st. There is no requirement for tourists to quarantine, though visitors to the Azores and Madeira arrivals will have to undergo coronavirus tests. Denmark classes Portugal as a “quarantine” country due to the relatively high level of people testing positive for coronavirus.
Romania's borders are open to EU travellers, but many visitors are asked to quarantine on arrival. At the time of publication Denmark was not one of the 17 countries whose travellers were exempted from the quarantine requirement. The list is updated weekly
. Denmark currently classes Romania as “quarantine” in retaliation for its quarantine requirements on Danish residents.
Slovakia's borders are open to many EU countries, and Denmark was at the time of publication one of the 19 'safe' countries from where people may travel without a test or quarantine. So if you travel from Sweden, you must show a negative coronavirus test from within the previous 96 hours when you enter, and then get tested again after arrival, self-isolating until you receive the result.
Slovenia has opened its borders but anyone entering from a country with high levels of Covid-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. At the time of publication this did not include Denmark. This is the list of restricted countries.
On June 21st, Spain opened its border with all EU countries except for Portugal, whose land border will remain closed until July 1st. There are no requirements for quarantine. People travelling from outside of the EU and the Schengen area will, in theory, be able to visit Spain from June 30th.
Switzerland's borders are open to EU travellers, with no quarantine requirement, apart from for those from Sweden. Read more about the situation on The Local Switzerland
The UK's borders have remained open throughout the outbreak, but everyone arriving by plane, ferry or train had to isolate for two weeks from June 8th, including British citizens. Those quarantine rules were lifted as of July 10th, enabling Denmark to class the UK as an “open” country.