Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Friday announced the reopening of Denmark’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 the three countries until Aug. 31.
Speaking at a press conference in the PM‘s Office, Frederiksen said this summer “many Danes will have to spend their holidays at home.”
Danes that choose not to heed the PM‘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.
As regards Sweden, the prime minister was not prepared to make a reciprocal open-border agreement, as the neighboring state has a high level of infections compared to Denmark, which had adopted a containment strategy.
“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.
After Aug. 31, the PM said, the government anticipated the reopening of borders with the other Schengen countries and the United Kingdom.
As of Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Denmark stood at 11,593, with 568 deaths, according to the latest official count.