The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly updated and further restricted its travel advice. On 17 March 2020, the division of the World into “red” and “orange” zones in the travel advice was frozen. Consequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against all non-essential travel to the entire world until 13 April. In addition, all travelers were strongly advised to stay at home for 14 days after returning to Denmark from travelling abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now extending the freezing of the travel advice until and including 10 May 2020. Factors including the myriad of global travel restrictions and the assessment of other countries’ ways of dealing with Covid-19 have been weighing heavily in the decision-making.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jeppe Kofod, says:
“When travelling abroad, Danes prefer to know that they can return back home easily, safely and quickly – without the risk of getting stranded or becoming infected with diseases. Currently, this is not the case due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why we are extending our current travel restrictions and continue to advice against all non-essential travels worldwide.”
“The risk of being infected with coronavirus combined with extensive travel restrictions and worrying health care situations currently makes it unsafe to travel abroad. Unfortunately, this is still the situation all over the world. But our strong determination to help all Danes stranded abroad remains the same. The focus for me and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to continue providing assistance to Danes stranded abroad and to help them return home. The safety and security of Danes abroad is my top priority as Minister for Foreign Affairs.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends the advice against non-essential travel as part of the overall response of the Danish Government to the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose is to avoid that Danes travelling carry coronavirus to other countries, and to avoid that they bring the virus back to Denmark.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jeppe Kofod, says:
“If more people return to Denmark with coronavirus, the Government’s ambition for a gradual re-opening of the Danish society could be compromised. Consequently, it is necessary to continue our advice against all non-essential travels. And therefore it is also important for me to repeat my firm advice to stay at home for 14 days after returning to Denmark after travelling abroad.”
Danes still travelling abroad and who are in need of assistance to return to Denmark, should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Global Help Desk, open 24 hours a day, by writing to email@example.com or calling (+45) 33 92 11 12.
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