Information about the Coronavirus (covid-19)

D. 5/15/2020
We have collected a few links with information about the restrictions and travel-advice from Sweden and Danish authorities to help cross-border commuters who travel across Øresund daily to stay informed.
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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

New deadline for the 2019 årsopgørelse: 1 September 2020

The deadline for the 2019 åropgørelse has been extended to the 1 September 2020 due to the coronavirus/covid-19. However, if you hand it in earlier, and you have paid too much tax, you will get that tax back earlier.

 

More information (in Danish) at skat.dk

Adapted rules for a-kassa in Sweden

The Swedish government have proposed temporary changed in the unemployment insurance due to coronavirus/covid-19. This change is partially aimed at allowing more people to qualify for compensation due to unemployment. The temporary rules are in effect until 2021.

If you work and are socially insured in Denmark, the EU rule still applies and you should join an a-kassa in Denmark. If you become unemployed, the accrued membership time in Denmark will be transferred to Sweden when you apply for unemployment compensation in Sweden. You should therefore not wait to apply for membership in an a-kassa.

 

More information at regeringen.se

 

More information about Danish a-kassa

More information about Danish a-kassa when you work in Denmark and live in Sweden

More information about termination of employment in Denmark 

If you live in Sweden and become unemployed

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.

More information regarding a-kassa in Sweden

More information on what you should consider when returning to the Swedish system here

Traffic between Denmark and Sweden

Train traffic over Øresund

Stay updated on the train traffic over Øresund at the DSB or Skånetrafiken websites.

More information on dsb.dk

More information on skanetrafiken.se

 

DSB have announced that you can get a refund on your tickets to Sweden without charge.

More information on DSB (in Danish)

 

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. 

More information (in Swedish) on Skånetrafiken

 

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.

More information on sj.se

 

Copenhagen airport

Stay updated regarding the air traffic to and from Copenhagen airport at cph.dk

More information on cph.dk

 

Ferry connections between Helsingør and Helsingborg

Stay updated on the ferry traffic over Øresund at forsea.dk

More information on 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.

More information on bornholmslinjen.dk

More information on Bornholms Regionskommune

 

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.

More information on politi.dk

Furloughed cross-border commuter with a Danish employer – with salary

The Danish government is offering a financial aid package to companies having to temporarily furlough their employees due the coronavirus/covid-19 crisis.

If your Danish employer makes use of the Danish states’ salary compensation program, and you have received a written that you will continue to be employed, then you will receive full pay in the meantime. You must be at your employer’s disposal and be able to return to work when the employer finds it appropriate. Your contribution is that you give up 5 vacation days. Your employer will receive a large portion of the cost from the Danish state.

More information at virksomhedsguiden.dk

 

However, if your employment is terminated, then it is the usual EU regulations that apply.

More information on a-kassa rules

Furloughed cross-border commuter with a Danish employer – without salary

If you are laid off without pay, but still retain your employment, contact your Danish a-kassa immediately to apply for a daily allowance (dagpenge). Ask to speak to someone who knows about EU regulations.

If you are not a member in a Danish a-kassa when you work in Denmark, then you cannot receive a daily allowance (dagpenge) from Denmark while you are furloughed.

Find more information in our article on a-kassa

Working from home does not affect your social insurance

Forsäkringskassan and Udbetaling Danmark have agreed on exemptions from certain social insurance rules, such as in which country cross-border commuters should be insured and in what country the employer pays employer contributions. This means that cross border commuters should not be affected by the restrictions imposed by coronavirus/covid-19.

More information about social insurance and coronavirus/covid-19

Information for businesses

Salary compensation scheme 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

Swedish government authorities

 

Partial closure of the Swedish border

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 until the 15th of June.

More information about the Swedish border closure

More information at regeringen.se

More information regarding border control at polisen.se (in Swedish)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices against non-essential travel

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 15th of July 2020.

More information at regeringen.se

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.

Swedenabroad (in Swedish)

The Swedish government have published an article with FAQ If you have more question about travel advice in Swedish.

FAQ about travel advice (in Swedish)

Folkhälsomyndigheten – information on the spread of the virus in Sweden

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.

Folkhälsomyndigheten (in Swedish)

Folkhälsomyndigheten (FAQ in English)

Universities and high schools are recommended to close, elementary schools stay open

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.

More information regarding the closures here

More information about student support here

 

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.

More information about preschools and elementary schools here

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.

More information can be found at politi.dk

Closure of the Danish border due to coronavirus/covid-19

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 1 of June 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.

More information about the Danish border closure

More information at politi.dk about the travel restrictions

Special website dedicated to information about the Coronavirus/covid-19

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.

Coronavirus in Denmark (in Danish)

Coronavirus in Denmark (in English)

More information regarding the Coronavirus and businesses

More information regarding salary compensation

Sundhedsstyrelsen

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.

Sundhedsstyrelsen (in Danish)

Travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Keep yourself updated with the latest travel advice from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The page is continuously updated.

Travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (in Danish)

Region Hovedstaden – New Corona online-test

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.

More information on regionh.dk

Universities, schools and day care centres close

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.

More information about the closure of schools

More information about the closure of universities

 

This information is updated continuously.

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Coronavirus affecting Øresunddirekt

Regarding to reduce the incidence of coronavirus/covid-19 the information center in Malmö is closed for visits. You can still contact Øresunddirekt by phone or email.