Kingdom of Denmark: Measures to Address Coronavirus Pandemic

By Shaan Afzal-Khan

Shaan Afzal-Khan

Expanding on our UK-Arctic Coronavirus Observatory, we are now compiling all of the relevant COVID-19 information pertaining to the Kingdom of Denmark’s measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, so you can have the information you need at your fingertips.

  • International Travel: If you are fully vaccinated, or previously infected and you are able to provide documentation for this then you can enter from all countries without test or isolation – there are no travel restrictions due to COVID. However, if you have not been fully vaccinated or previously infected then there are different rules depending on what country you are arriving from. If you are entering from the EU/Schengen then there are no travel restrictions. If you are entering from a country outside the EU/Schengen then you must take a test at a test centre within 24 hours upon entry.
  • Restrictions: From 1 February 2022, there are no longer any COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark as authorities say that the virus no longer poses a ‘critical threat’ despite the high level of cases. However, facemasks and vaccine passports are still recommended in some settings such as hospitals and care homes. Private businesses can still set their own demands as they see fit.  
  • Economic measures: Several economic measures were undertaken to safeguard and strengthen the Danish economy through the pandemic (see here for early examples). As Denmark is a member of the EU, the European Commission has also adopted responses under state aid for Denmark (see here). Furthermore, there are still economic measures being taken with an example being the Danish government’s budget  for 2022 as this includes a significant one-off investment in the public health services which have been put under strain due to the pandemic. However, the budget overall is purposely smaller in hopes of not ‘overheating’ the economy and there has been a scaling back on some of the economic measures given the better position of the economy. Denmark has raised its 2021 growth forecast to 3.9% and the finance minister has claimed that “the strong Danish economy means that there’s no longer a need for fiscal policy to stimulate the economy.
  • Greenland: There are some international travel restrictions in place here. Only fully-vaccinated adults are allowed to travel to Greenland unless you have residence in Greenland or on your way to move to Greenland or you are a child under 12 years of age. You no longer need to present a negative PCR-test upon arrival to Greenland. Quarantine and testing upon arrival are no longer necessary unless you have symptoms. Almost all domestic restrictions have also been lifted.
  • Faroe Islands: The travel rules for Denmark apply here. All domestic COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. It is no longer recommended to get tested for COVID and/or quarantine.

Shaan Afzal-Khan is a Global Leadership Fellow at Polar Research and Policy Initiative. He is part of the PRPI team behind the UK-Arctic Trade and Investment Observatory, and serves as the lead for the Kingdom of Denmark and Russia. 
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