DENMARK is to reopen its borders for tourists from neighbouring Germany, Norway, and Iceland from June 15, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Friday.
The visitors must show they have a booking of at least six nights at a camping site or a holiday home – outside the capital of Copenhagen.
Denmark closed its borders in mid-March as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The country has recorded 568 Covid-19 deaths as of Friday.
“We have until now coped well as a country, the infection is under control thanks to a strong, joint effort from all Danes. The virus is still with us, we are not through the crisis,’’ Frederiksen added.
Frederiksen said her government was in “close dialogue” with its northern neighbour Sweden, which remained off the list of countries where tourists were allowed entry.
The prime minister said that under consideration was a regional solution.
Sweden has recorded 4,350 Covid-19 related deaths, however, the caseload is far lower in southern Sweden.
“The Danish Foreign Ministry’s general advice against non-essential travel remained in place until Aug. 31,’’ Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said.
He said that while the Danish authorities no longer caution against travel to Iceland, Germany and Norway it was advisable to avoid large cities and follow advice from local authorities.
After the summer, Denmark could possibly allow entry for tourists from other countries.
As of Monday, Denmark allowed people with permanent residence in other Nordic countries and Germany to travel into the country if they own a holiday home in Denmark or have a Danish fiance, partner or grandparent. (dpa/NAN)
– May 29, 2020 @ 15:09 GMT |