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Denmark to allow overseas travel

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ...

  • Ms Mette Frederiksen

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the reopening of the country's borders for reciprocal holiday travel arrangements to Germany, Norway, and Iceland from June 15. However, the reopening came with a caveat; the Danish government does not recommend travel to countries beyond these three nations until August 31, reports Xinhua news agency.

Speaking at a press conference in late May, Frederiksen said this summer “many Danes will have to spend their holidays at home”. Danes that choose not to heed the Prime Minister's advice and travel beyond the three countries will be subject to 14 days of self-quarantine upon their return. The reciprocal nature of the border openings entails a number of restrictions on Germans, Icelanders and Norwegians, including documented evidence of stay and sample testing at the borders. In addition, foreigners will be rejected entering if any clear signs of illness are shown.

Regarding Sweden, the Prime Minister was not prepared to make a reciprocal open-border agreement, as the neighboring country had a high level of infections compared to Denmark. “We are in different places in relation to COVID-19. We have a strong desire on the part of the Danish government to find a solution with our Swedish neighbors,” said Frederiksen.