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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:
Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 14 March 2020
Latest Travel Alert
From 27 June, Denmark’s entry restrictions change to a new model. A list of countries (from the EU, Schengen and UK) from which visitors will be permitted entry was first published on 25 June. The list will be updated every Thursday and classify open and quarantine countries. Other restrictions will remain in place for those entering from the rest of the world.
The list will be based on quantitative criteria assessed by the State Serum Institute. Among other measures, a country will be open if there are less than 20 new cases of Covid-19 a week per 100,000 inhabitants.
Tourists travelling from ‘open’ countries will only be permitted entry provided they stay in Denmark for a minimum of 6 nights. Those wanting to travel from ‘quarantine countries’ will only be permitted entry if they have a worthy purpose.
For full details on entry to Denmark, please see the Danish Police Website with information in English.
If you are in Denmark, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.
A dedicated websitehas been set up to provide regular updates on COVID-19 and is available in English.
A joint Danish Authority hotline can be called on +45 7020 0233
Copenhagen Airport is implementing border restrictions as outlined above, there are additional physical distancing measures in place in the airport and masks are compulsory. There is a permanent testing station in Copenhagen airport.
Transit through Denmark, including to and from Sweden over the Øresund Bridge, is currently only permitted if the purpose is a ‘worthy’ one. Further details are available here.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice using the hotline above if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
You can contact the emergency services in Denmark by dialling 112, or if your issue is COVID-19-related then through the dedicated hotline noted above.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
There are currently no active COVID-19 cases in Greenland. From 15 June, residents or passport holders of Denmark, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland and Norway are permitted entry. Only 600 passengers may fly to Greenland each week. A Sumut form must be filled out and a negative test result, completed at most five days prior to departure for Greenland. Those coming from Denmark must be tested at Rigshospitalet. Full details are available here. The Greenlandic authorities can be reached on email@example.com and the COVID-19 hotline +299801100.
The Faroe Islands
There are currently no active COVID-19 cases in the Faroe Islands. From 15 June, visitors from Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany are permitted entry to the Faroe Islands. Travel from other destinations remains limited to Faroese residents returning home, and people travelling for work in the Faroe Islands. From 27 June all visitors travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested for COVID-19. Testing will be free from 27 June-10 July, after which travellers will have to pay for their own tests. Further detail on the Faroese government policies can be found here. The Faroese Ministry of Health provides information on COVID-19, available here.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The political situation in Denmark is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest, including, for example isolated incidents of civil disturbance, particularly in the area of Christiania, in Copenhagen.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
There is a threat from terrorism in Denmark, in addition to the ongoing global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Denmark but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Although Denmark’s crime rate is relatively low, there has been a slight rise in non-violent crimes in the past few years. Pickpockets are attracted to crowded, public areas during tourist season so be extra careful to keep your personal belongings such as passports, money and credit cards secure.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Denmark, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Denmark, you should take the same precautions as when in Ireland:
- Bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Be aware of Denmark’s traffic laws; dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times, parking violations carry heavy fines, and urban speed limits tend to be lower than in Ireland.
- Road conditions in winter can be icy. Main roads are normally well salted in central Copenhagen but may not be salted outside of the metropolitan area.
- If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
- Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged)
Cyclists are commonplace on Danish roads so be careful, especially when turning right, as cyclists have the right of way. It is vital to check your blind spot for a cyclist before turning.
If you’re using public transport, take care when getting on and off buses, as designated bike paths are usually located between the road and the footpath. Never walk on bike paths.
If you want to hire a bike while in Denmark, make sure it has working front and rear lights, reflectors on tyres and a bell – if it doesn’t, you risk paying a hefty fine.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
The annual “Grindadráp” whaling season in the Faroe Islands generally takes place in the summer months between June and September. This event has attracted protesters and there will be an increased security presence during this period. Anyone engaging in potentially dangerous acts, including to life and/or property, could be arrested.
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it’s your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or driving licence
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Denmark.
The healthcare system in Denmark is of a very high standard, and in the case of serious injury emergency, medical treatment is free of charge, although you will be charged for follow-up care.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone. Cash is not used for payment as frequently as in Ireland, although ATMs are easy to find. Credit and debit cards are commonly used for payments, although foreign cards often attract a surcharge.
Travellers to Greenland should be conscious of the additional risks implicit in the severe climate of Greenland, and the vast distances involved in travelling to and around the area. Travelling by cruise ship in the north may mean that search and rescue assistance will take a considerable time to arrive, possibly days. Travelling by land also imposes hazards, and anyone contemplating doing so should satisfy themselves that they have hired an experienced local guide.
The main hospital in Greenland, the Queen Ingrid's Hospital in Nuuk, is a modern, well equipped facility. However, serious medical issues may require evacuation to Iceland or further afield. Flights such as these can prove to be extremely expensive.
Given all of this, it is strongly recommended that travellers to the Greenland area acquire sufficient travel insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment or potential evacuation.
Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, +45 35 47 32 00 and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.
This mailbox is monitored regularly.
Embassy of Ireland
Tel: +45 3547 3200
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 10.00 - 12.30; Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30 & 14.30 - 16.30
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Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.