Danish borders closed due to coronavirus / covid-19

D. 5/15/2020
The Danish government have introduced additional measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. The Danish border is closed until the 13th April 2020. This means that the border between Denmark and Sweden is closed. No one will be able to enter Denmark without a "worthy purpose".

The Danish border is closed from the 14th of March 2020, at 12:00. This means a partial or total cancellation of air, ferry or train transport. There will be police and Danish military personnel present at the border.

The border controls are in effect until the 1st of June 2020 and everyone without a “worthy purpose” will be turned away. Danish citizens will always be allowed into the country, as well as people with a worthy purpose to enter Denmark.

People with a worthy purpose for entry into Denmark should be able to provide proof of that purpose.

Stay updated on the traffic situation between Denmark and Sweden

Stay updated regarding the train traffic across Öresund on dsb.dk and skanetrafiken.se. As a consequence of this decision, Skånetrafiken has decided to reduce traffic over the Öresund bridge.

More information on dsb.dk

More information on skanetrafiken.se


Stay updated regarding the air traffic situation at Copenhagen airport at cph.dk

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Stay updated on the ferry traffic across Öresund at foresea.dk

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Stay updated regarding the ferry traffic between Bornholm and Sweden at bornholmslinjen.dk and Bornholms municipality (Bornholms Regionskommune) website.

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Examples of a worthy purpose for travel to Denmark or through Denmark

The following are considered "worthy purposes":

  • If you work or live in Denmark
  • If you must deliver goods in Denmark
  • If you must collect goods in Denmark
  • If you have right of access to children in Denmark
  • If you are visiting a very sick or dying family member in Denmark

A scheduled family visit will not be seen as a worthy purpose.

More information at politi.dk

Danish citizens can always enter Denmark – please remember to bring your passport or other valid identification to confirm your citizenship.

How do you prove a worthy purpose for entering Denmark?

This could, for example, include presenting any of the following documents:

  • Valid travel documents, a valid proof of identity or a passport
  • Danish health insurance card – “Sundhedskortet”
  • An employment contract (ansættelsesbevis & arbejdskontrakt)
  • Recent pay slips
  • A summons for treatment at a hospital
  • A court summons

More information at politi.dk

Am I allowed to fly from Copenhagen airport if I live in Sweden?

Danish citizens will be allowed to enter Denmark. According to Copenhagen police, all others who are residents in Sweden will have to follow the new travel restrictions and will therefore have to show that they have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. If you cannot prove your worthy purpose to enter, you will be rejected at the border.

More information on what constitutes a worthy purpose in the section “How do you prove a worthy purpose for entering Denmark”?

Please remember to check if your flight is cancelled.

Can I travel home to Sweden if I fly to Copenhagen airport?

According to Copenhagen police, people who are in transit on their way to their country of residence, will be able to transit through Denmark. This is applicable to people who live in Sweden and who are traveling home from Copenhagen airport.

Please remember to check if you flight has been cancelled.

Does transit via car, train, airplane, ferry etc. trough Denmark count as a worthy purpose?

You will still be able to transit through Denmark, for example if you are traveling from Germany to your home in Sweden. This counts as a worthy purpose and will not be subject to the new travel restrictions.

Traveling back to your home country is counted as a worthy purpose, if the transit route is seen as a natural journey to make.

You should inform the border control guards that you are on your way home to your country of residence.

More information on politik.dk

What if I live in Denmark and commute to Sweden for work?

If you are living in Denmark but work in Sweden, you will not be rejected at the border on your journey home to Denmark, as long as you can provide a valid identitifcation. However, you might experience that your commute takes longer than usual due to the extended border controls.

The Danish authorities urges people not to make non-necessary journeys abroad - this includes commuting to Sweden. 

More information on politi.dk


If you are traveling to Sweden, make sure that you are up to date with the Swedish restrictions with regards to the coronavirus / covid-19 outbreak.

More information on regeringen.se

Salary compensation for businesses

The coronavirus creates great uncertainty among employees and companies in Denmark. The government and its social partners in the labour market have entered into a temporary salary compensation scheme for employees at risk of being made redundant. The agreement applies to employees of private companies who are extraordinary or severely financially affected by coronavirus / covid -19.

The agreement applies to:

  • Companies facing the need to make at least 30% (or more than 50 employees) redundant.
  • Companies can receive a state salary compensation of 75% of an affected employees salary, capped at 23.000 kr per month if they do not go through with the redundancy.
  • For hourly wage earners, the state salary compensation is 90%  of the salary, capped at 26.000 kr per month.
  • The temporary compensation scheme applies from the 9th March 2020 to 9 June 2020.

More information on viksomhedsguiden.dk

What if have double citizenship?

If you have both Danish and another citizenship, presenting a Danish passport or driving license will be sufficient.

If you do not have a Danish passport or a Danish driving license, you might need to present additional documentation at the border control, such as:

  • A Danish health insurance certificate
  • Certificate of Employment from Denmark
  • Payslip
  • Employment contract from Denmark
  • Summons for treatment at a Danish hospital
  • Summons to legal procedings or other credible evidence

It is the police at the border control makes the final decision.

If you have other questions about travel restrictions when travelling to Denmark, please phone this hotline: (+45) 7020 0233.

More information about travel restrictions can be found on politi.dk

The Danish authorities are urging people not to go to their place of work if not absolutely necessary, but to work from home as much as possible.

- You should expect to see the military at the border. It is of course still the police that are responsible for the border control, but the military will participate. The Transport of goods will not be effected by the border controls, was the message from Mette Frederiksen at a press conference on Friday 13th March 2020.

It will still be possible to transport food, medicine and necessary material for industrial production.

This decision has been taken to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus / covid-19 in Denmark.  This means that all unnecessary travel should be avoided.


Coronavirus/covid-19 in Denmark

You can find more information about coronavirus/covid-19 outbreak in Denmark, as well as further information regarding the border control on the Danish police's website.

More information about travel restrictions can be found on politi.dk


Information is updated continuously.

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