Information about the Coronavirus (covid-19)
The world is currently facing an outbreak of a new coronavirus/covid-19. Sweden and Denmark are reporting an increasing number of cases, and both countries have begun to introduce measures to stop the spread of the virus. In some cases, these measures and restrictions may differ between the countries. As commuters who move across national borders every day, it is important to stay updated with the current situation in both countries.
Information for cross-border commuters
Train traffic over Øresund
Stay updated on the train traffic over Øresund at the DSB or Skånetrafiken websites.
DSB have announced that you can get a refund on your tickets to Sweden without charge.
Skånetrafiken have decided to repay bought and activated tickets to Denmark due to the coronavirus. If you wish to return your ticket, you can call their customer service or contact their service center.
SJ trains are not crossing the border to or from Denmark. If you hold a ticket for this route, you will receive information via text message with more information.
Stay updated regarding the air traffic to and from Copenhagen airport at cph.dk
Ferry connections between Helsingør and Helsingborg
Stay updated on the ferry traffic over Øresund at forsea.dk
Ferry connections between Rønne and Ystad
Stay updated regarding the ferry traffic between Bornholm and Sweden at bornholmslinjen.dk and Bornholms municipality (Bornholms Regionskommune) website.
If you are travelling through Sweden on your way from Bornholm to the rest of Denmark or vice versa, you will not be rejected at the Danish or Swedish border. However, you might experience longer waiting times as long as the border control is in effect. The decision to discourage from non-essential travel abroad should also be applied on commuting through Sweden.
If you are not furloughed but actually laid off and become unemployed, you should register with Arbetsförmedlingen in Sweden on your first day as unemployed, as well as register with a Swedish a-kassa to be able to receive unemployment benefits.
The same rules apply if you work in Sweden and commute to a job in Denmark. This is because you have to be available in the Swedish labor market when you receive unemployment befit. If you have not been a member in a Swedish a-kassa, then you could get basic insurance if you meet the working conditions.
The Danish government are offering a financial aid package to companies that have had to temporarily dismiss their employees as a result of coronavirus/covid-19. The aid package is a temporary salary compensation scheme for companies who might have to make redundancies. If the company that you work for is eligible and takes advantage of the aid package, which means that you can continue to receive a salary during the period that you are furloughed. Your company receives a salary compensation from the Danish state. This means that you can receive a salary when you are sent home, but you cannot work during the compensation period.
If you are made redundant from your job, you should follow the EU rules.
Information 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.
Swedish government authorities
Sweden is following the EU's decision to partially close down its borders to minimize the spread of cornavirus/covid-19. The Swedish borders are not closed for citizens of the EU/EEA (and Switzerland) - which includes Nordic (Danish) citizens. Swedish citizens and individuals with residence permits in Sweden will be able to cross the cross the Swedish border to get home.
The decision is in effect from Thursday 18th March 2020 and will stay in effect for the next 30 days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices against all non-essential travel to all countries as of the 14th March 2020. The advice will be in place until the 14th April 2020.
On Swedenabroad you can find information about the new coronavirus (covid-19), as well as travel advice from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The page is updated continuously.
The Swedish government have published an article with FAQ If you have more question about travel advice in Swedish.
Information about the coronavirus (covid-19) can be found on the Swedish public health authority's webpage. Here, you can find information about the spread of the virus both in Sweden and globally, advice on how to protect yourself and others, and information for schools, pre schools and travelers. The page is updated continuously.
The government recommends that all high schools, universities, colleges or other institutions for higher education is closed from the 18th of March. All education should continue remotely. As long as the education is continued remotely, students will continue to get student support.
Preschools and elementary schools are not closed but could be recommended to close shortly. Individual schools can be closed by the principals in consultation with disease control specialists. The principals are also given the right to move teaching to the weekend, or under school holidays in case the school is closed.
Information from Danish authorities
Further restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus/covid-19 in Denmark
Further measures aimed at encouraging social distancing were announced on the 17th March 2020.
The Danish government introduced a ban against arranging or participating in any activities where more than 10 people would gather. The ban is in effect from the 18th March 2020 at 10:00. The ban applies both to indoor and outdoor activities and for both public and private gatherings. This does not apply in private homes, but it is encouraged that individuals limit gatherings at home as well.
Hairdressers, restaurants, sports facilities, night clubs, discos and other places where there is close contact between people will close. Restaurants are allowed to continue selling take-aways. Supermarkets are responsible for making sure that there is enough space between customers, especially at check-out.
Airports, train stations or general use of public transport (trains, buses, planes, ferries etc.) will not, as a rule, be included in the ban.
The Danish borders are closed from the 14th of March 2020, at 12:00, which also means a partial closure of air, ferry and train transport. It is expected that the police and military will conduct the border controls.
The border control is in effect until the 13th April 2020. All travelers without a legitimate reason to travel will be rejected. Danish citizens are always allowed into the country, as well as people with legitimate reason for entry.
The Danish authorities have collected all information about the Coronavirus (covid-19) on one website. If you cannot find the information you are looking for there, you can phone 7020 0233.
Information about the Coronavirus (covid-19) can also be found on Sundhedsstyrelsens website. Here, you can find a list of phone numbers to doctors, rules for those that have been in a risk area, as well as a Q&A section where they answer questions on the spread of the virus, travel and quarantine and give advice to certain risk groups. This page is updated continuously.
Keep yourself updated with the latest travel advice from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The page is continuously updated.
On the website for Region Hovedstaden, there’s an online test that answers questions regarding transmission and illness. Only use 1-1-2 and 1813 in case you are acutely ill, so that people with serious illnesses can get through on the phone.
Universities in Denmark closed on the 13th March, and schools and day care centers closed the following Monday, the 16th March. Both schools, daycares and universities are expected to remain closed for the two following weeks. Children whose parents perform vital functions in the public sector, children whose parents have not been sent home from work, or children with special needs are exempt from the closure. Education should move online but otherwise continue as normal.
This information is updated continuously.
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Danish borders closed due to coronavirus / covid-19
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".