Can I travel from Sweden to Denmark and what documents do I need?

Can I travel from Sweden to Denmark and what documents do I need?
The Öresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
UPDATED: Denmark's border remains closed for many people in Sweden, but it is possible to enter the country for certain purposes, including to pass through the country on the way to another destination – as long as you have the right documents.

In general, Denmark is only allowing entry to people from countries with a low spread of coronavirus, and neighbouring Sweden isn't on the list. 

But for fellow Nordic countries, Denmark is also open for people from regions within a country where the infection rate is low — fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

As of July 25th, people from Blekinge, Halland, Jämtland, Härjedalen, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Skåne, Sörmland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Örebro and Östergötland will be allowed into Denmark.

Currently, the open regions are Skåne, Blekinge, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Halland, Värmland and Västerbotten.

If you fall into this category, you'd need a passport or an ID card with you, and proof of address to show at the Danish border. If your ID includes an address, the Danish authorities ask for proof that your address is indeed within the open regions, such as a map printout showing your address and the regional border.

The list of banned countries and regions can be found in English here, and are updated every Thursday.

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There are also special rules for the regions bordering Denmark, which in Sweden includes Skåne and Halland. People from these regions are allowed to enter Denmark, even if the regional infection rate is high and the regions are not considered 'open', but in that case you would need to bring proof of a negative coronavirus test along with a passport or ID. The Danish form to certify your negative test can be found here.

If your region falls outside those categories, you can still enter Denmark from Sweden under certain conditions. People with a partner who is a Danish national or resident in Denmark can enter the country to join the partner, in which case you need this form (to be filled out with the Danish or Danish resident partner). You can find a list of the other accepted reasons, required documents and relevant forms here

Cars queue to enter Denmark on the Öresund Bridge. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Can I travel through Denmark to get to southern Europe?

In theory, yes, but the reality is that this could be a difficult journey to plan and carry out. It depends on your end destination and how the situation develops, which can change from one day to the next.

Denmark has given the green light for transit through Denmark for all people in Sweden, including travel to Kastrup airport or travelling through the country by car to reach continental Europe.

To do this, you'll need proof of your reason for travel. If you're going on holiday further south in Europe, that could include proof of a hotel booking or apartment or summer house rental.

In this case, the Danish authorities also request that your transit should be made “without undue delay”, meaning no non-essential stop-offs within Denmark. It's also possible to travel through Denmark if you need to reach another country for a purpose such as work.

The next border is with Germany, which removed requirements for a 14-day quarantine for Swedish arrivals on July 14th, making it easier to travel through the country.

But the situation may change in different countries over the summer. This means that driving from Sweden to southern Europe, for example to France, Italy or Croatia which at the time of writing had no restrictions for Swedes entering for tourism, may well involve difficulties getting there and back. Sweden's Foreign Ministry also has advice against travel in place for some European countries, which although not legally binding may have implications for things like travel insurance.

Travellers would need to keep themselves updated on the situation in each country they planned to travel through, including any entry restrictions on people for Sweden, documents needed to get exceptions for transit, and local requirements such as face masks. 


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