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04-09-2020

COVID-19 related news

The Danish government has implemented a series of initiatives against the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Corona virus, in Denmark. We have gathered the most crucial information for you below and will keep you updated.

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Updated on May 14

Childcare - Daycare & Kindergartens

As of May 18 new guidelines will take effect in daycare and kindergartens. Your childcare institution will inform you directly through the online communication system Børneintra.

Play Dates for Children

The Danish health Authority has removed its recommendations for childrens’ playdates. Children can again play with more than one friend and sleep-overs are also allowed. If possible it is still advised that playdates take place outside. 

Opening of the borders

Many countries are reopening their borders and some are creating so-called travel bubbles with neighbouring countries. The Danish Prime Minister has stated that reopening of the Danish borders will be considered. A final decission is expected by June 1.

Testing

From this week will a new offensive test strategy enter into force. The three legs are testing, tracking and isolation.

Updated on May 10

Entry to Denmark from abroad

Many internationals and Danes abroad want to know whether they an enter Denmark. When in doubt, you can contact the Police Hotline on +45 70 20 60 44. The hotline is open weekdays from 8.00 to 16.00 and weekends/public holidays from 9.00 to 14.00.

Travel 

Travel advisory remains the same until June 1, meaning that it is not advised to travel to any country outside of Denmark.

Distancing Rules

In Denmark distancing rules have changed from 2 meters to a 1-meter distance from each other. This according to the new guidelines given by the Danish Health Authority (SST). This facilitates schools to make room for their oldest pupils, more workplaces can have more employees returning to work and restaurants will be able to adjust dining tables accordingly. The limit of gathering max 10 people still stands.

Phase 3 of gradually reopening Denmark

Phase 3 will start as of June 8 with the reopening of:

  • culture and activities, such as museums, theatres, cinemas and aquariums, outdoor theme parks, botanical gardens
  • summer activities for children
  • gatherings will be allowed to include up to 30-50 people (detailed info on the max number will follow)

Phase 4 of gradually reopening Denmark

Phase 4 will start as of August 8 with the reopening of:

  • all remaining educational centres
  • nightlife, clubs and discos
  • indoors sports facilities including swimming pools and fitness centres. As a member you can expect to be informed directly as to the reopening and the rules and regulations that apply in your local gym or indoor sports facility.

 

Updated on May 7 - Phase 2 of gradually reopening Denmark

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has just announced phase 2 of the gradual reopening of Danish society.

As of May 11 the following businesses and organisations will open again:

  • all shops (retail)
  • shopping centres
  • sports by professional athletes, e.g. the professional soccer league - though without any spectators on the stands

As of May 18 the following businesses and organisations will open again:

  • libraries (you will have up to 1 week to return your books without having to pay a fine for those books you borrowed before the lockdown)
  • restaurants and cafés (excluding nightclubs and discos) though with restrictions as to number of guests and opening hours
  • pupils, grade 6 to 10, will return to school
  • vocational schools
  • boarding schools - though with specific conditions. Your boarding school will inform you accordingly.
  • outdoor sports - though with the current restrictions of max 10 people gathering and upholding the social distancing rules. Check with your club for further info.
  • churches and religious communities
  • zoos - though only zoos where you can drive around the park in your own vehicle

With the gradual opening of society it is crucial that you continue to live up to the guidelines. i.e. social distancing, washing hands, cough and sneeze in your elbow, groups of max 10 people meeting up. In order to keep society open the authorities eemphasize that we all need to keep up the good work.

Please, be aware that the limit for gatherings still is max 10 people. So outdoor sports such as amateur soccer is not allowed yet!

The government will inform on the opening of the Danish borders as of June 1.

Updated on April 23

COVID-19 testing

All patients with flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus. The authorities have been increasing the number of tests for a while and broadening the criteria that determine who is tested.  From now on everybody showing symptoms (dry cough, loss of smell and taste, fever, shortness of breath) will be tested. You need to contact your GP or the Emergency Doctor Service (=lægevagten) to get a referral. A number of testing centres are being established - you might have noticed white tents being set up next to Vejlby-Risskov Hallen for this reason. (Article)

Entry to Denmark

Until now international spouses and permanent cohabitants to Danes were not allowed to enter the country. The government has decided to loosen the rules of entry so that they now can. "It has been decided that visits from spouses, permanent cohabitants, children and parents should be generally considered as recognizable purposes," said the Minister of Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye in the Parliament. Boyfriends and girlfriends still cannot gain entry to Denmark. (article in Danish)

Working injury

The Minister of Employment Peter Hummelgaard has made it clear, that illness as a consequence of COVID-19 infection can be aknowledged as a working injury. (article in Danish)

Outdoor Sports

Outdoor sports and exercise can restart again as long as there is no body contact between the participants. Examples can be tennis and golf. Many sports organizations have sent out guidelines to their members as how to proceed. If you are member of a club or asociation, you will probably have received an e-mail with specific information or can find further info on the club's website.

Large groups/gatherings

Until now it has been unclear what a large group is. Now government has defined it to be no more than 500 people. Until August 31 no more than 500 people will be able to gather, regardless of the development of the virus. The current rule of max 10 people in public space continues until May 10, and might still be extended. The specific guidelines for large gatherings with max 500 persons will be announced at a later time.

Keep up social distancing

With the gradual opening of society it is crucial that you continue to live up to the guidelines. i.e. social distancing, washing hands, cough and sneeze in your elbow, groups of max 10 people meeting up. In order to keep society open the authorities eemphasize that we all need to keep up the good work.

Updated on April 17

As of April 20 a number of small businesses will be open for business again. These are:

  • hairdressers
  • driving schools
  • massage salons
  • tattoo parlors
  • certain other small businesses (not yet defined)

Public institutions that are encouraged to open again as of April 20:

  • courthouses
  • family courthouses
  • imprisonment in prisons
  • research labs

As of April 20 extra social support will be provided to:

  • socially vulnerable children and youngsters
  • the elderly

Guidelines for the businesses and public institutions mentioned above are in the process of being written and be issued later (though before April 20).

Danish citizenship

Citizens aspiring to obtain Danish citizenship/dual citizenship finalize the application process with the so-called 'handshake ceremony'. Due to COVID-19 these ceremonies could not take place as handshakes are out of the question.

The government has now temporarily suspended the requirement to shake hands with the mayor in order to obtain Danish citizenship. Read more in this article. News from the Ministry of Integration can be read here. (in Danish)

Updated on April 15

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has an optimistic view on the reopening of Danish society as the COVID-19 stats show that the measures taken have a positive effect. The political parties have started discussing on what the next step will be in the reopening process. (article)

For children

Childcare institutions, schools, SFO and after school clubs are gradually reopening again this week.

The Ministery of Health has adapted its guidelines, so that children living in a household where a person has fallen ill with COVID-19 are NOT allowed to attend childcare or school. 

Updated on April 9

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced a gradual reopening of Danish society as of April 15 provided that the stabilization of the corona virus remains positive. The reopening will start with the youngest kids gradually beginning to return to their institutions after the holiday break. 

Further information on the reopening initiatives, here.

For children

Childcare: Aarhus Municipality will offer extended childcare for those working in critical positions on April 14. You can apply for critical childcare if you are in need of childcare on April 14. Contact Pladsanvisning directlly on Pladsanvisningen

You will receive information from your daycare institution, kindergarten or school directly. Your daycare institution and school will have to live up to a long list of special measures as to social distancing, cleaning etc.

You will be given instructions directly as daily life in the institution or school will differ.

In Aarhus Municipality the gradual reopening will take place stepwise as to avoid that all children will start in institutions and schools at the same time. The information below was released by the municipality and is valid for public school. If your child attends private school, the gradual reopening might differ.  

Wednesday April 15:

  • Public and private kindergartens open for 3 to 5-year-olds; for all children in special kindergartens
  • Schools and SFO open for pupils from grade 0, 1 and 2; for special needs pupils in all grades; for all pupils in special schools (provided that the school can live up to hygiene and specific rules regarding handicap

Thursday April 16:

  • Public and private daycare institutions for 0 to 2-year -olds
  • Personalized daycare (dagpleje) will open for all children
  • Schools, SFO and youth clubs will open for pupils from grade 3 and 4

Friday April 17:

  • Schools, SFO and youth clubs will open for pupils in grade 5

Exams for pupils in grade 9 and 10 in Danish public school are cancelled. Pupils in futher education will receive information directly from their school as to how exams will take place.

Back to work

The reopening of institutions and schools means that parents will have peace and quiet to work. Your company will issue guidelines on how to get back to work, e.g. whether you have to continue to work from home, special measures at your workplace etc.

Public transport

Midttrafik announces that public transport will run according to the normal schedule as of April 14, including buses and Letbanen in Aarhus. Midttrafik's school buses will run again as of April 15. For further info on schedules visit the website here

Airport bus 912X and 925X and line 31 in Aarhus will not run yet.

Danish exams

On April 7 The Ministry of Immigration and Integration informed all language centers that all Danish tests have been postponed.

The preliminary announcement is that the written tests will be run during the period June 15 to June 18.

  • Studieprøven: June 15
  • Prøve i dansk 3: June 16
  • Prøve i dansk 2: June 17
  • Prøve i dansk 1: June 18

The oral part of the exams will take place in the period June 22 to July 3.

The date for the knowledge tests (indfødsretsprøven and medborgerskabsprøven) is for the time being planned for June 3.

The language centre will inform you accordingly as changes might occur.

Social distancing

  • the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in place until May 10
  • nightclubs, bars, restaurants, salons, shopping centres remain closed
  • indoor sports and recreational facilities remain closed

No big events until the end of August

All big events, such as concerts, festivals, markets etc are banned until the end of August. If you have purchased a ticket for a big event, the organizer will inform accordingly on how to proceed. Check out the event's website for further information.

Official website

Information from the Danish authorities about corona virus/covid-19 in Denmark can be found here

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also offers information in English, here

On March 20 you will receive a letter from the Health Authorities in your e-boks. The letter is in Danish and has information on COVID-19. You can find information in English by using the link in the letter, which will direct you the Health Authorities' official website.

News in English

You can find links to new in English here

Official Registration Offices

International Citizen Service (ICS) and all other official registration offices under the Ministry of Immigration are closed until further notice. As a newly arrived international you will not be able to register your entry into Denmark officially and you will not be able to get your CPR-number.

Once the offices open again, you will be able to register retrospectively and thereby be covered from the date of your arrival.

If you don’t have a CPR-number yet, it is of the utmost importance that you have private healthcare insurance until you are able to register. Internationals without a CPR-number will be able to see a doctor, but without CPR registration you will have to pay for the treatment. When you get your CPR number, you can file for a refund of fees paid.

You can find further information on International Citizen Service offices and when they will open again for registration here.

Healthcare - GP and Hospitals

In Denmark the healthcare system is fully prepared to deal with COVID-19 patients. Compared to many other countries Denmark has the lowest amount of hospital beds, however the country has the highest number of medical doctors. So you are in highly qualified hands.

In Denmark your General Practitioner (GP) is your point of entry to the healthcare system. In these times contact your GP by phone first. You can find your GP’s phone number on your yellow health insurance card. Be prepared: have your CPR number ready, take your temperature and describe your symptoms precise and clear. Your GP will advise you on what to do.

In case of emergency you can contact the emergency service (vagtlægen) from 16.00 to 8.00 on weekdays and during the weekend. In the Region of Central Jutland the contact number is (+45) 7011 3131.

Please, we urge you not to self-medicate or stop taking medication without consulting your GP!

All non life threatening operations and treatments are cancelled at the moment. If you have appointments within the healthcare sector, keep an eye on your e-mail and e-boks, as these might be cancelled. This is done to ensure that the healthcare sector has the necessary capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

There is a no-visit policy in all hospitals. Nobody is allowed inside for visiting patients. The only exception is a close relative to a critical ill patient. This is a measure to avoid possible contamination of patients and visitors.

Healthcare - Dentists

All dentists will only provide treatment in case of emergency. General check-ups and treatments that are not critical will not be performed. Contact your dentist by phone first to consult whether you need critical treatment or not.

Healthcare - Pharmacies

All pharmacies remain open. If you suspect that you have contracted the COVID-19 virus, contact your GP first and do not go to the pharmacy. This to avoid potentially spreading the virus. At pharmacies you can only get prescription medicine that corresponds with your normal use. This to avoid panic buying leading to a shortage of certain medicines for others. Over the counter medicine is also limited to one packet per person.

As of March 23 paracetamol for children (suppository and orodispersible tablets of 125 mg and 250 mg) will be only available at pharmacies. If you need fluid paracetamol, you need a prescription. You can contact your GP by phone or online service to get the prescription.

PostNord

Due to the COVID-19 virus sending and receiving post and packages has been affected as many countries have closed their borders.

PostNord notifies that you can still send letters and packages to all EU-countries (exept Cyprus), Canada, Iran, Iceland, Hong Kong, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, Great Britain, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, Ukraine andUSA. Mail delivery to Greenland and the Faroese Islands aslo continues.

At the moment you cannot send post or packages to the following countries: Italy, Peru, Moldova, Honduras, French Polynesia, Tunesia, Rumania, Sri Lanka, Panama, Spain, Kuwait, Mongolia, Jamaica, the Filipines, Libanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Surinam, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, New Caledonia, Colombia, Montenegro.

​This entails:

  • PostNord can only send post to the countries mentioned in the list above
  • Post to countries on the list above will be sent by ship or lorry. This will take longer than normal. 
  • Letters and packages sent to countries that are not on the list above, will be put in PostNord's warehouse. You cannot get your post returned from the warehouse.
  • It is important to underline that PostNord as part of Danish infrastructure will continue delivering letters, packages and goods in Denmark (as normal as possible). 
  • PostNord tries its utmost best to find alternative means of transport to send post out of the country. The list with countries mentioned above can change over time.

You can find further information on the actual postal deliveries here (in Danish). Beware that the internaitonal postal services can be affected by other countries' restrictions.

GLS

GLS still delivers packages. You can issue a temporary signature release authorization to avoid direct contact and having to sign-off on the scanner when receiving a package at home. You can find further info on how to proceed here

There is a dispensation from signing off for receiving packages at GLS parcel shops.

As there is a increase in the number of packages, there is a possibility that your package will arrive with a 1 to 2 day delay.

Supermarkets

Supermarkets will remain open and opening hours will remain the same. There is no food crisis! Supermarkets have enough supplies in stock for everybody.

We urge you not to panic buy food, toilet paper and other supplies. If all citizens stick to their normal shopping level, nobody will go in vain to the supermarket. Supermarkets will be grateful if you don’t use cash, as this entails a contamination risk.

When going to the supermarket you are advised to live up to the official health regulations: cough/sneeze in your elbow, keep a distance of 1 meter to other people, do not shake hands or hug, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap.

Supermarkets will provide hand sanitizer at the entrance and you are asked to respect the discretion lines at the cash registers.

Dining, Shopping and Personal Care

The Danish government has taken new measures to limit the further spreading of the COVID-19 virus. As of Wednesday March 18, 10 am, all bars, restaurants, shopping centres, fitness centres, indoor sports facilities, salons (hairdresser, tattoo parlor, massage, skin care etc.) will be closed until March 30.

Restaurants and bars are still allowed to offer take away.

Further info here

Social Distancing

As of Wednesday March 18, 10am a maximum of 10 people can gather both indoors and outdoors. You are urged to postpone all social gatherings, birthday parties, dinners etc. The measure is implemented to break the contamination chain.

However, this is not a lock down. You can still meet up with people, which is important especially for internationals living alone here in Denmark. Please, make sure to keep a distance. You can also explore online tools for meeting up with others.

Playdates

Children can have playdates. It is advised that children play outside in small groups of 2 to 3 children. Children should play with the same core group of friends, rather than with many different friends. Remember social distancing, no hugs, no sharing of drink bottles, plates and cutlery and wash hands thouroughly and regularly.

If the weather doesn't allow for outdoor play, children can play indoors as long as there is enough fresh air (keep a window open).

Closed Borders

Denmark’s borders are temporarily closed as of March 14 noon until April 14 noon.

Danes are strongly advised not to travel outside of Denmark unless absolutely necessary. With the fast pace of countries around the world closing down borders and airports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that some Danes will need to stay abroad, as it is impossible to travel home.

Internationals wanting to enter Denmark need a valid reason to do so, being it residence, work etc. Non valid reasons are e.g. tourism and plain family visits. In that case you will be refused to enter the country.

The Danish Government has decided to temporarily close all Danish borders effectively as of March 13.00 noon until April 14 noon. Entry into Denmark can only be allowed if bullits 1-4 below apply to you.

  • Danish citizens who can provide a Danish passport or other valid travelling document.
  • EU-citizens with valid travelling document living in Denmark and who can provide/present a Danish social security card.
  • Third country nationals with valid travelling document; and with Danish residence permit.
  • Foreigners who have a valid purpose in Denmark e.g.
    • Visiting a critically terminal ill family member
    • Participating in a funeral
    • Called for a court case
    • Exercising visitation rights with a minor
    • Being a legal guardian for a minor
    • Already in an ongoing health treatment
    • Have employment in Denmark – documentation needed

These regulations; bullits 1-4 applies for all passengers arriving from a Schrengen or non-Schengen destination. Anyone who does not apply to the above will be refused entry.

Further info here and here.

Churches

In the light of the government's decision to close down different institutions and workplaces for the next two weeks, the churches in Denmark are closed as well. This means that there will be no church services or other church activities, such as confirmations, weddings and baptisms until March 30. Read more here (in Danish). All confirmations are postponed until after Pentecost.

However, in case of an urgent baptism or wedding, this can be performed by the pastor in your own home. Though without any guests.

Funerals can be postponed with two weeks. In case restrictions are still effective, the funeral will be performed by the pastor without guests. A memorial service will be held once the restrictions are lifted.

The Danish Lutheran Church offers online services and you will be able to get in touch with your local pastor. Check out your local church’s website for contact info. Many local churches stream mass or words of comfort by the pastor.

In Aarhus the Catholic Church Vor Frue Kirke streams mass. Further information here

Driving Tests

If you have a driving test scheduled in the near future, you should have received a notification that it has been cancelled. Please, check your e-boks. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions no driving tests will take place from until until March 27.

Public Transport

You are urged to use public transport only when necessary and to avoid rush hour. Adhere to the general rules of social distancing. Public transport restricts the number of passengers to the number of seats available to passengers. The public transport’s staff can refer you to wait until the next departure if the number of passengers is (too) high.

As of March 19 the elderly are advised not to use public transport.

In buses you can only enter and exit through the back door, this to ensure a safe distance to the bus driver.

Letbanen runs according to the Sunday schedule until April 14.

For further info on schedules and refunds in the Central Denmark Region, visit the website here

Also in trains operated by DSB you are urged to keep a distance to other passengers. Therefore you are required to have a designated seat ticket. If you have already bought tickets (valid for all types of tickets, also Orange tickets) for the near future and need a refund, you can find further information here (in Danish).

Check Rejseplanen before embarking on your journey, as DSB has reduced the number of trains due to the low number of passengers.

Parking in Aarhus

All residents in Aarhus having a parking license with limited parking time, can park for free all day long. Normally this type of parking license cannot be used from 9 to 17. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions many will stay at home and need parking all day. The Municipality of Aarhus has decided that you can park for free all day long even if you have a parking license with time limitations.

Libraries

All libraries are closed meaning that some of us will end up with books that are overdue. Not to worry. In Aarhus libraries will not charge you with a fine when handing in your books when libraries can open their doors again.

Imposters

Please be aware, COVID-19 brings out the worst in some people. There imposters trying to get access to your home by claiming that they come from the Health Department. Do not let them inside your home! Extract from the police report here (in Danish).

Cleaning your Home

We all know we have to wash our  hands thouroughly. There are also some guidelines to clean your home, you can find them here (in Danish-rengøring i hjemmet).

You just keep on cleaning your home as usual with the usual cleaning products, just make sure to clean more thouroughly and more often. Especially surfaces that everybody in your family touches, should be cleaned on a daily basis, e.g. doorhandles, touch screens, keyboards. 

Normal cleaning products are sufficient. If you want to desinfect surfaces, don't use hand sanitizer as it will leave surfaces greasy.

Aarhus - Outdoors fitness sites

As of March 22 the municipality of Aarhus has closed down all outdoor fitness facilites. This to ensure living up to the COVID-19 regulations of not getting to close to each other, and also to minimize contamination.

SKAT - Tax

The deadline for changing your tax assessment notice or filing your tax return has been postponed to 1 September 2020. Read more here.

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